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Old 02-24-2007, 09:52 PM   #1
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Anyone Converted an Airstream to a Pool House/Cabana?

Hey Guys;

I have a spot in my backyard that could fit an airstream nicely.

The idea would be to purchase one, with an awning of course, and convert it into a nice little clubhouse with a bar, home theatre, sofas, etc.

The thing is, because my actual house is just steps away, I would not need the kitchen or the washroom.

Has anyone done this kind of conversion? Is there any airstream that would be well suited to this kind of conversion?

Can this all be done for $10,000?

Any help you could provide would be great.

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Old 02-24-2007, 10:16 PM   #2
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i was speaking with an airstream dealer today. he said the Hampton's set are buying new one's for just that purpose - pool houses.

reason being (beside the hip factor) is...if they sell their place they can take it with them to their new place.
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Old 02-24-2007, 10:17 PM   #3
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Converting An Airstream....

If you could find a "good shell" with no innards, converting it might be possible within your budget, however most of the smaller ones sell for premium prices, simply because many people want to tow with a lighter truck or even a car. Larger units (25ft+) actually go for less. Check salvage yards for one that has been hit by a tree on one end - you could cut off the damaged end and make a "deck".

Check "the full monte" on the Search function here - it will show you what it takes to redo a vintage unit into a roadworthy Airstream.

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Old 02-25-2007, 12:45 AM   #4
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i didn't think they had pool houses in ontario. i thought that it was below 32F year round. besides, i didn't think eskimos went swimming.

you should be able to find a shell for a round 3K and spend, i dunno, about 3 or 4K fixing it up so yeah without a kitchen or washroom you should be able to do it under 10K.
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There have been several folks that have transitioned an Airstream into many other things. One was cut up and made into an entertainment center (front or back part of the shell). Another person craned one into his back yard and made it an office. The possibilities are only limited to your wallet and availible real estate!
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Old 02-25-2007, 05:13 PM   #6
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Jared, that sound like a VERY FUN idea.... how about some pictures if you decide to do it..
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:44 PM   #7
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Earlier post

I remember seeing something on the forum about someone doing that but can not remember where it is.They put a 19 footer in there back yard near the pool as a changin room I think.I wish I could find it.
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Old 02-25-2007, 10:03 PM   #8
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Here try this one - all set for you - just add an awning and couches.....

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/rvs/277173074.html
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Old 02-25-2007, 10:20 PM   #9
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Sorry checked the link above and it is giving an error

this was also in the ad - a website to see all the details of his trailer for sale

http://web.mac.com/huntersgray
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Old 02-25-2007, 10:48 PM   #10
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Just purchased a 72 sovereign, great exterior, three awnings etc.
It has been gutted, so am putting in new floor and running a new 50 amp service to it, in a few months it will be my wifes art studio.
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Thanks for all the help guys! Of course, I will post pictures and everything along the way.

Fortunately, I have tons of space. If anyone knows of anyone old airstreams in Ontario (of any size) please let me know. I am keeping my eyes on the classifieds.

But you got me...it is pretty cold in Ontario in the winter. Maybe it could double as an ice fishing hut?
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Old 02-26-2007, 07:40 AM   #12
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Why just in Ontario???? Ususally the ones up here have been purchased to use, refurbish or restored. Not very often do you find one that someone like us has bought to restore and change our minds....(although anything could happen - and we do have a 61 Overlander - but what a waste that would be after she has just had all new running gear put on her. )

They are easy to import and only costs you your time and effort to fetch it. They are exempt from the vehicle import program too. If you questions on how it is done - PM me. or do a search here for Importing Airstreams
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Old 02-26-2007, 07:41 AM   #13
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But you got me...it is pretty cold in Ontario in the winter. Maybe it could double as an ice fishing hut?
Maybe you would consider floating it on Pontoons for the summer too

Check out buildaboat.com
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I plan on doing the same thing - converting my 1975 31' into a cottage/outdoor kitchen. It will be parked near the pool. Pictures will be posted as soon as I get started. I have removed most of the inside and will rewire it and covert to a 50 amp.
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Perhaps you should consider an SOB to dry dock. It used to be you could find the really long Airstreams for cheap but not so much any more. Here are some cheaper project campers.

Good luck,

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good news! looks like i found a great deal on a 76 overlander. any suggestions as to what i should look at when i go to kick its tires?
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There's a restaurant here in Austin (Shady Grove), that has a 34 footer that is the men's & women's bathrooms (separate, of course). Now... there's the thing of an Airstream being used in such a fashion, almost sacrilegious... however, the interiors are done very nicely with all the amenities and from the outside, it looks simply marvelous! Solid and infinitely cooler for an outdoor venue (really jazzes it up!!). Floors are linoleum-ish and feel very solid - sure they're braced. Deck surrounds it hiding the supports (skirting).

Great idea for a cabana! Don't forget the flamingos & palm trees (artificial...).
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Check Disney World...
They have turned one into a sidewalk gift shop that sounds just like what your looking for.
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A shed would be cheaper......

Trailers are meant to be light, and you can move them but.....You can insulate and modify a shed cheaper and easier with conventional materials.
I nice red barn type shed might be more pleasing to the eye than an old grey trailer. Our zoning laws would prohibit using a trailer permanantly because
we are not allowed to store trailers, only park them.
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Someone at work just asked me the same question recently. Looks like one of their neighbors was interested in doing this.
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