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Lines Drawn in the Sand

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This is the year. Lines are drawn in the sand, and the Airstream will go this year. It will go well.

First, last week I contacted what is, to me, a new and refreshing resource. I tried to track down an expert I knew over in Weatherford, Texas, who was/is a complete guru on Airstreams. I didn’t have much to go on, so we all know where to go first – google.

From google search I deduced that the person I was looking for worked at a particular auto dealership in Weatherford (after all I purchased some obscure Airstream parts from him there years ago), and made the call. In typical Texas, small town fashion, I was helped through to someone who knew who I was looking for.

They were good enough to give me Paul’s number, and inform me that he was on his own and had a company that restores Airstream Trailers here in North Texas. I have been seeking knowledge on how to do the full monty on our Airstream for many, many months – and now I was getting excited to perhaps finally find someone who even knew what the “full monty” was.

Turns out Paul has a website – AP Vintage Trailer Works, Inc., and is based in Paradise, Texas. His phone number there is 817-919-3651, and in our conversation it sounded as if things are going quite well in Paradise.

He has a couple of trailers in line that will push his work to May before he can take in Tilley. As we talked, I made it pretty clear that the situation was more fluid than that, and that we would like him to come and take a look, and see if and how I could do the full monty right here on the spot.

As my wife’s work has begun to explode in popularity, see www.cimarrona.com, and I am about to begin my first full year of guiding this spring, see www.texasflycaster.com, we need a mobile “base station” that will allow us to be all things (we want to be) to all people – so to speak.

Once the full monty operation is complete – that is we have the successful separation of the top and bottom (floor/chassis) separated, the list of things to do before rejoining the two is, in my estimation, forgivingly short.

It includes:

- New decking for floor

- New axle with brakes (from Southwest Wheel)

- Removing rusted crossbeams in back (where tail rot has occurred) and replacing with steel.

- Retrofitting back bumper for more efficient use

And each of these has so many subplots before it’s done, that it becomes a bit daunting.

However, the bright shining shop light may just be the newly discovered (by me anyway) folks in Paradise. It does have a ring doesn’t it? Paradise.

It’s Sunday, and the weather is sufficiently icky to make me not want to work outside, but the pressure mounts. A bad day of weather is going to have to be a good day of work that includes getting my Toyota Land Cruiser ready to sell. We now have a bona fide tow vehicle for the Airstream – a 2005 Toyota 4 Runner – Sport Towing with V8, so a two person three car household just doesn’t add up.

I will take some photos today, just to show everyone what’s going (and not going on) outside of Paradise, Texas.

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