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Old 10-18-2007, 09:56 PM   #1
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Thumbs up The Accidental Airstreamer

I've been living in a 25' non-Airstream trailer for the last couple of years, parked next to my pottery studio, and on October 1st my local mechanic asked if I wanted to buy his '73 Sovereign that he & his wife had been living in for the last 4 years, only wanted a thousand dollars.
I know diddly-squat about trailers, but Airstream meant quality to me so I basically said yes, sight-unseen. It's in OK shape, not great, but most things work, at least for stationary use, I mean he towed it here from 15 miles away, on the highway, without mishap. It's parked next to my 1968 "Golden Falcon", my own little trailer park.
The main issue now is that the PO's were heavy smokers, so of course I've been perusing the Interior and Cleaning threads pretty exhaustively. It's already way better smelling now that all fabric and foam and the couch are gone to the dump, (yes, I saved the little plastic curtain sliders, in case they're irreplaceable) but I'm going to also clean, scuff, prime, and paint all reasonable surfaces. I'm gradually coming to terms with the orange counter-top.
For those restoration folks, I'll be giving away various small accessories, including the way cool but dust-catching wire paper towel holder, and the "instrument panel" above the tape-player, etc. Look for these & other items in the classifieds soon.
I do a lot of "rescue" work of senior dogs, (currently caring for 10) so they'll have the run of the old trailer (our current abode), when I'm not home, then allowed in the Airstream, under supervision, in the evenings!
Thanks to those of you who created and support the forum; it's a treasure-trove of info & support.
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Old 10-18-2007, 10:01 PM   #2
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Old 10-18-2007, 10:32 PM   #3
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Old 10-19-2007, 04:50 AM   #4
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Welcome and bless you for your work with the elderly dogs. I work in a child abuse program for the State and in my travels have "acquired" 4 cats and 8 dogs, EXTRA. All have been placed in wonderful loving homes "mostly mine". Have fun with your project. Sometimes we hardly have time for work for playing in our Airstreams. Be careful, getting one Airstream often leads to getting more.
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Old 10-19-2007, 05:07 AM   #5
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Yo Claydog-welcome to the art of "aluminum living" forums!-Do you sell your wares at artfairs or are you teaching alot? What kind of pottery do you make? Although I dont live in my 71 safari, I am an oldtime functional potter as well and used to teach the wheel at the local center for the arts-good luck to ya---jim
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Old 10-20-2007, 09:21 AM   #6
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Still potting, love teaching

I still love making pots, enjoy making dishes for people to use, get great enjoyment when folks tell me they use my mug or bowl every day, that it's their favorite. I just don't do those killer outdoor fairs where you sit in the rain or 90 degree heat with no sales, thinking about bills not getting paid.
There's a potter who has his Airstream set up as a gallery, takes it to fairs and conventions, SO cute!
Teaching throwing is pretty rewarding, getting students past the shock of how difficult it is, when it looks so EASY....
Free lessons to any Airstream owners in the area!
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