Another dream of Jose and mine has come true this weekend! We are proud new owners of an Airstream! I know, if mounds of projects weren’t high enough, lets add vintage camper to the mix… but there is a funny story about this camper and our farmhouse I will share. But first, look how cute she is!
This exact Airstream was a dream to own, and then quickly haunted our dreams. So years-years ago, I’m talking North Carolina time. My great aunt and uncle had mentioned that they were considering getting rid of this airstream. We told them, that if they ever decided to sell the Airstream, we would love to have an opportunity to purchase.
As the years went on, it appeared we were the only family members that were interested in the tin can, so it was almost an unspoken understanding that we would purchase the camper. Years and years went on, and they still were planning trips with the camper and were not quite ready to part with the camper. Jose and I moved home to Michigan and things got busy very quickly, with fixing up that house and starting our store, The Found Cottage.
We were in the middle of buying the farm, when my great aunt and uncle reached out, looking to sell the camper. Jose and I both looked at each other, so torn… This dream camper we could put our touch on and take lifelong memories, but we were jumping head first into our farmhouse and not knowing how it was going to impact our budget. With our throats tight, we told them we would have to pass on the camper. And from that moment, we have always regretted passing on the Airstream. My great aunt and uncle passed the Airstream on one of their kids, and we were happy that it stayed in the family but so sad we couldn’t take our family out on adventures.
Over the last year we have been on a hunt for an Airstream, its been a huge dream of Jose’s to work on one and I have always wanted to design one… all of the Airstreams that came across were in pretty rough shape, and the Michigan winters weren’t kind to it.
Earlier this year… the universe aligned and we were having dinner with my parents and my great aunt and uncle. And the words that took my breath away, they turned and asked if we by chance were still interested in that old Airstream of theirs. Umm… YES! The explained that, their son brought it home, and had time to use it and it was just sitting around being unused. We told them, them that we would be over the moon happy to take it off their hands…
And here she is, in all of her 1971 glory. This is a 1971 Airstream Trade Wind Double. Currently it is nearly all original, with the exception of the floors and a few modifications that was made over the years by my great aunt and uncle.
The exterior is in really good shape, something that we couldn’t find from our search over the years. The interior currently is functional and everything still runs, but we definitely want to put our touch on this beauty.
I hope you guys are as excited as we are about this camper and its journey… We will need help naming it, so please leave a comment here on my instagram. Thank you so much for stopping by today and every other day. Xx Liz Marie
Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage says
It is a great Airstream. I know you will fix it so cute. I think Destiny or Fate would be a good name for this beauty. It was meant to be yours and with some kindness and patience it is now yours to make pretty. Good luck and have lots of fun re loving this to your style.
Its honestly a dream of mine to one day own one of these or some sort of camper. I cant wait to see what you and Jose do with this beauty and all of the sweet memories you can share with Cope:)
Just love the Airstreams! Would love to have one of my own. So I looked up the #1 female name in 1971, which is Jennifer, so how about calling her Jenny!
Oh my goodness Liz!! This is beautiful! And such an amazing story!! I LOVE being able to see these pics of what you longed for, for sooo long is how happening!! It’s amazing!! Also, I think you should call it…White Cottage Camper?. Or Cozy White Camper? Umm shoot that’s all I’ve got! Congrats guys!! I’m sooo excited for you! ❤️
Rebecca Eblin says
What a lovely story! Why not name her The Patriot?
I can’t wait to see how you decorate the inside. I just know it will be AMAZING. And with that in mind….I think GRACE would be a fitting name.
Lora fraizer says
How exciting! We just got back off vacation in NC with our 2002 remodeled airstream! We had so much fun! We love ours even though we only use it about 1x month. Hoping to use it more one day in retirement.
Like your “found” cottage, you searched and found your Airstream and have now claimed her as your own. Her name should be Pearl. “But the pearls were accidents, and the finding of one was luck, a little pat on the back by God….”—-John Steinbeck
Darleene Moore says
You are going to have so many good adventures. My mom and dad bought one when they retired years ago sold their home and traveled all over US untill they parked it in Boulder City, NV. They had the best times of their life. Enjoy your newfound friend and begin making memories with your family.
Name it after your aunt!
I cannot add another name. The ones suggested are all great!
I think an appropriate name would be “2nd chance”I love that in the first shot you are all smiling even Winnie!!!
Oh Liz your dream is our dream also, they are such a desired item of many more I’m sure. But I am so excited to see yalls spin on it! I know it will be fabulous & I’m gonna copy you whenever we get one! ?
How about “Serendipity “. Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing how you personalize it.
Beth Bricker says
How fun!!! I can’t wait to see what it looks like after you get your decorating ideas completed. As for a name…? How about Cozy Happy Camper
jewell rude says
I’d always dreamed of an Airstream. One year ago today my husband surprised me with a 1974 Sovereign for our Anniversary. I absolutely love it.
