Airstream Bunkhouse

This weekend, we drove by a parking lot full of brand new Airstreams, so of course we had to turn around and check them out. We’ve been talking about checking out the 30 foot bunkhouse, to see if the bunk space could be converted into an office.


Now that we’ve been in it, I think the regular 30 foot floorplan makes more sense for an office conversion. Where we could take the living area and turn that into an office with two ergonomic chairs.


One thing that we’d miss about both 30 foot trailers are the panoramic windows in the bedroom.

For now we’re going to replace our cushions to see if we can somehow get better support that way. Maybe someday Airstream will make an office edition with panoramic windows at both ends. Hint hint!

Would any of you be interested in an office edition? I’d bet that there are a lot of couples that would want two desk areas.

Dinner Last Night:
Weekend Glow Kale Salad. I’ve made this many times before. I omit the nutritional yeast from the dressing (I’ve tried it both ways and prefer it without) and used dried cranberries instead of goji berries.

By the way – I finally published a “menu” page with some of our favorite recipes.

2013 Cost of Camping:
36 nights paid camping (through Wednesday the 15th)
99 nights free camping
Total spent on camping this year: $677.58
Daily average cost of camping: $5.02

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  • Reply dan May 13, 2013 at 9:24 am

    glad you got to see one in person.

  • Reply Pam Wright May 13, 2013 at 9:45 am

    An office option in most units would be a good idea. I can’t believe how many people we have met that work on the road. Some friends took out the dining table and one sofa from one side of their MH and put in two really cool work stations. They then got super comfy chairs. Made a lot of sense since they are both online college profs. Maybe you should create a design for the Airstream and send it to them. You never know!

    So glad you added the menu. Thanks! Love the kale salad.

  • Reply Sam May 13, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Non-panoramic windows will give you panoramic window envy… trust me.

  • Reply Valynne May 13, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I love the idea of an Airstream office edition with panoramic windows! Just discovered your site and am eager to see what else you talk about here : ) We don’t have an Airstream (yet) but we are pretty nomadic and I love living vicariously through various Airstreamers…


    • Reply Leigh May 13, 2013 at 11:13 am

      Hi Valynne, hopefully more people who want an office edition comment! I think they should do an Apple Office Edition, outfitted with 2 computers, apple tv, ipod sound system etc. Two iconic brands…

      • Reply Valynne May 13, 2013 at 11:21 am

        Yes, please! Airstream and Apple, are you listening???

      • Reply Merilee May 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm

        It sounds like there is some money to be made with that idea!

  • Reply Kerri May 13, 2013 at 11:05 am

    The bunkhouse is a front bedroom, right? (I mean the main bedroom!) I could honestly care less about the Panoramic windows in the bedroom of our 27FB. We never have them open, because they generally face the street, somebody else, or just a view of our truck. I actually wish we didn’t have pano windows in the bedroom — I could use the extra full-length wardrobe space, and it would probably help with temp control too. …though the pano windows in the back living space are an absolute must!

    And, to answer your question: yes! Absolutely would love to see an office option. I was very jealous of that old 22′ (I think?) CCD that they made for a short time had the little office cubby.

    • Reply Leigh May 13, 2013 at 11:11 am

      Hi Kerri – We don’t open the curtains when we’re in an RV park, but when we’re boondocking it’s great to have a view from every angle. It sounds like you carry more clothing than we do!

      • Reply Kerri May 13, 2013 at 11:17 am

        Hah, possibly. But mostly our wardrobe is filled with bulky jackets. I’d love to be able to move them out of the wardrobe and into the bedroom and use that closet for more efficient storage (like maybe hanging space on one side, but shelving all the way up on the other), but right now we use all of the hanging space in there.

  • Reply Boyink May 13, 2013 at 11:26 am

    We hunker after an Airstream in the future once the kids are no longer traveling with us. I work full time out of our current 5th wheel so have thought lots about needs for a mobile “office” and for me all I need is a comfy chair (currently happy with an Ikea Poang) and some way of having a bigger monitor in front of my face.

    I’ve visions of a multi-position monitor arm that could either rest against the wall in a typical way for movie viewing, or detach & swing out far enough for me to get behind it in a chair.

    Otherwise just some higher resolution video goggles would work. I’ve thought about getting two iPhones and duct-taping them to a set of heavy glasses..;)

    • Reply Leigh May 13, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Hi Boyink! I follow you guys on Instagram (you probably know that).

      I would love the option to stand or sit at a desk (telescoping table?), and have the wall mounted monitor adjust accordingly. I also like the idea of a hidden work station.

      • Reply Boyink May 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm

        Yep – ’tis a small nomadic world..;)

        Some nice stuff there! And maybe some ideas to steal.

        We yanked our dinette because it just wasn’t big enough for 4 tall-ish adult bodies, so we’ve no table to work with in that manner.

        I’d also have to see how the keyboard height was – if use a keyboard any taller than lap-height when seated and my shoulders quickly feel it.

        Our 5’r does have a small table that hangs on the exterior and it’s just big enough for my MBA to sit on. It serves as a stand-up desk quite often..;)

        Maybe an arm that holds both a laptop/monitor would work…something along these lines. It’d take some engineering to anchor but would sure be nice!

  • Reply Tim May 13, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Amanda and discussed this during our hike and we think it would be better to remove the dinette and put a long two person desk there. Perhaps monitors on an upper level with a lower level with laptop or keyboards that slides underneath.

    Only having the dinette for lounging wouldn’t work for us.

    • Reply Leigh May 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      You guys are cute. The only problem with that is we can’t have you over for dinner inside the trailer!

  • Reply Claudia May 13, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    We full time in a 1981 31ft Excella II. Tom is a retired CPA who still
    Has a limited tax practice. When we work we unfold the dining table and
    Use like a partners desk…..he works on one side me on the other.
    Has worked well for us the last 4 years.

    A few years ago there was a couple who partnered with Airstream
    and he was to design an Airstream that would have a work station
    In it. Don’t know what happened with that. The wife was writing
    a book about folks who have left the corporate world and
    recreated their lives. Airstream actually provided them with
    an Airstream to travel in. We met them when they stayed at
    Top of Georgia.

    Love your blog and enjoy your recipes. Would love a blog
    On how you keep up with recipes you want to try.


    • Reply Leigh May 14, 2013 at 7:43 am

      Hi Claudia, that’s how we’re working today. At the dinette, Brian on one side, me on the other. The cushions in ours are just soooo soft and don’t provide much support. Hopefully we can get that fixed in Seattle.

      I wonder what happened to that couple too!

      I subscribe to a lot of food blogs, and use a feed reader to keep up with them. Then I save the ones I want to try in both google bookmarks and pinterest. In google bookmarks, I sort by most recent – because I’ve usually tried all of the old ones. I also categorize recipes in both tools. The internet has really changed cooking for me.

      Thanks for your comment!!

  • Reply LilNomad June 4, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I currently have a 25ft and am interested in going up to a 30ft in the future. My question is have you found many situations where you would not have been able to fit or access if you had a 30ft trailer? I intend to do some extended/fulltime traveling, a mix of boondocking and campgrounds. This is the ongoing debate on Airforums.

    • Reply Leigh June 4, 2013 at 9:22 am

      We’ve run into a handful of state parks and national forests with campgrounds that can only fit 25′ and under. So there will definitely be some places you won’t be able to go in the jump from 25 to 30. Though at 27 feet, we’ve been really happy with where we’ve been able to camp, and if we were in 30 feet I don’t think it would make a big difference for us.

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