As a carpenter, it’s often come to my attention that homeowners do some of the best woodworking, because good woodworking results require passion as well as skill.
While this Airstream was professionally redone, the owner’s passion shows through in the level of detail. It’s a beautiful combination of classic RV beauty and modern technology.
A glimmering, glistening, vintage Safari.
The exterior has been polished to a near mirror finish. Up top a brand new central air conditioning unit has been installed, new glass and seals in all of the windows and the traditional rear hatch has been replaced with a solid panel.
This Airstream camper has its exposed aluminum polished to a near mirror-like shine.
Underneath, everything has been replaced with the latest Airstream components, from an increased capacity axle to a brand new automatic braking system and drop down spare tire holder. One problem the owner mentions that has been corrected was new plating underneath in the rear to prevent moisture from leaking underneath the aluminum body panels.
View from front to rear, note the toilet in the center.
Inside, little remains of the original Airstream. Since the Safari is one of Airstream’s shorter models, the interior features less open space than some models. The layout has been modified to reposition the bathroom (with full amenities) at the rear, and a convertible main sleeping area sits at the front for two. In the center of the camper lies the galley.
Full extension pantry shelf pulled open.
Design wise, the interior is thoroughly modern, while giving a nod to mid-Century design with its Danish style and simple wood cabinetry. The color scheme, with a limited palette that complements the natural wood tones, has hints of chrome touches throughout. Maximum storage has been built in, with upper cabinets – reminiscent of the original airstream “airliner style” overhead bins – providing plenty of tuck-away space.
A view to the bath, featuring a vessel sink and a pedestal tub.
The kitchen features a single burner LPG stove top, microwave, fridge and enough pantry space to feed four for a month. The cabinets are custom built, with full extension glides on the pull out pantry system, European style hinges and exquisite finishing. The detailing is very well done, but simple.
The upper cabinets held open with hydraulic lifters.
The one design element that could have been better is the complete lack of separation between the bathroom area and the rest of the trailer. This seems like an oversight, but the design is so complete otherwise, it kind of sticks out. Without a door segregating the bathroom, the toilet is clearly visible from the other end of the trailer, but this could easily be corrected with a shower curtain rod or other drapery.