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Restored vintage Airstream is 140 square feet of mobile bliss

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What’s black and white and silver all over?

A renovated 1969 Airstream Globetrotter trailer by Colorado Caravan.
Alison McQuain Photography

Whether it’s thanks to the tiny home movement or the spread of #VanLife on Instagram, campers and trailers are having a moment. And while we love all things camper related—that’s why we started a new community group focused on just that—one of our favorite trailers will always be the classic Airstream.

Sometimes called the silver bullet or the silver Twinkie, Airstream trailers are immediately recognizable thanks to their trademark aluminum exterior. New Airstreams have all the bells and whistles customary in pricey builds, but nothing beats the vintage style of an old Airstream, made modern.

In Denver, Colorado, a new company called Colorado Caravan aims to make the dreams of Airstream fanatics come true. Husband and wife Patrick Neely and Kerri Cole rescued “Bonnie,” a 21-foot 1969 Globetrotter from Fairplay, Colorado, after it had been sitting unused and full of rodents for 12 years. A thorough cleanup and all-new interior resulted in a mobile retreat that prioritizes functionality, airiness, and sleek, livable design.

As one of the smaller Airstream trailers—the company’s largest measure up to 33 feet long—the vintage Globetrotter proved the perfect space for the couple, clocking in at 140 square feet. Colorado Caravan works as a team, with Neely demoing and building out the remodeled space and Cole using her skills as a real estate stager and stylist for the design. Neely demoed Bonnie down to the original aluminum framing, added new insulation, replaced the rotten sub floor, and added all new electrical, AC, plumbing, and windows.

A picture of Bonnie before the couple began renovations.
Linnie Cole Photography

Ripping out the former upper cabinets made the trailer feel more spacious, and the couple added a queen bed, a dinette that converts into a bed, and a separate dining space with bench. Then Cole went to work, using a monotone black-and-white theme with white-washed engineered oak, black recycled cabinets, walnut countertops, and white walls.

The end result is a hipster-inspired Airstream that was too good to sell. The process also inspired Neely and Cole to start a new business renovating caravans, shipping containers, and Airstreams into mobile tiny homes. Bonnie is available for production rental for print publications, commercials, movies, and TV shows, and Colorado Caravan is also taking orders for new client projects. Head over here for more.

Bonnie after the renovation.
Linnie Cole Photography
Natural wood is supplemented with an all-white and black color palette.
Alison McQuain Photography
Instead of your traditional upper cabinets in the kitchen, a larger pantry allows for plentiful storage.m
Alison McQuain Photography
Alison McQuain Photography
A small dining room is perfect for two.
Alison McQuain Photography
Alison McQuain Photography
Alison McQuain Photography