Renovation Underway for a 1965 Airstream Globetrotter

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If Airstreams could talk, you’d probably hear some great stories from the first days of this trailer.

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Dubbed “The Banana Boat,” one can only imagine the many Mai Tai’s and Daquiris that might have been sipped in proximity of this vintage 20 ft. Airstream 1965 Globetrotter. Found on Craigslist, like most vintage Airstreams, this trailer wasn’t in great shape, but now is being given new life by a devoted restorer, who, from what she told us, is doing an enormous amount of research.

Dena Marean invited us up to Mill Creek yesterday to see her Airstream 20 ft Globetrotter in process of being fully restored. She has a wonderful story of how she came to love this Airstream, but I’m sure she’ll tell it when she begins writing about it in her own way. It was also great to meet a number of other vintage and Airstream and RV enthusiasts as well while we were there.

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Dena has embarked on an amazing adventure piecing each part of the trailer back together from scratch. The hull is lifted in the air on some lifts and is undergoing panel replacement and window repair.

Here is the hull from the inside:

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The chassis has undergone a full rust abatement program of sandblasting, frame welding and new paint.

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The windows are being stripped of paint and then will be polished and put back in place.

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The subfloor is being completely replaced and the hull will be restored to a fine shine.

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Dena has amazing friends who are letting her use their large barn and workshop to help her restore her dream. She hopes to have the hull completely restored by March and is now working with a designer to begin thinking up a cool interior.

It is amazing all of the things she’s thought of already, and, like remodeling a home, there are so many choices to make and people to talk to. One of the people there yesterday was already helping her with the chassis and pointing out issues. The wonderful thing about fellow ‘streamers is their willingness to offer help and advice in the friendliest possible ways.

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We wish Dena much success, look forward to watching her progress, and can’t wait to see her on some of our trips out for the weekend. After all, she has this map to restore and begin filling in with color.IMG_8693

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Hofmann Architecture and Santa Barbara Auto Camp

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I dropped by Hofmann Architecture this weekend while I was in Santa Barbara to meet Wally who I’d been emailing with while I was in search mode for our Airstream. They have quite a restoration project going on with roughly 9 different vintage Airstreams in their yard in various stages of repair with more on the way.

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Wally and Matthew, the owners, could not have been nicer and their crew were all busy at work while I was there. It’s quite a production. Hofmann Architecture’s approach with clean lines, durable fabrics and modern living features updates these classics quite nicely. They have a wide variety of clients looking for a travel trailer to take on the road, provide an out-of-house office or extend their living space for visiting guests. Some want all three!

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I also checked out their other project, Santa Barbara Auto Camp, which contains 5 vintage Airstreams all restored, remodeled and updated to today’s lifestyle, and each named for the Channel Islands that sit just off the coast. Each trailer is unique and offers a different living experience. Each are nicely landscaped with a deck, seating area, and has an outdoor bar-b-que.

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They are available for nightly rentals and each one comes with a couple of cruiser bikes to ride around town or head to the beach.

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The location is uptown and boasts easy shopping at Trader Joe’s just a couple blocks away, world famous McConnell’s Ice Cream down the street, and many coffee shops to choose from. The historic Santa Barbara Mission is an easy bike ride away, as are the beautiful beaches that the central coast is known for.

Each vintage Airstream is clean, comfortable and extremely efficient. If you want to experience what it would be like to live in one for a weekend before actually purchasing a trailer, this is a great place to discover the excitement and comfort of ‘streaming before you’ll end up wanting to buy your own!

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While I was there, Wally Hofmann had me give a copy of my book to one of his clients who were there inspecting their vintage model that was found in Alabama. It was just starting on its journey to being renewed.