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Airstream Trailer Renovation Don’ts: Why You Should Think Twice

Are you planning to renovate an old airstream or add some customization to your existing one? Here are some reasons why you should think twice before committing.

What Do You Need to Use It For?

Before you start adding new things and customizing your airstream to your liking, think about how you will use it. If the airstream is your primary place of residence, think about what type of lifestyle you lead and where you plan to take it.

If you plan to live in a remote area far away from electricity sources, you should think about adding solar panels to your airstream. Adding electric appliances might require some electrical work that you are not ready to do.  

Don’t just renovate an airstream for the sake of it and then end up with something you cannot even use.

Is the Airstream Still in Good Shape?

Usually, people upgrade airstreams to improve their interior or exterior look. Other times, they want to change the floor plan to suit their needs better.  

The more work you want to put into your custom trailer, the more important it becomes to assess if it has enough value left in it after the renovation.

People also buy airstreams with the idea of doing them up and selling them for profits or fixing them up as vacation homes. But if your airstream is not in good shape, renovating it may not be worth it, no matter what you plan to do with it.

Are You Prepared to Spend?

Renovating and maintaining an airstream is not cheap. From the materials to the appliances, everything costs exponentially more than what you’d expect. At times you might not even find the parts you need to do the renovation work. 

So, before you start working on your custom airstream, think about how much you’ll spend. Even if it’s still in pretty good shape, you’ll still spend a fortune adding the things you’d want to add.

You’ll Need a Professional

Not everyone is qualified to handle airstream renovation and customization. The work requires some skillset, and you need to know what you’re doing. 

For instance, if your airstream has a low-power electrical system, it would be difficult for a DIYer to handle the job. It requires a professional who knows how to work with low voltage electronics and appliances. So, you must always be prepared to hire someone experienced to help.

The Work Can Take Forever

If you can’t wait to use your airstream or start a mobile business, you might find it rough with airstream renovation. Keep in mind that the work takes time, depending on how big your project is. It might take several weeks or even months before you can use it again.

If airstream renovation is part of your plans, remember not to rush things. You probably want to enjoy it as soon as possible, but that doesn’t mean you have to rush the work. It will be a waste of time and effort if you do that, so keep in mind what you’re doing every step of the way.