Originally Posted by rdorrett
...the various things one would have to do to an Airstream travel trailer to make it a satisfactory year-round residence. Any suggestions and recommendations will be greatly appreciated.
First, buy the trailer.
Second, move your gear into the trailer.
Third, pop the champagne and celebrate being in your new home.
We' be been living on the road since September 2000; in an Airstream 30' Classic since last November. We like this much better than h/motels or the tent that we used for 7+ years. And, the Ford F250 diesel is very nice.
From my perspective you have to live the life before you can find what you really want to add/modify. Experience is a great teacher. If you have had an RV previously that experience should help tremendously. For example, I had an RV in the early 1970's for several years. Hated the slinky sewer pipe and the associated process. I have a macerator for that job now and it is no longer a pain in the backside for me.
This forum and others provide a wealth of info that will help before you set off. I am a firm believer in having a plan for something like this. Preparation will be very beneficial. Just don't be in love with your plan. Be flexible and realize that you will be changing things quite a bit when you first start out and over the coming years.
Another example. We were traveling by motorcyle previously. We just had the pickup body on the truck replaced with a flat bed so we can load our motorcycle/sidecar to take it with us. After last winter without the bike we decided that we definitely wanted it back in our life. A big expense as well as changes for storage as the pickup cap and the bed slide are gone along with lots of storage space. Just another opportunity to get rid of more STUFF and continue to refine our packing methods.
Good luck to you in you quest...