The original plan for this project was to renovate our 1986 34-foot Airstream Excella, lovingly named Loretta. After living in Loretta for four years, we realized we could no longer ignore the growing issues of floor rot and frame rust. We started budgeting the project assuming the initial major cost would be having a brand new frame fabricated using our old one as a template.
Then I absent-mindedly went on Craigslist, just out of boredom. Lo and behold, I saw a 34-footer for sale about an hour away. Not only did it look just like ours, but it also had nicer aluminum wheels, all of its awnings in tact, an air conditioner, and it was already gutted down to the ribs. At first I laughed it off. Then after mentioning it to Paul and Ann over at A&P Vintage Trailer Works, we all realized that for the $7,500 asking price, this could put us way ahead of schedule if the frame was in good shape.
Four days later we went to check out the trailer on a foggy Sunday morning on my way to the airport (for a work trip) and before we left, we signed a bill of sale and traded cash for the title.
A week after that, I returned from my work trip and brought the trailer over to Paul and Ann's place so she could meet Loretta and the rest of the family.