Decals, LED lights and buffing!

Well, I finally had time to install the new LED running lights for the Airstream and they look amazing! I also had time to put on our new Wally Byam numbers on.

QUESTION: “What do you seal the Airstream with after you’re done polishing?”

ANSWER: "Nothing"

Some people say you need to seal it with a wax or Walbernize. Sealing an airstream after polishing will help with oxidation and prolong your polish about another 6 months. But the down side is oxidation will eventually happen no matter what sealer you use. And after a year it will need to be polished again. But before that can happen the sealer you used will have to be removed first creating twice the work. In my opinion, just polish every 6 months or so. I went a year and it wasn’t that difficult to bring it back to a mirror finish.

This is the final pass on the airstream! Finished with Nuvite S grade.


Airstream redwood shower installed

I finished the shower walls but dont have all of the pictures loaded yet. I just want to share the finished product. It came out fantastic!

 Nikki found a set of  vintage handles online.

                Prior to redwood installation.

Airstream bathroom sink finished!

 Over the weekend I started the process of making the countertop for the bathroom sink. I love the look of butcher block so that’s just what we decided to do. I cut each piece using redwood ½”x ½” x 9”. I like to use redwood because of its light weight and color.


Look at that reflection! so cool.


First,I started with a platform.
And then i started to glue each pice on


The sink was purchased from ikea and yes its porcelain. Not ideal for campers but how could we pass it up? It's beautiful and fits perfect! I built the butcher block pattern around the sink to help with mounting.

 Sanded and ready for stain
Looking great!

Stained and sealed with Minwax polyurethane.

I also Built the base for the countertop and installed the doors. The light wood in the picture will eventually have veneer and also stained.

Here is the base:

Which generator?


Nikki and I had a 4000XL contractor’s generator that was able to run the AC unit. The generator itself was about 150LBS and the noise level was around 90 dB- too high for park use. So we sold it on CL and decided to purchase a generator that ran below 70 dB and also weighed  less. The most popular generators are parallel units which is the combination of two generators running together to produce roughly 4000watts which will run an AC unit. The most popular parallel generators are the Honda EU2000i and the Yamaha EF2000iS but they cost around $1000 new (and we did not want to spend $2000 plus for generators). So I did some research to find out what options are available below $1000. To my surprise there are plenty of options much cheaper than the Honda EU2000i and the Yamaha EF2000iER.
Here is a list with price and specs:
We decided to go with the Ryobi RYI2200 because it had high customer ratings and was the only digital generator in its category (safe for sensitive electronics). It was very quiet and only weighs 57 LBS and the best part was its price tag- $600!!. We can purchase two for almost the same price as one Honda or Yamaha. Purchased at home depot:    


New project! BEST ONE OF THEM ALL TOO!!!

Hello everyone! First I have to apologize for not responding to my emails... I've been a little busy with a new project "And this one tops them all!" I am a proud new father of a beautiful little girl. Her name is Sydney and she was born last month. Its been a complete joy! Cant wait to take her on her first airstream outing.


Took a little trip to Four Peaks

Took Sovvy out to four peaks for the weekend and had a really good time. The weather was perfect all three nights. Some exciting work is on its way! I partially installed the shower but will be finishing it up throughout the week. I plan on using redwood.



Airstream Kitchen backsplash installed

I Used a product called "Smart Tiles" which worked out awesome! I purchased them from home depot. The product went on easy and seem to hold well. The change with the new tiles is awesome. I Also installed the LED lighting under the uppers.  (update as of 10/3/2014- it been almost ten months and the tiles are holding up fine even with temperatures as high as 115 outside)