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interior finishes removed

Forty years of funk…

“Ow, we want the funk
Give up the funk
Ow, we need the funk
We gotta have that funk”

-George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic

It’s takes decades to achieve this kind of funkiness…but we are in it to win, once again.  After completing the frame and sub-floor redo (as well as numerous other replacement/repairs) the Argosy commission job has moved on down the line.  About a week after Jessica picked up her camper we pulled the Dream Stream II into it’s place next to the garage.  The dumpster was replaced and we have begun the demolition process.

We find all kinds of strange/random things when pulling these campers apart.  This one produced: a 1970s copy of Trailer Life magazine, two pairs of underwear, socks, a postcard from the 1980s, etc.

Beyond the items left behind, the other discoveries include floor rot, evidence of leaks, hack job repair work, and all other kinds of funkiness.

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As we did in the last renovation, the black water tank will be permanently removed and a “composter” used instead.  That cuts down considerably on the funk factor in my opinion!  Even still, we have a ways to go…the funk will be with us for a bit longer.  Stay tuned!

 

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Like eating an elephant

This was a quote from Brad today as he dove into our newest project.  Pretty accurate comparison for renovating these old campers!  One bite at a time…

We accepted a commission project from a lovely woman in Georgia.  She delivered the 1977 Argosy, in all it’s glory, on Saturday and Monday the work began.  We will only be getting this one ready to be built-out…even still it requires a tremendous effort.  For those without such experience, here’s what that means: we are removing all interior including the rotten subfloor, repairing rusted frame, replacing subfloor, replacing hot water heater, furnace, wiring, piping, gas lines, etc.  When it returns home, it will be ready for floor covering, cabinets, all other finishes.

I have photos of the progress I wanted to share for those who might find this process as interesting as we do!  Will post soon…

Not to be left behind in the world of vintage camper life, we purchased another Airstream for ourselves to restore.  Currently it is parked down the road…officially on the back burner until the Argosy is completed.  Can’t wait to dive into that one!  Hopefully we can sidestep the monstrous ant nest and other delights that lurk beneath rotting floors and rusty bolts!

 

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Moving along…

The adventure continues. We have been somewhat home-bound for the past seven months….is there such a thing as the “seven month itch”?? If so, I think we are feeling it.

It has become our desire to share the airstream love by passing along the Dream Stream to a lovely couple who will be living in it in Oregon as they begin their post graduate school adventure.

With that said, we must replace her. Looking out my kitchen window and seeing the ‘stream has become a habit I don’t want to break! We are beginning the journey to restoring another, slightly longer trailer! We have even decided that with Brad’s expertise we will restore additional airstreams for others.

Once we listed, the feedback was tremendous! All of our blood, sweat, and tears were recognized and applauded.

Let us know if you are aware of any airstreams in need of a new home and some TLC. Will post pics of the Dream Stream II soon!!

Until then…