Camping!

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Camping!

We went camping (finally!) Trey has spent nearly every weekend this summer re-doing a 1969 Airstream for our family and we were finally able to camp for Labor Day weekend. We had a blast. We went horseback riding and hiking and made s'mores-- good times.

Trey gutted this old camper and re-built the inside (new floor, beds, foam, counter tops, shelves, etc.) It still isn't totally finished (no plumbing done....yet!) And some of the electrical isn't complete-- but it was camp-able.

We went horseback riding. The big girls got to ride their own horses.

Our house was named "Fun"-- and he was a good horse. Our ride was nearly 3 hours long (with a break in the middle for a cowboy steak dinner) and Lexi was a trooper. She fell asleep twice and nursed twice...backwards on horseback. A new one, even for me!

Gotta love that clear blue sky! (Even though it meant a c.o.l.d. night-- mid 30's!)

Lexi cooking marshmallows w daddy

Callie recently lost her second front tooth- I love this toothless 1st grade phase!

The beast. We need to work on the outside now. We need to polish it to make it pretty. The research we've done suggest it will take 200 hours of polishing (with an electric polisher!) and 5 separate steps to get that super shiny Airstream finish looking lovely again. Maybe next summer?

Here is a shot of the inside of the Airstream.


Trey built those double bunks for the kids to sleep in-- and the table at the front folds down into our bed.

Behind these beds is a full bathroom (tub, shower, toilet, closet, etc) But we've not hooked up the plumbing just yet. Maybe this fall?

We have a 3 burner cooktop, a fridge and a double sink. We also have the original 8 track player and the radio speakers still work. Awesome.

Looking back the other direction-- he's going to put in another counter top so we have a prep surface opposite the sink.

fudd8963's picture
Joined: 12/27/07
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Awesome! I bet you all had a blast and love the camper!

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Joined: 10/19/02
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Wow, that is a BEAST! I had no idea it was that big, when you were talking about fixing up a camper. I was picturing one of those little pop-up jobbies.. that is one HECK of a camper! Now that my back isnt' what it once was, I'd so love to camp like that instead of on the cold hard ground.. I love that you can extend your camping season too, to camp in cool fall weather when you have the whole place to yourselves.

Great job - looks like so much family fun is on the horizon!! Smile

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Joined: 08/21/02
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LOL-- that is what we call it Kirsten-- the "Beast"--it is 29 ft long-- lmbo!

Yeah-- I'm not tenting with four kids. Sorry. Call me what you want, but I don't have it in me-- too much work with too little sleep on the cold, hard, Colorado ground Wink I'm a softie now.

But at least we don't have satellite tv's or internet in our trailer like others--lol.

Joined: 09/05/08
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Looks like so much fun!! The beds look awesome, Trey did a great job!

I love camping, we did 2 trips in August, and I can't wait to go again. We're tenters though Smile I told Colin we need to buy our own cookstove next year(I keep borrowing my sisters).

I'd also like to get some walkie-talkies to keep track of Sierra Smile

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Wow! What a project! Awesome, camper! It amazes me all that's been done with it and you amaze me too - nursing, on a horse, backwards! :udawoman:

Beautiful pictures, Audra!

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"boilermaker" wrote:

LOL-- that is what we call it Kirsten-- the "Beast"--it is 29 ft long-- lmbo!

Yeah-- I'm not tenting with four kids. Sorry. Call me what you want, but I don't have it in me-- too much work with too little sleep on the cold, hard, Colorado ground WinkI'm a softie now.
But at least we don't have satellite tv's or internet in our trailer like others--lol.

LOL! We camped this year in a cabin! So I'm right there with you. And when we do use our tent, it's air mattresses all the way.

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Ok, this cements your status as the most fun family in America! Love it!