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Old 06-18-2011, 06:45 PM   #1
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New owner in WA state!

My name is Erin, and I just bought a 1972 Land Yacht Tradewind for $1500. I'm parking it in a friend's backyard/driveway and plan to live in it while I finish undergrad school - and maybe beyond!

As you might imagine from the low price, she needs a LOT of TLC. I plan to start with an intense, thorough cleaning and then concentrate on making her liveable before I start any remodels.

I expect to have lots of questions about towing, leveling, electric wiring and exterior repair, and living "aboard" without traveling. In fact, I'm going to poke around the forums right now.

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Old 06-18-2011, 07:00 PM   #2
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Welcome Erin,

Glad to have you with us. Poke around all you want and feel free to ask questions as needed.


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Old 06-18-2011, 10:20 PM   #3
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Welcome to the AS forums. You have joined a very special team. The AS Forums are full of fantastic information. I also live in WA ST (west side). In Lacey, WA there is an AS harbor where over 100 ASers live and their AS trailers are stored. There are a number of ASers there who can help make your AS livable and safe. jjustice
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:56 PM   #4
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Yea, welcome Erin:
I'm up in the Bellingham area and in and out of Seattle. Got a nephew who goes to school at Evergreen near Olympia.
I live in my trailer most of the time so I can escape the Web and concentrate on music and writing (in a barn) so it's do-able and cost effective/cozy as well.
Internet a Wood's Cafe couple miles down the road.
Best of luck.
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:07 PM   #5
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Welcome! There are lots of Airstream owners in the northwest, and we occasionally get together for rallies - gather around the campfire, stuff ourselves with potluck, and play music until the wee hours of the morning. That alone makes having an AS worthwhile!

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Old 06-22-2011, 11:09 PM   #6
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Thanks, folks!

Del, I'm at Evergreen, too, actually. One of those "non-traditional" students (I'm 35).

Stephanie, I won't be mobile for a while - gotta save up to buy a truck next! Most likely an old diesel pickup that I can convert to biofuel...
But I'll look forward to rallies eventually!
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