Originally Posted by jacobjm
So, I've been giving some thought to buying an airstream and having it renovated. Heres what I'd love to have in it:
- King size bed that converts to sofa during the day (with electric ceiling projection screen and short throw projector in front of the bed)
- Grand piano (real not digi)
- Freestanding bathtub + shower
- Regular toilet with built-in bidet
- Smaller kitchen, I don't need a stove/oven and lots of counter space just a convection oven/microwave, sink, refrigerator, and tiny counter.
- Dinnette space with table/seats that also converts into home office
I realize I'd need to be hooked up to water/electric all the time for this to work.
So I'm thinking I'd need at minimum an Airstream Excella 34'
Thoughts? Am I crazy?
Don't even consider it. If you must do something like this, start with a 10 meter AVION. It has 3 massive frame rails that COULD take the weight. With an Airsteam's puny frame, what you'll get is a broken frame and holes poked through the floor from the weight of the piano's legs and the clawfoot tub's legs.
I had an old house with a cast iron clawfoot tub. The Atlantic Fleet could have held maneuvers in that thing... but cast iron conducts heat... the water gets luke warm real fast, and if you like a long soak you drain 3 inches and run in 3 inches of HOT water. I loved that old tub, but I wouldn't even think of putting one in a trailer. They make fiberglass reproductions in any size you want. They weigh a fraction of what cast iron does and holds the heat slightly better. A conventional water heater won't produce enough water to fill a big clawfoot... add a tankless water heater to your list.
Agree totally with Mandolindave about the grand piano - a trailer might hold a baby grand, it'll never hold a concert grand. The metal shack construction and tiny interior space will never show off the tonal quality of a great piano... I'm not a huge fan of electronics in musical instruments - but you'd be playing it inside of a big tin can!
Some people have added bidet toilets to their Airstreams - and others have used home plumbing, but you're talking about totally stationery trailers. "Park Models".
In the end you own it, do what you want but realize you'll surely hurt the value for resale purposes - and you'll need a tractor trailer to move it if you ever want to. The words "form follows function" don't seem to fit with your dream.