This 1974 Airstream Overlander has been given a contemporary update to offer stylish, modern conveniences all wrapped within its iconic aluminium aircraft-style exterior. At 23-feet long, it sleeps up to four people, and incorporates all the comforts of a high-end home. Upscale appliances are integrated into the design, and the considered use of interior materials strikes an artful balance between form and function.
The fully fitted kitchen features lightweight engineered terrazzo worktops, and kitchen cabinet doors that have been crafted from poplar. The smart Gagganeu two-pan 200 series induction hob and electric 400 series oven have been designed for the domestic setting, yet take inspiration from the professional kitchen. And, there's an 80-litre fridge with ice box, providing ample cold storage.
The bedroom area is thoughtfully concealed behind sliding double doors at one end of the Airstream, and features a full-size double bed, two wardrobe/storage spaces and built-in shelves - all constructed from lightweight poplar. It also benefits from a metre-wide picture window, offering the chance for lovely views from the comfort of bed, as well as affording the space plenty of natural light (depending on the Airstream's location, of course).
At the opposite end of the Airstream, the open-plan saloon area features a U-shaped bench that's built in to follow the trailer's curved edge - perfect for entertaining. There is a comfortable sofa and a hydraulic dining table that can be lowered to form a secondary double bed for two. Engineered English oak has been used throughout for the parquet floor, which features a shou sugi ban and white osmo oil finish that highlights the wood's magnificent grain.
The bathroom lies opposite the kitchen area and is enclosed behind a sliding door. It features a basin, and an odourless and hygienic Cinderella combustion toilet, which leaves only a small amount of biodegradable ash through its incinerating disposal process (perfect for later use as a garden fertiliser).
There's also a thermoformed molded Corian® shower room with a Dornbracht overhead shower. Hot water is supplied to both the kitchen and bathroom by the built-in Truma Boiler, which holds 14 litres of hot water. In addition to this, the Airstream benefits from an 192-litre water storage tank.
Electricity can be provided via the Airstream's 240V mains hook up, which services the integrated three-pin plug sockets and USB charging points. Lighting will continue to work without mains or generator hook up, using the trailer's 12V leisure battery.
The Airstream's chassis and shell have been fully restored, bringing their all-riveted unitised body and all-steel undercarriage back to life. Its overall length is 26 feet (including the tow bar) and its overall width is approximately 8.2 feet. It features its original gear-operated windows and touch-control built-in step, as well as its original Zip Dee exterior awning.
Whilst it's not suitable for towing, we can see this thoughtfully overhauled 1974 Airstream Overlander as a central feature to a large garden or outdoor space, providing a unique solution to extra accommodation or acting as a home office. It would also make an excellent and unusual holiday rental opportunity and has year-round potential, thanks to the renovation's addition of a Dometic FreshWell 3000 air conditioning unit and thermostat-controlled heating.
The project is due for completion by the end of April 2021.
171 sq ft
15.9 sq m