Saturday, May 12, 2012

College Graduate, and new Wares

I am happy to say that after 17 years, 6 different universities, 280+ credit hours, 4 years apart from family, and 2 deployments...I have finally finished college.  I finished my final exams for my Bachelor's degree in Nursing last Wednesday, and flew to San Antonio the following morning.  Many of my classmates chastised me for not walking the stage at graduation on May 12th, and that I would live to regret not doing so.  Perhaps they are right, but being home was more important to me than walking across a stage with mostly 22 year old classmates.

Anyhow....

With me being gone the last two years, Amy has had to do everything.  Full time caretaker, soldier, mother.  I wanted to give her a gift to say, "Thank you," for supporting me and going through the hardship.

Feast your eyes on these 1950's Can-O-Mat and Ice-O-Mat made by Rival.  The Ice crusher was found in a family member's basement.  I took it apart, cleaned it, polished it, and it looks great.  The back piece on the bucket looked as if it mounted to a bracket that was very unique....and wasn't anywhere to be found.  I started researching the Ice-O-Mat to find that they also have a can opener, juice, knife sharpener, and jar opener that all used the same wall bracket.  Immediately I went to eBay to find a chrome Can-O-Mat complete with mounting bracket.  I bid on it, and won as the only bid for a great deal.

These are very heavy, but I am intent on installing them in the Airstream once we bring her home net month.

What vintage wares are a must in your travels out there?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Time to Roll With the Changes

"So if you're tired of the same old story, oh, turn some pages. I'll be here when you are ready, to roll with the changes..." REO Speedwagon

Ya know, It's been awhile since my last post, and for a good reason. Last you all heard, I just bought wheels for the SOTR and N. Dallas Airstream was preparing to start work on my trailer. Unfortunately this was more of the same from North Dallas, and they never started working. A friend of mine paid them a visit and was told that they had planned to start at the END of August. Distraught, I called them to find out what the heck was going on. They denied ever saying this, and that they were starting in two weeks. This sounded all too familiar. For the past six months, N. Dallas had told me that they would be starting my project in two weeks.

After six months of unkept promises and the need to camp this summer, I reluctantly listed the SOTR for sale. It turns out that a rare trailer is still in demand. I received interest immediately from several parties, and within a week the SOTR was sold to a nice family just north of me in New Braunfels, TX.

So what now? Amy and I are tired of putting our trust into people and businesses that have failed miserably to deliver what they promise. We decided that we would no longer allow ourselves to do business with anyone that we were not completely sure was knowledgeable about rebuilding these pieces of Americana when it came to our next trailer. We discussed going NEW, but with the mass produced turds coming out of the factory having rotten floor within 3-5 years we just couldn't fathom this.

We have located a rebuilt (renovated) vintage Airstream from a reputable trailer shop, and it is completely ready to camp in. More details will be divulged later, but we feel that this trailer with minimal modification will be great for us. We aren't expected to take delivery until June, so there is a ton of anticipation on our part.

The fight to secure a loan for one of these trailers was easy, but the process of getting it approved was different. I spent over an hour on the phone with my bank as they went back and forth about the value of the trailer and such. I'm just happy that the loan has been approved and a check has been cut with the sellers name.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Year News.

Happy New Year to you all.

I have taken some time since the last post to finish the semester up, and enjoy my winter break in San Antonio with my family who I never get to see enough of.

When I spoke with North Dallas six weeks ago, the plan was to officially begin the work on my trailer shortly after the new year began. Well, I spoke with them two weeks ago, and they had just wrapped up a planning meeting for how to proceed on the work.

The first plan was to use a hoist and lift the shell off the frame. This wouldn't take hardly any work since it was only being attached on a four foot section of the 31 foot length, with a single pop-rivet every 8 rivet holes.

Once lifted, the REST of the frame will be scraped and painted. I was told that this work had already been completed since I had paid for it, but much like everything else, that person is a lying, cheating scumbag. Because a large amount of the area that was not painted is the new A frame we had welded on, this shouldn't take a long time.

Once paint is finished, most of you know what happens next. The floor goes down, (J, C, U) Channel gets installed. I have asked the shop to mount the two 25 gallon grey water tanks before installing the floor insulation and belly pan.

The latest addition to the money pit errr...SOTR is a set of four aluminum wheels. I found these on www.trailer-wheels.com which is not my usual outlet for these wheels. I chose this website because the same wheels were not only cheaper, but offered free shipping on orders over $100.

Classy looking aren't they?