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about this RV renovation
Type of RV: 1963 Airstream Overlander
Renovated by: @darlintrailers / Budget: $20k in materials / Timeline: 3 Months
Today’s feature is a 1963 Airstream Overlander remodel that was customized for a client by Ron and Shayna, the talented husband and wife duo behind Darlin’ Trailers, an RV renovation company based out of Georgia. Ron and Shayna have renovated everything from vintage campers to fifth wheels to motorhomes, and each one is magazine-worthy. In fact, this Airstream was even featured in the Nov/Dec issue of Dwell magazine!
The interior of this Airstream was inspired by Scandinavian design, and it includes a unique wood ceiling feature that required three people to carry and install it. This renovation is not only inspiring, but it’s easy to see that every detail was well thought-out and designed with intention.
What inspired you to renovate RV’s?
As full-time RVers, we quickly learned that our idea of function, comfort and style couldn’t be found on the lot of an RV dealer. So we endeavored to create something that uniquely fit our needs. What we discovered was that we fell in love with the whole process of RV renovation and began to do it for others.
What’s your favorite aspect of interior design?
Our favorite aspect of interior design is incorporating beautiful custom pieces that transforms spaces to function well for whom the space was designed.
How would you describe your decorating style?
Our style is fresh, earthy, and minimalistic. We incorporate the timeless colors and textures found in nature and love to add architectural interest where we can.
Was this Airstream overlander remodel inspired by anything or anyone specific?
The inspiration for this renovation was drawn from the desires of the client. Hearing her ideas and interpreting that into the context of an Airstream.
“When I can, I like to use some of my photography or hand-painted art in our renovations. On occasion, I have been known to make blankets or other decor items. Our renovations are personal. We are invested in the people we create and design for and it shows in the build through the decorating.”
What are your favorite places to source products and decor?
We source many of our decor items from major retailers like Amazon, IKEA, Walmart, At Home, etc…
What project made the most difference?
The ceiling feature of this renovation was transformative to the feel and visual interest of the space.
What project was most challenging?
The ceiling feature was the most challenging. There is only a narrow breadth of space on the ceiling that is truly flat. That along with the several cutouts for the vents and skylights made this challenging. Ultimately, it had to be built in the workshop as one 16′ long piece. It was templated first. Built in the workshop and then took 3 people to carry it in and install it.
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All of the design elements used in this Airstream Overlander renovation are included in this style guide.
Do you take on custom renovation projects or offer design consulting?
We do! We have done travel trailers to big 5th wheels to vintage Airstreams to Class A rigs.
What piece of advice would you give someone about to begin an RV renovation?
We advise people to be prepared to find water damage. Well-meaning people sell their RVs saying, “It’s never leaked.” But the truth is that it isn’t “if” it will happen, but rather “when.” Being prepared to find water damage and repair it helps to not feel disappointed or discouraged.
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