1957 Airstream Overlander: Tour

July 2015, Olympic National Park, Washington

Dining and living space. Lighting was provided by Schoolhouse Electric. Pillows were thrifted from House of Vintage in Portland, Oregon. The custom table was crafted from salvage planks found at the Rebuilding Center in Portland, Oregon, and the hairpin legs were purchased from a vintage shop on Division Street. The original layout had a sofabed, but after a few months living in the trailer, we ripped it out and crafted this warm and welcoming dining/living space instead. It served us very well - we are very much 'kitchen table people' as Ellen says.

Bench seats are upholstered in gray wool army blankets. Round basket is fair trade and was purchased at the Good Foods Co-Op in Lexington, Kentucky, and the copper basket was purchased from Wild Poppy Goods.

The front shelf was accessed via a lid with leather straps and we were able to store yoga mats and extra bedding inside. The bench seats also had hidden storage.

We used a portable induction single burner cooktop to cook all of our meals unless we were off grid. We had a camp stove for outside cooking. 

The shiplap walls and shelving was added later, when we needed a bit more privacy in the bedroom space and more storage in the kitchen. The sink and white faucet are from Ikea. We designed these cabinets ourselves and built them using a combination of 3/4 and 1/4 birch plywood. We routed out channels for the sliding doors. We wanted a nod to the mid-century era, as the trailer was built in 1957.

We used inexpensive, lightweight Ikea baskets for storage behind the sliding cabinet doors. They were easy to remove when we needed to clean or reorganize, and kept our trailer weight down. 

Sealed cedar plank shower.

Homemade composting toilet.

Full-size bed, folded for day use.

Full-size bed unfolded for night use. 

View from the shower looking through the bedroom and into the living space and kitchen. Adelaide slept on the deep benches up front. We loved the floor space for the dog and for easy movement inside the trailer. 

Cozy, rustic modern kitchen. One of my favorite spaces. Front door. Adelaide chilling with Louise the Airstream in Yellowstone National Park, June 2015. Our beloved Louise on the trip of a lifetime, en route to Alaska. Goldpan Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. August 2015.

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