Another great time with the Heart of Texas Camping Unit!

It was another great weekend camping at the LBJ Grasslands with The Heart of Texas Camping Unit. The weather was a little chilly in the evenings but the campfire was always burning and the heaters were fired up. Several of the members went to the swap meet on Friday and some went to the “junk shops” in town. Friday afternoon we were all invited to view a private car collection owned by a friend of ours. He has a 1927 Hudson House Car that we were especially excited for everyone to see. The Tin Can Tourists club would love to see this! Thanks so much C & V…you’re the best!

Most of the weekend was spent visiting, taking pictures, playing with all the dogs and, of course, looking at Airstreams! There were several there that we had never seen…vintage as well as an outstanding 2010 Classic that I’ll be dreaming about for a long time!

Looking forward to the next outing….till then…..Happy Trails!

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Time to CAMP!

Wise County CourthouseWe are finally going on another camp-out! WOO-HOO!!! It’s been way too long. This weekend the Heart of Texas Camping Unit is headed to the LBJ Grasslands north of Decatur, Texas.  Yes, we live in Decatur so it’s only about a 15 minute drive for us but…it’s still camping! The camp-out coincides with the annual Swap Meet in Decatur held at the Rodeo grounds and sponsored by the Wise County Antique Auto Club. We are looking forward to a weekend of fun, friends, good food, photography, Airstreams,  and cars, cars, CARS! I’ll be posting photos throughout the weekend here and on instagram. If you would like to follow me, my username is @stephanieintexas. Have a great weekend!

Christmas Camp-out Fun!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…and the busiest! I’m a little late with my post but a couple of weekends ago was the Heart of Texas Camping Unit’s Christmas camp-out at Coffee Creek RV Resort in Santo, Texas. What fun! We made some new friends and were excited to see some familiar faces from the Halloween Campout. Once again the members of HOTCU made us feel welcome and like we had been members forever. Such a great group of people. There were some beautiful trailers, several we hadn’t seen before. The 1948 Liner was incredible. An amazing restoration. Thanks for showing it to us Pat and Linda. Krystal and Sammie…your trailer is awesome! Lynn…love, love love your little Caravel!

IMG_0185IMG_0173The 80 degree weather tried to dampen the Christmas spirit but when these two showed up for the evenings festivities….Christmas was ON!

The White Elephant Gift Exchange was vicious and hilarious! If you aren’t familiar with it, you choose a gift, the next person can take your gift or pick another one. Each item can be stolen up to 3 times and the last person with it , keeps it.  These people are pretty cut-throat when it comes to Airstream goodies! Anyone who opened an Airstream item had it stolen the maximum number of times. There was some really great and creative items! Ann, the president of our unit, creates some amazing  Airstreams out of aluminum and then decorates them. I had my hands on one briefly before it was snatched away and was able to take this quick picture with my phone. And I mean QUICK! I ‘m glad I took a picture so I could remember what it looked like! Like I said, these people are ruthless when it comes to Airstream goodies! After stealing it back twice, I finally ended up with this fun disco ball! I LOVE IT!

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IMG_0099Another fun contest was a “secret ingredient” cooking contest. Each year, the winner from the previous year chooses the secret ingredient that has to be used in your dish. This year was the year of Ginger! The winner, chosen by secret ballot :), wins the most honorable title of “The Aluminum Chef” and gets to proudly display the plaque in their trailer for a year and chooses the secret ingredient for the next year.  Candy Fisher won the honor this year! Yay Candy! No word yet on next years ingredient but one thing for sure, we are going to have to step up our game to win this one! Their are some serious chefs in the club!

It was another great time with the Heart Of Texas Camping Unit. We can’t wait for the next one! Happy Holidays!

We CAMPED!

After a year of dreaming about our first camp-out…it’s over! It went way too fast. The Heart of Texas Camping Unit members were so awesome. They made us feel welcome from the moment we pulled up to the last wave goodbye. Our heads were spinning all the way home with the excitement of meeting new friends, trying to remember names ( my bad), and looking forward to the Christmas camp-out. I think there were 19 trailers there from a 1949 Wee Wind to the fabulous CCD parked next to us. We discovered one thing all Airstreamers have in common…they LOVE to show other Airstreamers their trailers! It was so fun to see all the different year trailers, some original, some restored…all AMAZING! The Halloween decorations were crazy fun and the Trick-or-Treaters were too cute.

The best part was actually using our trailer after owning it for a year and…everything worked! The tow there was nerve-wracking for me but Dan did great, he never gets bent out of shape though. It got down to 25 degrees Saturday night so our furnace got a work out. We baked biscuits in the oven without burning the bottoms. The shower was great and we took ice cream sandwiches that stayed frozen. The only hiccup was a leaking clamp at the water pump that just needed to be tightened. We only have one battery and haven’t installed a monitor yet, so we were pretty much flying blind on our power consumption. Thankfully, Paul and Ann of A&P Vintage Trailerworks charged us back up with their generator, just in case. Thanks guys! We have a whole new list of gadgets and gizmos we need and Lance at Top’s Vintage Trailerworks got Dan lined out on a new and hopefully faster/better polishing technique.  We learned a lot, met new and interesting people, and actually CAMPED! It was a great weekend!

Hope you enjoy the photos. Our trailer is the one with the caution/crime scene tape. Happy Halloween everyone!

What a year!

In a few days, it will be one year since we started the process of bringing a neglected 1976 Airstream back to life.  It’s been more work than we ever imagined, cost way more than we thought it would, and has been the most challenging and exciting project we have ever done.  We are really happy with the way it turned out but there’s  two things we should have done differently. The first thing is the flooring. The VCT tile we used looks great and we don’t have any complaints, but Marmoleum would have been awesome!  The second is the axles. I have no idea why we didn’t replace them when the shell was off. Sure would have been easier! We plan to order them in the next couple of weeks though. Live and learn!

Our first official camp-out is planned for Halloween weekend with The Heart of Texas Camping Unit at Fort Richardson State Park in Jacksboro and we can’t wait!  Happy Camping!

Vintage Airstream Rally Photos

The Lone Star Vintage Airstream Club and The Heart of Texas Camping Unit held their 3rd annual campout at the LBJ Grasslands North of Decatur, Texas last weekend. We are members of the HOTCU but haven’t had the chance to actually camp with them yet…one of these days! We did go out for their open house to see  all the awesome trailers, meet some great people and talk trailers….it was a blast! Here’s a few photos from the day……….

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