When you plan to renovate an Airstream trailer for virtually any purpose, it's easy to focus your time, attention, and budget on the interior of the trailer. Making the living space agreeable is something that will be exciting now and in the years ahead, but you should also give some thought to the exterior of the Airstream. Work on the outside of the trailer doesn't solely mean painting it, although that's something that might interest you. Rather, there are several additions that you can consider making to dramatically improve the trailer. Here are some suggestions.
The interior of an Airstream offers a significant amount of storage space, but if you're traveling on a long trip, you might be concerned about your ability to pack everything that you need. A worthwhile exterior addition is to install one or more sets of roof racks on top of the Airstream. While you'll need to be cautious about the weight and size of what you carry in this area (too much surface space, for example, can affect your fuel mileage during a trip), you'll appreciate having additional spots to store your items.
When you park your Airstream for the night while you're on a trip, it's nice to be able to get outside for a bit. This is especially true if you've been driving for much of the day. Keeping some folding chairs in the trailer is a good idea, but you'll want a shady spot to sit. A fold-out awning installed to the side of the Airstream can be a good investment. When you park, you can open up the awning and instantly have a shaded area in which to relax. It's common to install this awning on the door side of the Airstream so that you have access to the shade as soon as you step out.
Many Airstream trailers have windows not only on the sides, but also on the front. A window in this part of the trailer helps to add natural light, but it's also at risk of being broken when you're towing the trailer. If you happen to be following a large truck that kicks up a piece of gravel, it could pass by your vehicle at a high rate of speed and shatter the window on the front of the Airstream. This would obviously leave you scrambling to replace the window, which isn't something that you'd want on your vacation. A rock guard is a special protective layer that you can use to cover the window while you're towing the trailer.
For more information, contact an Airstream renovation company (such as Innovative Spaces).