View Poll Results: Where's your dream Airstream?
1. In my driveway ready to roll. 19 31.67%
2. In my possession awaiting progress (or in process) and usable. 9 15.00%
3. In my shop and un-usable. 12 20.00%
4. At a pro's workshop in process. 0 0%
5. Current/scheduled (or anticipate future) production at the factory. 4 6.67%
6. Currently searching and now only in my head perfecting design. 2 3.33%
7. Forever in my dreams. I'll settle for what I have. 3 5.00%
8. Hitched to my bumper. It will never be done and I like it that way. 4 6.67%
9. Other...please explain. 7 11.67%
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Old 03-02-2007, 08:25 PM   #1
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Question Where's your dream Airstream?

I think that we all have our perfect Airstream in mind (or in hand). Share what you feel is peculiar to your idea of perfection.

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Old 03-02-2007, 08:48 PM   #2
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Mostly a #1, with a little #8...

Our sits ready and charged and fully functional, seemingly bored with our lackadaisical approach to retirement (both working part-time and seemingly unable to take the big trip...).. That's the #1 part, as we looked for several years off and on to find it, and spent 6 mohts doing an interior refurb to replace pink curtains and flowery velvet upholstery... All upholstery carpets, blinds and curtains plus wood trim parts, mattress topper and some repairs and appliance tuneups...

The #8 part refers to the ideal interior redesign found on pp 66-68 of the Spring 2007 Issue of Airstream Life Magazine... For only a bunch of extra dollars....
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Old 03-02-2007, 09:07 PM   #3
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Where's your dream Airstream?

The Minuet is parked in the side driveway at my father's house waiting to be de-winterized for its first trip of the season to the Midwest Forums Rally.

The Overlander is parked in the old rhubarb field (my mother and I transformed this piece of land into a mini forrest with a wide variety (50 plus) native and varietal trees about 30 years ago) just off the Rustic Road that runs through the North half of my family farm -- it has a Crimson King Maple in its front yard, and a Gingko Biloba in its backyard as well as three huge Korean Boxwoods -- several yards in the background is the farm pond -- a huge Colorado Blue Spruce is visible through the front window.. It is waiting for me to make the time to take it to Cedar Falls, Iowa to have Ace Fogdall RV replace the blackwater tank that was damaged when the coach high-centered on the county road as I towed it onto its current storage pad. This may be the best time to have a graywater tank added to increase the travel versatility of the coach.

When I moved to my current location last Fall, I couldn't find a home with backyard access for either of my trailers in the area where I wanted to live (within walking distance to the high school where I teach various Business Computer Applications). Most of the homes near the school were built between 1930 and 1955 on lots that are at most 50' wide and little more than 100' deep -- and in my neighborhood, most have a seven to nine foot drop from the yard level to the street level. Both of my coaches are on my family farm (200 miles to the South), but since that is my home-base during the Summer it actually looks to be quite workable.

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Old 03-02-2007, 09:17 PM   #4
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Mine has been mobile/in use/ and undergoing restoration since I got it labor day weekend 2005. Prior to this spring I have replaced the axles, tires, brakes, and refer. The next two months are the next great leap forward: finally installing that furnace I have been toting around forever, replace plumbing, univolt, pergo floor, strip and polish (hiring some college students to help some) and a new awning (back to the vintage/zipdee debate). I am now awake nights hoping I am not biting off to much for the spring..... Assuming I do get all this in order, the final stage for next year will be upholstery and probally some counter work. So, two and a half years and $15K ought to just about get things where I want them..........
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Old 03-02-2007, 09:45 PM   #5
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The #8 part refers to the ideal interior redesign found on pp 66-68 of the Spring 2007 Issue of Airstream Life Magazine... For only a bunch of extra dollars....
This is my dream as well.....can you imagine combining the Barbara Brown/Dan Shugrue Airstream with the front bed floorplan? When can I pick it up? pj
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Old 03-02-2007, 09:55 PM   #6
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Mine is in my shop with the front gaucho area torn out so I can access the water tank which needs repair/replacing. I hope to complete this over the next week so it's ready to go when the weather is accommodating. Generally it's ready to be hooked up and go but this darned leak needs to be fixed and now is the best time.
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Old 03-03-2007, 07:50 AM   #7
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Question Airstream dreamin' on such a winters day.

Don't we all dream about a perfect camper (or MH) like I do? Unless we already own it I suppose. I don't think that I'll ever be done and sometimes I feel like I've barely started, then I read my own blog and am surprised and encouraged by the actual progress I've made. We can't afford to do everything at once and anyway I vow to keep the camper usable the whole time.

Won't it be fun to gather data on how everybody is pursuing the dream? Where is your dream at?

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Old 03-03-2007, 08:34 AM   #8
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I don't know about the rest of you, but I dream of Airstreams all the time. Currently my dream Airstream is in the middle of a cow field in VT. Still trying to get it too! This photo was taken the day I found it last fall.
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Old 03-03-2007, 09:00 AM   #9
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You forgot an option for those of us who see snow! Our baby is in cozy storage awaiting the spring.
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Old 03-03-2007, 09:28 AM   #10
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Mine's sitting in the driveway with shot axles and non working brakes. It's plugged into shore power though so me and the kids go up and play in it like a clubhouse

I just got my Lincoln Precision Tig 225 yesterday. I hope to get practiced up on my welding (I'll stick weld most of the frame, may tig some of it....225 can do both) and start fabricating the new frame and running gear soon.

Sitting here with the stomach flu so probably no welding practice this weekend

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Old 03-03-2007, 11:15 AM   #11
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I opted for #7.
I love my '72 GT, but it isn't perfect. It would need a grey tank and a dry bath. Is anything really perfect? Good enough - yes. Perfect, no IMO. For that reason #7 fit for me. Perfect is only in my head.
I'm not complaining. I'm delighted that I'm able to own a great A/S, but the survey said perfect....
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I opted for #7.
I love my '72 GT, but it isn't perfect. It would need a grey tank and a dry bath. Is anything really perfect? Good enough - yes. Perfect, no IMO. For that reason #7 fit for me. Perfect is only in my head.
I'm not complaining. I'm delighted that I'm able to own a great A/S, but the survey said perfect....
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Good point, I wanted to add another option, kind of zen like..."perfection is unobtainable so why try". You are right I know. I'll certainly never own perfection, but hopefully someday "Old Paint" will serve our purposes perfectly. Perhaps perfection could be attempted with a truckload of cash and Dave Winick at your disposal for an unlimited amount of time

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Old 03-03-2007, 11:29 AM   #13
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I voted #9

I have two and both are unusable at the moment... due to time constraints I am seriously considering hauling the better of the two up to Ron at South Jersey and giving him a list and a blank check, then wait until retirement to handle the other one. FWIW Ron would get the '75 with directions to fix what is broke and restore the rest. The '80 is going full custom. I really think a FB floor plan with wrap windows in the rear would be super neat on a 31' The words Blank Slate come to mind on that beast.

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Actually at the bottom of the driveway...

My beautiful WALLY 54 is at the bottom of our driveway, where he's been since we towed him home late last October.

Odviously towable, but not livable. No appliances or accoutrements.

But, the list is in the works and the work will commence when the snow is gone. Start with new axles, wheels and tires and tow him to the top of the driveway next to the garage! It's all fun and games after that. Sky's the limit .

And my open pocket book too!

But, just imagine... shiny aluminum, bright red accent colors, soft and comfortable upholstery, marmoleum flooring, stainless appliances and a bath of halogen accent lighting. That's my dream.

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