71 Airstream Overhaul ~ Dwell

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Idaho-based Traverse Design + Build gave the 27-foot trailer new life with a contemporary retrofit.

When the owners of Traverse Design + Build purchased this 1971 Airstream Overland International in Boulder City, Nevada, it had seen better days. The trailer’s aluminum hull was oxidized, and its trim needed repair. And the dated interior—with its avocado-green appliances, yellow walls, and dark fake wood—needed a top-to-bottom overhaul.

Based out of Sun Valley, Idaho, the owners of Traverse Design + Build took on a personal project, renovating a 1971 Airstream Overland.

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Based in Sun Valley, Idaho, Traverse Design + Build focuses on custom van and Airstream build-outs with a contemporary aesthetic. But this 27-foot Airstream was their personal project—and they had their work cut out for them.

The 27-foot retro trailer needed work done on both the interior and exterior.
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To add warmth to the soothing white and Tiffany-blue space, Traverse Design + Build installed engineered maple floors.

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The couch and dinette are upholstered in Knoll fabric and accessorized with throw pillows covered in Knoll and Maharam fabrics.

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The dated mechanical systems posed safety issues, the floors were rotten from water damage, and the rusty metal frame was in need of major TLC. “There were electrical modifications that were done to it which were extremely dangerous,” says owner and Traverse Design + Build founder Jodi Rathbun. “We were surprised it never caught on fire, and that no one had been electrocuted.”

“Most of the remodel was less midcentury, and more modern,” Jodi says of the trailer’s aesthetic. “We did install some pieces to bring some retro into the build, such as an old trucker’s fan, and we preserved the front command center.”
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The owners made sure to source ethical, sustainable, and fair-trade products to decorate the interior, such as the mud cloth throw pillow from The Citizenry and the wool runner by Annie Selke.

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Traverse Design + Build reinforced the frame, replumbed the pipes with PEX, and ripped out the floors and replaced them with engineered maple. “We planned and executed every single aspect of the build, the only exception being the installation of the engineered floor,” she says.

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