Remodel & restoration work done by a professional contractor & the Airstream Factory Service Center (aka the Mothership) in Jackson Center just 7 years ago (design, painting, and small projects completed by us).
We purchased in 2015 to renovate into our full-time residence & after bringing her back to life, my husband & I lived here full-time for 3 years (May 2016-March 2019) before we welcomed our little ones. Since then, it’s been sitting vacant with us only making short pop-up visits to make sure everything was in order, and we finally have accepted that it makes more sense to let her go to some new adventures.
She’s been thoughtfully redesigned for full-time living with abundant storage throughout including all original cabinetry & a beautiful Kent Coffey mid century modern dresser (modified to fit over the wheel well) & rear closets between the bedroom and bath.
The bed was custom made for us to be 2” narrower than a full-sized bed (originally our model featured the two twin beds). After adding a dog to our family, we found it beneficial to create a way to add 6” or so back into the width of the bed and although it isn’t pictured here, it’s very easy to slide the bed platform into that width instead. We recently added small bulb-less USB rechargeable lights above the bed and dresser.
After completing our interior renovation work with a professional contractor, we handed the keys off to the Airstream Factory Service Center for a full bellypan-off inspection of the trailer and its systems.
Despite its 31’ length, this baby tows like a dream! The axles and shocks were replaced and balanced by Airstream in 2016 and only have around 3,000 miles on them. Motorized jack. Reese weight distribution hitch & sway bars included. The tires still have a good amount of tread on them but have been in the sun so they could probably stand to be replaced before a large trip.
The propane lines & tanks, as well as the 30A electrical system were inspected by Airstream in 2016.
All plumbing was replaced with pex lines by the Airstream Factory in 2016. There’s a smaller sized water heater in one of the rear closets that has been put onto an on/off switch as to not be a constant power draw. We never really used it though as we have always had access to a full bathroom for showers.
The rear bathroom is quite large for a travel trailer and features the original design. The bathtub and sink have both been reglazed and the other surfaces have had their paint refreshed as well. It has a standard Thetford RV toilet w/ sprayer & the black tank was replaced by Airstream in 2016. All the bathroom fixtures are original to the Airstream & fun fact: I actually blew the glass used in the original toothbrush holder precisely to fit it.
As we designed this Airstream to fit our needs, it doesn’t have a fresh water tank (we knew we’d have hookups and a hose to use & wanted to save the weight).
It also doesn’t have any built-in heating. The old furnace system from 1969 made me nervous & since we were moving to Florida at the time, we removed it and didn’t bother replacing it. We then moved on to Colorado and ended up using a radiant oil heater and a quartz infrared portable heater through our two winters in Colorado and were always comfortable, even through a blizzard (both are included with the sale).
The original a/c unit was replaced in 2016 with a Dometic.
Beautiful condition ZipDee Awnings & the main largest awning features newer fabric (2016).
-Atwood propane 3-burner stove / oven
-Haier apartment sized refrigerator / freezer (runs on electricity)
-Residential sized double kitchen sink
-new pull-down kitchen faucet
-walnut butcher block counters
-Custom walnut sink cover (matches counters)
-Slide-out counter workspace / cutting board under the kitchen cubby space.
-slide-out trash can installed
-original oven vent hood fan under the cabinet
-wall mounted rotary phone is just too much timeless character to remove! I’m unsure what would be needed for it to “work” but there are wires run to it from the cabinet below.
The living room features the original convertible couch updated with a stronger frame & new upholstery in 2016. The chair is also original but has been updated with paint and new upholstery as well (I’m working on the armrest that’s missing in these photos now). The table stows down into the original wall unit, or can be opened to accommodate 2 or 3 diners, or opened once more to accommodate 4 or 5. There are original gold-toned reading lights above the couch, and we replaced the overhead light with a small Sputnik style ceiling lamp from West Elm with LED bulbs and a dimmer switch.
We put water-resistant vinyl plank flooring throughout & the windows feature custom curtains on a sliding rail (except above the kitchen and bathroom sinks where they’re on a rod).
This timeless trailer has been well cared for by both the previous owners and ourselves. We also have the original owners manual & a folder of paperwork from its 54 years of existence. We also are sending along some different power converters so you can plug into a variety or electrical hookups and get right to living the Airstream dream!
In short: this Airstream is IDEAL for full time living (thanks to all the storage space and thoughtful design), or as a guest house / overnight rental where water and electric hookups are present, and is ready to hit the road with its newer axles & everything needed for a smooth tow (Reese stabilizer hitch and sway bars).
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