1971 Airstream gets glossy modern makeover, off-grid power

Despite the fact that we’ve lined some gorgeous Airstream renovations over the years, there is generally a single job that definitely blows our layout-loving minds. This attractive retrofit of a 1971 Airstream by Idaho-based Traverse Structure + Construct is simply amazing. Once included with a rusted out exterior and filled with a dingy avocado-inexperienced interior, the 27-foot trailer is now a gleaming contemporary household-on-wheels that can run entirely off-grid.

shiny airstream with seats out front

shiny airstream trailer with blue awnings

Even though the workforce powering Traverse Layout + Develop had fairly a few Airstream conversions beneath their belts, when they noticed an aged 1971 Airstream Overland International for sale, they knew it would be a huge endeavor. The whole aluminum hull was just about entirely oxidized, and the outdated interior (comprised of avocado-eco-friendly appliances, rotten flooring and yellow walls) was screaming to be set out of its misery.

entrance into an airstream trailer

interior living space inside airstream

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In addition to the Airstream’s rundown exterior and interior, all of the trailer’s electrical programs, which experienced been “modified” more than the a long time, were absolutely shot. “There were electrical modifications that have been performed to it which were being extremely unsafe,” explained Jodi Rathbun, proprietor and founder of Traverse Layout + Construct. “We were being surprised it by no means caught on hearth, and that no 1 experienced been electrocuted.”

bench seating and a countertop inside an airstream trailer

dinette seating inside an airstream trailer

To start out the arduous renovation procedure, the group went to function on the exterior. In accordance to Rathburn, just sprucing the exterior to provide out its signature silver shine took additional than 160 hours. Once the exterior was established and the hull’s trim fixed, it was time to deal with the interior place.

kitchen space inside an airstream

kitchen countertop with sink and cook books

The very first move was to intestine the inside just about entirely. The dilapidated, practically 50-calendar year-outdated trailer experienced little within to reuse, but the crew managed to keep some of the primary elements whenever doable. For illustration, they were able to reconfigure some of the present storage cabinetry and some of the electrical and plumbing devices had been able to be repaired.

doorway leading into bathroom

elongated bathroom sink

Other than that, the trailer’s inside residing room was wholly overhauled. To brighten up the room, a new coat of all-white paint was utilized on the partitions and ceiling, and engineered maple floors had been installed to give a tiny little bit of warmth to the inside design and style. The kitchen area was developed out with white IKEA cabinetry that contrasts properly with the Tiffany-blue higher cabinetry, which was stored in spot as a nod to the trailer’s prolonged record. All through the space, the crew managed to use ethical, sustainable, and reasonable-trade goods to adorn.

back of airstream trailer

back view of airstream trailer with a bike next to it

Not only did the designers regulate to breathe new lifetime into the 1971 Airstream, but they also enabled the trailer to run off-grid. A 510-watt photo voltaic program generates enough energy to run off-grid for prolonged intervals. Additionally, there is an on-need h2o heater, and LED lights was mounted in the course of. The lavatory even functions a Nature’s Head composting rest room, all over again enabling the trailer to be self-sustaining. “We designed this so that it could be employed off-grid, and away from power and drinking water hookups for prolonged durations,” explained Rathbun.

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