We decided to have the water heater replaced as the original (while it worked) was very old and a new one was not very expensive. Colin and his crew, however, had some fabrication to do to make the exterior look good:
I have never liked seeing the beautiful lines of an Airstream broken up by a large white air conditioner on the roof. Colin came up with a nice solution; place the air conditioner where the furnace was (we are replacing it with two catalytic hesters) and build a drawer that slides the air conditioner out at the camp site.
Colin asked me a while back about adding a couple of neat features to the trailer while we had the belly skin removed. One was to add a receiver to the rear so that we could add a bike rack on the back of the trailer. The other was to add a receiver and a gas outlet to the curbside so that a gas stove could be attached on the outside. Was pretty reasonable as far as cost went and I gave the go-ahead. Colin sent some pictures today of each.
Attended the Florida State Rally in Sarasota Florida (went 2/23 & 2/24) – my first Airstream Rally; unfortunately we did not have our trailer (restoration still being finished by GSM). I was very impressed by the sheer numbers of Airstream trailers and motorhomes that were there (about 500) – it was a sea of aluminum. Not that many 50’2 & 60’s vintage units but the ones that were there were generally very nice.
One thing that really stood out to both my family and I was how unbelievably friendly everybody there was; really made us feel at home.
One of the nicest trailer / tow vehicles combinations I was was this one of a 1962 Globetrotter and 1955 GMC Pickup tow vehicle owned by Hunt and Susan Jones: