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Old 03-14-2005, 12:34 PM   #15
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Yes I have been trying to update the site a little. I have been working on the navigation a little because it is not quite as user friendly as I would like. Thanks all for the compliments on the layout, etc.

I bugged Kimber to give me a picture of her plans. She has been working on that plan for a few weeks. The design is quite inspired. As soon as it was in my hot little hands I put it on the web. I am working on a before/after comparison for that image.

I also added the web site to the signature - thanks for that tip!!

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Old 03-14-2005, 02:00 PM   #16
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Kimber has always wanted an Airstream since she was first in one in the mid 70’s. Now as a graphic designer, she appreciates the design thoughtfulness that went into the creation of an Airstream.

One day at work I was mentioning that we wouldn’t mind getting an Airstream for ourselves and fixing it up. One of the guys I work with piped up that he had one and would sell it for $2000. Of course I was kind of blown away. I said “YES!” on the spot. But the guy selling it wanted me to see it first to be sure that I was not going to regret my decision.

We made arrangements to go out and take a look. Kimber saw it from 2 miles away and she hates it when I say that. But I am serious! Her Airstream Radar was up and running that day. Actually it was fairly easy to spot because the shine was reflecting sunlight. As soon as we were close enough to get a good look we both knew!

We got out of the car and the first thing I did was start taking pictures. Our avatar is the first picture I took. We took over 100 pictures. I have only put a few on the web for now because there is so much to go through!

Anyway, we went inside and out of the trailer looking not to disqualify the sale, but to look at the things we were going to repair. We removed the tires and loaded them into the car. They were all flat. The guy selling it was a little embarrassed that it was in “bad shape”. He pulled out a generator and started vacuuming the inside. He couldn’t see the gleam in our eyes. I told him not to worry and put away the vacuum. We would take it as is.

I wrote on the web site that it is hard not to personify an Airstream and it is true. Each one is like this little creature that you want to just take in and take care of like a lost puppy who becomes your best friend. People who won non-Airstream trailers don’t understand that. In fact I am shocked at the connection of vintage Airstreams with trailer park junk! We have even been told that we wouldn’t be allowed in some parks with an Airstream because of it’s age. That to me makes no sense. I think a beat up Airstream is better looking than the white behemoths we see on the road today.

Our plans are to refurbish her and to enjoy her.

I am not in any of the pictures because I took most of them. However, the back of Kimber‘s lovely head can be seen and she is the one in the plaid jacket inside the trailer.

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Old 03-14-2005, 02:49 PM   #17
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Welcome Buttercup,

We must have Buttercup's Older sister. We have a 1976 Overlander. We should have before and after photos by early May.

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Old 03-14-2005, 02:54 PM   #18
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Spoken like a true sufferer of Aluminitis.....

Congratulations on your new Airstream! And welcome to the forums!

The raidar thing is amazing; everyone in your family will end up having it in short order, trust me. ( My sister who lives 3500 miles from me and will never own one, had aquired the radar, sees them from miles away too!)

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Old 03-14-2005, 03:40 PM   #19
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Hi Buttercup, welcome to the forum. You can get a wealth of information here.

We found our Argosy in a field in Naples, and didn't even try to negotiate the 700.00 price tag. Borrowed a very big truck and dragged old rivets home.
I hope you have as much fun as we did "remodeling" ours.

And if you change your mind about harvest gold, I have some I can send, also.
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Old 03-14-2005, 05:23 PM   #20
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Harvest Gold!!!

I do appreciate the offers for harvest gold stuff but I am sure it will not fit into our design schemes. Besides, Harvest gold is definitely not one of my favorite colors. In fact - the last time I remember seeing it was after a bad night of drinking!!

Speaking of Aluminitis, Once the guy I work with and I agreed to do the deal on Buttercup, 2 other co worker actually tried to “outbid” me on the price. They said “Oh, I didn’t know you had an Airstream for sale!. How much do you want?”

“Sorry but I already sold it to Tim.”

“Well what did he offer?? I’ll give you more.”

At least he didn’t go for that. But it was funny that one of the guys who tried to scoop me on the Airstream found a ’71 25 foot Airstream in Lovelock, Nevada of all places for $1500 and he bought it.

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Old 03-14-2005, 05:54 PM   #21
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Don't feel too bad our harvest gold is headed for the dump too. DW is picking out something a little more ahhh....modern We have/are replacing the existing flooring with a vinyl in woodgrain and a light tan carpet. The curtains remain to be seen but most likely will be a neutral color very similar to the orginal factory colors...unless DW gets a wild streak going....again I am in charge of things; stuctural, electrical, plumbingcal, and other technologies. Her job is to decorate the world as she sees fit

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Old 03-14-2005, 06:48 PM   #22
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You got a real steal on that unit! You are way ahead on the game! GTs are so very desireable, count yourself as lucky. Here's a tip--you'll win friends (and make money) if you resell what you salvage. I've already made a bit of cash of stuff I couldn't believe anyone would want.

The layout looks interesting! Looks like you aren't totally rejecting gold, though! Still, it's a nice cheerful color--and it's alot easier when you don't completely fight the original color scheme (because the wood and everything is kind of tuned to it). Are you going to paint those rectangles on the sides? That might look neat. Do you have two A/C units there? It looks like we have one of the same models (armstrong, irc?). This winter we bought a heat pump to replace it (uninstalled)--but I recognize the ceiling unit! Ours is so noisy we couldn't sleep with it on!

It looks like you are well on your way! May I suggest considering is how much you intend to camp with hookups versus bushwhacking it? That can guide you towards selecting the upgrades you want most. The other thing is to get out with it as soon as the weather permits. Don't go far--but it's a good way to figure out what you can't figure out (for us, it was lighting our fridge, which ended up simpler than we thought) and for identifying what just doesn't work.

I was just teasing with the mod circles. It's so very dated--but the amazing is that it's newly made! My niece recently made me realize that this look is popular with just about everyone...who wasn't alive in the 70s! Personally, I don't mind harvest gold as much as that very wierd burned orange color that was everywhere for a while (we had it in plaid shag carpeting in our den growing up--eek).

Your wife doesn't look very different from me--from the back! Still, it's a fairly ubiquitous style--but we're rear view dopplegangers!


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