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Old 07-16-2011, 09:02 PM   #393
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...and we were thrilled to meet you, Steve. The extra miles were well worth it! Your Caravanner is coming along beautifully and it is inspirational to see what can be done.

We took the covers off the windows but went through a roll of gorilla tape trying to keep the vent covers and awning cover from blowing off. Who would have thought one could spend not only one night, but eight nights in an "as found" 54-year old Airstream!

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Old 07-16-2011, 10:43 PM   #394
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Gary , I'm not sure Antsy will have much to work with on my posts, but I did make the bathroom opening just big enough for my then current dimensions. If I steal too much of Pam's ice cream, I'll either have to do a bathroom redo or get another trailer.

Definitely good for the TWO of us, Marc. Almost didn't go since I didn't want to upset Pam with a new sleeping arrangement but she was just fine and Brissy freaked out all night instead.

Carol, I think Jim and Paula know they'll be able to get there with their trailer. Straight skin is worth so much and they're in good shape there. That pic below is mine when I first got it home. Looked a lot like theirs does now.

Hope the rest of your trip goes well, Paula, and that the gorilla tape holds. How did Pendleton go?

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Old 07-16-2011, 10:57 PM   #395
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So glad to see you on the road! Sweet that the nurse came out there. And I love the floor. Hope I come across you all at a park someday!
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:38 AM   #396
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Island Girl is just beautiful, Steve. You have done an amazing job, I'm in awe. Thanks so much for continuing to share your reno with the rest of us.

So, when are you starting on the next one???

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Old 07-24-2011, 10:00 AM   #397
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Island Girl is just beautiful, Steve. You have done an amazing job, I'm in awe. Thanks so much for continuing to share your reno with the rest of us.

So, when are you starting on the next one???

-Marcus
Thanks, Marcus. Don't see another one happening, but never want to say never. One boat for 23 years, Island Girl is good for another 50, and considerably less left in me. Despite all those flaws that I can see, I'm winding up with a trailer that's really close to what I wanted.

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Old 09-11-2011, 07:39 PM   #398
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Something Really Cool

We took the trailer to our first rally last year at the Tin Can Tourist Rally in Lynden, WA, only twelve miles away. Island Girl was an empty shell then, Alzheimer’s wouldn’t let us stay, and the weather was lousy. This year we got to do it right with a nearly complete trailer, and no problems from Alzheimer’s as we’re living in the trailer fulltime anyway. And, the weather was perfect. Lynden is a great, laid back rally where everyone is just into old trailers and some cool old cars as well.

Saturday afternoon a fella came to the door who greeted me with “You have no idea who I am.” When he said his name, though, I did know him as Harold was the son of the original owners of the trailer. He and his wife (they celebrated their honeymoon in the trailer) were visiting friends, had no knowledge of the rally, but happened to drive by when their planned route was closed for construction. They figured they’d just take a drive through the fairgrounds and look at some trailers, but happened to drive by one that was the same model his family had owned.

But, he saw the wheels and knew it was the trailer, not just the model. If you’ve followed this thread, you know we’d earlier made an email and telephone connection. He’d seen pictures and knew, even though we’d not been in contact for a year or so.

He and his mom have been on my mind. We’d earlier made tentative plans to ride the ferry out to Lopez Island to let her see her trailer when we got done with the work. But this weekend? Fate? The weather is good, things are fairly stable with Pam, so it’s a good time to make the trip, especially since Harold and Kathy are heading to Lopez for a month to celebrate his Mom’s 94th birthday. We’re going to try really hard to make the trip out there next week.

Very very hard to wipe the smile off my face right now.

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Old 09-11-2011, 08:06 PM   #399
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Awesome!

Steve,
That is just great - things just work out as they should sometimes. Have a great time on the Ferry and to Lopez. You will always remember it!

Your trailer looks fabulous!! I am so glad to hear all is currently going well with Pam and the transition to the trailer has gone good!

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Old 09-18-2011, 12:02 AM   #400
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Steve - Can't wait for your update on your ferry ride to Lopez & your visit with the soon-to-be 94 year old lady that was the original owner!! I'm sure she'll be pleased beyond measure to know somebody has loved the trailer enough to not only bring her back, but all the great updates you've done & that you cared enough to make the effort to travel & share your beautiful work with her. Please do let us know how that visit went!!
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Old 09-18-2011, 12:17 AM   #401
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Thanks Tina and Jim.

If all goes well, we're planning to take Island Girl on the ferry trip to Lopez on Tuesday morning.

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Old 09-22-2011, 01:03 AM   #402
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Then She Took Another Ride on a Boat

Very early and dark on Tuesday morning we headed for Anacortes to make the 0930 ferry to Lopez Island where my trailer spent many of her years.
Fog in Anacortes soon gave way to nice warm and sunny skies as we made the forty minute trip to Lopez.

Even though we’ve sailed in the San Juan Islands for years, I’d not been on Lopez since around 1980 when I was touring on my bicycle. I’d forgotten how beautiful it is. Island Girl’s former home actually has shoreline on both the front and back of the property. We backed in behind Harold and Kathy’s motorhome, just a few feet from the water and surrounded by Douglas Fir and the distinctive Madrona tree, common in these islands.

Edith has her 94th birthday next month. I know she was excited to see her old trailer again, but I don’t think she could have been more excited than I was. Meeting her is really special to me. I know the trailer is just a collection of aluminum bits and pieces, but it was an important part of the lives of those who have used her before me. She’s taken great trips, served as a home (just as she’s doing now for Pam and me), and even for Harold and Kathy’s honeymoon.

Edith is a cat person, like me. My Brissy is not the first cat to travel in the trailer. She is adjusting well to the move from her sailboat, but it has been a huge change for a cat who has spent her life on a boat. She had a fun two days too, walking on her leash, just like Edith told me she had done with her Siamese cats. But Brissy was more than ready for a nap while waiting for the ferry for the return trip home this afternoon.



Those of us that love these old trailers really do so because of people. We love the old aluminum and the way it shines, but we feel a connection to the guys that put them together at the factory. And, we feel a connection to the people who have owned and used the trailers in the past. It is about aluminum, but it’s mostly about people. I feel so honored to have been able to make that special connection this week.

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Old 09-22-2011, 08:12 AM   #403
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I have been looking forward to reading about your visit with the former owner. It was beautiful. I am glad you enjoyed it so much. Thank you.

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Steve,

You are very inspiring and your story is awesome. I love that Island Girl was able to "go back home" for a visit. You are wonderful to bring so much happiness to so many people.

Mike and I have a special fondness for the San Juan Islands, we spent our honeymoon there. Words really can't describe all the emotions one experiences when visiting. We hope to be back one day and meet you in person.

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Awesum post. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
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Thanks.

Some things are just meant to work out. Got home last night just before dark, got Pam and Brissy settled inside, set up the trailer, and within 15 minutes it was raining. Hasn't stopped raining since.

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