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Rosie our Airstream Home

Rosie has been SOLD!

We are ‘snowbirds’ from Canada, 60 something, who have always tried to have a small footprint. We were environmentalists and vegetarians long before it was the ‘in thing’. In our retirement we sold all the trappings of our old lives and travelled in a van and backpacking tent. That proved to be the most liberating experience of our lives! It came to be though, that we wanted a home base in Canada so we bought a bit of land and built…by ourselves…as small a cottage as the local bylaws would allow. Winters, however, have been spent in Texas pursuing our simple passion for birding. For this purpose we bought an 1983 Airstream Excella, that we named Rosie, to refurbish and be our winter home. We have been comfortably living in ROSIE’s 232 sq ft for 4 months a year. She has everything we need and more. We enjoyed the challenge of making her liveable and easy to maintain.

A change came over us this winter though. We decided that we needed less space! We would like to explore but do not own a tow vehicle for Rosie. We needed to think even smaller and lighter to make more travel affordable; we needed to think even simpler to make boondocking possible. So, to that end, we have purchased a used 17 ft Casita Spirit Deluxe, already named Megg (for the EGG that it is ;-)), that our Toyota can easily tow. We will be downsizing to 102 sq ft! Our plans are to stay down south for even longer periods, maybe up to 6 months. We’ll have the option of summer trips up north too.

Here are photos of Rosie. She’s a nice blend of modern and vintage with lots of other interesting changes possible. There is so much storage for clothing, kitchen equipment, food bought in bulk, and tools. The rear frame was extended and an aluminum truck box added for extra outside storage. (We had planned to change the twin beds into a queen (and have the parts to do it) but we found we both got a better sleep in separate spaces. LOL) Rosie would make a comfortable tiny home, home away from home, studio, office, or bunkie for guests.

Photos of Megg will be forthcoming as soon as we get settled in her and ‘nest’. We look forward to enjoying our even tinier winter home. Less is more!

Thanks so much for listening to our tiny story.

Hazel & John

If you are interested in purchasing Rosie email “All reasonable offers considered for a quick sale!”  😉

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Click Here to Leave a Comment Below - February 23, 2012 Reply

What a great story about trading things for experiences.Less is really more.I wrote a post about free tiny houses for everyone on my blog.It really is about living free from debt and pursuing your passion .

Paul Jenkins - February 23, 2012 Reply


Patti - February 23, 2012 Reply

Well done! Cozy, clean, bright and attractive inside and out. I still have more day-job working years but that nomadic lifestyle is what I’m heading towards.

What’s considered a “reasonable offer”? 😉

Marie - February 23, 2012 Reply

Wow! This is beautiful and this is for the ‘Major League’. This is the Rolls Royce of RV’s


Kari - February 23, 2012 Reply

Rosie is lovely! And I hope you enjoy Megg. I have a 13-foot Scamp myself and absolutely love it.

cindl - February 23, 2012 Reply

She’s beautiful! You’ve done well!

Hazel - February 23, 2012 Reply

Thank you so much, everyone! We just returned from a road trip to pick up our ‘new to us’ Casita. We prefer to buy used over new since the earth doesn’t need any more new things. Also, a used trailer would have ‘gassed off’ already and be healthier to live in.

Name change: now that we’ve met her, the Casita’s name is WREN! Carolina Wrens were singing for the entire visit there! 😉

Please email us if you are seriously interested in ROSIE. We do want some of our money out of our ROSIE investment but are willing to compromise for a good home and a quick sale now that we have WREN.

motoford - February 23, 2012 Reply

That is one shiny heap of awesome. I was so distracted by the photos I couldn’t even read the article.

    Hazel - February 24, 2012 Reply

    ROTFL I’ll always remember that ROSIE was a ‘shiny heap of awesome’! 😉

      motoford - February 28, 2012 Reply

      I was showing the photos of Rosie to my wife this evening, and she pointed out that your bedspreads are the exact same ones that I have.

      Your taste is impeccable.

Kim - February 23, 2012 Reply

I commend you for pursuing your dreams! Love your tiny story!

Barb - February 23, 2012 Reply

ROSIE is a dream and she looks sparkling inside and out. I think the red touches are perfect.
I can’t wait to hear about your adventures in WREN, as I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article.
Best, Barb

    Hazel - February 24, 2012 Reply

    Thanks! ROSIE has been a comfortable home base while we birded down here in Texas. No matter what big, expensive rigs pull into the park, everyone wants to chat about ‘the Airstream’. Character, personality, and graceful aging!

