How it Came to Be
After a few months of scouring, this beauty showed up on airstreamclassifieds.com. It was big, had been well taken care of, and had recently had some nice renovations. After an hour + FaceTime, with the owners in Texas and us in CA, we struck a deal that included James (one of the current owners at the time) delivering it to us in CA.
So... we bought Metalodon pretty much sight unseen other than a very choppy FaceTime session.
We agreed that James would drive the trailer out in a few weeks which would give us enough time to find a temporary home for her and figure out the truck situation and a bunch of other details. After a day or two James and Holly let us know that they'd be coming the following week, which happened to be Memorial Day weekend.
James handing over the keys to Amanda (and enjoying a Tecate)
Amanda got to work and found a temporary place to park in Jamul, CA that didn't cost a fortune and where we'd be able to do some renovations and prep for our "transition" to trailer life in three months.
A few days before James' arrival we agreed to meet at a Bank of America near us where we would get a cashiers check to complete the transaction.
On delivery day we rushed to the BOA and got there just a few minutes before close but James was nowhere to be found. Turns out we were at the wrong BOA and the one we were supposed to meet at was open for another hour.
When we finally found James he gave us a tour to make sure we were ok with moving forward. He had just driven 20+ hours so we couldn't imagine telling him we didn't want it anymore only to have him drive back to Texas with the trailer still in tow.
Things checked out, we got him the check and the deal was done!
At our spot in Jamul, temperatures could reach 100 degrees on any given day, we didn't have any hookups (no electric, water, or sewer) or a bathroom. Oh, and it was up a treacherous, private dirt road. Wasn't the best place but given the cost of a San Diego park and the lack of ANY availability, it had to do. The downside was that we couldn't usually spend more than 4 hours at a time at the trailer because we'd either be too hot or have to use the bathroom and the closest one was about a 15 minute drive into town. There was also a locked gate, german shephards... it was complicated.
We still keep in touch with James and Holly (@oureverydayadventure on Instagram) who have continued their adventure but with a larger trailer more suitable for their three children, dog and cat. We think we've asked them most of the stupid questions we have but who knows, maybe there's one or two left. Thanks to them we had a pretty solid baseline to start from when doing our renovations. You can see all the hard work they put in on Imgur.