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Old 12-07-2007, 11:06 PM   #1
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Looking to live fulltime in an Airstream, up here in Canada. Some say I'm nuts, but my friends can see it. I've travelled in a VW van for 6 months with 2 of my kids, but that was all sunny and hot and the great outdoors was our living room. This will definitely be a little different. So, no, I'm not actually kidless, just dependent free. The last one is officially an adult, and now it's a bit of me time. I've been drawn to the airstreams since I watched the caravans pass through central BC in the 70's. I'm currently looking at a 69 27' Overlander. I have read dozens of your forums, and I will try to be patient and not grab the 1st one.

Very glad to be on board. Hope to eventually provide a little insights to a single woman living fulltime in an Airstream in the north.

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Old 12-07-2007, 11:13 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. Take your time, and the right Airstream will show up. There's plenty of help here on the Forums if you need it.

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Old 12-08-2007, 10:00 AM   #3
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that was all sunny and hot and the great outdoors was our living room.
you could always come down to southern california if you want that weather all year round

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Old 12-08-2007, 10:27 AM   #4
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Good for you. Lynn and I don't think full timing is for us but those we know that do it and have done it have/had a blast. If meeting and enjoying different people around the continent pleases you go for it. 27' should be plenty of room for your creature comforts and big enough for an occasional travel companion. Be sure the Overlander is in tip top condition as repairs on the road can be expensive and somewhat annoying. Best Wishes.
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Old 12-08-2007, 08:38 PM   #5
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Thanks for the welcome everyone.
I'm 2 steps closer. The 69 Overlander I'm looking at has to be transported over 2200 miles, and is in pretty much perfect shape for me. The 74 Sovereign is only blocks from me, but I'm not too crazy about the 74 look and this one needs a bit of work. The cost difference may be over $12-15,000. So, here's my question. Is it really a terrible thing to pull out the 70's finish and put in wood, or a more 60's or natural finish look?

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Old 12-08-2007, 10:44 PM   #6
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I have seen some nice jobs of replacing the "wood" in a 70's trailer. I have also seen some real hack jobs. If it is done right, I think it is great. I still have the original in mine and for some strange reason, I like it.

Remember the curved walls will make the replacement much harder to do. It will also add weight to the trailer as wood weighs more then 70's "wood".

A third option is to wait for one to show up closer to you with the options you want. I searched for 8 months before I found mine. I also walked away from some for various reasons.
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Old 12-08-2007, 11:45 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forums! I got my Tradewind from a couple just outside Gibsons (Roberts Creek)! Good luck with your search!
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Old 01-07-2008, 12:17 AM   #8
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No Longer Wannabe - Got it for Me!

Yesterday I purchased my 31' 1975 Sovereign. Don't have to move it, and when I need to, it will be moved for free. It's pretty much original, and can be used right away. Turns out my son would like to live in it awhile. Maybe its a good thing to pause the renovations idea and keep it in it's original state. I'm very excited. I'm definitely hooked. Have already started giving away my possessions in order to live in it full time. Somewhere I'll start a blog.

Cheers to all. Happy New Year
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Christina, Congrats on you new trailer. Now you will need to update your Avatar! Hope you get to enjoy it soon. Happy Trails, Ed
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Old 01-07-2008, 10:58 AM   #10
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Congrats on the new trailer! Be sure to post some pics when you can.
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Great stuff Christina, glad you found your Airstream.

There are quite a few of us Airstreamers in the lower mainland, Vancouver Island, and I've seen several on our trips up the Sunshine Coast. You live in a paradise and to add the advantage of living in an Airstream sure makes sense to me.

As I'm sure you know by now we love pictures.

Glad to have you on the forum.

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Maybe its a good thing to pause the renovations idea and keep it in it's original state.
christina,

it is a good idea to take your time on this. as an architect i always encourage clients to live in their house for awhile before the decide to renovate because then they can see how they really use the space as they live in it. of course i didn't nothing of the sort with my flying cloud and immediately ripped out the interior....as the saying goes, do as i say, not as i do
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David, the timing of your comment is quite amazing. I must have said almost the exact same words today. Since my son is going to live in it for a month or more, I figured I'd live in it awhile before making any changes. Thought maybe the 70's look would actually grow on me. Plus, instead of downsizing too drastically, I'd put a few of my favourite things in storage and try this full time, small space living, before I take the full plunge. I am getting offers to house sit 'land' for free, so the dots are lining up.

Your words couldn't have been more timely.
Thanks a million

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Good day eh! Glad your ducks are lining up in a row. If and when you're ready to remodel your trailer save everything you remove to use as patterns for what ever you're going to replace it with. I'd say use wood if that is the look you're wanting, the weight difference for a trailer is not going to all that much. In fact when I remodel mine, I'm staying with wood but using thicker and stronger material. If I add a hundred pounds in the process, I'll not even notice it when pulling with my truck. What are you using as a tow vehicle?
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