Thursday, March 1, 2018

And Builds a Dome Home

Wow it has been a while!  And for good reason...I have been busier than a one armed wall-paper hanger!

A few months over three years ago, I ran into this:

the earthbag house

I drove around and around it, having no clue what it was.  But whatever it was, I was going to build one and live in it.

And I did!  The DIY network was along for the ride, and the show just aired for the first time a few days ago!  If you have cable and are interested to see how they are built, these are the next air dates and times:

Building Off the Grid: Desert Domes

DIY filmed the first phase of construction, and right now I am smack in the middle of phase two, which you can see on my youtube channel (coming soon), or just look at this picture:

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Monsoon Desert

As June stretches on, the temperatures here in Tucson keep rising and rising.  Last week was a record 115 degrees which, with one air conditioner, was not tolerable.  We abandoned the Airstream for a few days until the temperatures reached a comfortable 108.  That might sound crazy, but in this dry heat, the AC will keep it cool enough up to 109.  It is really amazing the difference one degree makes!

As we put down roots in Tucson, I make hubs promise that this is our last summer in the Airstream.  Much more on that later.

The monsoon rains just began, which means a good thunderstorm about once a day for the next few months.  I love watching them roll down the valley, flashing and furious, pummeling everything in their path with fat, cool drops of rain and wind.  It was even cool enough this evening to take a short walk in the desert at sunset.  On our drive back out, a horned owl swoops in front of us and lands at the top of a tall saguaro cactus.  We pause and watch it for a minute, and I can't resist hooting at it.  It swivels its head away from me as if to say "you are doing it wrong and it's embarrassing" so I squawk at it.  It whips its head around and glares at me.  Sor-ry!

Another quarter of a mile down the road we see a ribbon of white across the road and stop beside it.  A rattlesnake with a banded black and white tail takes almost no notice of us.  I hope the snooty owl eats it.

My dream Airstream job continues to go well, and I am able to get a little creative (and maybe a little silly too) putting these videos of the new 2017 models together.  Take a look, if you are so inclined:

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

New Airstream Classic and the Factory Tour

One of the highlights of my trip to Ohio was touring the Airstream factory.  I was stunned by the size of the plant and how many people were working on each Airstream as it was rolled down the line!  

This will be a very short post, but I wanted to show you the new Classic that will be coming out this summer:

Saturday, May 28, 2016

2017 Airstream Flying Cloud in new decor called Landmark!

What a week! The dealer show was amazing and the new Airstream trailers are beautiful!  

The new Classic is great (and I will have a video of it on Tuesday), but for now I have a video of the spruced up Flying Cloud.  The interior of the Flying Cloud has been the same for years and years, and it is also the best-selling trim level nationally, but it really was time for a refresh.  The new Flying Cloud looks light and airy, without that yellow tint to everything.  It looks like a getaway at the beach.

Take a look!

Unfortunately, I had to sign a paper saying I wouldn't divulge anything about the new Airstream product which will be launched in a few months.  I tried to think of a way around it, but it looks like we are just going to have to wait.  I will say this - it is amazing and I really, really want one for myself.  The ones that I saw were mostly-complete prototypes and well designed for what they are intended for.  If you know me and what kind of camping I like to do, that should be a big hint. 

I also had the great privilege of visiting the Airstream factory, the fulfillment of five years of dreaming about it.  It will be a few days before I get all the video clips put together for you to see.  More to come!

Friday, May 20, 2016

New Airstream Trailer!

Big news!  I will be attending the Airstream dealer show where all of their new products will be debuted!  This also means that I will finally get to take a tour of the "mother ship" in Jackson Center.  

One tidbit I can reveal before the show:  the newest Airstream will not be the Nest.  I know what it is, but you are just going to have to wait a few more days, then I will spill all the beans with pictures and video and everything!

To tide you over, we did just get one of the very first 2017 Airstreams in two days ago, so here is my friend Jeff introducing it:

See you again in about a week!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Airstream Acquires Nest Caravan

Airstream recently announced the acquisition of Nest, an Oregon based company who was building all-fiberglass trailers.  If Airstream continues the look of the Nest caravan, this looks like a brilliant move!  

I am sure their intent is to have a trailer that is less expensive to manufacture than the Sport, thus opening their market up to people who can't afford to spend $46,000 on an RV, but still want something long-lasting and beautiful.

This would be a direct competitor to the Casita, Scamp, and Oliver, but with the backing of Airstream.  This is important because it would not have to be returned to the factory for warranty work to be done, just to the nearest Airstream service center.  

No word yet on what Airstream will do with it or when production will start, but stay tuned!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

2016 Airstream Pendleton

After a year of hard work, I have been promoted to the Airstream department!  The sound I made upon hearing this news was supersonic.  I am so thrilled to help others find the same joy in Airstreaming that we found!

For my debut, I present this video I put together when the first of two Pendletons arrived a few days ago.  Only 100 will be made, so this is a very special and beautiful Airstream: