Want to live the RV lifestyle? Read how we renovated an Airstream, hit the road and had much needed Cervezas.

RV life : How we renovated an Airstream, hit the road and had much needed Cervezas.

Jun 19

Want to live the RV life? Have you ever thought about buying an RV and road tripping? We bought a vintage airstream, renovated it and did an RV road trip! Want to know how to renovate an RV, find the best places to stay and live life on the road? We are answering your questions here...

Have you ever thought about buying an RV and hittin’ the wide open road?

Wild hair. Don’t care.

Me too. Problem was, buying an RV from a dealer always made me think of a used car salesman, nonchalantly punching numbers in his calculator, one hand behind head, legs up on desk — $82,000.

ME : Looks at bank account balance. Wonders if I’ve been a victim of fraud or if my life is just a hot mess.

Then we found our 1976 airstream. I was always looking for ways to reinvent old spaces. And this was it. So we decided to renovate the old girl. Not me. The airstream. Although I could use some sprucing up.


airstream life

In the early days we had a lot A LOT lot LOT lotta questions about our new-found-vintage airstream. First and foremost… “Why does it smell like the inside of a belly button in here?”


Basically, it only took 23,579 hours to renovate the airstream + 458 glasses of wine. I won’t tell you who drank all the wine, so don’t even try to guess. It wasn’t me. Nope.

PS. You’re not drunk until you have to grab on to the grass, to keep from falling off the earth.

Airstream road trip with 1976 restored vintage airstream.



renovate it

Michael and I had two different approaches for renovating the airstream.

Michael is the “how-many-threads-are-on-that-bolt”, and “what’s-the-weight-distribution-of-the-hitch-system” kind of guy.

I’m (apparently) the “let’s-just-paint-everything-white-and-see-what-happens” kind of girl. Technically, I was in a paint coma for months.

Want to live the RV life? Have you ever thought about buying an RV and road tripping? We bought a vintage airstream, renovated it and did an RV road trip! Want to know how to renovate an RV, find the best places to stay and live life on the road? We are answering your questions here...


Me : Did I make the right choice? What kind of primer should I use? What the heck is boondocking and am I going to like it in the boonies?

I’m over it. Thinks about it 28974597 more times.

It all worked out. We loved renovating the Airstream and we supercalifragilisticexpialidocious love road tripping !!




What did we discover?

Want to live the RV life? Have you ever thought about buying an RV and road tripping? We bought a vintage airstream, renovated it and did an RV road trip! Want to know how to renovate an RV, find the best places to stay and live life on the road? We are answering your questions here...

We can be happy in small spaces. Unless all the cupboards fall out.

You can do more. And need less. For the win.

You can focus on what drives you <– see what I did there?

It takes 5 hours to cook dinner, 15 seconds to eat it and 3 business days to do the dishes.

We found some great, and not so great spots along the way. Some had a great view of a McDonalds parking lot. Some were like this.


rv life

Want to live the RV life? Have you ever thought about buying an RV and road tripping? We bought a vintage airstream, renovated it and did an RV road trip! Want to know how to renovate an RV, find the best places to stay and live life on the road? We are answering your questions here...
Want to live the RV life? Have you ever thought about buying an RV and road tripping? We bought a vintage airstream, renovated it and did an RV road trip! Want to know how to renovate an RV, find the best places to stay and live life on the road? We are answering your questions here...

Are you up for RVing? Then life is about to take an epic plot twist for you. Just get a hold of any strength you have. Or a glass of wine.

Want to know more? Best places to stay? Where to go? How to boondock? What the hellllla is boondocking? How to work on the road? How does the caramel get in the caramilk bar?!? Who let the dogs out?

Shop all our airstream faves here.

Want to live the RV life? Have you ever thought about buying an RV and road tripping? We bought a vintage airstream, renovated it and did an RV road trip! Want to know how to renovate an RV, find the best places to stay and live life on the road? We are answering your questions here...


Talk to me. Ask me anything about RV life that you want to know about. Anything. Except how they got the caramel into the Caramilk bar.


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  1. Georgia

    August 1st, 2019 at 9:14 am

    The places you boondocked look absolutely stunning!
    My partner and I are head to the USA next year for a 7 week camper van trip.
    Would love to know how you found your locations.
    G.
    xx

  2. Lynne Knowlton

    August 16th, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Hi Georgia
    Congrats on your upcoming trip!! You are going to have so much fun!! We used several apps to find some of our fave spots. AllStays is a great app and Campendium too. Both give a wide selection of paid and free boondocking too. In the States, we also loved a lot of the State Parks.Their campgrounds are beautiful !We mostly travel in off season times, so that really helps too.

    Happy adventures!
    Lynne

  3. Serena

    November 11th, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    I am new here! We are full time rv living and have decided to tackle a 78 airstream for my sister. Her bathroom looks identical to yours! Can you give me details on how you painted the shower and counter tops? What products did you use?!

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