The cab and the house:
- 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
- replaced all incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs
- installed external propane hook-up
- added line for internal catalytic heater
- added a cell phone signal booster
- installed large wifi antenna
Boquete, and preparing to ship the van - Welcome to Panama! It's time to breathe some cool mountain air, eat some good ole American cooking, and to get the van ready for shipping.
Managua - Back in the capital, nothing goes according to plan. That even goes for the largest protests that Nicaraguans have ever seen.
Managua, the mountains of Matagalpa, and Muy Muy - What a week! We dropped our old bathtub off in the capital, headed for cooler weather in the coffee farms, and ended at a horse parade in the friendliest ranching town ever.
Our first year anniversary - We've been on the road for one year. Here is our original plan and as well as the current progress of our travels, our van, our personal goals, and our budget.
Antigua and the Pacaya Volcano - Guatemala's fancy city all dressed up for Lent, our broken bathtub, and a sweet little hike up a volcano.
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