Guest Post ~ The Little Red Airstream 6

One of my favorites past times is meeting new people and learning their “story”. Another reason why I enjoy traveling so much. My dream is to travel the US/Canada and write about all sorts of folks that I meet and sharing their stories whether simple or complex. So, how cool was it that while driving up to Mt. Evans this past weekend through all the switchbacks on this mountain road, Hub’s would discover the cutest “Red” Airstream in a driveway.

We decided that we would stop on the way down the mountain to take a few pics of this unique gem. So, after successfully photographing the mountain goats and bighorn sheep (I will be posting about this adventure as soon as I edit all of my pics) and after eating a gorgeous picnic in the most scenic backdrop ever, we drove down the mountain to the house that was home to the little “Red” Airstream. As I got my camera ready to roll (while sitting in our Expedition) a man was mowing his lawn and looked up at me. I gave a big “thumbs up” and he waved for us to come on in for a visit. So, we did. His name is Joshua Spinner and he was so kind to not only let us come into the driveway to take close-up pics of his Airstream but, also gave us an inside tour of his 23′ Safari Land Yacht.  Josh was very informative about his acquisition of his ‘Stream and the renovations that took her from ordinary to extraordinary. And, the bonus was a wiggly greeting from his Frenchie (French Bulldog) little girl and I just adore Frenchies!!

So, thanks goes out to Josh for taking time out of his busy day to invite two strangers into his yard to share his adorable and unique vintage Red Airstream with us. We’re finding in our Airstream journey that ‘Streamers are very welcoming, friendly and love to show off their aluminum homes. And proud they should all be!

Welcome Joshua Spinner,  ReMax Broker Associate in Denver, CO:

This unique painted Airstream came to being out of necessity.  It was a Craigslist deal but it had medium-sized dents in roof front and back.  With the price so low I thought I could simply repair the dents with bondo and paint the roof.

My body shop guy, Gary, did such a good job repairing the dents with Airstream skin I did not have to paint the trailer but I was already committed to the idea.  The trailer is a 1976 model but my wife Peggy and I liked the looks of older Airstreams and vintage canned hams like Shastas & Scotties so we decided to go with a 50’s vibe.

On the interior we went with the 50’s diner feel with real polished aluminum trim and real Marmoleum counters.  My buddy Dan at polished the stove and refrigerator door to match.  We opened up the floor-plan and changed things around a bit.  A previous owner laid down a sloppy powder blue and pea green motif that was 70’s stylish but it was not to our taste.

It has come a long way since then and nearly everything on the trailer has been replaced or refurbished.  My Craigslist deal has cost me a lot of money(man Airstream is proud of their parts!) and many hours of labor but it has been fun. The 23ft Land Yacht Safari with tandem axles is perfect for our family now but with 3 kids and 2 dogs I am already thinking of my next project.  Anyone know of a nice aluminum Airstream motor home for sale?

 Photo Source: Anna Sullivan Photography

Guest Post ~ On The Road Green with Cece and Brenda 6

My admiration goes out to folks who not only talk about caring for our environment, but, especially to those whose actions speak louder than words. May I proudly introduce you to Cece Reinhardt and Brenda Daugherty of On The Road Green. Cece had found my blog and reached out to me, kindly expressing her pleasure in reading my posts. Ironically, the day before I received Cece’s message, she and Brenda were doing an open house in Boulder, Colorado (I only live 20 minutes from Boulder) of their eco-friendly Airstream. I missed them by one day and off they went to Albuquerque! I hope I can run into these fantastic women on the road one day to meet them in person. I love what they are doing, spreading the message of green living and helping our planet earth in so many ways. Keep up the good work, ladies and safe travels. I look forward to following along on your journey through your amazing website! Enjoy their story…

