Our Airstream Renovation: The Before Photos

We realize that in all of our excitement to renovate and build our future home, we never gave a proper tour of our 1999 Airstream Safari, Luz.

Are you guys ready to go back in time? I wish you could not only see these pictures but also be able to smell the funk!

In our disbelief that we had found an airstream only 15 minutes away from our home and only days after making a vision board to find her, we were eager to call her ours. Isn't ignorance bliss? Here we were, newbies in the airstream world, talking about only making some minor repairs.

Let's take a closer look at what we found the day we laid eyes on her and at what we thought would be a quick fixer upper...

The Photos

Couple standing in front of an airstream travel trailer
Happy Campers.

Here we are, happy as can be just having purchased our future home, Luz.

Notice the huge smiles on our faces and Jaya's "I can't believe my parents are doing this!" stance. I think he was the only one who knew this would be a big project.

I giggle now at the conversations we had inside the airstream that day.

Alexis: "What do you think?"

Jam: "I don't know. What do you think?"

Alexis: "I think it's spacious and it doesn't seem to need a lot of work."

Jam: "Yeah, I think with a few minor repairs we can make it work but the carpet in the bathroom and under the toilet has got to go!"

Alexis: "I agree. Let's buy it!"


Living/Dining Room

Sofa inside of an airstream travel trailer
Our 90's Gaucho.

As you can see in the pictures of our living and dining room we were working with some serious 90's print fabric. Oh, if only this had been the worst of it!

For a second we considered keeping the Gaucho (pull-out sofa), and I won't lie as I sit here typing this I'm thinking we could have made it work but the smell of funk that was embedded in this fabric was just too much! There aren't enough essential oils in the world to have gotten that stench out. It had to go!


Moving right along into our hallway and kitchen area, please take note of our very fancy yellowing plastic fantastic fan, light fixtures and fridge interior. Were they that color in 1999? We don't think so but they were on the day we purchased her.


kitchen inside of an airstream travel trailer
Cooking in this kitchen will definitely be interesting.

Now, step into our kitchen where you can see that we are working with limited counter space. Did we notice this when we first saw Luz? Yes.

This was also around the time that we decided we would have to go raw vegan because cooking meals wasn't going to stop us from living our dream! That idea lasted maybe 3 days and now we are considering just cooking on a table outside wherever we park because we won't have anywhere to put my giant Instantpot that I refuse to get rid of.


bedroom inside of an airstream travel trailer
Jaya was ready to jump from one twin bed to other, and we told him to go right ahead.

Follow me into the bedroom that would work perfectly if we didn't enjoy sleeping together. The twin beds are at the top of our "things to demo" list.

Here we noticed some dark stains on the mouse fur (the carpet on the interior walls) but, again, in our excitement we decided not to pay too much attention. Little did we know those stains were a hint that there was a huge leak coming from the back window and some rot underneath those beds!


Here's the leaky back window that caused the wood subfloor to rot in our bedroom! Nice caulking job, right?

We thought we could just replace this window but a year later, we still haven't been able to find a replacement.

Maybe we will just add more caulking? Just kidding!

Front of an Airstream travel trailer
Luz survived a hailstorm and has the scars to prove it!

Now to the front of the Airstream.

Yes, we noticed the dents on her side caused by a hailstorm but our intention is to fix what we can and accept what we can't. What matters most to us is what's on the inside, and that she is perfect for our family's needs.

We trust that she will be full of much love and peace and few dents can't take that away from her!

One of the first things we had to do was replace these tires just to get her home. Aside from one of them being flat, they were cracked and not road worthy! Safety first!

Big Dreams

So there you have it, a tour of our home before we gutted it. We never in our wildest dreams anticipated how much work our airstream would need. We were just two people with a big dream.

We have put in countless hours, much sweat, sometimes even tears to be where were are today...and she isn't even close to being finished.

Would we have bought her if we had known all of this?

Maybe. Maybe not. The point is that no matter what your dream is, big or small, things will come up that may not have been part of your plan.

Learn to embrace the unknown. It's part of the journey and it comes with many valuable lessons.

You can give up in the face of a challenge, like Alexis almost did when he found a massive pile of roach poop underneath the toilet, or you can rise above and overcome. Put one foot in front of the other and move forward.

An Airstream renovation will have lots of ups and downs, but if you can push past the leaky windows, rotted plywood, and rusty frame, you will see that it is only the begining of a much deeper journey. One that will bring you new experiences, freedom and peace.

So...if you were to renovate an airstream like ours, would you keep the original 90's design and color scheme or completely update it and give a clean modern look?

Let us know in the comments below. Thanks!



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