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The Walls are Closing In

There comes a moment in every long project where you panic a little lot and question whether you did everything correctly up to that point. With an Airstream renovation, that moment occurs precisely when you start reinstalling the walls that you will likely never be able to remove again. We planned our electrical system to […]

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A ‘Hole’ Lot of Drilling!

There are many ways to get a 60′ coil of copper pipe home from the hardware store. One of them is to use the full-size pickup truck you conveniently own for such tasks. Another is to see if it will fit behind the seats in your two-person convertible. We of course don’t like to do […]

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Getting Warmer and Cooler Now

The weather warmed up here in Tennessee and that could only mean one thing: time to get working faster on insulating our trailer! With aluminum being such an excellent conductor of heat, it very quickly turns oven-like inside our tin can as soon as the sun makes an appearance. We decided to go with Prodex […]

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We finally got a long stretch of dry weather and finished our new window glass installation today! What a big difference between the new tinted tempered and the old clear (actually kind of yellow!) glass. It’s like the old trailer went from outdated glasses to hip sunglasses. Huge thanks to Dwight at Glass Doctor of […]

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The Buck (Rivet) Stops Here

When we first brought our big shiny trailer home, she still had a lot of her original systems that no longer worked and needed replacement – primarily the old water heater and furnace that each seemingly weighed a ton. Our new water heater and furnace will be contained in a single, space-saving unit: the innovative […]

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We’re Absolutely Floored

With the prep work finally done after what seemed like ages, it was time for a new subfloor! We bought our plywood from a local lumberyard – 1/2″ 5-ply exterior-grade sheathing, cured and stored indoors, flat and dry. We opted against marine grade and instead are treating it with a borate-based pretreatment from Nisus Corporation […]

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Ding Dong the Rust is Gone!

It was a fluke warm spell at 70 degrees in Tennessee today, so we finally got to paint our trailer’s frame with automotive chassis rust inhibitor after weeks of waiting for a nice enough day. It looks so much better, and should never rust again! The metal now feels like our Le Creuset enameled cookware instead […]

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Making Headroom and Headway

Work has been slow on the Airstream renovation. Mostly because we’ve been rather inundated by work. It seems that when you do a good job for people, they start recommending you to friends. The next thing you know, you’re booked solid. Not a bad thing, mind you, but it makes it hard to get any personal […]

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Snow in a Can – We Just Bought a Vintage Airstream to Renovate!

We have a (borderline unhealthy?) addiction to rescuing both animals and cool old things that need some love and restoration. Case in point: We have three rescued dogs who are our children, and as we near the end of our first year of marriage and three years of being a couple, we’ve now spent about […]

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