Why we have spent 30 days on the streets of Atlanta...
From mid September to mid October we were in New Jersey getting ready to make our way to Southern Baja Mexico. On somewhat of a whim we decided to head to Atlanta for a bit to help my brother with a little project he was working on. The project...? Finish building-out his 1972 Airstream International.
You see, he is renovating an old Airstream in preparation to live in it with his wife, two kids and dog. Sound familiar? I guess the nomadic lifestyle runs in the family. And because he helped us renovate our RV earlier this year we felt like we should return the favor and help him with his. So, for the last 30 days we have been camped out on the street in front of his house while we work on the Airstream during the day.
To my surprise, we didn't get a ticket, a boot or get towed. There was one complaint by a neighbor but that was it. We did attempt to get the RV in his driveway but that proved to be a little too risky and we had to give up. We gave it a good ole college try though.
By the time we got to Atlanta my brother had already done quit a bit of work. The interior was stripped bare and completely redone. He had a good start with all the flooring and walls put back up so it was time to build out everything else. However, there was a lot of troubleshooting/testing that had to be done first.
My brother had hired a "professional" to help him with all the electrical wiring, water piping, gas lines, air conditioner, furnace and water heater. Needless to say he was not a professional and not only didn't finish the work he was contracted to finish but ended up costing my brother over $4,000 in damage. The short version is that they wired some things wrong and caused severe damage to the entire electrical system including their van. With the help of a real electrician he was able to troubleshoot most of the issues. However, as we began to work we started to find wires not connected to anything, plumbing connections not tightened, faulty equipment and a myriad of other issues. It was many steps backwards before we made any real progress.
Nevertheless, once we sorted out most of the issues we started rocking out the interior build. An aluminum shower, bunk beds, kitchen cabinets, a closet, a pantry, solar panels and lots of other small items kept us quite busy for a month.
If you are interested in seeing more pictures and continued progress of the Airstream check out my brother's instagram page @build_with_perspective.
During the time that we have spent in Atlanta we have celebrated my 30th birthday, Amalia's birthday and our four year anniversary. We have worked on our online business for which we are preparing its official launch very soon. We managed to squeeze in a few nights out as well as hike in the Chattahoochee National Forrest. It's been a productive month in several ways but we are ready for the next segment of our travels.