Hello to you all! We are excited to get to know many of you and I hope to glean from the wealth of information in these forums and all the new and experienced folks that have walked this road before us.
My grandfather was a Carpenter and all-around handy guy and he taught me many skills throughout my childhood. However, I generally only used them on small repairs, room renovations, and basic projects.
Our family journey began when I decided to finish the concrete blank canvas basement in our townhome near Denver,CO. After finishing the project I felt I had stretched my skillsets enough to take on a full home remodel. So we flipped the TH for some profit and After 2 years and a long closing process, where I battled with the bank in a Pre-foreclosure short sale, we ended up purchasing what felt like it would be our forever dream home in Evergreen, CO. (our Instagram handle for the home reno is Our_Evergreen_Home)
My wife and I tore the 4000 sf house down to the studs and rebuilt it while living in it over the course of 2 years. In the covid crisis of 2020 I lost my non-profit job in youth work and began a new conversation with the Mrs. While we loved our life and home, we were both feeling trapped by traditional 9-5-esque jobs that we felt had too much control over our lives, our time, vacation leave, family time, and more. So instead of returning to a traditional job I got my Colorado brokers license thinking that already being 2 investment properties deep, I might be a good fit for the Real Estate investment world.
As I learned more about REI I quickly determined that instead of flipping our Evergreen home, I would turn it into an investment rental in order to start drawing consistent passive income from it. The Mrs. was set on quitting her job and traveling as well, so we hatched a plan to purchase a 5th wheel trailer, rent out the home, and hit the road seeking adventure and more investment opportunities; all while living conservatively off different forms of passive investment and the occasional project income.
I have always loved vintage Airstreams, but when we came up with our vagabond plan, I hadn't thought of the trailer itself as a project or investment. I simply started looking for a 5th wheel that was affordable, could accommodate our little family of 3, and ready to roll. During our search for a trailer an old friend reached out to me and let me know she had an old 1978 25' Airstream Tradewind from her Grandfather, and knowing my penchant for projects, asked if I would be interested?
I did some research, and began to realize the massive undertaking a full reno would be, the new skills I would need and had yet to acquire, and the large (and often underestimated) scale of such a project. BUT I also quickly realized what a great investment it could be... And I love a good opportunity to purchase an asset instead of a liability.
So, after seeing the trailer, feeling the soft floors, and recognizing that it probably had a frame up re-build in it's future, we decided to commit and purchased her for $8,000.
We brought our new family member, Eleanor as she will now be known, home and I immediately started our new project. Over the past week, I have carefully gutted her, saving and labeling any and all the dividers, parts, and appliances that might either be re-used or used as a template when the time comes to rebuild her. Additionally I pulled out the lower half of my interior skins, dropped the grey tank and removed the above sub-floor black tank that was in my rotting rear bath. Then began the process of cutting out the subfloor. Thankfully the frame looks good so FAR.
At this point I am still determining whether I will do the full shell off, or attempt the shell on subfloor replacement. There is rot from the door to the front of the trailer as well as rot in the old rear bath. Any thoughts on this are appreciated
Thanks for reading our story! I hope to get to know many of you better and look forward to joining the vintage trailer community as our Journey continues to develop! Best wishes and God-speed to All!