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Old 04-18-2011, 07:55 PM   #41
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Way to go!

Brenda and Cece, you are inspiring. Contrary to some other opinions here, I think you can be quite arguably green in an Airstream. After all, any shelter you occupy and maintain has environmental costs. Staying small helps minimize them. I've been living as green as I can in my used 2004 22' CCD for a month and hope to do so for years to come. I'm in the San Diego area near the ocean so heating and cooling are hardly necessary, and you can be quite water-conscious even in an unmodified AS.
All I've done so far is go with LEDs, conserve water, and be parsimonious with my hot water use. Oh, and I eat vegan, which in itself is a tremendously green thing to do. Even doing just that, I feel tremendously green and lighthearted.
Proper sealants are necessary, but McMansions are not, so don't feel too bad ;-)
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Old 04-30-2011, 10:54 PM   #42
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Hi Lee (lbdesign) -

You are a breath of fresh air.. thanks for writing. Love what you are doing and liked reading your blog and story. Keep it up!
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Old 05-22-2011, 08:23 PM   #43
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Hi everyone -

We are working with Blue Gold For Life - water filtration company. People were curious about what rain water filtration system we will be using. Danny created 2 filters - one for the rain water to go through (coming off the roof down the side of the airstream) on it's way to the fresh water tank and one to attach to the outgoing water line as it leaves the fresh water tank on it's way to sinks, shower, etc. The rain water filtration includes a sediment filter, a carbon filter and finally a UV filter. Once it passes through this filter (mounted under the bed frame and accessed by the outside hatch) it will head to the fresh water tank. The second in line filter for water leaving the fresh water tank is a ceramic and carbon filter that will kill 99% bacteria and viruses. This is a precautionary measure as the water in the fresh water tank is assumed ok at this point but you never know what might be building up in the tank.

Danny is working on a grey water recycling filter that will allow the grey water to return to the fresh water tank. He is still in research mode. More to come and pics as well as soon as it's installed.
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:35 AM   #44
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Can't wait for some pictures!!
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I read part of your website and look forward to following your story. BTW there is another person that started a thread next to yours today that is interesting also.
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What's the link to the thread.. would love to take a look
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:45 AM   #47
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I am trying to launch a project My EcoVillage, a documentary series where we travel to established EcoVillages around the globe & share what we learn from the Bioneers in the EcoVillage movement.
Our dream is to travel in an Airstream but currently cannot afford to purchase one. Can anyone donate theirs to this meaningful project? You will receive credit on our website, myecovillage.tv and we can even include you in one of our webisodes!
Please contact me at gabriela@myecovillage.tv
Keep in mind that we need a VERY large Airstream 'cause there are 6 of us (at least) traveling.
Thank you so much in advance!
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Old 05-26-2011, 07:44 AM   #48
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The filtration system sounds really awesome! I can't wait to see how it's implemented. Someday I hope I'm also able to do something like this.
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Old 06-02-2011, 10:07 AM   #49
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@brocklives - thanks... pics will come soon. We are installing the floor and counter tops and having the couch reupholstered right now. Next is putting the bed frame back in and mounting the UV water filtration filters to the bed frame.
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:28 AM   #50
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Howdy all - We are currently working with our cabinet sponsor to pick out the correct low VOC adhesive to use when applying the eco wood veneer. We learned from Airstream that the bulkhead doors (radius doors) are made from expanded polyurethane made by Jasper and the flat from cabinet doors are high pressure laminate. 3M makes a greenguard certified product that can be used to adhere the veneer to the cabinets. It's called 30-NF contact adhesive. It took a bit of research but now we have the product and the installer is beginning Friday. One step at a time . We are heading out full-time on 8/1. We can't wait.
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:41 PM   #51
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Here are some after photos.. turned out pretty nice
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Old 08-08-2011, 05:11 PM   #52
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Here's a pic of the inside...

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I especially love your cabinet refresh. It looks great. The lack of bathroom walls is interesting, but I really like the shower door. Hopefully you'll be blogging your full time travels so we can follow along.
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wow

Impressive. Both the design and execution. I see nothing but skills, vision, and lots and lots of heart poured into this project.

I most enjoy the open floor plan you've created. Very flexible with whatever happens. Clean, minimalist, modern, sleek. I love it. Well done.

Please drop me a line if your travels bring you into the Willamette Valley.

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Have enjoyed it thus far. Very attractively done on the re-model!!
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Hi everyone thanks so much. The one thing not pictured yet is the curtain room divider. There used to be an accordion door that went to another rv'er. We will be putting curtains in to divide the living space from the bedroom/bathroom space. This will offer a bit of privacy but it is still pretty open We are also building a work desk that will go against the wall so we can sit and work/use the computer. This will be made of kirei and is going in in the next month or two...

We will continue to blog and play and be sustainable... take care and would love to see you all out on the road somewhere.
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Old 08-12-2011, 01:35 PM   #57
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Hey everyone -

We have been full-timing now for 3 months and all is going great. We are heading from Santa Cruz, CA to Austin, TX after Thanksgiving for an Airstream open house in Austin on 12/10. House and Earth, a local eco store is hosting the event and we are excited as this will be our first open house. On our way down we will be spending 5 days or so in the Tucson, AZ area and are looking for folks that have open space in their driveway or yard to host us during the work week. Most likely this would be around 11/28. We are also wondering of good beach areas to go to in TX as we want to spend Christmas time on the water and in the sun after our time in Austin. Any ideas are welcome.
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rain water collection

As of today, 4/24/2012, we haven't installed a rain water collection system for the Airstream. We had 2 folks that were trying to help us design a system but that didn't pan out. Anyone out there have a success story? That's the one piece in our off grid/off pipe remodel that we can't figure out.
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There is another green device for making drinking water called ecoloblue.
Its an atmospheric water generator that works off of solar panels.
In humid climates produces 5-7 gallons of filtered drinking water. It's filtered
8 times and has a stainless steel collector.
www.ecoloblue.com
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