Buying our Airstream “Charlie”

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We’d like to introduce to you….Charlie our 2005 30′ Airstream Classic!!!!

I’ve posted pictures in previous articles, but really pictures don’t do him justice. So now you can follow along  on our adventure of finding and buying our new Airstream home and then going to pick him up! Plus you get a full look inside.

When we first saw Charlie he was a little rough around the edges (he is over 10 years old) but as you can see he cleaned up real nice! Everything is original or added by his previous owners (who apparently really liked mirrors). We have a lot of  updates we’re planning to make and some we already have. You can find more detailed accounts of our weekend picking up and moving into Charlie in our articles: Courtney’s & Steve’s.

Enjoy!

I wish we would have taken more video especially while actually driving, but we were all so focused on our first time that we forgot. Don’t worry there will be plenty of video to come! Make sure you don’t miss out and subscribe to our Youtube channel.

We already have some organizational videos in the works, plus updates on how Charlie is shaping up. Once we start traveling you can expect even more travel based video over on our sister site fulltimeexplorers.com.

We hope you enjoyed your first peek into our new home.

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