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PHOENIX, ARIZONA 2018:
Do you know where Kourtney Kardashian celebrated her last birthday? In Malibu, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in an Airstream, a vintage trailer completely renovated and modernized with all the comforts. This is an exclusive location, a destination for celebrities like Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss, who like to spend over $500,00 for a night in gipsy style and under the stars. We got the places on Airbnb along together with other cozy accommodations in Airstream.
And what we’re wondering here is: who is behind the realization of these masterpieces of craftsmanship?
From Phoenix Arizona we are in conversation with Cole Durbin, founder of Silver Travelers, a company specialized in vintage trailer renovation. He has the headquarter just a few minutes from the Downtown near the airport. This guy is very talented. Cole is one of the best Makeover in the US. He is the owner of an enterprise that works both in America and in Europe where the passion for vintage and the recovery of old trailer, is now a profitable and growing business. He has a goal: making customers wish true.
Not only Cole is an architect but also an engineer and a PR. The relationship with the client is very close from the beginning until the delivery of the completely renewed vehicle.
Once he get to Phoenix, the second step begins, which consists of demolishing all the interiors. The aim is to recover the vehicle in its original structure without any furniture, as the room will be completely redesigned from scratch, based on its new function and how the owner will.
And at this point, the fun is guaranteed for the vintage lover finding everything. From Stereo 8 tapes to pink plastic flamingos, boots, and clothes of every age, and much more. Mr. Durbin could open a flea market of vintage objects, does he has any thoughts on that?
When the trailer is empty into its original structure, the polishing phase of the external body starts. A long work carried out by a team of professionals who, with patience and specific tools, bring back to the original charm the aluminum exterior of the caravan.
Now he gets into the heart of the job with the interior design and the reconstruction of new environments. After a long period of comparing with the customer, the work has begun on laying parquet or other floors, bathrooms, bedrooms, and kitchens. Everything is possible.
The choice of materials is crucial for the style and function that you want to give to the new trailer but also for the costs that can vary considerably. The range is between $ 20,000.00 up to a maximum of $ 50,000.00 when you opt for more structured solutions and precious essences. Apart from obviously the cost of the vehicle.
Processing times are about five weeks, but more complex projects can even take a couple of months of work.
Today the restored Airstream, the symbol of an American myth, is mainly used as a sleeping suite. They have modern and trendy furnishings. On Airbnb, there are several types and spread all over the world, from California, the homeland of the road to the roofs of skyscrapers in central Tokyo. But there are also shops and trendy clubs, bars and creative studios.
It’s actually a pretty cool lifestyle. I slept for the first time in an Airstream last April 2016. We were in California at Joshua Tree where I realized that there is no better place than sleeping in the middle of nature under a sky full of stars. When you are in bed with the capsule roof, you feel a bit like in space breathing a high air of freedom. That is most important today than any other luxury. As good as it gets.
Watch where Kourtney Kardashian stayed in Airstream at Malibu, California on Clint Johnston blog.
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Let’s talk now about Italy. The first Airstream Park near Venice was born. Go to the Ca Savio camping site. The surrounding environment is not exactly that of California, maybe it’s also a bit wetter, but I think it’s worth it anyway. Have fun!
More info on Cole Durbin at Silver Travelers: