My husband and I have had a couple of vintage campers, but this is our first Airstream. We just picked up a '73 Tradewind that's in what I'd consider decent shape. It's definitely a project, but nothing we can't tackle.
What I'd love to do is a complete walk-through and learn what all is there so I can figure out what works and what doesn't. My head is spinning.
Black water tanks, pull out awnings, potable water tanks, dump stations, floor rot, switches all over the place, tambor doors that play nice and some that don't...Weird hooks in the wall, things that make me think, "What the heck is THAT for?"... And was a family of rogue squirrels living in there??
Sigh. I wish I could go out to the Airstream dealer and beg them to give me a tour of the thing. I'm reading everything I can and so far someone has left a nice little breadcrumb trail behind them for just about anything I'm wondering about, but it would be nice to just have an Airstream Orientation Class.
So it's us and 2 young ones at home. I have an 18 year old who's away at college and probably would rather eat glass than spend a couple of weeks on the road with her mom, so the full size bed in front with the 2 twins in back is perfect for us. I have dents to pull, crimps to roll out, floor sections to replace, hardener and sealant to roll, floor to put down, walls to spray, yellowed plastic to whiten.
That's us in a nutshell for now. There are pics of everything so far in the link in my signature line.
-Alana (just outside Chicago)