Thursday, March 24, 2011

Getting the Airstream polished: Thanks Mom!


Regina and I got an old 1978 Airstream Sovereign, 31 feet long. We bought it from some folks in Pennsylvania and drove out there after the 2007 icestorm to get it.

We brought it home and started in on it. I knew when we bought it that it needed some work, just not this much. We took the trailer down to the frame and re-built it.

We took it on a few trips, one to Tulsa, one to Iowa, we even took a couple trips to Branson!

Since then, the trailer's been parked in a field behind Regina's mother's old house.

This year, we decided to use that trailer and take some trips. Last fall, we got a new Suburban to replace the old one. It is all trailer ready.

I went over and brought the Airstream to our house and parked it in Sam and Frank's spot in the back yard.
I set up camp in the backyard and fixed the thermostat, bought new batteries, repaired the step, cleaned the vents and fixed all those things that go wrong with something is not being used. It's like a big boat, stuff breaks just sitting still.I had a good helper fixing the step!

I ordered a new refrigerator from a company in Arkansas and will install that in the trailer when it arrives sometime next week.

Sophie and Sadie like the trailer, they can open the door and come in and go out, many, many times a day! Sadie needs a little help sometimes.
All the trailer needs now is to be polished. But that is dang expensive and it really doesn't affect the handling of the trailer and it really doesn't need it, but dang, a polished Airstream sure does look purty!

So, after discussing it with the PvtRN, I made up my mind to spend the money and get it polished. Yesterday, I brought the Airstream out to Clever. A guy I know is going to strip the clearcoat off and polish it.

In today's mail I received a check from my mother's estate which just about covers the cost of getting the trailer polished!

Thanks MOM!


Mom has helped me before, read about it here and here.

5 comments:

d5thouta5 said...

Thanks Mom

Remember....
Wax On...
Wax Off...

Another way in which we......
CELEBRATE LIFE......

Sara said...

oh man, it will be so shiny!

Anonymous said...

I too got some relief from my parents estate --- just in the nick of time!!

Jim, thanks for sharing. I bet those kids keep the door on that trailer swingin'. Got a couple o' those little people around here too!!

Bungalow Bill said...

Looks awesome!

Anonymous said...

Great...all that airstream needs is a little Billy Long for President sign on the back and it is good to go....of course, you can then only take it to SWMO locations and, uhh, lets say, well, probably should not leave SWMO with sign on. Good travels my friend, good travels.