Since the Airstream trailer first took to the streets of Los Angeles in 1929, it has endeared itself to generations of explorers with its futuristic aluminum finish and distinctive shape. Created by Stanford graduate Wally Byam, Airstreams went on the market in 1932 and have since become iconic trailers with a celebrity-like fan following.
We have scoured the Internet — and the country — looking for some of the most innovative and intriguing Airstreams still in use today. Take a look at what can result from a little creativity, innovation, and passion for the vintage trailer.
Hairstream partners Ric Pipino and Gil Haziza opened their converted 1994 Airstream Classic Motorhome as a mobile hair salon in 2015 in Southampton, New York. After searching for the right mechanic to rehab the suffering trailer for almost two years, Pipino and Haziza are very pleased with the final product, featuring updated electrical, plumbing, filtration and air conditioning capabilities.
Drawn to the Airstream’s clean and modern lines, the hairstylists and entrepreneurs knew they would attract customers wherever they parked.
“People love it, it’s just an eye attraction, people want to get inside,” says Pipino. “They want to hang out there.”
Hairstream has eight chairs and provides full hair services with makeup and nail services upon request.
Autocamp Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Still standing on the original site of a 1922 autocamp, Autocamp Santa Barbara opened in January 2013 and provides a “boutique hotel experience.” It now occupies the front portion of an RV park with five Airstreams — two Airstream Sovereigns from 1964 and 1972 as well as three Airstream Overlanders, two from 1959 and one from 1962.
Restored by the team at Hofmann Architecture in Santa Barbara, each unit can sleep four and features a flat-screen TV, electric grill and local coffee. Hospitality coordinator Christi Hustead explains, “We worked to simplify and clean up the interiors as much as possible. We opted for white interior paint and lots of windows…