We have been living full-time in an Airstream for 10 months – 2 girls, a cat and a dog.  We are driving towards sustainability one mile at a time.
What inspired us to sell your house and belongings and set out for life in an Airstream?
We wanted to pursue our passions – down-sizing our life, travel, being with friends and family, and educating about simple living.  The housing market in California was going downhill and we sold before we were completely upside down on our mortgage.  It was one of the best decisions we have ever made.  From there, we paid off our debt and pursued our dream of owning an Airstream.  At first we were simply going do a green remodel on the weekends as we had time.  Then as budget and job cuts ensued with the State of California, Cece lost her Public Health job.  With free time and creative thinking, we decided to write off for sponsorship for the eco remodel and Brenda pursued a telecommuting work schedule with her employer.  The dream of “On the Green Road” blossomed.
Many people ask about our sponsors and how that came about and how we chose our products.  Here’s the answer…
We approached companies for sponsorship – 250 in all.  It pays to be diligent and patient.  No money exchanged hands.  Products and labor were offered by the companies and in return we list them on our website, write blogs about their sustainability platform/eco products and offered to hold an open house at the location of their choice.  The sponsorships don’t support our life on the road. Costs since moving into the Airstream full-time have been out of our pocket, including open houses.  We travel the U.S. and Canada engaging people in the benefits of simple, green living because we believe in it 100%. We are currently looking for sponsors to help us accomplish this dream by helping to fund or off-setting the cost of biofuel, campgrounds and open houses.  We also created our “Buy A Mile” program where anyone with a PayPal account can donate to On the Green Road. More information can be found on our website’s main page.
Our selection of eco products was a two-pronged approach. Firstly, our desire was to be independent and off grid; therefore, we added solar power and a waterless composting toilet which allows us to maximize our time off the grid and off the pipe. Secondly, we wanted to have a healthy living environment, free of toxins and VOCs.  To accomplish this, we added organic linens/textiles and eco materials that were beautiful and healthy like cork and Marmoleum flooring, bamboo cutting boards, a kirei work desk, Paperstone countertop, a Keetsa eco-friendly mattress, American Clay walls and ceiling, eco veneer on existing cabinets and LED lighting. We sought out the companies whose products we already loved based on quality, style and aesthetics.  In many cases we bought discounted remnants, like Marmoleum and Paperstone, at eco home stores.
P.S. – our diesel truck also runs on waste veggie oil. 
We are currently on our “On the Green Road” tour. Here’s a little more about it.
We are traveling across the U.S. and Canada over the next 6 months.  As we travel, we focus on education and outreach – promoting tangible green change.  Our open houses are always open to the public and focus on teaching about sustainable living options – anyone that wants to see our set up and lifestyle should come by.  We have informational signage for each eco/green feature including the waste veggie oil truck.  In addition, we run a DVD during the event which features the before, during and after photos of the remodel. We are also available to discuss our project and answer questions.  We have met many RVers interested in making modifications but we also get homeowners looking to pick up some tricks and ideas too.  We have emailed with Airstreamers from all over the world and have met many of them.  At our recent open house in Boulder, we were lucky enough to meet Jim and Marsha Miller who have been following our journey from the beginning.  This is a real treat.  In June we will meet up with 20+ Airstreamers in Hot Springs, AR.
How far have we traveled? 8,000 miles so far 
How can you get in touch with us?  
Email us at, find us on Twitter @greenrvlife or on our website at  Join the green conversation and drop us a line.  What are you doing to be sustainable?  How are you an agent for change?  We encourage guest bloggers so drop us a line with your story.
Photo Source: On The Road Green

Guest Post ~ Tom Schabarum, “Airstreaming” 2


What a pleasure it is to introduce you to my Guest Post ~ Tom Schabarum, author of “Airstreaming”. With a virtual introduction, I feel honored to know this kind, adventurous and caring man! And, besides his love for Airstreams, he is a huge dog lover, like myself. I have purchased my copy of “Airstreaming” here and have it downloaded to my iPad. Looking forward to reading it on a quiet weekend at the shore! Here is quick glimpse as noted per “Airstreaming is set in Kansas City, the epicenter of be-bop jazz, train travel and commerce in mid-century Midwest.

The story begins in the early 1970’s, and uses the declining 18th and Vine Jazz District, Union Station and West Bottoms stockyards, as its backdrop, as well as the outlying town of Olathe, Kansas.

Airstreaming refers to the icon of American travel, the Airstream trailer, which conjures up dreams of escape for many people. The trailer becomes a catalyst for three women whose extraordinary circumstances bind them together.” Enjoy.

Please welcome, Tom Schabarum ~

Silver Writing: A Look at How AIRSTREAMING Evolved

The life of a writer is a strange thing. For this one, it’s a mish mash of dedication and fear. Fear that the next sentence won’t come, or more importantly, that it won’t be any good. Even with the response I’ve had from the work, I’m still hesitant to get the sentences out. Much like ‘Streamers polishing their trailers down to its bright silver shine, we writers work on our sentences until they, too, shine.

My new novel, AIRSTREAMING, brought to the surface many things I’d hoped for as a writer – a chance to tell a story outside of myself, to move others, to do research on a thing and place that would imbue the work with authenticity, and to meet a lot of great people as writing is such an insular process.

Twelve years ago I had an idea of writing about an Airstream trailer. Twelve years! The idea became a short story with a young girl named Linda, a couple, Jack and Martha, and the Airstream, which had magical powers of translucence. Hmmm. Not so good. Then the story became a screenplay, better – it became a finalist in the Chesterfield Screenplay competition, which is a pretty big one. Then, the story – or idea – began telling me it needed to be a novel, something bigger, something more detailed.

I enrolled in the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars and found out just how much work I needed to do. I finished up my second novel, THE NARROWS, MILES DEEP, in the first year and began AIRSTREAMING as a novel in the second year. One of my teachers, Doug Bauer (The Very Air and The Famous Book of Iowans) said: if I wanted to continue down the road of magical realism I’d better read One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I did, and that book became my favorite all-time novel, and made me abandon my ambitions of writing magical realism.

At the same time, a neighbor of mine in Santa Barbara, California was restoring a vintage Airstream to take his family around the country and Canada for two years. He stripped it of everything and started from scratch. Watching him do this gave me ideas and I marveled at the craftsmanship he put into the restoration. When the trailer was finished, it was highly functional for four people and beautifully appointed for life on the road. This gave me the impetus to reset the story to a place that was quintessentially American – Kansas City – here was a city that had contained two important things that thread through the novel: Be-bop Jazz and trains.

