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Old 11-13-2008, 11:36 PM   #855
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Donor trailer?

Hi, Terry. Maybe the rest of Bertha could be sold or donated to the needy; Like skins, interior pieces, windows, end caps, Etc. And in a different way Bertha lives on. Just an idea vesus the scrap metal version.
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Old 11-14-2008, 11:42 PM   #856
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Hey...Guys!

Sounds like you're getting settled out west! How's Sophie liking the area??? Glad you're having fun and a great job! Glad the "Bertha" waited until you were settled to "fall apart"! Tough gettin' old, ya know!

What will the new thread be called??? Since you're not full-timing anymore. Hmmm "West Coast Wonders"... "Life in the Fast Lane".... "Dodging Tremors"...

Anyway sure hope you can keep up the posts!!! Love the way you describe life! ^_^

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Old 11-15-2008, 01:26 AM   #857
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Looks like Bertha did the best she could holding it all together just for you three. Following your trip has been very interesting and I am glad you included the terrain and weather changes since we haven't gotten that far yet, but someday... But I'd like to skip the ants. i think I am just getting over the couple of carpenter ants that dropped down onto the bed many many places ago.

Goodluck with your new venture and hope that special traveling trailer and apartment turns up soon.
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Old 11-15-2008, 04:28 PM   #858
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Hi Terry, Marie, & Sophie,

I agree that I'm glad the Bertha held together long enough to get you there. I'm glad that I got to meet you three on Bertha's last voyage.

I'll be in touch. I need a new door gasket and other assorteds.
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Old 11-15-2008, 10:46 PM   #859
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Hi everyone, and thank you for the good thoughts and wishes.

Bertha is a good and true friend, she got us here and has been our home for the past 14 months. I will very much miss her, but off we go into the wild blue yonder for yet another adventure.

Sophie is adaptng very well to the sofa in Andy and Terry's office. She and Andy's dogs Corky and Jake have become good friends.
The delivery guys all bring dog cookies for them and when they here the front door open they take off for their cookies!! She is more spoiled than ever!

Keep tuned to this channel to see what's next.

Oh, I'm also helping out at IRV, since nursing license has not come through as yet. And I must say I really like it.

Well, off to rest, have a good weekend.

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Old 11-15-2008, 11:08 PM   #860
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California seasons.

Hi, Marie. Well I always say that the four seasons of California are: Fires, Floods, Earthquakes, and Riots. These past few days are an example of the first season; Pretty bad and one started in Corona today.

On the brighter side, glad to hear that you and Terry are quickly adjusting to your new area of residence. Also that Sophie has already made many new friends.
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:54 PM   #861
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Only the end of a chapter, what's next?

Terry and Marie, keep us posted. I'm going to miss hearing about your fulltime adventures. Bertha was a great coach. She had a mission and I guess she's completed it. She leaves her post with dignity. I'm proud that I got to meet her last year, and and especially proud that I got to meet you two.

At some point I'll have to make my way out to the West Coast and meet Sophie. In the mean time, give her a biscuit for me.
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Hey...Guys!

We need InPut!!! What's up??? Miss the communication!!
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Old 11-25-2008, 02:46 AM   #863
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We need InPut!!! What's up??? Miss the communication!!
Right now we're searching for a place to live, and I have a couple of leads on a replacement for Bertha. The first coach I found was something special. It was a 1979 Argosy 27 trailer rear SHOWER, built in CALIFORNIA. I checked the serial number, and verified this. It's too bad the PO tried to use it to knock down tree stumps, and painted the exterior with a roller, as well as removing the shower stall. It's a pretty rare trailer, but rarity does not always equal value. I offered the guy $200 for it, and am hoping he doesn't take me up on it...
Choice number 2 shows more promise, it is a 1975-1976 Tradewind, center double. I has had the paint stripped, the non-functional air conditioner removed, and the interior dismantled. It will have to be polished or painted, and the interior reassembled. The frame and interior and exterior skins are very good, as well as the floor. I'll let y'all know how that one turns out if and when the deal is finalized or turned down.

