The Big Big Trip Adventure Vessel

2013 Airstream Flying Cloud 30 Bunk (a 30-foot long Airstream with a front bedroom and rear bunk beds)

2015 GMC Sierra Denali HD with Duramax Diesel

Airstream Story

Our original plan for the Big Big Trip involved a boat and has evolved over the past decade. After Owen came along, we continued to plan on a watery escape until early 2015 when we realized that the social options for a young kid on a boat were somewhat limited and decided to change tacks.

WA Route 20 - Washington Pass North Cascades National Park

WA Route 20 – Washington Pass North Cascades National Park

We researched and studied and started looking at fifth wheel trailers (mainly for the space because that seemed to be the only real “option” for full-time living), but they all seemed so BIG…they just didn’t feel “right” to us.

Growing up, my family always had fifth wheels, although he held a secret crush for the shiny, silver Airstreams.  On a whim in early 2015, I broached the subject of an Airstream with Anna and she was game.  Off we went to look at the local Airstream Dealer.  Immediately, the new 2015 30-foot Flying Cloud Bunk felt “right.”  Planning on waiting for the 2016 models to be released later in the year, we lucked out when this lightly used 2013 rolled onto the lot as a trade-in.

After camping with the Airstream for about a year, we decided that a few modifications would be required to increase our quality of life while on the road.  Those will be detailed on on this page in the near future, but they basically involve storage solutions and upgrades to our electrical systems (120Vac, 12Vdc, and Solar).

Summary of Airstream Upgrades:

GMC Sierra DenaliHD Story

Easy enough–Jeff’s a GMC guy.  We made a few modifications here too and we’ll detail those as well.

Truck Upgrades: