I grew up with my summers in an Airstream. Our first big trip was cross country in 1959
They are a huge part of my family's history.
If everything works right, my avatar should pop up, from that trip. It was taken on the steps of the trailer while parked near San Francisco.
Dad sold his last one on their lot in Traveler's Rest, Dade City, Florida about 1996. He passed away in 2001, Mom left us in 2004 and we've all missed the sounds and smells of an Airstream. She and I were very close and in her later years would often sit and remember our trips together with such delight. Unfortunately most of my siblings weren't interested in owning one and I wasn't in a position to travel much.
Recently my wife and I purchased an older (1946) home and are in the process of rebuilding it. We decided to pick up an RV and move onto the property this summer to cut the cost of paying property taxes twice. Along the road one day I spied a 1973 Sovereign
, in reasonable condition and at a fair price. It was too good a deal to pass up. The owner was kind enough to tow it to our spot at no additional cost. She's now set up and almost ready for business.
In preping the unit I discovered the water pump appears to be missing (how did I overlook THAT when I bought it?), but where the hoses come out of the floor (under the oven) does't seem to have much space for a pump. So I'll be digging through the forums here to figure out where/how to place a new pump.
Remarkably, the floor seems to be solid throughout the unit. I haven't taken up the carpet to look too close and don't intend to for several years.
The whole unit is lived in, but totally original (except for the furnace) right down to the avacado green carpet, covered up with orange shag carpeting. I knew it had been lived in by Airstreamers, there were remnants of all the things Mom would have had in her kitchen still there.
We have no plans to "restore" it at this point. It's a life boat to get us through the building of the "stay in one place house." From there we'll see. It's so huge and heavy, and would probably need tires, brakes, bearings repacked, etc. I don't think we'll take it on the road. But it's sure a slice of our history in our backyard.
We've got lots of space and as soon as I can arrange some hookups, we'll open a "stopin' spot" for anyone travelling through. If we can't take ours on the road, we can still visit with others who are!