Owning the Airstream Dream
-Waldport, Oregon, Tiny Tranquility Park
Welcome, Zan Packard to Tiny Tranquility. In having you here as a guest stay in the Tiny Traveler Truck Camper, Tiny B had the pleasure of interviewing you on the alternative lifestyle of traveling trailers.
Tiny Tranquility RV Park is located just South of Waldport on the Central Oregon Coast.
Tiny B: Can you give me a background of your lifestyle?
Zan at Burning Man
Zan - I tend to move every two years or so. I’ve always found so much joy in exploring new areas and tend to want to spend a little more time there. When I was driving home from Burning Man years ago, my thoughts were: “I’m not done living a life of freedom” and came upon the brainstorm of buying a C Class RV (recreational vehicle). It was brilliant, because I would no longer need to schlep boxes and jump through the hoops of renting a new place. All I would have to do is simply turn on the ignition and off I would go. I must have looked at twenty RVs and none of them were quite right. It was at that time that I decided that if I was going to go for the dream, I was going to go for the real dream. Owning an Airstream.
Once I made that decision, mine made itself known to me and off I went to buy it.
Living the Airstream Dream
Zan and her new Airstream heading home.
Gypsy in her new spot in California.
Tiny B: Tell me about your Airstream?
Zan - Her name is Gypsy, and she’s a 1985 27’ Sovereign. Everything was original and worked except the refrigerator. But it wasn’t “me”, so I proceeded to dismantle the interior. After hours of research, I chose the paint and got busy brightening up her interior, created a new bedroom layout and a new kitchen and living room layout which, I am in the process of changing again.
Gypsy’s interior refurbishing and results.
Back at Tiny Tranquility Park...
Tiny B: You got to see the vintage nightly rentals in the park. Can you give us any thoughts on them? And as the owner of Gypsy in the process of being renovated again, did you get inspired by seeing the Airstreams in Tiny Tranquility?
Right to left: The Perpetua, The Dunes and The Anemone Vintage Airstream nightly rentals owned by Josh Palmer of Tiny Tranquility, refurbished by Katie & Jed Wiley of Stagecoach Details and Design.
Zan - Parts of the Decor and design of all three of these beautifully renovated Airstreams (Katie and Jed, you guys are amazing.) were my favorite and really helped me settle on new design improvements for my own Airstream.
Zan in the Anemone Airstream, a nightly rental at Tiny Tranquility. Katie Wiley of Stagecoach Details and Design refinished the interior and decor.
I love how open and uncluttered they feel. To me, they are elegant and modern, highly functional and had enough individuality that spoke to my creative heart. Since, I have been traveling in my van, I haven’t been with Gypsy for a few months but, now I have a new vision in mind and know I will greet her with drill, saw and paint in hand - major work is in the plans.
The Dunes & The Perpetua both nightly rentals at Tiny Tranquility.
Interior of The Perpetua
I’ve been living out of a suitcase for the past year (Airbnb has been a blast - often a month here, a month there!) so, I have a great sense of what I need and want in my everyday environment. My plans are to extend the kitchen counter to the bedroom by removing the curb side closets. I’ve done the math and know that I will not be losing precious storage - but gaining more useable storage not a lot more, but when you’re living in 190 square feet any increase feels significant.
Gypsy in Red Bluff, California.
Zan - My next adventure is moving with Gypsy down to the San Luis Obispo area, and get started on the re-model. I tried living in her unfinished state long enough to know that I won’t live in her again until she is DONE. While I’m working on her, I will also be seeking a nice garden spot to put her in. But of course, I may just move her a month here and a month there - it is still a pretty exciting way to live.
Back at the park with the Tiny Traveler Truck Camper...
Tiny B: My tiny house builder, Nathan Light Watson of Tiny SMART House was so gracious as to sponsor his Tiny Traveler Truck Camper for seven nights at Tiny Tranquility. How was your experience?
Tiny Traveler Truck Camper with Zan on the porch in Tiny Tranquility Park.
18’ Northwest Mountaineer Tiny House and Tiny Traveler both by Tiny SMART House.
Zan - The truck camper was amazing. Very well laid out, plenty of storage for even two weeks of staying in it. My favorite part of it was the wonderful smell of all the cedar siding - the workmanship was impeccable - that alone made it a joy as a base camp from which to explore the area.
Zan comfy cozy in the Tiny Traveler by Tiny SMART House.
Tiny B: From the perspective of being a guest of a long term tiny houser in the park (That being me, Tiny B) how was your experience in Tiny Tranquility RV Park?
Tiny Tranquility Park, Waldport, Oregon
Zan - I was most impressed with how much Tiny Tranquility park has to offer, as I am decidedly not a ‘Park type’ person. The park has a beautiful lay out and many amenities. I can see the draw to that lifestyle - especially for Tiny Houses, because it’s not a simple matter to move them like it is for Airstreams.
Tiny B: Do you have any inspirational thoughts to share with others who are thinking of this alternative lifestyle? (Whether it be an Airstream, tiny house or travel trailer?)
Vintage Gypsies Coloring Book Authored by Zan Packard.
Zan - Probably to try it out before you jump (or certainly purchase). I grew up camping and I’ve lived in some pretty tiny places throughout the years, so I had a sense of understanding just what it takes. Unless you’ve lived tiny before - i.e., under 400 square feet then, I suggest you rent a studio, or find a tiny to rent, like stay in one of your Tiny Tranquility Park’s nightly rentals before you commit to buying.
Zan at Big Stump Beach across the street from the park.
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Zan at Yachats State Park, Yachats, Oregon.
What a dream it was to have you come up to stay in the Tiny Traveler while, I stayed in the Northwest Mountaineer tiny house on wheels. Thank you, Tiny SMART House for sponsoring the truck camper and the park for the stay. We got to experience exploring the beautiful Central Oregon Coast. For more on the Tiny Traveler read my post on Tiny Traveler Tribute
My best wishes for a grand refurbish of Gypsy. Bring her up next summer so, we can continue our adventurers. Here’s to the Airstream Dream and to the alternative lifestyle of living tiny!
Just B Adventurous!
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Cape Perpetua, Yachats, Oregon