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My Dad’s Garage: The Customized Airstream Trailer

Gentlemen. A new trend is emerging among interior design minded road fanatics. From what I were were out of my garage, the customized vintage Airstream trailer.

Inspired by innovative airplane designs, the first Airstream trailer was introduced back in 1931. They were built out of aluminum and intended for only the mightiest of road warriors. Their aerodynamic, rounded metallic designs gave them their badass futuristic demeanor. They’ve since diminished in popularity, but a creative airstream uprising is just on the horizon.

Airstream Trailer InteriorLately we’ve been seeing more and more people converting these old-fashioned, outdated contraptions into lavish, comfortable road wagons complete with beds, kitchens and even bathrooms. In fact, they’re becoming so popular that even Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey has his very own Airstream trailer.

“I’ve always loved drivin’,” McConaughey told Architectural Digest. “Drivin’ is, number one, where I get some time with myself. Number two, it’s the main place I catch up on music. And number three, it’s the best way to see the country. In 1996 I got a big GMC van—it’s called Cosmo—and gutted it and put in a bed in the back, a refrigerator and a VCR so I could watch dailies or whatever. But still it was a pretty cramped style. So I started looking at Airstreams.” 

Here are the benefits of owning an Airstream trailer:

1. They’re handcrafted in America and built to last a lifetime.
2. They handle well on the road.
3. They make for an instant hotel room.
4. They can be used as an extra room in addition to your house.
5. They’re customizable to your needs.
6. Their retro look and sleek, aerodynamic design makes for better gas mileage.
7. They put you in an elite community of dedicated Airstream haulers.

Airstream Trailer InteriorThat’s just the thing about Airstream trailers; people who own them love them. Airstreamers like McConaughey are so passionate about the brand that they go out of their way to be surrounded by the camaraderie of other Airstreamers. According to Architectural Digest, McConaughey hopes to one day own an entire fleet of Airstreams.

“One day I’ll have either an Airstream hotel or an Airstream compound. I don’t know where it’ll be yet, but the thing about Airstreams is you feel a little bad for ’em if you got ’em parked too long and the axles aren’t spinning, you know, because they’re built for the road.”

Long-term road travel is always a foreseeable journey in my future. If I had the means, I’d certainly consider parking one of these bad boys outside of my garage. Perfect for travel journalists, professional fisherman or any other tough-as-nails road warriors, these trailers can be comfortable, affordable and efficient. Just think – you’re living life on the open road, hauling your customized home behind you, going wherever you please and suddenly making bacon and eggs or taking a shower on the side of the road. Why not travel with few boundaries in the luxury of something truly unique and tailored to your needs?

Airstream Trailer Interior


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