In the workshop: A tale of two Safaris

Polished Airstream Safari

This Airstream Safari is all polished and shiny (above) – ready for summer. Inside you can see the new seating structure and TV (below).

Airstream pool house

And as one project nears completion – a new one begins! Here’s one we have just picked up from Port, a 1960 safari in the workshop for new lights, 240 electricity and brakes for starters…

1960s Airstream

More work on the Airstream Pool House

Work on the Airstream Pool House

In the workshop today – we’re still working away on the Airstream pool house project – here you can see the calorifier being installed underneath the seats, this will supply the hot water in this airstream.

Work on the Airstream Pool House

In this picture you can see the corner basin unit being assembled, ready for the basin to go in and up above, a selection of spot lamps are being fitted into the ceiling, to light it up ready for a night time swim.

Work on the Airstream Pool House

Work on the Airstream Pool House

Apart from the Airstreams we are also being kept very busy preparing for our move to larger premises. We’ll still be in Somerset but you won’t be able to see the workshop and wave at us from the train any more if you’re heading towards London.

At the new place all of the trailers will now be worked on indoors as there is much more room to work and this will greatly improve our polishing times, which will no longer be weather dependent. We will miss our neighbours, especially Scotts snacks…although the entire workforce may drop a dress size [not that they need to!]

After each day in the workshop the guys are loading up stock to take over to the new premises where they have been working on making it into an ideal workspace. The wiring has gone in, and we have to build a new office and canteen. Selena is hoping for a desk that she can stand up and work at…We’ll send you some more news of the workshop as it happens, along with some more photos of our latest exciting Airstream projects, of course.

Airstream parts

Airstream Ambassador windows

In the workshop today – we have some parts going out to customers. these two windows from our parts department are going to the owner of a 1973 Ambassador.

We have an online shop selling new Airstream parts and accessories and also have lots of vintage parts in stock – too many to list individually. So if you’re after something in particular, like these beautiful Safari teardrop lights, then get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.

Airstream Safari Teardrop lights

Happy New Year from ARC

Happy new year!

Well another year has whizzed past here at ARC . We’ve finished some more great Airstream projects and the workshop is still full with more Airstreams being restored and repaired every day.

One of our other little projects that we launched this year was our online Airstream shop selling new and vintage parts and Airstream accessories – have you checked it out yet?

Airstream Wheel

We’ve got everything from Airstream wheels to lights, nameplates, stickers and even an Airstream doormat to welcome your guests and make your trailer home-from-home complete! This year we’re hoping to find time to add an ‘American Home range’ with hand-picked imported American accessories to make your Airstream stand out from the crowd, including Native American blankets, brightly coloured cushions and other exclusive accessories all specially chosen by Kathy, our Airstream interior designer.

Airstream interiors

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients and the people who read this blog, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We can’t wait to see what exciting new projects the new year brings and of course we’ll share them all with you – from gutted shell to the finished article. Wishing you all the best for 2014! From everyone at American Retro Caravans.

Colour Changing LEDs in the Bar Serving Hatch

In the workshop today – it’s busy, busy, busy ¬†as this complicated electrical system is fitted to the Bar Airstream – this will be powering everything in the Airstream including the awesome colour changing LEDs around the custom-cut serving hatch – these lights will help guide thirsty revellers towards the Airstream at dark festivals…

Airstream electrics

Airstream Bar Lights

Airstream Bar Lights

Inside Moby the Whaletail

In the workshop today: this 1950’s Airstream is being carefully renovated and features an original Airstream sink and taps.

vintage airstream

There are a mixture of vintage and modern fittings on the bathroom cupboard:

vintage airstream

The brand new window pelmets are handmade in brushed steel:

vintage airstream

Here you can see the whaletail shape from the inside, with new modern downlighters

vintage airstream

Lava Lamp Lighting

Back to the Lava Lamp Airstream today and a closer look at the lighting. As previously mentioned, the whole design is based on the inside of the Lava Lamp and there’s one recessed into the wall between the kitchen and the rear seating area:

lava lamp Airstream

Running along the ceiling is a panel fitted with hundreds of twinkling ‘stars’

lava lamp Airstream

lava lamp Airstream

There are also some LEDs positioned around the main seating area

lava lamp Airstream

Different lamps and spotlights are positioned throughout to illuminate the bathroom and the various cocktail making surfaces:

lava lamp Airstream

lava lamp Airstream

The mood lighting can be controlled by remote control with a round controller to alter the colour, the speed of the twinkling and flashing and the brightness of the lights in different areas. In combination with the surround sound stereo system and various gadgets such as the wine cooler and popcorn machine this Airstream has been a very interesting job for our electrician Terry who originally learned his trade as a helicopter electrician for the Royal Navy.

lava lamp Airstream