If you’ve spent any time exploring our website, you probably noticed that we live and work out of an Airstream – a 27-foot 1972 Airstream Overlander, to be precise. But when we bought, it looked nothing like it looks today. It was basically just an empty shell, ready to be customized and brought back to life, which is exactly what we were looking for. When we towed it home after first picking it up, it was the beginning of a long, arduous, and dirty project that was way, way over our heads.
Nevertheless, we got right to work like the naive, foolhardy DIYers we are. First order of business was to tear it apart even more, tackling all the structural issues first. We replaced some rotted floor in the rear, replaced the water tank, treated the frame, removed all the old, nasty insulation, updated the wiring…we basically took the trailer from 1972 to 2015, structurally speaking. We had no idea how to do any of this stuff, but thankfully the internet did. Still, it was A LOT of trial and error.
This was a major milestone in the entire renovation process, and one of our favorite moments. We had been working day and night in my parent’s driveway for three months, and finally had the skins back in, the floors laid down, and the walls painted. We officially had our “blank canvas.”
We were so excited and the idea of actually living in this thing finally seemed attainable. We ate take-out Chinese food in the empty trailer, with my parents and our dogs cozying in on the floor. We reflected on everything we had done up to this point, and fantasized about the next stage of renovation. Brandon and I were so giddy that we slept out there on our crash pads! This is my favorite memory from the entire renovation <3
Our excitement at finally reaching this point was incomprehensible. We were constantly in awe of all that we had done. We had been renovating full time for six months, and we finally had something that resembled an actual camper that could be lived in. Sure, we still had a handful of projects left, but we had enough done for the time being to hit the road! We had been living on the road already for a year and a half, but we started a whole new chapter when we took off with the Airstream in early November, 2015.
Since setting out in the Airstream, we’ve continued to chip away at projects here and there, making small improvements to things we left unfinished. But for the most part, we haven’t changed a thing, nor would we. The layout has been perfect for our daily life and it tows like a champ! Here is a collection of photos that show what the Airstream looks like at present. We took these in early 2017 at one of our favorite climbing destinations and winter hangs, Hueco Tanks, just outside El Paso, TX.
We’re so proud of the work we accomplished and love that we can now share our space with the greater community of wanderers and adventurers. We’ve taken TONS of inspiration from projects we’ve seen online, on instagram, and elsewhere, so we hope that sharing our home-on-the-road might do the same for others.
Photography and travel are easily our two favorite things in life, and it’s amazing that we are fortunate enough to combine the two on a daily basis. There’s never a shortage of inspiration when you can pick up go somewhere new at a moment’s notice. Living in a small space and often far off the beaten path definitely has its struggles, but the forced spontaneity keeps us on our toes and influences our work in a wonderful way.
Watch our Airstream Renovation Before and After Video
It’s pretty funny.
Thanks for looking! Happy trails 🙂
The Foxes Photography | Husband and Wife Traveling Wedding Photographers Based in the PNW