With it's rich wood interior of Hickory, Douglas Fir, Mahogany, Alder, Tempered Masonite, Birch Bark, leather and more, This Vintage Vacations completely redesigned 1977 Airstream International Sovereign travel trailer gives off the perfect warmth and glow that one might expect to find in a high end 1930's cabin in the Adirondack Mountains.
With loads of natural light, this trailer has the perfect ambience for work, relaxing or play.
Warm woods and leather help create the ultimate Airstream interior.
Dressed with vintage props, the trailer offers an inviting setting to all who enter.
Hand whipped leather and Willow branch window valences add a rustic yet whimsical edge to the trailer.
New Old Stock 1930's Bakelite switch plates were used throughout.
1940's Bakelite headboard lamps were converted to 12 volt sconce lamps.
Finely hand crafted Adirondack style detail was used throughout the trailer to create the feel of a Great Camp of the 1930's.
It was challenging yet fun to design and build this one of a kind project using elements never before found in a trailer!
African Mahogany rails lashed with wet Rawhide strips help to enhance the refined rustic look of the trailer. When looking down the length of the ceiling you get the feeling of being in an inverted "Old Town Canoe"
The roll down canvas shades with leather "Dog Collar" tie backs create the feel of a tent window.
The vent hood lever was made from and old Ford horn button, radio knobs, copper and brass. When you push the lever, a cable opens the trap door on the outside and a trip switch turns on the fan. My inspiration for this was a throttle on a 1920's speed boat! The spice/towel rack below was made to fit and brings a slight hint of Kitsch into the kitchen.
No barn wood here!
When famed designer Ralph Lauren created his 4 vintage Airstreams for charity a few years back, I wonder if he knew what kind of impact his designs would have on the future of Airstream Motifs. Many times since the unveiling of his now well known trailers, I had been approached by potential customers asking if I could build a trailer for them with the "Adirondack" style that Lauren used in his "Adirondack" trailer. To this request, my answer was always the same "As wonderful as his trailer was, the use of barn wood and rusty metals were not the type of elements that I prefer to work with."
When I think of Adirondack style, I picture the Great Camps of upstate New York of the 1920's and 30's and the fine hand crafted detail that you would find in them. With a more refined look in mind, this is what I came up with for the my client who came to me after viewing the Ralph Lauren Trailers.
Ceiling rack for vintage Fly Rods. Roll down canvas shades and more.
Looking forward you can see the original and very rare 1940's flat screen tv on the wall??
The Indian blankets on the bed are vintage Ralph Lauren. Very apropos considering that the client came to me after seeing the Ralph Lauren Adirondack trailer and wanted something like that done to his trailer.
Natural Caning was used throughout the trailer.
The original (to the trailer) tank, battery and amp gauges were re-used to create this one of a kind panel.
The very large bathroom takes up the last 7' of the rear of the trailer. A hand hammered copper sink with copper faucet and vent pipes were installed. Bronze studs hold the (Not original) banana wrapped Hickory wood in place. Mahogany trim, caning and vintage Bakelite handles are just a few of the elements that were used to create this look.
More space than many home bathrooms.
A tufted leather seat cushion over the trunk makes a great place to sit while getting dressed for a day of Fly Fishing!
Every area was detailed and dressed.
Vintage style Chickadee lamp shades on night lights help add a feminine touch to the bathroom.
More hand crafted Adirondack trim. I made this sconce and placed it center over the bathroom window to light up the banana wrapped Hickory tail cone of the trailer.
Plumbing must be perfect, perfect! Judge Woppner at 6:00!
Back rest for toilet seat lid.
The Black tank vent.
Plenty of storage under the sink. Try finding that in a factory Airstream!
Inclosed shower with glass door. Plenty of room to move around at 37" x 38" ID.
Solid Stainless Steel Shower.
Easy to clean!
A well appointed trailer. I built this trailer to have an open loft feeling like that of a 1930's Adirondack Cabin. A new stove and refrigerator with a little remodeling are the perfect touches to achieve the look that I was shooting for. All of the period dressing that you see were part of the delivered package to the Client.
A palate of muted Reds, Greens and Blues were used in the accents and dressings to create the warm vintage feel of a cozy cabin. The folding table was built from a vintage design. The Leg-o-matic chairs fold up and stow neatly in the cabinet behind the chair along with the bass for the surround system. The deck is behind the fold down drawer front. The antique hamper houses the trash can.
A vintage Adirondack welcome rack greets visitors as they inter the trailer.
A warm and inviting entry to this cozy little cabin on wheels.
Upon interring the "Adirondack Airstream", one is whisked away to a place of a bygone era that is packed with hidden modern technology in every corner. The green radio houses the center speaker for the surround sound system, the frige is a brand new Dometic.
You won't find that Airstream Blue on this trailer.
Every area of the trailer received the same attention to detail. The box and pipe is a heater duct for the bathroom
All of the warm wood tones of the interior were carried outside
The trailer was finished in Silver paint with polished trim. The International strip was filled with a high end 3M wood grain product to create The "Town and Country" look. The belt line and tongue were painted a complimentary metallic brown tone, while Bronze screen wire on the windows helps to bring the warm glow of the interior to the outside.
This is not your typical "Silver Palace" but a trailer that was created to be in a class of it's own.
Ready to hit the open road
The perfect flow of color and design from the inside out!
A new Zip Dee Awning
The awning has a perfect color match to the rest of the trailers palate.
A little promo!
In keeping with the "Adirondack" theme, I just had to add this 1948 Pontiac hood orniment and Mahogony base to the forehead of the trailer. Yes it does light up!
The base of this made to fit leather sofa slides out for storage of ?
I built the sofa to convert into a double size bed for guests by simply sliding out the base and placing the rear cushions on it. No fumbling with levers and mechanisms like that of the original Airstream sofa design for the trailer.
A new stove with a vintage flair!
3/4" MDF, 1/4" and 1/8" Tempered Masonite and some new vintage style hardware is all it takes to create the look of an old refrigerator.
Add a 1930's GE refrigerator badge to finish the look.
I just couldn't hang a new lifeless flat panel TV on the wall of this trailer. I looked at about 25 sets before choosing this new LG model to get creative with. Using tempered Masonite, I built a surround for the TV and finished it to look like Bakelite. Rounded corners on the screen, vintage grill cloth and TV knobs give this set the look of a 1940's television. This kind of attention to detail and creativity is what sets a Vintage Vacations trailer above all the rest!
The Hero Shot!