There is nothing ordinary about Tiffany Blue, the 1971 Airstream Sovereign. After years of weekend warrior work and professional repairs, she is 31 feet of charm, personality and fun, ready for glamping or life as an Airbnb. A previous owner had torn out the sofa, table, RV toilet and the lower back bathroom wall. So, we had to reimagine and recreate and/or replace those things. We removed the old, worn countertop and replaced it so that it would match the new Tiffany (teal) Blue color scheme. All of the original cabinetry remains, which is one of the things I love about this trailer. There is SO MUCH storage that takes advantage of those wonderful Airstream curves! This unit is easily ready to live in, hit the road in, or park in your backyard as a short-term rental or mother-in law space.
Here is the list of other items we replaced: Dometic dual power refrigerator, Dometic microwave/convection oven, hot water heater, Zip Dee awning, shower head, shower track, plumbing, overhead and wall lighting fixtures, furnace, mattresses, rebuilt center pull out bed, drapes, propane tank fitting, towing cable, battery, bumper, screens, window levers, backsplash and floors.
We DIDN’T replace cabinets, sinks, range, louvered doors, center bed, doors, windows, bathtub, interior walls, air conditioner, and all of the wonderful hooks, odd corners and wonderful Airstream curves that make this ungutted trailer so unique. So, in short, we took out what was gross, broken, or unfixable. We kept or renovated the unique pieces that make her who she is. She is nice and shiny from being buffed, but doesn’t have a mirror finish. There is one dent in the rear.
The interior design is fun and colorful with teal and touches of yellow and bits of silver, chrome and crystal for shine and glam. I brought in lots of vintage and reproduction items that fit the mid-mod design, from a vintage teal thermos set and serving bowl, to a vintage Dazey Ice crusher and juicer, to a reproduction clock and wall art. The drapes were reconstructed by hand.
The kitchen is fully stocked down to spices, dishes, pots utensils, and towels. There are two sleeping/sitting areas, one for two adults and the center bed for two kids or one adult. The dining area seats four. The bathroom with a nice sized-shower and tub is in the back. We installed some cool glass tile and a metal wall for some modern detail and to replace the wall. Just pack your clothes and food and you’re down the road!
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