Thank you for letting me know you enjoy learning about Wednesday the Airstream Adventure Mobile, a 27′ vintage 1975 Overlander. We bought her in September, on a Wednesday (See “Introducing Wednesday, our Airstream Adventure” for this story). She does have her own Instagram account @WednesdayTheAirstream) which has been fun for discovering that community. Sit back, relax and enjoy Wednesday the Airstream updates (as of November 2019) and a little bit of fun stuff at the end.
Adventure Attitude and Airstreams
“It has taken me a long time to truly understand that adventuring is what makes my soul light up and my heart open. Something I knew as a child, but somehow those messages got lost along the way.
Traveling with my home is where I find both comfort and experience. With the ability to hitch up my home and take it with me on my adventure, I find the nervous excitement of the unknown, yet travel with the comforting experience of the familiar.”
-Karen Flett, Living the Airstream Life
What do you feel when you think of Airstreams? I’ve been searching to describe the freedom people feel when I discuss remodeling my vintage airstream to turn it into a rolling home. To me, I found this sense of freedom after going deep into discovering who I am. I discovered adventure, as I like to say, in my backyard. It’s a way of looking at life, with childlike wonder. When I think about my future rolling home, it isn’t about living the gypsy life. It’s about exploring other people’s “backyard” while helping them (you?) find their (your?) sense of adventure, what sets them (you?) free.
Just as creating my adventurous outlook took work, so does renovating Wednesday the Airstream Adventure Mobile. We watch hundreds of how-to videos, and many more to go. I am developing the vision for how we want her to be designed. Meanwhile still working on creating and growing businesses that will allow us to travel in our home. Don’t be fooled by all the pretty images on many accounts you see on social media or other blogs. It’s slow. There are surprises (like chipmunk nests, old tools and water drips). But we have determination and the ability to see that it will be worth it.
Home is where you park it
We consider ourselves blessed to have a place to stay and to park Wednesday during her renovations. We have access to some tools and space to work. One of the first things we bought is a metal shed to store all her insides. We also bought some tarps and poles to build a protective cover over her for the winter months. Ken and I may use this shade structure next summer at Burning Man…we haven’t decided yet.
When we bought Wednesday, the previous owner had already started some work. They pulled the kitchen counter from its spot. The flooring and the frame had work done. After taking out the things the past owner had worked on, we set on taking out the rest. This did not happen in a day! We have created an excel sheet to keep track of our expenditures, as well as our wish list. “They” (aka experts) say that it will cost twice what we expect and will take twice as long as we plan.
We went to an Airstream rally to check it out. There were about 20 of them, many new. We saw one Argosy (similar to one we “almost” bought). I think learning about this rally was our first inkling we had unknowingly joined a cult.
Vintage Airstream Restorers
The best part of the rally was meeting Brad Taylor, who heads the Oregon Airstream Club . He owns a business restoring vintage Airstreams (Shiny Shacks . His wisdom about our upcoming adventure? “You’ll find two things in every vintage trailer project: leaks; and rodents”. Brad says he is busy with renovation projects through the end of 2020 . His daughter owns a local business doing the same thing (Wayward Trailers ).
Learning how to camp with trailers
Lost somewhere in Pinterest I found an inspiration for this year’s Halloween pumpkin. It’s been a few years since I’ve carved a pumpkin. Do you do more than basic scary pumpkin faces? I am grateful for my brother, who gave me a little insight and lots of encouragement to go for it. Do you agree my pumpkin rendition of Wednesday the Airstream came out pretty well? I shared it with some of the Airstream groups – and hundreds have agreed I made a cool pumpkin!
Wednesday’s Dump Run Adventure
Taking out (almost) all the things. What to save? What to dump?
Fun in the bathroom
Is she pretty yet?
At the dump
Wednesday the Airstream plans
In addition to watching YouTube tutorials, we have been exploring Airstream Forums, Vintage Airstream and Facebook groups. It has a wealth of info of all sorts about Airstreams. There are also a few places for information about vintage Airstreams (such as some of the suppliers Vintage Trailer Gaskets & Vintage Trailer Supply ) I called one of them and they were incredibly patient and helpful. I am sure they know I will be a future customer!
We are at a point where we need to commit to a layout for Wednesday the Airstream Adventure Mobile. Especially since the electrical will need to be figured out: what kind of lighting do I want? and where? What about appliances? How do we rig it so we can add solar later? Below is a basic idea of what I want. Changing the back bathroom to a queen size bedroom. We plan to have a small “wet” bath on one side. I would like a deep kitchen sink (instead of the two shallow ones). We are still debating what the layout for the front: pull out table; or one that becomes a bed support? Will we place the desk up front or on the side? There are so many choices!
Just for Fun
Recently I discovered Spotify has playlists they curate for long drives. Check it out under Airstream public playlists
Check out a song called “Airstream” by Miranda Lambert. For your ease, I found a video of her singing. While the video is not very well filmed, it is Miranda singing live. To entertain you a little further, here’s an HGTV special about her Airstream, Wanda. Miranda takes it on tour with her, to use as a place to hang out with the gang after a show:
While Wednesday may seem like a lot of work (ok, she is), we are enjoying the learning and the creative process. There are so many really cool inspirational projects out there to check out. Choosing the parts of projects that will be “right” for us is…an adventure! Does all this information overload you or inspire you? Or motivate you to come help??