In late June of 1999 I was
packing to head out to the Airstream International Rally in Dayton for a week,
with my first Airstream trailer... a 21' Sovereign, when a friend emailed me
that she wanted to buy it. The next morning as I was getting ready to take off
another friend emailed me that she had seen a 1996 25 footer w/the double bed in
the Traderonline. It was in Atlanta, only 3 hours from me. I called and 15
minutes later I owned it... sight unseen! I went to Dayton and didn't actually
get to Atlanta for 10 days. Buying the trailer sight unseen was the smartest
thing I've ever done. When I got to the dealer there were five checks backing up
my deal, in case it fell through, and they had over 30 calls on it. The trailer
was in like new condition....
The trailer has been an ongoing
First I changed all the cabinet hardware, it was very
cheap shiny brass looking crap. Then I took the mirrors out of the upper
cabinets and replaced them with bead board paneling, I paneled the fridge doors
as well. I also painted some walls, more about that later. I "Adirondacked" the
living room cornice boards. I also put wood paneling on the living room walls...
the wood is very light of course. The kitchen has been remodeled and I built a
computer desk in the living room. The curtains are gone, giving me a panoramic
view out the front widows. I removed the folding bedroom door and installed a
curtain and did the same in the shower.
I changed the cornice boards and the
headboard in the bedroom...they now have vintage Beacon camp blanket fabric and
the comforter duvet cover is a vintage pattern with a red background and pine
cones. I have lots of pictures of the changes so bear with me. I'll start with
Now for some interior
This is the couch which used to make into a
3/4 bed, it no longer does because of the new desk. I keep my prized vintage Navajo rugs on the white couch to protect it from the dogs and because I love the rugs. The antique "Old Hickory"chair is where I sit all the time. The dogs use the couch. I ripped out
all the curtains, giving me a panoramic view out the front and have covered the
funky wall covering with lightweight wood panels. I also ripped out the w/w
carpet, except in the bedroom, and put down wood looking sheet vinyl. Everyone
who visits thinks it's a wood floor.
I don't like the look of mirrored cabinet doors so I took out the
mirrors and put in birch bead board paneling cut to fit, you can see part of my
Lionel trains that I've had since 1950.
The pulls are made from shed antlers.
The fridge photo shows
the same bead board paneling covering the doors. Very easy to do, all you need
is a Screwdriver Oh, and birch beadboard paneling carried by Lowes and Home Depot.....and a table saw. Use the old panels as a template, just mark and cut
the same size.
The bedroom has a double bed which is against
the side wall, this makes it a bit hard to change the sheets ... but it's worth
the aggravation to have the dresser on the opposite wall. I have the
bedroom Tivo also wired to the satellite dish which has a dual LNB. I can
watch one TV and tape a different channel on the other.
There are four large
drawers in the dresser. I also have two full length closets....one more than
many of the larger Airstreams. I put shelves in one of the closets and have
hanging clothes, like dresses, in the other.
An antique shelf on the dresser
holds my stuffed bears and stuff. I also have little stuffies, like Beanie Babies
over the cabinet above the head of the bed.
I did a bathroom remodel..... Here's the before and after....Here's a link to the remodel
Here's the remodeled kitchen. I removed the
Moen "One touch" faucet and replaced it with a Kohler pull out spray faucet. The
white thing on the counter is a Sunbeam Hot Shot, the best way to heat water for
instant coffee or tea. I painted the walls a taupe grey. There's no reason to
live with the silvery wallboard that comes in travel trailers.... a coat of oil
base Kilz and you can paint the walls any latex color you want. The 2 burner
Gaggeneau cooktop is new, and gives me over a foot more counter space. The
Wilsonart counter top is also new. I got rid of the stove and oven and now have
two large drawers where the oven was. Lower left you can see an antique fishing
creel where I keep doggy doodoo cleanup bags.
I made a website detailing the kitchen remodel
This photo shows both my wonderful pull out
pantry and to the right is the "bookcase" I added.
