Friday, June 06, 2008

Thirteen Months of Bliss

Tonight is my last night as a full-time Airstreamer--at least for the summer. Jake and I are at home, enjoying our aluminumness for one quiet night--though the AC is so loud our ears are numb. When I dreamt up this wild scheme in March of 2007 I had no way of knowing how much fun it would be to live in a trailer. Over time I've increasingly embraced my inner trailer trash and have discovered an irrational passion for Airstream living. As I've said before in this space, the summer heat of the Phoenix sun means it isn't wise to live in the Airstream for the next few months. I found a wonderful place for the summer. We are putting the trailer in storage and moving closer in to town. I will be scheming for a return to aluminum-living this fall. The jury is out, it may or may not come to fruition. In the meantime I remain an Airstreamer at heart.


Rich Luhr said...

Good luck with stationary life!

Jim Breitinger said...

Note: Rich Luhr is a full-time Airstreamer and the publisher of a magazine called Airstream Life. There is a link to his blog on the right: Tour of America with the Luhr Family.

ahickpoet said...

As a former full-time Airstream resident, I know how reluctant you are to give it up for the summer. I also know how hard it is to live in an Airstream in Phoenix this time of year.

I wouldn't trade the time I spent in my Airstream for anything, though space can always be an issue. The one thing I regret is that I was never able to travel in mine; I was completely stationary the whole time. Of course, when I bought something big enough for full-time living, for my taste, anyway, I knew I was buying something that was bigger than I could ever pull. (I had a 31' 1976 Sovereign.)

I eventually had to sell mine for practical reasons, but I still have hopes of being an Airstream owner again. I doubt I'll ever be a full-timer again, and I'd certainly want a smaller trailer to make it practical for traveling. I definitely understand your desire to go back to Airstream living when it gets cool enough in the Valley of the Sun. I wish you luck in balancing the Airstream life and the need to be stationary for a while.

Note: I'm a former colleague of Jim's in education and a continuing follower of his travels.