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Old 10-30-2019, 07:42 AM   #1
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Introducing The Mercer's

Hello everyone. Figured I'd take the time to say hello. My family is mostly complete with a shell off restoration. We picked up a 31', 1973 Sovereign about 3 years ago knowing full well what it needed. As I sit here typing this up, insulation is going in and interior panels are being re-installed sans their vinyl and filth. We've done most of the work ourselves, but everyone knows that means we had a bunch of help from family and friends!

We've been camping frequently for about 5 years in a smaller camper that we built from the ground up. There are bunk beds and a composting toilet, and comfortable beds for mom and dad. The dog and kiddos have their own space as well. We knew we wanted to do a camper restoration, but we had no experience so we did a build on a shoestring budget before tackling the airstream. Now, we've 2 more kids and a bunch of things we've learned and put into the airstream restoration/renovation.

Anyhow, just wanted to say hello and introduce us. We've been mostly local camping to spend more time with our family. These rigs have allowed us to spend more time in the past 5 years than the prior 10 combined. Cheers!
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Old 10-30-2019, 08:31 AM   #2
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Congrats on the rig and on your progress to date. We like pictures, so add some when you are able so we can share in your labors.

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Old 10-30-2019, 08:47 AM   #3
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Welcome!
My first Airstream was a 1973.
My children, now mid-aged adults, have good memories of our times in that trailer.
They still talk about the adventures we had 30 years ago.
I hope the same for you!
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Old 10-30-2019, 08:53 AM   #4
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Here are a couple to show what she is. I hope it shows the potential and life i saw in this rig! These are from a while ago.

Our kids absolutely love going camping. Its my desire that we do more of this and a lot less of the mundane grind that is all too common.
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Old 10-30-2019, 09:27 AM   #5
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Nice! Welcome to the family!

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Old 11-15-2019, 08:00 AM   #6
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Its cold!

Okay, so northeast Ohio weather has gotten cold so my attention has shifted back to the interior. Here are some pictures of the beds after we got them sealed with some wax.

You might be able to see the bumper almost ready to go back on!

I also started insulating the door and put in the bottom aluminum panel.
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