Wall Street Journal
For a few Airstream fans, (Airstream CEO) Mr. Wheeler's efforts at pushing the boundaries simply aren't enough. For them, there are boutique companies such as Timeless Travel Trailers, of Wheat Ridge, Colo., that will create one-of-a-kind custom interiors inside an Airstream's classic aluminum shell.
Brett Hall, owner of Timeless Trailers, says prices for his custom overhauls of Airstream trailers vary. Rehabbing a vintage 25-foot trailer starts at about $125,000, with larger jobs topping $200,000, he says—not including the cost of the trailer itself. Commissions to design commercial trailers, such as a rolling cigar bar, helped carry the company through the recession, he says. Now, Mr. Hall says about half his jobs are for individuals and half for business clients.
Oil-company project manager Ken Christie, 52, says he was excited to find a rare, 40-foot Airstream trailer from 1962 that was designed originally to serve as living quarters for railway workers. He spent about $200,000 to have Timeless Travel Trailers create an interior that reflects his enthusiasm for "midcentury modern" furniture and art. Period touches range from 1950s-style lighting fixtures to custom cabinets replicating the colorful look of Charles and Ray Eames's cabinetry.
"I wanted to make it an ultra funky piece of art I could live in," says Mr. Christie.