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Revamping and Recycling..

Airstream dinette before removal

We spent the day taking out the old.. dinette table and chairs, the pull out table that was in front of the couch, light fixtures, the carpet on the wall, the bathroom wall and the bathroom sink and cabinet.  Spent time labeling all the parts and keeping things together.  We are replacing the dinette with a small desk made from kirei.  The goal is to give removed items news homes with fellow RVers.

In the picture of the dinette removed you can see the outline of where the left dinette chair used to be (right over the wheel).  We will take up the carpet floor and replace it with an earthy color cork flooring as well as pull off the carpet from the wall.  The area above the wheel well and under the window will become more storage with cabinets that frame the window.

Dinette removed – wheel well exsposed

Right dinette chair removed

In the third picture, you can see the outline of the right dinette chair.  A desk/ table is going to go along the wall from the right corner of the 1st window to the left corner of the 2nd window.

In the bathroom, we removed the wall between the toilet and the sink/cabinet.  We also took out the sink and cabinet so all you see in the pic is the plumbing.  The composting toilet we are putting in is about the same size as the existing RV toilet but does not need to be connected to a water supply.  Once we clean out behind the bathroom sink and repair the water damage on the floor we will put the existing cabinet back with the addition of eco veneer.  We will not put the bathroom door back in though – it was way too cramped in there.

Old shower door, toilet and room divider before removal

Bathroom divider and bathroom cabinets removed – cabinets will go back in

Ceiling foam and lights coming out

Original enclosed toilet and shower. Your knees hit the door when you sit on the toilet – no good.

You are probably wondering what we will do with the parts we remove.  We did not recycle the floor and wall carpet. We feel that it is unhealthy, dirty and not in salvageable condition. Everything else that we removed will go on to live in another RV down the road. The dinette and table, side table, RV toilet, mattress, bathroom door, etc. is currently in our garage but we are looking to get it into the hands of other RVers who can use it. We are keeping all the cabinets (putting an eco veneer on them) and appliances.

Our main focus is to live in an Airstream that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also healthy for us. We are chemically sensitive and are taking steps to ensure that our home on wheels is a healthy one. We feel that the RV industry needs to step up to the challenge and start making healthy RV’s from non-toxic, healthy and beautiful materials. While weight and price is always an issue for an RV, more can be done to ensure that the materials that go into them are healthy and non-toxic.

 

6 Comments

  1. Now dont get me wrong, I admire all that you are doing and you seem to be doing it right, however, I am curious, what did you do with all of the old stuff you pulled from the trailer. Wouldnt it have been more green to just use existing instead of adding to landfill? We too are going green with our RV and got asked that question. We did not really have an answer for that. How would you respond?

    • Hi Randy -
      Great question. We are trying to be responsible when we remove or replace items from the Airstream. We did not recycle the floor and wall carpet. We feel that it is unhealthy, dirty and not in salvageable condition. Everything else that we removed will go on to live in another RV down the road. The dinette and table, side table, RV toilet, etc. is currently in our garage but we are looking to get it into the hands of other RVers who can use it. We are keeping all the cabinets (putting eco veneer on top of existing) and appliances. You are bringing up a great question. Our main focus is to live in an Airstream that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also healthy for us. We are both chemically sensitive and are taking steps to ensure that our home on wheels is a healthy one. We feel that the RV industry needs to step up to the challenge and start making healthy RV’s from non-toxic, healthy and beautiful materials. While weight is always an issue for an RV, more can be done to ensure that the materials that go into them are healthy and non-toxic.

  2. I love Airstreams and I’m thinking that will be my retirement home, or earlier if I can manage it. I want it to be able to function off grid as much as possible. I would want a composting toilet, solar panels, rain diverted to tanks, even wind power which I’ve seen on video….but I am not able to do the work myself. Is there a site that deals just in units that have been built or retrofitted to meet this sort of criteria? The wonderful thing about aluminum is that the more it is recycled the stronger it gets and I wonder how much of recycled aluminum is being used to create Airstream in particular and others in general.

    • Hey Gale -
      We don’t know of any folks that sell green remodels of Airstreams or other RV’s. We have seen green retrofits where people turn around and rent them out and we have seen remodels that aren’t green… that is a good idea and we have thought it would be a great business. If we run across anything we will let you know. And if you do give us a shout out. Good luck.

  3. Nice job getting all the old Airstream parts into the hands of others. I know it’s easier to just throw stuff away but you definitely did the right thing. I bet whoever ended up with the dinette was excited – those aren’t as easy to come by. Beautiful remodel.

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