Our '08 Ocean Breeze 27 is our third Airstream. We started 'streaming in the mid '90's with a 1983 Sovereign
(Which Airstream never officially produced), and in '08 we bought used '08 Safari Sport. That proved to be a little small so in August '09 we sold the Safari and bought the Ocean Breeze.
We have made mods to each one to accommodate our needs. On the Sovereign
, some of the mods were irreversible, such as the parquet floor. We installed cabinets in place of the gaucho bed on the Safari that could be removed. Our feeling is that the new owner might prefer the original configuration.
We took the same approach on the Ocean Breeze when we made our mods. These mods included:
1. Blackout Backing for the curtains. The original curtains are a little thin and let a lot of light in, especially the security lights at some campgrounds. My wife sewed in a "blackout" backing that not only cuts down on external lighting, but also doesn't allow as much heat to enter in the summer. A double benefit.
2. Cushions - While we liked the original Ocean Breeze cushion design, we wanted something a little more substantial to provide protection, especially since we have a 96 pound dog who is allowed on all furniture. My wife chose a heavy material, similar to the Sunbrella material, but designed for upholstery. My wife covered the original upholstery so that the cushions can be returned to their original look.
3. Charger cabinet - We quickly realized that we did not have a place to throw keys, wallet, phones etc. when we came inside. The only place was the kitchen counter, and that was just not acceptable. I replaced the large sofa cushion with a custom cabinet I built in my workshop. It has a power strip inside and a recessed lid to keep things from falling off the edge. It's covered in Formica to match the rest of the interior. We use the cabinet for those items we want to take with us, including dog supplies.
4. Table to Sofa conversion. This one proved to be very simple. We didn't feel we had a place to "crash" after dinner when we just wanted to watch a little TV in the evening. We decided on a design that would allow us to remove the table and insert a couple of cushions to give us a U shaped seating area. I made a hinged board with a recessed area for another power strip. To convert from table to sofa, we simply remove the table, fold out the board and add the custom cushions my wife made. Very simple.
5. Storage Cabinet. Has anyone ever had an Airstream with enough storage? I built a cabinet with an opening top. This provides more storage space and gives my wife a 28" x 32" countertop for meal preparation. Again, covered in white Formica to match the Ocean Breeze theme.
All of the mods can be returned to their original conditions, so that if or when we decide to sell, the new owner a lot of options.