Airstreams: Custom Interiors

This is a specialized book for Airstream aficionados, and especially those who admire the work of David Winnick, who designed the 75th Anniversary Edition of Airstream’s Bambi travel trailer. 

Winnick got into the trailer business as a hobby.  He worked as a set and prop designer for movies and had a design studio with metal and woodworking facilities when he acquired a 1968 Airstream Caravel and completely redid the interior several years ago. Airstream executives saw his work and invited him to design a 19-foot Bambi travel trailer to celebrate the company’s 75th anniversary in 2006. That led to more work, and today Winnick has a business building and designing trailers for customers throughout the U.S. and abroad.

In his book, Winnick in words and pictures describes how he built the Bambi prototype in his design studio in Michigan, and also created new custom interiors for four vintage Airstreams, including a 1950 Flying Cloud and a 1948 Wee Wind.

Winnick shows how he remade the interiors and gives his reasons for using the materials he chose. One surprise may be his preference for linoleum. “Great material and it’s as green as a product can be,” he writes.  “It’s not for the faint-of-heart to install, however. It must be cut first to the exact outline of the space, which requires a template. It’s not flexible like inexpensive vinyl flooring, which any hillbilly can install with a beer and a utility knife.”

Airstreams: Custom Interiors is published at $29.99 by Schiffer Publishing. For information, visit schifferbooks.com.

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