A 1970s Airstream Is Revamped Into an Off-Grid Home For Six
The Longneckers were living the American Dream with a large house and plenty of material items, but found themselves wanting more—or rather less. Desire for more freedom, more adventure, and more time together with less financial stress and fewer things led the family to downsize from their spacious home to a 350-square-foot RV.
Yet, after a year of living and traveling, they soon realized that even the RV was too comfortable, and the potential of living off-grid in beautiful, remote settings was the dream.
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A shiny 1972 Airstream Sovereign was the perfect solution for their sustainable dreams. In just six months—thanks to the help of Ashley's dad—the couple transformed the vintage home on wheels into an off-grid living-machine, complete with plentiful storage, modern decor, and a workspace for Jonathan.
Now, the Longneckers lives and works in the pristine wilderness with the comforts of a single family home in a sustainable "adventure-mobile."
Simple, clean lines and bright white interiors transform the airstream into a modern oasis. Dark wood accents and modern cabinets blend with personal artifacts and stylish decor. At moments, the original aluminum shell is revealed, providing shining reference to the vintage character.
Despite its 220-square-foot size, the trailer is fully functional for the family of six. The kids have fold-down bunk-beds, which transform into two couches to provide enough space for guests or play. A luxurious kitchen and dinette allow the family to eat and cook together, and at night, with just a few maneuvers, the dinette can easily convert into a relaxing sleeping quarter.
With sustainability at the forefront of the family's mind, everything was designed accordingly. Solar panels on the roof, efficient appliances, a 50-gallon fresh water tank, and a composting toilet allow the family to live efficiently, even when there are limitations to water and electricity.