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Runaround Sue: 1961 Airstream During Renovation

Reclaimed and sustainable materials made Sue beautiful, and buffing made her shine. Framing is aspen or white pine, and everything was framed for maximum storage. Beds were framed into both the couch and the dining area.

Cabinets are constructed from “Plyboo,” a plywood made of bamboo. The countertops are reclaimed redwood. They were carefully fit before the sink openings were cut, then removed and finished at our shop before final installation.

Lightweight soybean insulation increases air tightness and adds strength to the frame. The original plastic and fiberglass interior “skin” was removed and new aluminum cladding was installed.  A new heavy gauge aluminum trailer pan protects vent piping, propane lines, electrical conduit, and graywater tank.

Solar panels power most of the lighting, as well as the water heater, the furnace, the refrigerator and the fans. Deep-cycle batteries are designed to be used when power is needed over a longer period of time. The bathroom sink bench hides the solar panel battery box and two computer-vented air ducts.

We replaced all wiring and plumbing, as well as the stove, refrigerator, water heater, air conditioner, furnace, propane tanks and holders, steps, and awning.  Then we had a good time taking funhouse reflection pictures in Sue’s shiny aluminum!

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See Runaround Sue Ready to Roll for the spectacular finish pictures!