Before & After: A 1966 Airstream Gets Road-Ready For a Single Mom and Her Son

Colorado Caravan reconfigures a 1966 Airstream Safari to hold two beds and a dining bench without feeling cramped.

In the eating area, "a custom table for two provides not only an eating space but also a deep bench to hang out on and watch the TV that is mounted on the opposite wall," explains Kerri. The bench is upholstered with a faux leather, helping ensure any spills are easy to clean up.

While many people might steer clear of old, dilapidated travel trailers, Kerri Cole and Patrick Neely of Colorado Caravan prefer to do just the opposite—which is why we’ve long been a fan of their work. Last year, the Denver–based couple shared with us how they restored a 1969 Airstream Globetrotter on a lean $19,000 budget. Today, they’re back to give us the lowdown on their latest revamp: the 1966 Airstream Safari named Margot.

Before:

Before: a look at the trailer's exterior before the major rehab work began.

Before: a look at the trailer’s exterior before the major rehab work began.

Photo by Kerri Cole, courtesy of Colorado Caravan

For the past three years, the husband-and-wife duo have been remodeling Airstreams for people all over the country, converting them into sales offices, mobile nail salons, bars—you name it. 

With Margot, their client wanted a transportable home for herself and her son to travel in when they came back to the states for the summers.

Before: just as with the exterior, years of neglect left the interior space in a decrepit condition.

Before: just as with the exterior, years of neglect left the interior space in a decrepit condition.

Photo by Kerri Cole, courtesy of Colorado Caravan

“Our biggest challenge during the project was the layout,” explains Kerri. “We knew the client, a single mom, wanted two separate, semi-private bed areas for herself and her 11-year old son—not to mention storage, a place to eat, functional kitchen, and a bathroom with shower. That’s a lot to fit into a small space.”

Before: the original layout did not include specific sleeping areas, only pull-out bed options.

Before: the original layout did not include specific sleeping areas, only pull-out bed options.

Photo by Kerri Cole, courtesy of Colorado Caravan

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