- RV Manufacturer: Airstream
- Chassis: Ford E350
- Engine size: 7.5 liters
- Year: 1993
- Number of previous owners: 2
- Miles when purchased: 49,000
- Price: 13,000 USD
What previous owners changed:
- replaced sofa with dinette setup; table can be raised or lowered
- added mosquito nets to all doors and windows
- installed one fantastic fan with cover above the bed
- replaced carpet with linoleum flooring
- changed curtains
What we changed:
- removed generator
- removed furnace
- removed microwave
- replaced AC unit with a second fantastic fan
- installed safe
- added two 100-watt solar panels with battery, charge controller and sine wave inverter
- installed external propane hook-up
- added line for internal catalytic heater
- added a cell phone signal booster
- installed large wifi antenna
Mérida - A happy homecoming in the beautiful capital of the Yucatán. Some tough love for the van: transmission and axle upgrades.
Oaxaca and Tule - What a place to be for Edd's birthday! Mezcal, baseball, Spanish classes, new upholstery, and new friends!
Cell phone signal booster and WiFi antenna - Edd's first post! Read about how we increase our chances of staying "connected" when we need a little Daily Show, or just to make a simple phone call!
Querétaro, Topotzotlán, and Teotihuacán - Carefully-made crafts, quirky cuisine, a quality concert, and quad-breaking stair climbs. Also, RV tank dumps in the city.
Vizcaíno, BCS - It took nearly seven days to swap out an axle. Even still, our Mexican mechanic was the highlight of this industrial town.
Guerrero Negro to Bahía Asunción, Baja California Sur - After driver's rehab on the laid-back Pacific coast, we get a diagnosis of the van's rear end.
Belmont, CA: The last days - Redwoods and Golf, cakes for Remy, and new brake pads for the van.
Belmont, CA: Week 2 - Pianos in the park, redecorating at Remy's, new cabinet hardware in the van.
Belmont, CA: Week 1 - Hitting the highlights around the bay area, making a mosaic at Remy's, testing the temperature gauge in the van.
Cooking with a thermal cooker - Cheap? Convenient? Healthy? Check check check.
Las Vegas, Nevada, to the Sierra Nevada, CA - When you try to beat the heat, sometimes you lose.
Flagstaff, Arizona - My Aunt and cousins show us how to kick back in Flag.
The road to Aspen - After going up and down a 12000-foot mountain pass, our van has a little meltdown.
Arkansas - The van suffers a small injury, but we repair her in the forests of Ouachita, the Ozarks, and Buffalo National River.
Boca Raton, Florida - A chilled out week with my aunts and uncle; a wax and antenna upgrade for the van.
How we go to the Bathroom - The most pressing question we had when learning about overlanding, and a bum-washing piece from the Middle East.
Macon, Georgia - Donna and Tom give us a hand and keep us entertained when a little sink upgrade turns into a big project in the van.
Cherohala Skyway to Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina - Problems with the van: we want to cry. Free lakeside camping: we forget the problems.
Natchez Trace to Nashville, Tennessee - An excellent national park site, a gentle drive, toilet troubles, and a quick visit to a friend.
Fixing the leaky windows - We find a big problem on packing day.
Setting up the solar panels - We leave England, see some friends in Lisbon, and get ready for boondocking.
Accommodating the outdoor camping stove - Making an external propane hookup and a special compartment