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    The reality of living in 160 sq.ft.   Why would anyone choose this? As seen on the online magazine Tiny House Blog. The nostalgic Airstream still gets
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    You’ve taken my goal to a whole new level. Wow!



    I dream of owning an Airstream (well maybe two – one quiet for me and the other one for my small children). Your interior is absolutely gorgeous.
    It is quite expensive to ship one to New Zealand though. But I am researching it….
    You have definately done the right thing in downsizing and decluttering your life.
    V x


    Julia Gregory

    I love this idea and what you’ve done with it. I have always appreciated Airstreams. That’s not to say that this couldn’t be done with another brand shell, but Airstreams are made so well that many ancient ones are still around today, which makes them a great choice for a full-time residence/office. I just wish I could figure out where to put the family. sigh.



    It’s just lovely. I am curious about your water use. Do you have tanks that you always use or does your semi-permanent spot have plumbing?

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    Matthew Hofmann

    Both! I’m hooked up to a garden hose for daily water (ro filter for drinking.) Also hooked in to a septic tank. When I take it on trips, just fill up the freshwater tank.



    Very inspiring.



    Would living in an Airstream be feasable for two people?

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    Matthew Hofmann

    Absolutely. I highly suggest you give it a go.


    P Colando


    I’m envious! Your Airstream is beautiful.

    I’ve contemplated doing a similar project but have a few concerns. First, I have NO experience dealing with travel trailers other than looking them up every night on ebay. What was your greatest challenge on your project? My second concern is taking on a project that could potentially turn into a money pit. All said and done how much did it cost you? Finally, my skill set would be limited to demolition and odds and ends. Did you hire outsiders or do it all on your own?



    I love it. But I have one burning question. Where do you sleep? Opposite the kitchen worktop? Does the seat pull out into a bed?

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    Matthew Hofmann

    P Colando,

    Thanks for checking us out, and for the positive feedback.

    Your desire to take on a similar project can very well be a great experience, you will learn a LOT. My greatest challenge was taking the time to learn an alternative way to typical installation, and doing the research to learn how to do something that I didn’t before know how to do. That and getting the wet dog smell out of the coach.

    It may very well become a money pit, and depending on your budget, be very true to yourself regarding your goals and the time you have to invest in something like this. I was able to complete all the design and work on my own, without any outside help. I wanted the first Airstream restoration project to be solo so I could learn the entire process, and wrap my head around what it really takes. If you would like to talk more about working together on a restoration, please contact me. I’d be happy to speak with you.

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    Yvette – You guessed correctly. I realize now that I don’t have any photos of the couch/ bed in it’s sleeping state. The unit has three stages of conversion: 1- The couch you see in the photos. 2- A twin bed for sleeping solo (easier to walk around the bed). 3- A full size pull out bed for two people.



    congratulations. although the fires raging through my hometown over these past few years have been horrible. your trailer is absolutely beautiful — a stunning remodel. great for you.



    The 30 minutes to clean might be one of my favorite parts! My boyfriend and I are in the process of buying a Spartan trailer to move into as well, and we are trying to decide…do we get a storage space for those things that we just can’t bare to get rid of, but don’t need in the trailer? Do you have extra storage somewhere?

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