Or otherwise known as the “shiny tiny” part 2
A new trend is emerging among interior design minded road fanatics. The Airstream trailer is a very popular design. And everyone recognizes them!
Inspired by innovative airplane designs, the first Airstream trailer was introduced back in 1931. They were built out of aluminum and intended for only the mightiest
of road warriors. Their aerodynamic, rounded metallic designs gave them their badass futuristic demeanor. They’ve since diminished in popularity, but a creative Airstream uprising is just on the horizon.
Lately we’ve been seeing more and more people converting these old-fashioned, outdated contraptions into lavish, comfortable road wagons complete with beds, kitchens and even bathrooms. In fact, they’re becoming so popular that even Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey has his very own Airstream trailer that he invested over 200k in.
Here are the benefits of owning an Airstream trailer:
- They’re handcrafted in America and built to last a lifetime.
- They handle well on the road
- They make a great instant hotel room
- They are easily recognized as an RV and accepted in RV Parks and campgounds
- They can be used for guests at home
- They are customizable to ones needs
- Their retro look and sleek, aerodynamic design makes for good gas mileage
- They put you in an elite community of dedicated Airstream owners
A little catch-up.
The new trailer was built to be the same as the old trailer with few modifications. One being we used a heavier gauge steel to minimize bounce in the frame. We salvaged old parts such as the axles, custom rigging for the axles that allowed for drop pans for the water and waste tank, and the trailer tongue/hitch steel.
After it was all welded back together, the frame went to the paint booth and painted with a Low VOC primer and paint before it was moved into place to be pushed under the shell. We also ripped Purebond hardwood plywood for the perimeter, front bow, and rear bow. We attached the bow plywood to the shell for rigidity. Since the original floor was 5/8 plywood and we were using ¾”, we had to plane down the edges to fit into the wall channels of the frame.
We used 2 forklifts to lift the shell while we pushed the frame under the shell.
After lowering it, we pulled the temporary steel supports and bolted the shell to the frame. We then installed the perimeter plywood and screwed that to the trailer frame.
The next step was insulating the floor perimeter with John Mansville foam board followed by installation of the rounded skirt aluminum. The drop pan housing followed shortly after with insulating the water and grey tank before lowering them into place.
Since we are doing a heated floor system, we installed a false floor for laying the mats and heat cables on. The heat tapes are under the floor so we used the reflective foil to bounce the heat to the flooring of the Airstream . One of the requirements was not to install the heat tape under cabinets and another was do not cut, knick, or damage the heat wires. Once they were installed, we poured a light weigh concrete over the wires and temporarily installed the plywood flooring, followed by building the toe kicks boxes of the cabinets.
We now have a list of what will be going into this airstream, that I am calling
“The Sneaky Pete”
- New Trailer
- Custom layout
- Relocate 3 windows
- Relocate door
- Add window to bath
- Add 2 skylights
- Move rear bath to center of Airstream
- Natures Head composting toilet
- Move water tank and grey water tank top between axles
- DC Lighting
- AC Appliances
- Electric in-floor heat
- Insulate airstream with Johns Manville Foam board
- Subflooring to be Purebond Hardwood plywood
- Character grade hickory paneling
- Maple cabinets
- Quartz countertops
- Antique copper end caps
- Ceramic floor and ceramic bath
- Custom lift bed frame/mattress
- Built in benches
- New stove and microwave
- LG Washer Dryer Combo
- Electric fireplace
- Flat screen TV
- LED Lighting
- Panasonic Whisper Quiet Air Exchanger
- Dakien Heat Exchanger
- New canvas at awnings
- Polished Exterior
- New Underbelly and side pan wraps