Whether it’s thanks to the tiny home movement or the posting of #VanLife on Instagram, campers and trailers are having fun. And while we love everything RVing – that’s why we’ve created a new community group focused solely on that – one of our favorite trailers will always be the classic Airstream.
Sometimes referred to as silver bullet or silver Twinkie, Airstream trailers are instantly recognizable by their signature aluminum exterior. The new Airstreams have all the bells and whistles usual in expensive builds, but nothing beats the vintage style of an old Airstream, made modern.
In Denver, Colorado, a new company called Colorado Caravan aims to make the dreams of Airstream fanatics come true. Husband and wife Patrick Neely and Kerri Cole rescued “Bonnie,” a 1969 21-foot globetrotter from Fairplay, Colorado, after it had been unused and full of rodents for 12 years. A thorough cleaning and a completely new interior have resulted in a mobile retreat that prioritizes functionality, lightness and a sleek, livable design.
As one of the smaller Airstream trailers – the company’s largest measuring up to 33 feet in length – the vintage Globetrotter proved to be the perfect space for the couple, measuring 140 square feet. Colorado Caravan works as a team, with Neely demonstrating and building the remodeled space and Cole using his skills as a real estate director and stylist for the design. Neely demonstrated Bonnie down to the original aluminum framing, added new insulation, replaced the rotten sub-floor, and added all new electrical, AC, plumbing and window components.
Tearing out the old upper cabinets made the trailer more spacious, and the couple added a queen-size bed, a dinette that converts into a bed, and a separate dining area with bench. Then Cole got to work, using a monotonous black and white theme with whitewashed engineered oak, recycled black cabinetry, walnut counters, and white walls.
The end result is a hipster-inspired Airstream that was too good to sell. The process also inspired Neely and Cole to start a new business renovating caravans, shipping containers and Airstreams into mobile mini-homes. Bonnie is available for production rental for print publications, commercials, movies, and TV shows, and Colorado Caravan also takes orders for new customer projects. Go here to find out more.