In May I took a little road trip to visit the RV Museum and Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana for an msnbc.com story about the the RV industry: Celebrating 100 years on the road.
So I was intrigued when I saw a story about the 26-foot 1958 Airstream Overlander trailer being gutted and re-modeled by a group of students at Washington State University in Spokane.
They’ve been working on it all summer and, according to a university report, “Part of the focus of the project is to explore the sustainability issues of today’s society and challenge the current image of the travel trailer industry.”
They’ve gutted the inside, but luckily they’re committed to preserving the trailer’s historic exterior character.
Here’s a short video on their progress:
And here’s the part I’m especially excited about: this fall, when the Airstream is all shiny and renovated, the students will be taking the trailer on the road to show off their handiwork. (And party?) After that, the updated WSU Airstream trailer will be either given away in a contest or sold. To find out what happens, follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
And for inspiration, here are few photos from the collection of the RV Museum and Hall of Fame:
(Vintage RV photos courtesy RV Museum and Hall of Fame)