I can’t wait to see the amazing things you do with yours. ?
Oh my gosh!!! Soo dang cute!! I like Beth’s idea of the Cope-A-Cabana ?
Connie Crawford says
White Cottage Camper! Has to be?
What a wonderful story! She is beautiful and she should be named Maude.
Glory of God you were given the opportunity again to own this beautiful vintage rolling home! Old Glory, would be a great name! Definition of Glory – Glory is a brilliant radiant beauty. Glory is also a term used in a religious way.
Hi! Congratulations on your fun family purchase! Posted this idea on your IG also, but what about Little Deuce “Coop”…..a play off the old Beach Boys Classic, but with a nod to your beautiful little boy!
The word that came to mind was Serendipity
We have a small camper/trailer that we just love and named her Haven….because she is. It would be a good name for yours as well.
I agree with little deuce Coop! I can not wait to see what you do with it!
Little Daisy or Bailey
, love your airstream! We are looking one also. Want to name ours Journey.
Gretchen Rhed says
Congrats!!!! That is so fun! How about the Dream Stream??? ?????
She looks like a “Jolene” or a “Junebug” to me! ?
Sue T. says
Hi Liz & Jose – what a “Blessing”…. I’d say…you two are ….Lucky Ducks !!! <—- I’d call it the Lucky Duck ???
The Silver Bullet
Marie Harper says
GALaVANting……so simple and what you’ll do!
I think~ Worth the Wait ~ would be a great name and so fitting for your life! So happy for you!
Oh my word!! I love it/her/him! We are a camping family and I have always loved an airstream!!! Goals! I cannot wait to see what you do to this beauty!! It’s going to be fabulous!!! Naming….hmmmm…tubular cottage on wheels! lol
Have SO much fun!! It’s a great va-ca with kids!!! So excited for y’all!!
joanne kingsbury says
I’m in love with your camper!! My name for it would be “BBwinnieBeau” Can’t wait to see your spin on fixing her up!
Betty Ann says
Name it “Tin Can” as you called it in your post ?
She’s a Beauty! I can’t wait to see her transformed with your beautiful decorating touch, and I know she will end up with a wonderful name?
Leisa Arave says
NAME HER TUNA! HAHA
Christine Warltier says
Of course she should be called the Tin Lizzie!
Because of your name and the fact that she is made of tin! Lol
I am a retired teacher & I had a student named Journey. I used to sing her the song, Sentimental Journey, all the time. You will be taking new journeys with your little fam & they will certainly be sentimental to you so “Sentimental Journey” is my suggestion.
How exciting!! I think that is the only way my hubby could get me to go camping now…I have become quite the diva in my old age! LOL! ENJOY!
I think “Patience” would be the perfect name!
You had High Hopes of getting her. Name her High Hopes or Hope. She isn’t a beauty.
Ok that should have said she is a beauty!!
Hi Jose and Liz,
Since its been your Vintage Dream Camper, why not call it Vintage Dream..i can see it finished already.
Happy for you!?
Hi Jose and Liz,
Since its been your Vintage Dream Camper, why not call it Vintage Dream or My Vintage Dream…i can see it finished already.
Happy for you!?
The Tin Lizzy!
Gale Rennan says
The Silver Lining
So jealous you have a silver Twinkie!
But soooooo happy for you as well!
The white natural interior is already so You!
I Love that you were able to get this blessing finally I think I would call her Emmanuel ❤️
Meryl Taylor says
I also love the name SERENDIPITY, for your gorgeous Airstream.❤️
Mandy Shelata says
Congratulations you guys! Can’t wait to see it after you put your touches on it! I liked cope a cabana! ( especially if you give it some striped awnings!! ) Our first r.v. Was little, and we took it to a casino that had a park you could stay ,that was a ways away from casino, so riding their shuttle bus back to park, people were laughing at our “little bundle of joy” and as we pulled up, someone said ,it looks the same as that big one next to it, looks like the big one burped! Thus, it stuck, we named it the burp! Our second one was easy,..The belch, because a belch is longer than a burp! Happy voyages!
I agree! The Tin Lizzie for sure!!
Found Camper…..or Found for all you have found and all you will find.❤️
Lynne Taylor says
I agree on Tin Lizzie! Perfect for a camper!
Julie Cook says
Awesome!! Enjoy that beautiful camper. Cope With Happiness sounds good to me. Whatever you name it make lots of happy, fun, and loving memories. XO
Brenda Johnson says
My Grandparent’s had an AirStream just like this that they went from Michigan to Texas each winter! They also had it in the 70’s and 80’s till they were getting too old and frail to go south anymore. I think you should call it Silver Lady because she is beautiful and you will be making her even more beautiful! Enjoy this project, can’t wait to see what you do!