We had found an apartment to live in, but with all the newly homeless people in our area (wildfire refugees) trying to get homes and apartments, we may be forced to wait a while before moving into a "real" place.
We can remain in Bertha, we're not going anywhere, but I'm sure everyone knows I chafe at sitting around with a trailer that isn't roadworthy. The floor flexes, creaks and groans when we walk over the bad area, and the frame makes popping noises if you wiggle just right. I've found increasing piles of rust under the trailer, and the belly pan has finished falling on the ground. I have a pair of jackstands shoring things up, but it's still weird walking around inside. The floor cants upward and to the streetside at the front of the trailer, and straightens out about midships, about at the center bulkhead between the galley and bedroom.
If we have to move Bertha anywhere, I'll probably have to weld something together to keep everything from falling on the ground.

Whatever we do, unless we dismantle and repair Bertha, there will be a new thread about the new project. Stay tuned, y'all never know where we'll drag you to next.
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Old 02-08-2009, 07:26 PM   #864
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Rental prices have finally dropped to the point we are able to pay for a small apartment, so we have vacated (evacuated?) Bertha, and spent the entire weekend moving into the new-to-us apartment. It took no less than 3 trips with the truck and van to empty Bertha, and there is "stuff" sitting everywhere. If anyone thinks there is not much storage in an Airstream, I'll be happy to show pictures of the jam-packed apartment. And the apartment is [I]not[I] that small.
Sophie has discovered the bed is a lot softer than the floor, or even the gaucho, we are having trouble getting her out of it.
Of course, in the grand tradition of my family, it rained heavily all weekend, so we had to empty Bertha (in the rain), drive to the locations we had the furniture squirreled away (in the rain), fill the apartment (in the rain),get supplies from the store (in the rain)get the cable and internet hooked up (in the rain). Maybe next time there is a drought, the affected area could pay us to move there. I can see a future career in this.
As soon as we find the camera, I'll post a couple of pictures of the new, hopefully-not-too-mobile home.
As for Bertha, eventually a decision will have to be made whether to do a shell-off, with a new (or slightly used) frame, or hold the trailer as a parts source for a future Airstream. If we go the full monte route, it will almost certainly cost more than buying a comparable 29'-32' trailer in good shape structurally. While we've grown attached, the reality probably is there will be a replacement Airstream in our future. It will probably be vintage, unless someone makes us a screamin' deal on a 1997-2003 model.
So, our fulltiming adventure has ended, one year, four months, and seven days after beginning to live in the trailer, and one year, nine months after making the decision to fulltime. It's been interesting, mostly enjoyable, sometimes horrifying, occasionally funny, and we have made many new friends we never would have made had we not begun our adventure. Would we do it again? Yes, though probably with a newer coach. Many things we had to repair or replace were because of the age of Bertha when we got her, and some things were unique to the particular vintage of the trailer. All-in-all, it has been a good experience, though I would rather the circumstances surrounding our decision to fulltime had been different.
So while this adventure may have ended, there will be other adventures, even better than this one, to share with you. See you down the road.
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Old 02-08-2009, 09:25 PM   #865
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Terry and Marie,

I am so glad that you have found a more permanent home for Sophie. Keep in touch.

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Best wishes for lots of " California Dreamin' " and for many more years of smooth adventures.

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Old 02-08-2009, 10:22 PM   #867
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Hi,

2 Things,

1. Who put all of that ---- in the coach? Don't anyone ever complain to me about the storage abilities in an airstream. You can pack a lot of stuff in them!!!

2. I couldn't help it, but when I pulled out with the last load I started balling like a baby! I will so miss Bertha, but new challenges are in our future.

Stay tuned for further adventures of Terry, Marie and Sophie. ( speaking of Sophie, she has all of her toys on the couch, with her pillow and blanket sleeping. Dogs spoiled!!!)

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Old 02-09-2009, 05:10 AM   #868
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Sounds like a circus act, "How much stuff can you get in an Airstream".

It's good to hear from you. I'm glad you three have found a spot to land until Bertha or another Airstream can make you mobile again. Marie, I can understand your attachment to Bertha. I would feel the same.

Give Sophie a biscuit from me.

Take care.
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