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1972 Airstream Trailer Interior Reconstruction/Renovation


foxbrook78
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My wife and I began with a 1972 Airstream Trailer that was structurally sound but had a damaged and dated interior. It was a challenging project to undertake since all of the interior walls are curved. To start, all of the original interior was removed. We started with the bathroom where we framed a shower pan, bench and a surround for the privy tank. These were tiled with bright blue glass tiles. The bathroom counter was perhaps my least favorite part, it needed to curve against the back wall as well as on the front side and I only had to make it four times to get it right!
The cabinets, refrigerator surround and counter were all framed in place since the curved wall makes standard cabinet boxes impossible to fit, this is further complicated by the wheel wells and appliances that have to line up with the vent holes to the outside of the trailer. As a result, we built custom shelves and drawers on glides to maximize the limited available storage space.
With such a small space there are few features that can be chosen for aesthetics alone, most features need to be multipurpose. The bed frame is hinged to convert to a couch and it is designed to maximize storage underneath. The vintage soda fountain stools are no exception; they function as seating but also to keep the space open. White paint with just a few color accents and running the bamboo floor the length of the trailer were other choices that were made to help increase the feeling of space. The final step of the renovation was to strip the clear coat and polish the aluminum exterior to a mirror-like shine.

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  • My fiance and I are rebuilding the exact same airstream and love your rebuild. Is there anyway you could seen me some more pics of the camper than you already have posted? Would love to use them to take some ideas from for our rebuild!
    By Silverback01, on July 14, 2017

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1972 Airstream Trailer Interior Reconstruction/Renovation

by foxbrook78
Dec 04, 2014

My wife and I began with a 1972 Airstream Trailer that was structurally sound but had a damaged and dated interior. It was a challenging project to undertake since all of the interior walls are curved. To start, all of the original interior was removed. We started with the bathroom where we framed a shower pan, bench and a surround for the privy tank. These were tiled with bright blue glass tiles. The bathroom counter was perhaps my least favorite part, it needed to curve against the back wall as well as on the front side and I only had to make it four times to get it right! The cabinets, refrigerator surround and counter were all framed in place since the curved wall makes standard cabinet boxes impossible to fit, this is further complicated by the wheel wells and appliances that have to line up with the vent holes to the outside of the trailer. As a result, we built custom shelves and drawers on glides to maximize the limited available storage space. With such a small space there are few features that can be chosen for aesthetics alone, most features need to be multipurpose. The bed frame is hinged to convert to a couch and it is designed to maximize storage underneath. The vintage soda fountain stools are no exception; they function as seating but also to keep the space open. White paint with just a few color accents and running the bamboo floor the length of the trailer were other choices that were made to help increase the feeling of space. The final step of the renovation was to strip the clear coat and polish the aluminum exterior to a mirror-like shine.