Micro Monday Extra: Interviewing @dougbeal at the XOXO Festival in an AirstreamTrailer (monday.micro.blog)

This is a special extra edition of Micro Monday, recorded at the XOXO Festival with Doug Beal. The interview was recorded in an Airstream Trailer, the mobile podcast and storytelling studio provided by StreamPDX. It was a fun experience, and I thank Doug for being the guinea pig and doing a live rec…

First podcast appearance!

Homebrew Website Club – Seattle Area – July 25th by Douglas BealDouglas Beal (dougbeal)

Homebrew Website Club Logo by Malcolm Blaney
Are you building your own website? Indie reader? Personal publishing web app? Or some other digital magic-cloud proxy? If so, come on by and join a gathering of people with likeminded interests. Bring your friends who want to start a personal web site. Ex…

Re-Launching Seattle HWC (though first one is in Federal Way😞). Going to work on a more central location next time.

26’ 1975 GMC RV Eleganza II with stock Oldsmobile Rocket 455 and a recently rebuilt TH425 transmission. Uses regular gas. New alternator, new water pump, rebuilt gasoline Onan generator, brand new engine battery and heavy duty house battery. Upgraded to fuel-injection and with ceramic headers. Original paint. All house systems work: original gas stove, refrigerator/freezer, combination bathroom and shower, A/C and furnace, external power and water hook ups and black water discharge, running lights, house lights and fans. All stock GMC-branded cabinetry and interior fixtures upholstered in deluxe “fruit smoothie” lavender with couch upholstery and carpet upgrades from the 80’s. Rear lounge converts to full/queen bed, front dinette converts to full-size bed, front couch converts to long bunk bed, sleeps 6 comfortably. GMCs were technological marvels of their time, pioneering many features still used in contemporary RVs, and prohibitively expensive, so were only manufactured from ‘73-‘78. They are front wheel drive and have no rear axle—the rear wheels float on air suspension—so vehicle drives like a car and is only 9ft tall. These RVs are fiberglass and aluminum bodies so surprisingly light and agile, with large windows throughout made possible by the rigid frame. Two 25 gallon gas tanks. There is an active community of enthusiasts nationwide who maintain a very helpful network, with rallies both locally and nationally. I have sought to upgrade the RV mechanically while maintaining the stock appearance and interior, but there are many more aftermarket upgrades available. They look great when fully restored to 1970’s shag carpet splendor, but can also be modernized and fitted with new conveniences. Work still needed: the house A/C works well but the driver’s A/C needs conversion to R-134A. The air suspension needs to be upgraded (a prior owner fitted an aftermarket kit that needs replaced) but I have new (and better) suspension plates included with sale. That job can be performed by any shade-tree mechanic but I never got around to it because the RV maintains ride-height with the current system with occasional (bi-monthly) top off of air.

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