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Old 10-26-2013, 09:05 AM   #1
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Update on Lydia (the Tattooed Lady) was Newbe with '72 Twin

First I want to thank everyone who posts to these forums. I have been able to answer almost all my question just using the search feature.

Now for the update. I first posted in July as "Newbe with '72 Twin" and got lots of suggestions and encouragement. Lydia spent most of the summer at Airstream of New England, a great dealer and service recommended by folks on the forums. While there, she got an AC unit (never had one before), new refrigerator, heater, breaks tires and a brand new Zip Dee awning. They checked all the systems, electric (some bad decisions by a PO), propane (in great shape, just needed a new regulator), water, drainage, tanks and frame, locks, floors, windows, vents for leaks.

In August she got a companion, Groucho, her tow vehicle. Groucho is a dark grey 2010 Ford 150 with a long bed to accommodate our tandem bicycle.

In September we took her home and I pulled out all the soft goods, cleaned everything, polished the stove and oven and waxed the floor and tried out all the systems. I was very happy with what I found. A few signs of leaking, probably the windows, one small front corner of floor rot that we will fix in the spring. Otherwise everything looks great. She needs some serious cosmetic work but most of the tambours, doors hardware are in great shape. I'll keep the original finish and cabinets but plan on a modification to the beds to make a king out of the two twins. PO removed the front gaucho and put in a dinette, a good decision for our use.

This week we winterized as per suggestions on this forum. I will be making new curtains, cushion covers etc. over the winter. In the spring I plan to repaint the interior walls, reconfigure the beds and put in more storage. Then the big plan, tattoos for Lydia. My husband and I are both amateur face and body painters and we plan to use Lydia as a base for our body painting adventures. First big trip, Burning Man, gifting body painting, of course.

Again, thanks for al your help and I'll keep you posted.
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:30 PM   #2
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More updates

After a looong winter covered in snow, Lydia emerged more or less in tact. I have replaced all the window gaskets, pulled up the floor and calked around all the windows, sealed the bumper where the storage box connects and polished the rusted chrome hub caps. We found three small areas of floor rot in the front. I think that I know where the leaks are coming from. Today I removed all the silicone calk along one front seam. Hopefully resealing this will reduce the leaks that caused the floor rot. If that doesn't work I'll look into resealing the vent. I removed both twin beds the wall on the street side between the kitchen and bedroom area in order to make way for custom layout that will include a storage cabinet(for body paints) and pull out queen bed.
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:18 PM   #3
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More update on Lydia, heading out this weekend

Since may we have done nothing but work to get Lydia on the road and we take the plunge on Thursday. Out to the Berkshires before we head out on a 4,000+ mile trip to Burning Man. We have repaired all the leaks, repaired rot in the floors, put down new flooring, repainted, reupholstered, and put in a new folding bed and storage cabinet. I have started on her tattoos. Our tow vehicle, Groucho, is being engineered to carry our co2 tanks (for body painting), generator and tandem bicycle.
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Wow, starting to really look great!
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Wow is right, I love the body art!
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Must be an engineer. Great/interesting use of the 80/20.
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Nice, I would love to hear more about the 80-20 too.
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:50 PM   #9
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Maiden Voyage/Shake down Cruise

Took Lydia and Groucho to the Berkshires for the weekend. Probably the first time she's been more than 50 miles for over a decade. Everything went well until we hooked up the water and a pipe let loose. Fortunately we were in a very friendly place and got lots of help, parts and advise. Now we have a to do/to get list that will keep us busy for the next several days. The interior is almost finished and packed with just about all we plan to take. With full tanks she's still under her 5800 gross limit. We weighted her at the truck stop.
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Ready to head west

Lydia and Groucho are ready for their big adventure. I finished the last of her paintings and DH has finished the interior and Groucho's storage racks. Pretty much spent the entire spring and summer getting them ready. Now we can just hope that they will make the 4,000 mile trip to Burning Man in NV. We'll be passing through Ontario and Yellowstone along the way.
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