The Culprit

Andrew and I would like to thank everyone for the messages of concern regarding Rosie.  We are delighted to share that our repaired and improved Rosie has been returned to us.  While our Airstream has been in the shop for a month, it actually only took about a week to repair the floor.    It turns out that our local Airstream dealer has a backlog of Airstreams needing replacement floors due to leaks or lack of TLC. 

Many of asked about the cause of our floor rot.  After running several leak tests, they reveal a majority of the leaks around our front door, with the primary culprit  being our awning arm.  Over time the sealant around the awning arm has shifted and loosened, allowing for rainwater to run down the arm into the wall and floor.  Fortunately, our floor rot is (or should I say was) concentrated only around the door and side window area of the Airstream, meaning they only have to replace one small panel of floor. 

While Rosie’s at the shop, we inquire about a few other minor repairs and updates, including cutting 7” off our dinette, which currently sticks out into the hallway and prevents the refrigerator door from opening all the way. 

After a month, we are beyond excited to have our home back.  She looks positively radiant with her solid floor, sealed leaks and slim dinette.

Awning Arm, Major Cause of Leak
Awning Arm, Major Cause of Leak
Awning Arm, Major Cause of Leak
Awning Arm, Major Cause of Leak

Chillin’ in the Sunshine State

It has been three weeks since we’ve arrived back in Florida.  Our first week back Andrew and I removed everything, including mattress, cushions, and curtains, from our beloved Airstream. As much as we’ve downsized and remove unneeded stuff from our lives, it isn’t until we start boxing Rosie that we discover how much we’ve actually accumulated these three years on the road.  This is the perfect time to again remove unused items from our traveling home.

At the beginning of April, we deliver Rosie to Gainesville for repairs.  We are unsure of how long the floor replacement will take, so we anticipate spending the summer in Jacksonville.  While awaiting a diagnosis and repairs on the floor and leak, Andrew, Ame and I spend our time visiting with family and friends; catching up on much needed appointments with doctors, dentist, etc (those events that get overlooked when moving every two weeks); and readjusting our travels to restart our journey in August. 

Unpacking Rosie
Unpacking Rosie
Rosie Almost Empty
Rosie Almost Empty
Stopping to Enjoy the Tropical Flowers
Stopping to Enjoy the Tropical Flowers
Ame making friends
Ame making friends
A Visit with Some Airstream Friends
A Visit with Some Airstream Friends
Spiderwebs on our Trail, Tillie Fowler Regional Park
Spiderwebs on our Trail, Tillie Fowler Regional Park
Bamboo Forest, Tillie Fowler Regional Park
Bamboo Forest, Tillie Fowler Regional Park
Our Trail, Tillie Fowler Regional Park
Our Trail, Tillie Fowler Regional Park
Trail Monitor, Tillie Fowler Regional Park
Trail Monitor, Tillie Fowler Regional Park