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Old 07-09-2013, 09:20 PM   #1
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Hello fellow 'streamers! (Gosh, that's great to finally be able to say that!) I wanted to introduce myself after a few months of lurking and a few years of dreaming. Our Airstream hopes are practical with a healthy dose of wanderlust.

Over the 4th of July weekend my guy and I bought a 1976 Airstream Sovereign. Her name is Rosie (pretty common for an AS, I imagine) and she's lovely. Actually, with enough work, I hope she will be lovely. Rosie's got quite the sordid past..............

(Hint: we've got something in common with the show Breaking Bad)

Yep, last weekend we purchased a former mobile meth lab. Did I mention she's going to need WORK? Between you, me and the rest of the AS community, I think the real crime was letting a beautiful Airstream almost go to waste.

My partner and I are on the younger end of the Airstreamer spectrum (we are both 27) and we are here to soak up as much as we can. Full Monty here we come!

Advice and comments welcome. THRILLED to join the club!


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That's my goofball guy, and that's the happiest I've ever seen him!
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:29 PM   #2
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And here I thought Walter White's story was fiction!! :-)

Welcome! Interesting start - perhaps you, unlike Heisenberg, will demonstrate the power of redemption! Keep the pics coming as you make progress!!
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:34 PM   #3
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Welcome to the AS forms!!! Post lots of pics, ask lots of questions, people are real friendly around here. There is a good number of younger folks, people with kids, so you are not alone. Again welcome!
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:37 PM   #4
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Welcome to the Forum! You are off to a good start among this crowd...Photos!
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:40 PM   #5
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Oh, now that you've thrown out all the innards, don't. Cause they're hard to replace, or other folks might need them.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:41 PM   #6
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Welcome Rosie and her owners! What are your plans? Wish I was doing a full Monty at 27!
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:44 PM   #7
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That I a beaut of a meth lab!! Can't wait to see more!!!
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:56 PM   #8
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Thank you all for the warm welcome! My other half remarked that he feels like we've just joined a very exclusive club. I believe we have!

reinergirl, we are still very much in the planning stages but I think we are going to keep much of the original layout intact ( we have a rear twin model and it suits our needs well) with a few modifications in the galley... a desk and more counterspace at the expense of some of the closet space.

Unfortunately, not much of the interior is salvageable. Everything is corroded and covered in a mysterious film. Byproduct of the meth lab?

We should have the blog live by tomorrow!
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:24 PM   #9
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Welcome! Looks a lot like ours. Keep the parts, you may need them later since they may not be readily available for your model. You'll love your Rosie! Fix what is broken then hit the road for a short trip. You'll know what you need then. Have lots of fun! Say, its an intervention!!!
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:01 AM   #10
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I will be picking up my "new" 2008 30ft Classic this month from a private owner, and have zero knowledge, but after years of thinking, looking, I am in. Every story has a beginning and AS are like like rescue animals, they find us. So congrats, on new beginnings, and welcome to the learning curve. My wife suggested this week end I rent a U haul and practice backing up, like I said new beginnings.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:02 AM   #11
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At least keep as much of the salvageable hardware that you can! The wood and counter tops can be replaced but the hardware can if available cost a fortune! and yes more interior pics please!
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:13 AM   #12
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Oh, now that you've thrown out all the innards, don't. Cause they're hard to replace, or other folks might need them.
The real issue is that if/when you build new interior furniture you will need something to make a copy of that wall curve inside your new-to-you AS.

Having the furniture to work from makes that job surprisingly easy. Just like we use a pattern to make clothes from, you need one to efficiently replace your furniture.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:52 AM   #13
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We're not quite as young as you guys, but definitely also at the younger end for RV and trailer owners.

We're currently renovating a 1984 34' International - mechanics are all done, now putting in flooring and having everything re-upholstered. I am hoping that we'll be able to take it out at least a couple of times this August and then finish the interior completely come fall.

Like others have said, don't throw anything away until you know for 100% sure you won't need it anymore.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:16 AM   #14
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Yea, ditto on keeping the stuff as patters. All the odd curves of a AS make building things tricky. Scrub and clean as much as you can first. Then look at replacing.
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