It's really an oak upper
kitchen cabinet from Home Depot, but at 12" x 12" x 30" tall it worked and I
keep some of my prized vintage horse book collection in it.
Mostly the books are
Paul Browns and C.W. Andersons. That's the late great Cody peeking around the corner.
He was really not demonic, the flash made his eye look it though.
This was the microwave that came with the trailer. I really didn't like walking in and having a microwave in my face, so I changed it.
First thing I did was get a smaller microwave, with a turntable which the first one didn't have.
Now here's what I see when I walk in, this nice old western oil painting. Much nicer than looking at a microwave door. The painting is on a red board which lifts up. Not only does it look good, but it gives me some storage around the microwave.
Here is the tv stand in the
living room and my red wall.
My TV is a 15" Sony LDC and the satellite receiver
is a Hughes Tivo DVR. I have an automatic Winegard roof satellite dish which I
love. The positioner is the black box to the left of the TV. All the hookups are
on the wall behind the tv.
There is also a phone hook up there and a 12 v plug.
Above the tv on the wall you can see the thermostat which controls the A/C, the
electric heat pump and the gas furnace.
This is the new computer
desk that I built, which is where the old dining table stood. The door and
drawer pulls are made from shed deer antlers. I really enjoy having the table
lamp, it's much nicer than the 12 volt trailer lights in the evening. When I'm
on the road I get online using my cellphones, I have both Verizon and Sprint. I
also have wifi for places that offer it. My beloved and much missed Border
Collie Brady is the
wallpaper photo on my laptop.
My friend Judy found this deer skull on her
farm in Maine. Note the cornice board, which I re-did in the Adirondack style.
The painting on the left is one I bought on ebay I couldn't resist it because
the dog is a tri-color Border Collie, like Tucker.
The one on the right was
painted by my friend, animal artist Lynn Wade. The horse is her Belgian, "Major", who used
to be a carriage horse at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. He retired to
her farm in Ocala, Florida.
You can see the wood ceiling, I replaced the white pleather this spring.
This is a photo of my
Hensley Arrow Hitch. It eliminates sway and fishtailing. No white knuckle rides
for me when 18 wheelers go flying by. The sale all happened so fast that I had
one shipped to Atlanta to be installed before I drove the new trailer
Speaking of the drive home. One
glitch, my GMC 1500 Suburban, with the 5.7 V8, didn't have enough ooomph to pull
the weight of this trailer. It did fine on the flat, but struggled up
hills.............. So..... I went out and bought a new truck. I got a '99 Ford
F-250 SuperDuty. It's a monster puller with the 7.3 Powerstroke Diesel. It also
has 4 wheel drive and a crew cab. Nice long wheelbase for towing, but hell in
parking lots. I named him Bruiser. I got the Lariat version which has leather,
CD player, cassette deck.... all the toys! I have "tricked" Bruiser out with a
fancy stainless steel grill and rocker panels, pin stripes and wheel well trim,
also a burl wood dashboard. I wanted the crew cab because of the dogs. I
transformed the huge back seat into a platform so
they can stretch out comfortably while I'm driving. I have the Century Royal cap for over the bed.... I also have a Bedslide
System for the back so I
don't have to crawl in and out every time I need something back there. It's
basically a large drawer which holds all your stuff and provides easy
access.. The photo is Bruiser on the road to the summit of Mt. Washington in
Well, that's it for photos
of the toys. Below you will find some links that you might want to
The WBCCI, which is the organization
for Airstream owners. Those red numbers you see on the front of them are the
owner's registration number. Mine is 2268.
Escapees is for fulltimers who have
no homebase. You get mail forwarding and phone calls. You become a Texas
resident with their address as yours. One advantage of being a Texas resident is
they have no state income tax. No personal property tax on vehicles
The Airstream List is an internet
mailing list, which I manage, where people who have Airstreams come to discuss
them. You don't need to have trailer to subscribe, and if you have a trailer it
doesn't need to be an Airstream.
LINKS -Click on the logos
Here are the states I've been to with the
trailer. So far.
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