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    The Ups and Downs of an Airstream Remodel

    Remodeling an Airstream is full of many struggles and, hopefully, long-lasting rewards. While away from home one day last fall, I sent Alex a text with a simple, spur of the moment idea, “What do you think about living and traveling in the Airstream?” She responded in the affirmative. Immediately we began prepping for a full remodel. Within a couple weeks we had gutted everything from the Airstream interior and began thinking about where we would travel to first. We set a June departure date (and we are still on track to meet that goal!)

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    Airstream Remodel: Half-Way Update

    So, I’d say we are about half-way done with the remodel…YAY! We are still sticking to our plans to be on the road full-time in June, but we also want to go on a shakedown trip in April….so, we’d like to have at least most of the stuff done before then. The past few weekends, we have worked furiously on rebuilding our dinette and a new cabinet/desk area. While it may not LOOK like a ton of stuff has gotten done, it has….remember, we gutted the entire thing, which took a lot of time in itself. And, we can only really work on it during the weekends, which is a…

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    Airstream Remodel: DIY Plywood Plank Flooring

    So, we’ve made it to the floors! We have been working furiously on the Airstream (we took some time off during the holidays) and are so excited to announce that the floors are finally done! It took some time to figure out what we wanted to do. We didn’t want any carpet, so that all got ripped out. We tried the snap-together vinyl flooring, but that ended up buckling up and looking horrible. So, we took that out. Before spending a bunch of money on something else and having it not work out, we started doing heavy research. We saw a ton of people doing things like Pergo, but that…

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    Must-Have’s When Traveling In An RV (From Experienced Full-Timers)

    Whether you’re thinking about hitting the road full-time or you travel only on the weekends, there are things you’ll need when you hit the road. But, with the amount of items readily accessbile to us through the internet these days, who knows where to start? To me, the best place to start is by asking others who have been there, done that. So, that’s what I did. I hopped over to some of my favorite Full-Time RV Facebook Groups (scroll down to the bottom to see a list of my favorites) and asked what everyone’s must-have items are in their RV! Make sure you check out some of their awesome websites!

  • Airstreamin',  Alan's Musings

    Smoky Mountain Memories

    The mountains are on fire. I woke up this morning to terrible news reports of the Smoky Mountain communities of Gatlinburg, Wears Valley, and Pigeon Forge ablaze. Like many others, it broke my heart to see the area in flames. The Smokies have become a second home for many in the rural South, including my family. It’s a place of hollowed memories, not only for the Cherokee and those born in the area, but for the many who have grown to love the mountains over the course of several generations of visits. Going to the mountains always feels like coming home. It’s a safe place, the best of old-fashioned living…

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    Minimalism? A Brief Criticism of a Modern Fad

    Alex and I have been attracting the attention of a lot of “minimalist” people, and that’s ok. But I wanted to share with you faithful readers why our page name “Living Bite Sized” is not about minimalism. Plus, I want to introduce a thought I may explore more in depth in a later post: I want to introduce the idea that minimalism is little more than a modern fad incapable of making long-term impacts on our culture. Although I admire those who are finally able to see what I’ve known since I was, like, 15… materialism is not good. People who buy things just to buy things, or to show…

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    The Top 20 BEST Gifts For RV Enthusiasts

    We all like gifts. It doesn’t matter if you live in a 4,000 square foot house or in a 100 square foot RV…gifts are great! The thing is, if you’re trying to get a gift for someone who is a full-time RVer, it can get a little tricky. They don’t have a lot of room to store things, they don’t WANT a lot of unnecessary stuff, and they have pretty much everything they need. So, what DO you get someone that doesn’t need a lot? Well, that’s where you have to think practicality and creatively! Today, you’re in luck, because we’ve done some of that thinking for you and have come…

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    Going on the Road…From The Wife’s Perspective

      I’ve noticed something. Something really interesting. Something that I really don’t understand. For some reason, whenever one of us tells someone that we’re going full-time next year, that said person almost always starts to feel pity for me. It’s almost like they think that I have somehow been coerced into wanting to do this…like I have no say, or choice in the matter….like my husband is taking me on some wild goose chase that everyone is sure that I’m going to HATE. My husband has gotten comments like “oh, your poor wife” or “how could you do this to her?” It’s been pretty interesting to me that the majority…

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    Handling Negativity When Deciding To Travel Full Time

    Criticism can be a good thing if it helps point one’s thinking in a more proper direction. But unwarranted and unnecessary negativity is a dream wrecker. Few people will ever be the absolute best at what they think they’re good at. There’s always someone better at it than you are. But that doesn’t mean that one should not pursue a goal just because someone else could achieve a similar goal easier or better. How many stories could you share about the times you did not pursue a goal because you feared others’ remarks and opinions? My Daddy sometimes says, “When I want your opinion, I’ll give it to you.” It’s…

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    Grandpa’s Parting Gift: An Airstream

    Grandpa loved Airstreams. He used to talk about them all the time. The problem was, Grandma didn’t. She preferred big motorhomes, with all the fancy gadgets, multiple slide-outs, pretty paintjob, and a big enough bathroom to accommodate her slight rotundness. Although I am writing a doctoral dissertation these days, my parental unit homeschooled me, and I loved it. I used to take my books, a few clothes, my banjo, and hit the road with Grandma and Grandpa. For several years, we’d go to Florida each winter after Christmas. Grandpa loved to go, and I never saw him happier than when he was driving his 1987, twin-axled Winnebago Elandan. Every time…