Classic Airstream motorhomes (those built with an aluminum body) were produced by Airstream as Argosy motorhomes from 1974 to 1978, and as Airstream Classic motorhomes from 1979 to 1995. In recent years they’ve begun to gain retro appeal and be sought out as prized candidates for modernizing.
This 1991 Airstream Classic 250 is a leading example of the expense and care that owners have begun putting into these old motorhomes. This one was completely renovated and updated by Timeless Travel Trailers for a client in 2013.
Light bounces around the entire interior of this mod moho, and reflects off the “Alchemy Golden” color sheet vinyl flooring. The overhead lighting consists of LED cluster lights with dimming capability. White rope lighting lines the bottom of all overhead cabinets, and floor lighting is incorporated for convenience and safety for those moving through the coach at night. A total of seven swivel reading lights are incorporated into specific areas, and decorative color changing light tape illuminates the toe kick area of the galley and the glass bottom of the custom liquor cabinet in the galley, also providing accent lighting.
Seating in the forward area can comfortably accommodate seven adults. The custom jackknife sofa is upholstered in a black durable Ultraleather, and also doubles as a sleeper. Top-of-the-line Knoedler ergonomic Grand Chief and Power Chief driving chairs were selected for the front, fitted with air suspension and covered in Ultraleather. These luxurious chairs combine a heating and cooling system, power electric height adjustment, full tilt/slide adjustments and even a built-in a massage system.
An accent chair is also covered in red Ultraleather. A polished aluminum accent strip down the center of the ceiling is a striking accent, and blends in with the chrome fixtures.
Reflective surfaces continue from the main living area into the bathroom, where a stainless steel shower pan is surrounded by aluminum walls. Modern Moen fixtures add to the elegance. Special features in the bathroom include a custom shower and lavatory porthole constructed of red ribbon resin panels instead of glass, to allow light to fill these otherwise intimate spaces, while providing needed privacy. The same material is used on the shower door and window. A floating backlit beveled mirror provides both lighting and exact reflection. Clever storage compartments, modern fixtures and a white china Dometic 310 series commode complete this area.
The bedroom features a large custom-made bed covered in a custom Maharam Unisol black and white print cover. The bed lifts for storage, and that storage can also be accessed via an exterior hatch. During the day the bed acts as a daybed with a small side table and drawer. Overhead storage is installed throughout.
The technology in this coach includes a Kenwood in-dash CD/DVD and satellite navigation system (with satellite radio and a backup camera), wifi system, Samsung flat screen swivel-mount TV/Blu-ray players, and high end Bose speakers are installed throughout the coach.
Design is about choices, and one of the most important choices for this Airstream motor home was the powerful engine. The original Chevy 454 was replaced with a GM Performance Parts 502 HO that delivers 450 horsepower and 550 ft-lbs of torque.