I apologize in advance for the long post. My name is Gilberto, and yes. I AM insane.
I a 32 year old spaniard living in Munich, Germany at the moment. The summer of 1996 I travelled to the states to live with a family friend for a few months and learn some english. One day, we were taking a stroll close to this guy house and I saw the coolest motorhome ever on a garden. A shinny, "just" polished airstream. Right then and there I KNEW I needed to get one of these myself.
Fast forward to last year, I was taking a little road trip through Germany and saw a guy driving one on the autobahn. The dream came back stronger than ever.. Started to do some research and decided I NEED to buy a REALLY old one and completely rebuild it to my own specs. Keep the super cool, vintage look on the exterior and pimp the interior out.
The dream? Double bed, big plasma, kitchen, bathroom and plenty of storage room ( I plan to use it on my skydiving/Scuba diving trips) so need room for my toys.
My skills? I never, EVER restored a motorhome before. I have absolutely no clue on where to start. I love reading and am quite patient. I am fast learner and love a good challenge. Apart from my diving and skydiving, I love building and flying ( crashing) remote control helis and drones.
My Budget? Im thinking about 15000 Eu for the trailer, tools and materials. I could put in a little more but would like to keep it down there.
My tow vehicle? I drive a mini cooper s cabrio and my GF drives an Audi q5 (Funny, huh?). Im completely ok leaving her and the mini cooper at home taking care of our pet pug Mongui and taking the q5 and the airstream for the weekend.
The timeline? Im insane, but not dumb, so Im thinking IŽll spend the next 6-7 months reading all I can on the subject and getting the trailer by the end of the summer, so I have something interesting to do on the crappy Bavarian winter.
What I would love to ask from you guys is links to resources, pdf, videos, blogs, advice, DIY, threads, ANYTHING, that you think that could help me.
Feel free to call me crazy, insane, dumb & anything else. I have a very thick skin. Ill even buy you a beer or two if we are in the same part of the world at some point.
I WILL do this, I know its a long road and I will bang my head against the wall and laugh at my own stupidity many times, but I am a dreamer, and I dream big!
Best regards to all and thanks in avance for any help you guys can give me