Airstream Home Tour

Airstream Home Tour

I can clean our house top to bottom, in about 10 minutes. I can also turn it into a complete disaster in the same amount of time. Developing the habit of putting things away as soon as I am done with them is a constantly evolving work in progress, and I am a slow learner. John is even slower. But because we only have 190 square feet, we don't worry too much. We know that it will only take a brief moment to put everything back in place again. 

I never thought I would say this, but I love not having a dishwasher. Doing the dishes now brings me peace, and putting dishes away doesn’t seem like a chore when there are only a few. Plus, my favorite bowl is never stuck in the dishwasher. John likes it because one of his chores in our old house was putting away the dishes. He likes it a lot. 

We don’t miss the extra things we had in our life. That would mean more things to put away. We don’t spend time looking for stuff because everything has a place. We choose everything we bring into our home very carefully. We purge and refine constantly, a process that is much more manageable now that we have less. Moving, which used to seem like a stressful and daunting task, is now something we do regularly.

We don’t waste food. Our refrigerator is a good size, not too big, not too small. Our freezer is plenty big because all we need is ice, nuts and the occasional pint of ice cream. Our pantry is small, but we try not to over fill it, but this is often difficult because every new grocery store we walk into is like a candy land for new foods to try. We try to choose the best, or the weirdest, and often, the cheapest, as food is still our most costly expense, even when eating at home as often as we do.

We don’t have a lawn to mow or a giant garden with hours of maintenance. We don’t rake leaves. We do have a portable herb garden that is thriving because we can always put it in the sunniest spot. It's just enough. 

The cats hate travel days in their folding carrier, but they seem to really like exploring all the new views. 

At 25 years old, our Airstream is a lot like a VW bus. We definitely did not buy it because it was practical. Our Airstream is a labor of love, with emphasis on the labor part. There are tons of problems that crop up because we roll our aluminum home across bumpy roads or quickly change climates. Luckily, John has gotten great at fixing things. If it’s too hot, we can turn on our air conditioner if we have enough power, but we can also sit outside, or go to the library, which is where I am right now. If it’s cold outside, our heater warms us up in about 5 minutes, but we have to be careful of condensation that collects on the windows and walls and drips down and causes mold. Our mobile life is full of motion, living and breathing in both space and time. It is not our home away from home. It is our home, and I'm happy to share some pictures.

This was our first Airstream, a 1978 31 foot. After gutting it, we discovered that the frame was cracked, so we sold it for a tiny loss. We should have sold it for more, because it sold in 4 hours.

This was our first Airstream, a 1978 31 foot. After gutting it, we discovered that the frame was cracked, so we sold it for a tiny loss. We should have sold it for more, because it sold in 4 hours.

This is our second Airstream, a 1992, 29 foot. John's dad and stepmom graciously let us house it in their side yard while we did some renovations.

This is our second Airstream, a 1992, 29 foot. John's dad and stepmom graciously let us house it in their side yard while we did some renovations.

This is our living room. The couch was built from leftover lumber from the twin beds in the original. I sewed the cushions by taking apart one of the twin beds from the back. The cabinet to the right holds our wine and liquor. The table (Ikea) folds out to twice as wide, or folds down.  The cat pictured is Lance. Notice the lemons and limes. That's a real estate photo trick ;)

This is our living room. The couch was built from leftover lumber from the twin beds in the original. I sewed the cushions by taking apart one of the twin beds from the back. The cabinet to the right holds our wine and liquor. The table (Ikea) folds out to twice as wide, or folds down.  The cat pictured is Lance. Notice the lemons and limes. That's a real estate photo trick ;)

This is how we store our booze while traveling, a sock with the toe cut out easily slips over the bottle. I found the lettering amongst the millions of craft supplies I donated when we were gutting our house.

This is how we store our booze while traveling, a sock with the toe cut out easily slips over the bottle. I found the lettering amongst the millions of craft supplies I donated when we were gutting our house.

Me doing a little sewing with my new sewing machine.

Me doing a little sewing with my new sewing machine.

Our kitchen and tiny oven. I replaced our foldout cutting board to the right with a cool Acacia one I got at Ross for under $20.

Our kitchen and tiny oven. I replaced our foldout cutting board to the right with a cool Acacia one I got at Ross for under $20.

Kitchen view from the left down the hall to our bedroom. Our countertops are copper which is naturally antimicrobial, and looks different every day. 

Kitchen view from the left down the hall to our bedroom. Our countertops are copper which is naturally antimicrobial, and looks different every day. 

We put cushioning between all our bowls and plates on travel days.

We put cushioning between all our bowls and plates on travel days.

Our cozy bedroom with the bed fully extended. The bathroom with full shower to the left. Clothes are stored in overhead bins and the closet to the right.

Our cozy bedroom with the bed fully extended. The bathroom with full shower to the left. Clothes are stored in overhead bins and the closet to the right.

Our bed in couch mode. Camping stuff stored in cubby behind the back, and laundry stored below. The cat box is in a closed compartment under the bed that they enter through a cat door and we clean from a hatch that opens from outside.

Our bed in couch mode. Camping stuff stored in cubby behind the back, and laundry stored below. The cat box is in a closed compartment under the bed that they enter through a cat door and we clean from a hatch that opens from outside.

Our fridge which works with propane or electrical, which turns out to be useful as a dry-erase surface.

Our fridge which works with propane or electrical, which turns out to be useful as a dry-erase surface.

Me deep in the weeds before a dinner party.

Me deep in the weeds before a dinner party.

Our beast of a van, which also serves as the garage for our bikes. I always think guys are picking up on me, but then I realize they're just gawking at the van.

Our beast of a van, which also serves as the garage for our bikes. I always think guys are picking up on me, but then I realize they're just gawking at the van.

"Before" shot. Look at all that oak! See twin beds in bedroom. Not pictured: floor rot underneath couch John is sitting on.

"Before" shot. Look at all that oak! See twin beds in bedroom. Not pictured: floor rot underneath couch John is sitting on.

Work in progress. Doors removed and priming the walls.

Work in progress. Doors removed and priming the walls.

Testing wall colors that were quickly vetoed.

Testing wall colors that were quickly vetoed.

Lance and George loafing around after a long travel day.

Lance and George loafing around after a long travel day.

Our vintage solar system which can light our home and take care of our basics.

Our vintage solar system which can light our home and take care of our basics.

George is always exploring the cabinets.

George is always exploring the cabinets.

Lance usually takes advantage of the sun.

Lance usually takes advantage of the sun.

How John gets around RV parks. Also how we remember Seattle.

How John gets around RV parks. Also how we remember Seattle.

Our experimental Smoked Sea Salt that we made in the Smoky Mountains. It turned out delicious. We'd be happy to send you some, just ask.

Our experimental Smoked Sea Salt that we made in the Smoky Mountains. It turned out delicious. We'd be happy to send you some, just ask.

Enjoying one of the fine beers available in counties with strict liquor laws.

Enjoying one of the fine beers available in counties with strict liquor laws.

Waiting out the storm in the Smoky Mountains

Waiting out the storm in the Smoky Mountains

Our campsite in Quartzite, AZ, Free for up to 14 days, No electrical, water, or sewer. $180 for 90 days ($2/day!). Also, nobody around for miles.

Our campsite in Quartzite, AZ, Free for up to 14 days, No electrical, water, or sewer. $180 for 90 days ($2/day!). Also, nobody around for miles.

John's favorite thing I hate to hear.

John's favorite thing I hate to hear.

New York, New York

New York, New York

Sweet Lil’ “V”

Sweet Lil’ “V”