Hazel - February 24, 2012 Reply

We have more than $20,000 invested in ROSIE but would like to get as close to $15,000 as we can to cover most of the cost of WREN. ROSIE is currently registered in Florida so there is an American title.

Randy - February 25, 2012 Reply

Hazel & John … good luck in your down-sizing endeavors. Look forward to reading about “Adventures with Megg”

    Hazel - February 25, 2012 Reply

    Thank you, Randy! It’ll be ‘Adventures with WREN’! Downsizing is proving to be a humbling challenge but a good life lesson.

Hunter - February 25, 2012 Reply

Hazel and John,

I am a fulltimer living in a 25′ Airstream with my two dogs. I run the AirstreamList, a yahoo group, and just posted Rosie for sale…. If I didn’t have a trailer I love, I’d buy her! You’ve done wonderful work on her.

Hunter Hampton

    Hazel - February 26, 2012 Reply

    Thank you so much, Hunter. What a wonderful life fulltiming in an Airstream! We have friends from Michigan with a 25 footer who travel extensively.

    Airstreams have such character, don’t they? Each seems to have its own personality. 😉

    Thank you for your help.

Jo - February 25, 2012 Reply

This is really nice!!! I love the red and white colors inside Rosie. Beautiful!

Mar - February 25, 2012 Reply

Rosie is great. Having lived in a 27 foot Airstream Land Yacht named Stella, for 5 years straight, it can be a liberating experience. I am ready to do it again. mar

    Hazel - February 26, 2012 Reply

    It IS liberating! I’m so happy to hear that you named your Airstream too. 😉

Hazel - February 27, 2012 Reply

We’ve reduced the price again to $12,900. In a week we’re moving on in the Casita!

Hazel - February 27, 2012 Reply

Yes, we’ve reduced the price again hoping to prevent ROSIE from going to sit on a lot and be sold on consignment. Finding a good new owner is more important to us than the money.

    Carol Tveekrem - February 27, 2012 Reply

    Hello Hazel,

    Two questions – what is the headroom inside Rosie? She looks like a newer model than our son’s – he just barely avoids ducking his head at 6’3″. Second, is there room to add an extra long twin bed in the rear bedroom? That’s our usual problem with small spaces – my husband is 2 meters tall!

      Hazel - February 27, 2012 Reply

      My hubby is 6’1″ and fits but I’m not sure what 2 more inches would do. We had planned to turn the twins into a queen sideways. Airstreams are built like a Meccano set so it’s easy to do renos.

Robin - February 29, 2012 Reply

Where do you have Rosie currently? In Texas?

    Hazel - March 1, 2012 Reply

    Yes, Robin, in Mission, TX in the Rio Grande Valley. She will be hauled to Texas RV Traders in La Feria on Monday to be sold on consignment. ;-(

      amy o. woodbury - March 17, 2012 Reply

      has she sold yet??

        Kent Griswold - March 17, 2012 Reply

        Please contact her with the information above.

Marcia B - March 3, 2012 Reply

Rosie is beautiful! If we didn’t already have a 17′ Casita LD, I’d buy her in a minute. Can’t wait to see the mods you come up with for Wren:) Happy Trails!

Hazel - April 11, 2012 Reply

Here it is 6 weeks later and we’re still getting inquiries about ROSIE. It’s obvious that people have dreams…dreams of minimalism or freedom or adventure…and that an old Airstream named ROSIE is a symbol for those dreams. ROSIE has been sold but your dreams still need fulfilling! Do it! Life is short. Live your dreams!

shawn grona - April 12, 2012 Reply

check out, these guys do great restoration and polish work in Central Texas, downtown Austin. they may be able to help you find a vintage airstream!!

Mike Dean - May 23, 2012 Reply

Like you we are snow birds. We downsized from a 38 foot motor home to a 20 ft. Airstream. Just my wife and I, our yellow lab(100lbs.we )Our small rescue dog and a big green parot. We r waiting for our lot to come available and have been living full time in the Airstream for nearly 3 years now and doing well. Good for you guy’s. Experiance now and wait later. Airstreamin with Mike and Sheri.

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