Aluminum Bliss and the Airstream Sport

I came across an inspirational website from Sean Michael of the Long, Long Honeymoon of a young couple who sold their home and belongings to travel and live in a 23-foot Airstream International. But they’re not alone. On their journey, they will be accompanied by their two rescue greyhounds and a newborn baby in July.

As mentioned on their blog, Aluminum Bliss, Chris and Lani decided to make the Airstream their new home because of its sleek, rounded, aluminum interior and large windows that open up a small space and dispel the feeling of living in a box. The modern furnishings inspire a clean environment and the numerous storage spaces eliminate clutter. Their classic rig also turns a lot of heads.

Chris works out of the trailer using a Verizon MiFi, satellite dish and free campground WiFi. Lani takes care of the Airstream and the blog and awaits the birth of their new baby. They decided on this lifestyle because Chris is able to work from anywhere and it seemed like a good time in their lives to do some traveling. They were tired of be “owned” by their stuff and they craved the open road and a little adventure. After a year or so of traveling in an Airstream, they have a few insights on living the aluminum life:

“We no longer buy too many groceries that sit in our pantry well beyond the expiration date. In fact, we seem to buy more fresh foods and have learned to carefully plan our meals out in advance so as to avoid multiple trips to the store.”

“Our water consumption has decreased tremendously. When you only have a 15 gallon gray water tank, you quickly learn how to use less water when washing dishes or brushing your teeth.  Showers are quick, even when they are in the campground’s bathrooms.  And, laundry…well I’m pretty cheap when it comes to using my quarters so laundry is only done once a week.  And, with less clothing in tow, we’ve learned that some things can be worn awhile before being considered ‘dirty.'”

“We live in 160 square feet so it takes little to heat and power our humble abode. And, we grow tired of refilling our propane tanks so we are pretty stingy with our propane use. Additionally, we recently began converting the few lights in our home to LED.”



They plan on staying on the road indefinitely, or until they get tired of the lifestyle. In the meantime they have this to say about their decision:

“It’s been an incredible lifestyle change and one that will continue with us long after our Airstream journey comes to an end. I enjoy life so much more without the clutter and junk.  Don’t get me wrong, traveling the country and seeing what we’ve seen is amazing but so is this new sense of freedom from being owned and defined by our stuff.”

The 2010 Airstream Sport

Airstream Sport

Airstream Sport. Photos courtesy of Colonial Airstream.

For a big adventure in a smaller package, I recently saw a 2010 16 foot Airstream Sport for sale and was impressed with the design and layout. In this new model, the full bathroom from the back of the rig has been removed and has been replaced with a double bed. The reduced bathroom is now a wet bath without a sink. There seems to be plenty of storage space around the bed, in the closet and under the dinette. The tow weight is 3,500 pounds, it has a 23 gallon fresh water tank and a 21 gallon combination gray and black water tank. It also has a a 12,000 BTU furnace and an option for AC.

View the Airstream Sport brochure

The Sport is available in four types of decor: Cinnabar, Mochablue, Oatmeal and Sharksfin, and typical of the new Airstream designs, has clean, sleek retro styling. The price for this Airstream is about $35,000.

By Christina Nellemann for the (Tiny House Blog)

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Heather - March 8, 2010 Reply

Very cool. Those pups look pretty tiny for greyhounds, maybe they are whippets?

Heather - March 8, 2010 Reply

OK, found it on their site. They are Italian Greyhounds, not the ones that race, very small pups. They look cute.

Russ - March 8, 2010 Reply

A life well lived indeed. Now…if I could only figure out how to earn a modest income while traveling!

Arlos - March 8, 2010 Reply

What a great life style!!! Most who dream of this wait until it is nearly too late.

Lani - March 8, 2010 Reply

Thanks for sharing our link! We have really enjoyed hearing about others’ tiny home experiences and/or goals. Our Airstream experience has been more life-changing than we ever expected. Thanks again!

Christina Nellemann - March 9, 2010 Reply

Thanks for the chance to peak into your great lives Lani!

Phil Hanson - March 9, 2010 Reply

So why an Airstream and not some other RV like Jayco? Just wondering.

Lani - March 9, 2010 Reply

Hi Phil,
That’s a good question and one we get often. Everyone has their own reason why they choose a certain trailer. For us, it was because my husband has always loved Airstreams, from their quality to their look (both inside and out). It was his dream to own one. So, it was really the only travel trailer he ever considered. He just had to convince me – which, surprisingly, didn’t take long. After extensive searching online, he finally found the Airstream model that he considered “the one.”

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Bob Miller - February 2, 2012 Reply

Lani
I saw you camped in Santa Rosa near Destin, Fl some time ago. I commented that Chris was incredibly focused on his work as people and traffic passed by. I was wondering if you can pass along the brand of the tent or canopy which covered the picnic table where Chris worked. I was impresssed with the design and functionality. Best wishes to all of you in all your travels. Thank you, Bob.

Kimberley - April 22, 2012 Reply

I was wondering and hoping that there may be websites that you could recommend to me. I would like to purchase an airstream and travel to different states and live on the road, as you and your husband do. If there is any information that you could send to me in my quest for this new type of lifestyle, I would very much appreciate your help. Thanks and God Bless1

Rob - October 27, 2017 Reply

I’m trying to find the supplier for the shower toilet combo shown in the photos. Any help?

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