My research took me to 18th and Vine where all the greats played, but had declined from its heyday in the 30s and 40s. Union Station, a grand old building that saw the comings and goings for decades, too, was in disrepair at the time this novel takes place. But the memories of music and train travel for the characters in the book are strong, and they steadfastly hold onto them to keep their lives on course.

For my MFA thesis, I finished about one quarter of AIRSTREAMING, which went through several drafts. Now I had more characters – a father, a mother, some neighbors, a boy.

And then, upon graduation in 2002, I abandoned writing altogether. Life got in the way. I moved to Washington State, began working a lot, and would revisit the book sporadically over the years and pages accumulated little by little. So much happened in those years to me personally and then, in 2010, a mid-life crisis shook me to my core. I’d been working so much, not enjoying life, and had lost family and my dog.

My first novel, THE PALISADES, had been sitting around in my drawer and computer for years and years. Then, the self-publishing phenomenon took off and I decided to put it out as an e-book and paperback. I began receiving notes and surprising e-mails from readers around the country, which buoyed my confidence. I won a poetry competition. I put my second book out and began working on AIRSTREAMING in a little corner of my local coffee shop. In the morning, I’d walk, come home, rewrite what I’d written the day before, shower, go to the coffee shop and spend 4-5 hours working on the novel. I was steadfast in my routine for several months, and did not break it until the novel was finished. This thing that was rattling around in my head was now finished. I was relieved and a little dismayed. Now what?

I was given the name of an editor who took the book and helped me refine it and make sure that everything made sense. I added another 4000 words and took out quite a few as well. I also went back to my coffee shop.

I’ve put AIRSTREAMING out on Kindle and Nook in hopes that it will find an audience. I’ve learned a lot about social media in the year I’ve had my books out.

In marketing AIRSTREAMING in the last couple of months, I’ve reached out to many people in the AIRSTREAM community, who’ve been incredibly thoughtful and wonderful. My hope is to buy a Flying Cloud soon and rid myself of the stuff that ties me down and go out on the road with my partner.

There is a sequel brewing in my head. I’ve written the first pages, the sentences are coming out clear and strong. Linda needs to continue her adventure, and so do I.

AIRSTREAMING can be found on as an e-book and paperback, and on Nook as an e-book. For more information, go to my website or where he writes a literary blog called Word Incident.

Photo Source: Tom Schabarum

Guest Post ~ Ayesha & Zach Introduce MAKE 2

I am thrilled to introduce you all to my second “Guest Post” ~ Ayesha and Zach Reynolds. I admire this couple for being inspired to “Pay It Forward” and to give back to their community. Ayesha contacted me recently to share their dream of a mobile art studio called MAKE where less fortunate folks can use their hands to make art! And the studio is in a vintage Airstream~how divine!! I love it and wanted to share their experiences and vision with you. Enjoy and please vote for this darling couple so their dream can become a reality!

“Ever since I can remember I have been mesmerized by Airstreams. In the car with my parents as a teenager I would see the big silver bullet approaching and I would watch it get iddy bitty in the distance not blinking but always knowing someday I would own one. My someday came about 2 years ago when I go the word about a 1975 Airstream Sovereign needing some work on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee. I went and looked at her and about two weeks later she was being towed back to our home right outside of Chattanooga, TN.We always had creative plans for her since both me and my husband are artists at least half of the time. A craft studio, or office for my small event business, we even tossed around a mobile farm stand. But than our idea came. My husband had just gotten a spark of genius about taking his love of making recycled pallet furniture into the inner cities and teaching about self-confidence through building. I had worked for a non-profit in Boston doing art therapy and I knew first hand what making something with your hands could do regardless of what you were making. Our ideas merged and we came up with The Make mobile. We would take our 31 foot Airstream and totally re-do it to become a mobile Make studio. We would travel around the Southeast and eventually the globe allowing people to make art for free. We started looking at the costs, and time associated and decided that if the right fundraising opportunity arose we would jump back on it. Well all that happened just a few days ago and our idea arose from the ashes. We enter a contest called the Power to Change. We affectionately call our idea the vehicle of change so we thought this was perfect. In order for us to even be in the semi-finals we will need lots of votes. We are spreading the word anyway we can, and we truly appreciate those who have shown us love and volunteered to spread the word. We have been surprised by how many strangers, and Airstream enthusiasts have taken our cause under their wings. From now until June 4th you can vote once a day for our project here.

If you want to get in touch with us or help in any other way, e-mail us here:

 Some fun facts

Ayesha has permanent wanderlust, enjoys vintage things, being positive, and always trying new things.

Zach never meets a stranger, has a knack for working with his hands, and he can never say no to a burrito.

You can find us around the web at these places:

Ayesha’s Website: Homespun Parties

Pinterest (be sure to check out my Airstream board)

Zach’s Etsy Shop

Zach’s Website: Wood Plus Clay