Still here!

Hi everyone! It has been along time since I've posted but going forward I will be putting more effort towards the blog. And although its been a long time since a recent update it dosent mean progress has stopped. Yes... this remodel has been going one since 2010 but as a disclosure I also do this for a living and spend 90% of my time on other builds. Just trying not to discourage any newcomers that might see 8 years of work as crazy. So Im back on board with the site with plenty new awesome pictures and information coming soon! Also Ill be back online to answer any questions you may have. thanks everyone!


Airstream wine rack

Hello everyone! So I have a side project Ive been hired to do for a friends airstream. This is a 22 foot 2001 international airstream that belongs to a friend of ours and I have been asked to remodel the seating area and install a wine rack. Also I will be adding a upper shelf for a TV, a drop down leaf and replacing the curtains in the front. 


Custom Wine Rack

Here is the first finished install. This was the storage for the wall divider. When closed, it would house the accordion door. She decided she likes the idea of having a curtain attached on the other side of the airstream instead. A curtain divider will be easier to use and enhance the inside appearance of the airstream. The area where the door was would no longer be needed and I suggested installing a wine rack in its place. She was totally on-board for the idea so I started on the design.

Finished result:


Closed:                                                                                                          Open:

First I removed the accordion door and extended the closet wall by 2.5" giving the bottles more room and allowing them to sit at a 45 degree angle. Next I started making each holder with routed in LED lighting.

After each holder was covered in trunk lining I attached them to the side support (left side of the inside wall of the closet)

It looks strange right now but it will all come together in the end. 

 Here is the unit propped up in the workshop. I added some wine bottles to make sure everything was on par

After the unit was basically built I made leather button straps for each holder to secure the bottles during towing.

8 made for each bottle
Installed chrome buttons

Functional and stylish! 

Final results: AWESOME!

 LED lighting came out perfect. 

It took about 2 days to design and complete. Holds 8 bottles and has 27 LED lights. Also I added a trip switch at the top of the rack that activated when the door is closed. LED lights automatically come on as soon as the door is open about 1"


Decals, LED lights and buffing!

Well, I finally had time to install the new LED running lights for the Airstream and they look amazing! I also had time to put on our new Wally Byam numbers on.

QUESTION: “What do you seal the Airstream with after you’re done polishing?”

ANSWER: "Nothing"

Some people say you need to seal it with a wax or Walbernize. Sealing an airstream after polishing will help with oxidation and prolong your polish about another 6 months. But the down side is oxidation will eventually happen no matter what sealer you use. And after a year it will need to be polished again. But before that can happen the sealer you used will have to be removed first creating twice the work. In my opinion, just polish every 6 months or so. I went a year and it wasn’t that difficult to bring it back to a mirror finish.

This is the final pass on the airstream! Finished with Nuvite S grade.


Airstream redwood shower installed

I finished the shower walls but dont have all of the pictures loaded yet. I just want to share the finished product. It came out fantastic!

 Nikki found a set of  vintage handles online.

                Prior to redwood installation.

Airstream bathroom sink finished!

 Over the weekend I started the process of making the countertop for the bathroom sink. I love the look of butcher block so that’s just what we decided to do. I cut each piece using redwood ½”x ½” x 9”. I like to use redwood because of its light weight and color.


Look at that reflection! so cool.


First,I started with a platform.
And then i started to glue each pice on


The sink was purchased from ikea and yes its porcelain. Not ideal for campers but how could we pass it up? It's beautiful and fits perfect! I built the butcher block pattern around the sink to help with mounting.

 Sanded and ready for stain
Looking great!

Stained and sealed with Minwax polyurethane.

I also Built the base for the countertop and installed the doors. The light wood in the picture will eventually have veneer and also stained.

Here is the base:

Which generator?


Nikki and I had a 4000XL contractor’s generator that was able to run the AC unit. The generator itself was about 150LBS and the noise level was around 90 dB- too high for park use. So we sold it on CL and decided to purchase a generator that ran below 70 dB and also weighed  less. The most popular generators are parallel units which is the combination of two generators running together to produce roughly 4000watts which will run an AC unit. The most popular parallel generators are the Honda EU2000i and the Yamaha EF2000iS but they cost around $1000 new (and we did not want to spend $2000 plus for generators). So I did some research to find out what options are available below $1000. To my surprise there are plenty of options much cheaper than the Honda EU2000i and the Yamaha EF2000iER.
Here is a list with price and specs:
We decided to go with the Ryobi RYI2200 because it had high customer ratings and was the only digital generator in its category (safe for sensitive electronics). It was very quiet and only weighs 57 LBS and the best part was its price tag- $600!!. We can purchase two for almost the same price as one Honda or Yamaha. Purchased at home depot: