In the workshop – bling and more bling

In the ARC workshop today: This fabulous golden cocktail bar is under construction in the Dubai Airstream – one of our luxury Airstream refit projects which is being shipped out to Dubai once it is completed.

The bar was decorated by our new upholsterer, Chris Burns. Chris renovates VW campers and will be joining ARC soon – so we will become even more of a hub for all things retro! You can also see in this picture that this Airstream is being fitted with one of our classic ‘starry sky’ lighting designs with twinkling, colour-changing LEDS set into the ceiling.

A bling bar for the Dubai Airstream project

Meanwhile one of our early projects, the Weber Barbecue Airstream has come back to the workshop for a service and buff and polish ready to hit the road again this summer as it tours the UK demonstrating the delights of Weber barbecues. You can see more pictures of this Airstream project on our website gallery page and blog.

The Weber Barbecue Airstream

In the workshop – more polishing for the Weber Airstream

the Weber Airstream gets a polish

The Weber Airstream has come in for a service and a good polish up after a summer of touring the UK demonstrating Weber’s fab range of barbecues to a hungry British public. What a wonderful  load of sunshine they’ve had this year – here’s hoping next summer will be the same.

the Weber Airstream gets a polish

the Weber Airstream gets a polish

the Weber Airstream gets a polish


We’re in Land Rover World!

Airstream and Land Rover

We are very proud to have our Weber Exprience Roadshow Airstream featured in this month’s edition of Land Rover World magazine. You can read a taster of the article here but to read the full piece you’ll have to buy the magazine!

In the absence of a huge American truck, we find that most of our customers prefer to use a Land Rover to tow their Airstream with, once they leave our workshop. Here at ARC we use a Land Rover Discovery and many of our customers – such as Dan from Weber – use a Land Rover Defender, as the article explains:

“Originally the ‘Weber Experience’ roadshow was lugged around the country with a Shogun but, as head chef and driver Dan Cooper stated, it just never felt up to the job and a few scary handling moments on long hills made them rethink their towing vehicle options.

“Thankfully they opted for a Defender 110 and even in a totally unmodified form it performs flawlessly. Dan recalls “most of the time you don’t even know you have a massive ‘van like this behind you.”

You can read more about our Weber Airstream project here

Airstream and Land Rover

The Weber Airstream comes in for a Revamp

In the workshop today the Weber barbecue Airstream has come back in for a revamp before it sets off on the summer barbecue circuit once again.

The Weber Airstream stage and interior design was originally designed here in the UK at ARC workshop.

Weber barbecue Airstream

Weber barbecue Airstream

And elsewhere we have been working on:

Airstream doorA renovated 1950’s door

1970s AirstreamA beautiful exterior polish on a 1970’s Airstream which is nearly ready to leave the workshop.

Weber Barbecue Airstream in Wales

Weber Airstream

If you’re thinking of doing some barbecuing this bank holiday weekend and you want to check out a good example of our Airstream restoration work, then why not go and visit the Weber Barbecue Airstream as it continues it’s tour around Britain? This project that we finished earlier this year has been touring the country ever since, delivering the ‘Weber Experience’ to people at special events and shows.

Today it’s going to be at Brisco Williams in Swansea, creating an array of delicious barbecued dishes for you to taste – then on the 25th they’re heading on the Caerphilly Garden Centre, followed by the Raglan Garden Centre on Abergavenny Road on the 26th August.

Check out the Weber Experience website for more info.

The Weber Experience Airstream

The Weber Airstream in Ireland

It’s always great to see our Airstreams being enjoyed once they are finished and this Airstream that we completed for Weber Barbecues a couple of months ago is being enjoyed by more people than most! It is on a tour of the UK and Ireland, demonstrating Weber products and offering people a taste of ‘The Weber Experience.’

bunratty barbecue

These lovely photos were taken in Bunratty, County Clare a few weeks ago by the owners of Bunratty Meadows B&B . The Weber Experience is still in Ireland and you can find out exactly where they are by following their live tracker on their website. You can read all about their travels in the Airstream and their barbecuing adventures on their blog.

weber airstream

Weber Experience website:
All photos in this post courtesy of Bunratty Meadows Guest Accommodation:

The Weber Experience

Weber Barbecue projectLast week we finished another successful project – a beautiful corporate/catering vehicle for Weber Barbecues. Here’s a little info about the project:

The ARC team visited the United States to find an original 1970’s Airstream for the Weber Experience centre. After days of searching the perfect Airstream was found in Helena Ohio. Next job – getting it to the UK!

The Airstream started its mammoth journey from Helena Ohio to the port of Baltimore, Maryland, ready to be shipped over to the UK.  This journey covered over 400 miles, crossing through 3 US states (Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland).

The Airstream arrives at Southampton

12 days after setting sail from Baltimore the Airstream arrives in the port of Southampton, England, following a huge 5792 mile journey across the rocky Atlantic Ocean.  The Airstream then begins its 93 mile trip to the ARC workshop in Taunton, Somerset, where the restoration work begins.

The first job is to strip out the entire interior of the Airstream, this takes the ARC team 1 week to complete.

Being 40 years old the Airstream has had a lot of use throughout its lifetime, and so it needs a lot of restoration work to get it looking good. Firstly the body is braced and lifted from the chassis. The chassis is then sandblasted to remove the old paint and washed in an acid bath to remove any rust.  It is sent to Birmingham to be galvanised, to protect the metal from further rust in the future.

Once the restored chassis arrives back at the Somerset workshop a new aluminium undercarriage is fitted.

The next job is to strengthen the Airstream to allow for a hatch to be cut into the side, this is where the Weber Experience Airstream opens to form a platform and reveal the demonstration area.

Hatches are cut

The hatches are cut out and then strengthened again to take the weight of the platform.  Barbecues and people are not light so it is vital the hatch is as strong as possible!

Hatches are cut

Hatches are cut

New aluminium is fitted to the sides of the body where needed and where windows have been removed and helps to keep the Airstreams iconic metallic look. In total 56 sheets of aluminium are used!

It is now time for the caravan mover to be fitted to the chassis. This should make moving the Airstream in tight spaces much easier; this is going to be very important looking at the Weber Experience’s 2011 route!

To make room for the caravan mover the new water tank tray has to be adjusted.

Templates for the end caps are made which are used to make the highly polished aluminium interior.

New insulation is fitted to keep the visitors warm in those cold winter months, not forgetting the cool summer evenings!

A hot water tank is fitted, important for washing up after demonstrations and keeping the Weber Experience Airstream clean.

Two wireless  remote control electric winches are fitted which make light work of setting up / folding up the stage area back into the Airstream, ready to continue on with its journey around the UK and Ireland.

The stage area is built and stainless steel poles are fitted so we can rope off the demonstration barbecues from the public for health and safety.

Stage area

It’s finally time to fit the bar area, this has been built using high gloss work tops in Weber’s iconic red and black colours. It’s beginning to look amazing!

Units are fitted

The framework for the units and the seating area are fitted along with the display plinth for all the colourful Smokey Joes and a display cabinet for the funky new accessories.

Units are fitted

Gas points are fitted; Weber can’t wait to fire up their Weber Q™, Genesis® and Summit® barbecues!

It’s time for those finishing touches! The spotlights and black limousine windows go in and red LED’s are fitted along the back of the seating area. These will light up and reflect the Weber red into the polished Aluminium alcove. A bespoke handmade black and white leather seating area is to be fitted to complete the Weber colours and add a bit of wow to this area. Down lighters are fitted into the display cabinets to show off the Weber products and polished aluminium is being fitted to the base of the bar with down lighters to reflect the light across the floor. The signs and logos go up and onto the exterior and interior and the Weber Experience Trailer is ready to hit the UK and Ireland!

The finished interior

The finished interior

The finished interior

The finished exterior

In total the Weber Experience trailer has over 1700 rivets inside, took 124 days to source and restore, travelled over 6500 miles and took a team of 20 people to complete.

The finished exterior