Use as a Crafts Studio
I have a plan to use my 1969 Airstream Tradewind as a combined mobile living and studio space to take on the road to adventure.
Secondarily I see it as a test bed for re-thinking ways to satisfy my basic mobile shelter needs by thinking outside the box a bit and trying to come up with some innovative new ways to do things that are simple, light, aesthetically pleasing, and reasonably inexpensive to build, maintain, and operate.
What I need
- Napping / sleeping for one.
- Room for a guest sleeping bag.
- Modest cooking facilities.
- Modest bathing & toilet facilities.
- A good work space.
- Air conditioning
- Insulate walls and floor with bubble/foil and spacers
- Original vinyl clad aluminum walls
- Cork floor
- New lightweight frame & panel cabinets
- Use leather panels?
- Build with easily removeable sides for easy shelf/drawer reconfiguration
- Build frame and panel sliding bath doors as storage slideouts
- Build a free standing shower "tub" that in use sits over a drain into a gray water tank. After use it gets wiped out and stored away. The object being to keep as open a feeling in the Airstream as possible by eliminating the intrusive mass of a permanent shower surround.
- Gray water tank opening is capped when the "tub" is stored away.
- Gray water tank opening has a trap in the tank?
- Shower surround is just curtains on a rod running all the way around the "tub" much like a claw foot tub shower set-up.
- An alternate to the drain in the gray water tank might be to just dump the tub water down the kitchen sink drain.
- Use a 30 x 80 hollowcore door for workbench top.
- Store a second door under top - lay across from kitchen counter to workbench as additional bench area.
Modify for winter use
- Put a small gray water tank under tub
- Change plumbing to Pex (?) well pitched for drain down
- Change to a demand water heater ?
- Build window insulation
- Set up for Porta Potty and not use black water tank ?
- Investigate using A Simple RV Hydronic Heating System
- Use an open system like this?
- Look into converting to diesel for water heating, space heating, and cooking.
- Look into converting a window A/C unit to vent through the old water heater door or curb side access panel.
Energy efficiency ideas
- Look into solar cooking.
- Look into building an energy efficient propane based cooking system based on my Sterno camp stoves.