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Old 03-05-2015, 09:34 PM   #1
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Hi everyone! New Adventurer Born Today!

Hi guys and gals,

My girl and I just bought a 1970 Airstream '27 Overlander. Its been renovated, but is practically bare other than the new bamboo floors. I'll be building her out for us to live in full-time. First stop is Colorado via Austin, TX, then... The WORLD!!

I'm planning on quitting my comfy, 6-figure, boring, cubicle job, leaving town, and seeing what happens. No real long-term plan... just living each day to the fullest and seeing what life will bring. Simplicity, adventure, freedom, and returning to nature are my main goals. Everything else will fall into place

This is the beginning of our journey...
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:44 PM   #2
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How exciting will be traveling along with you in spirit.
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:46 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums! My advice: hold onto the cushy job until the renovations are done (and verify that there isn't rotten subfloor under that nice bamboo)!

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Old 03-05-2015, 10:06 PM   #4
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. Best wishes on your quest. Please keep us posted on your progress.
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Old 03-06-2015, 09:30 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forums! My advice: hold onto the cushy job until the renovations are done (and verify that there isn't rotten subfloor under that nice bamboo)!

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Thanks for the sound advice B! Yes, intend to keep the job through the renovation and then some. My target is late summer, but not a hard date yet. In the meantime I've already begun to shed unnecessary payments, debts, belongings, and overall downsizing in every facet of my life. It feels great! I'll keep posting my progress. Thanks!
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Old 03-06-2015, 10:10 AM   #6
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Congratulations and enjoy the process. The best feeling in the world will be when you walk out of your office building for the last time and into your next big office - the great outdoors!
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Old 03-06-2015, 04:39 PM   #7
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Welcome to the Airstream community. I think the Overlander is a very nice size for traveling and even living full time. It is a very popular vintage model.

You gotta post some pictures of your new vintage Airstream! And you gotta do your assessment of the rig from the ground up. Tires, brakes, axles, belly pan, frame, subfloor, plumbing, electrical, exterior skins, appliances, windows, vents, etc, etc. There are many systems in an Airstream, and when they are 45 years old, they have many needs. My 66 Trade Wind sure did. You're going to rely on this old lady to keep you comfortable where ever you may go.

Purchase a copy of "Restoring a Dream" by Tim Sheppard from The Vintage Airstream Podcast crew. It's a fun read and would prepare you for what you are getting into.

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Old 03-07-2015, 03:22 PM   #8
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Thanks for the recommendation David! I'll be sure to check that book out. I do plan on posting pics soon. I want to document the whole process
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Tim's book is about restoring his Ambassador. It is the trailer model one size up from your Overlander. My Trade Wind is one size down.

The 1970s trailers are the new body style and quite a bit different than my 66 Trade Wind or Tim's 60 Ambassador. But the "projects" are very similar.

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Old 03-07-2015, 08:03 PM   #10
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I will happily take that comfy, 6-figure, boring, cubicle job and I will stick around town, and see what happens!

Let me know when you vacate and I'll send my resume.
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