Our first night in the Airstream was a cold success!

36 thoughts on “Our first night in the Airstream was a cold success!”

    1. Especially for us, 52 is just downright cold! But true, just another part of the learning curve of this new lifestyle. If that’s the worst of it (knock on wood), I think we’re doing pretty darn good.

  1. Glad your furnace is working! I love that you had a hot sauce bar at your wedding. We’re big fans of the stuff, too. And storing baking supplies in the oven is such a good idea. One thing about “small living” that fascinates me is the unconventional approaches to efficiency, whether it’s in the design details or how the owner makes use of the space.

    1. Hehe, yup, we love our sauce around here. And yeah, some of these trailers and other more traditional tiny homes have some amazingly efficient uses of space going on. It’s fascinating to see just how much livable stuff one truly can cram into a seemingly tiny area. πŸ™‚

  2. Congratulations on your first night! I am second-hand excited for y’all, and the pups, who look content in their new space. Thank you for Living The Dream and inspiring the rest of us to do the same. Can’t wait to read about the rest of your adventures. And I thought we had done well by downsizing to 1400 sq feet… you raised the bar.

    1. Thanks ID. Yeah, 200 sqft is a pretty serious downsize. It’s funny how people can get used to almost anything with the right mindset. Nothing wrong with a 1400 sqft abode, either. That’s still a good 1200 feet smaller than the average new home these days!

  3. NICE!!! I had the same with a rental RV before…took me forever to get the heater running. Didn’t think about checking it until it was 2am and we were in the middle of nowhere. Good times.

    Looks like you’ve got quite the setup and getting adjusted…fun to follow along.

    1. Good times indeed, Steve. πŸ™‚ Thanks, we’re chugging along pretty well over here. It’s a really pleasant lifestyle. We love the campground feel for sure.

  4. I’ve have dug out an electric blanket, I think. Guess I still have some way to go before I’m ready for real RV living! πŸ™‚

    Love that interior. Not cramped to my eyes — cozy, yes. Just hope you’ve got solid storage for that monitor and laptop when you’re hauling. (Flashing back to my wife’s mishaps with electronics in vehicles ….)

    1. No more electric blanket for us, but the blanket that we did buy ($7 from Walmart) was perfect and all that I need to keep warm, now, when temperatures drop. Thanks for the comment!

  5. Sharp looking home! With wheels!

    Waking up cold is never fun. The meteorologists conspire against me whenever we go camping, falsely predicting a low 10 to 15 degrees above the actual low. FYI, a 45 degree down bag does not keep you warm at 45 degrees (or 38, like it was the first time we used them). It keeps you alive. Barely.

    Happy to hear the furnace fired right up.

    Cheers!
    -PoF

    1. Thanks PoF. I hear you regarding your cold weather troubles. I am a warmer weather kind of person myself too. One of the nice things about RV living is you get to “follow the weather”, so we’re going to TRY and move around the country based on the season.

      If only we could find highs in the 70s and lows in the 60s every day of the year, we’ll be golden! πŸ™‚

  6. Hey man nice set up even though it appears small its cozy looking as well. That lifestyle is fine if you enjoy being outdoors most of the day, and not being inside often I think. It will definitely speed up the early retirement years with such a drastic change, Good luck.

    1. Thanks EL, appreciate the comment. It’s cozy, but quite honestly, it’s all the space that we actually need. And yep, we’ve spent WAY more time outside over the past couple of weeks than we did at the old sticks and bricks house. I wouldn’t have it any other way. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Maggie – yup, removing stuff before oven use is critical. Luckily, we have to actually open up the oven to turn it on (via a match after switching the propane on), so it immediately becomes obvious at that point. A natural safety! πŸ™‚

  7. 52 is a bit chilly even by my standard. Looks like a sweet set up, not cramped at all. Keeping stuff in the oven is a great idea, we do that at home all the time. Just need to make sure you put them away properly when you’re driving though. πŸ™‚

    1. Yup, we have a nice little setup here, though we are already looking forward to a few renovations, like replacing the floors and removing the dinette to make room for a more traditional desk area. We’ll get there. Thanks for your comment!

    1. Thanks Harmony. Definitely not somewhere warmer! We are based out of Tucson, AZ, so this provides more than enough heat throughout the year, and in fact, the cooler nights actually make spring and fall absolutely beautiful around here. πŸ™‚

  8. 52?! That’s a great sleeping temp! πŸ™‚ Hahaha. Of course, I’m pretty much melting with any temps above 80, so it’s all relative. But glad the added blanket fixed the problem. I’d also recommend keeping a hot water bottle around just in case, especially when you’re wild camping and can’t blow through your propane as fast as the furnace will eat it up. Also, can you put a regular mattress in the Airstream, or are you limited by space to the one that’s in there? I just know that’s my #1 priority for our future RV/trailer: a proper comfy mattress.

    1. You’re a master when it comes to the cold weather. I’m definitely a wuss!

      This trailer has two different 40-pound propane tanks, so we have a ton of gas at our disposal, luckily. I think we’ll be able to go a few months with moderate propane use once we’re truly out there in the middle of nowhere. But, there’s only one way to find that out for sure! πŸ™‚

      Yeah, we need an RV mattress for the bed, unfortunately (curved at the bottom, so slightly smaller than a conventional queen). All is good, though, as we are getting used to it and sleeping quite nicely now. We will still try out the mattress topper once we get it, but for now, it ain’t as bad as we originally thought it might be.

  9. lol! Love the Clark Grizwald reaction; thankfully, your scenario didn’t involve a hundred extension cords and an electric meter spinning a thousand miles an hour! Speaking of which, I’m interested to hear about (if you guys are planning to share) what some of your monthly expenses start looking like. That will be some extremely valuable information for me to do some forecasting when my family decides to get serious and do what you guys are doing. Really glad things are going well for your guys! πŸ™‚

    1. Hehe – luckily it wasn’t electrical in nature at all, but man, it was a magical moment when the furnace did kick on! πŸ™‚

      We are planning on putting together some numbers, but it’s a little tough at the moment because we are still in the process of selling our home and doing some last-minute repairs, so our finances aren’t really representative at this point of full-time RV living. Once they are, though, we will be sure to discuss how our budget is looking. πŸ™‚

  10. It just blows my mind how much space there seems to be. I have never seen the inside of an air-stream but I am utterly impressed how incredibly roomy it all is.

    Your story is a reminder for me on what it is like getting used to any new place. I awoke the first night in our home and was freaked out by the silence – we had just moved to the burbs from the city (next to a train line) and the quietness in our new home was eerily spooky.

    Congrats on surviving the first night and smooth sleeping for many more to come!!

    1. Thanks Mr. PIE, appreciate the comment. Yup, we’re getting used to this place pretty well, and there is plenty of space for all of us in here. In fact, we actually have a bigger couch in this place than we did in our home…interestingly enough. πŸ™‚

  11. Looks great! We’ve had several nights of van camping when it’s dropped to below freezing, and I’ve yearned for a furnace. I’ll try to keep my anchor point for comparisons on tent camping rather than the luxurious Airstream life, though πŸ™‚

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