Airstream Renovation Cost Breakdown | How Much Did We Pay?

Airstream Renovation Cost Breakdown

Ever since our Airstream renovation reveal, Siya and I have received hundreds of comments and emails about our Airstream renovation cost. This makes us so excited because it shows us that many of you are interested in this lifestyle. We'd love for you to renovate your own Airstream or Tiny home and join us on the road because this lifestyle is AMAZING! So, due to popular request, and also because we wanted to know what the grand total was ourselves, we present you with our Airstream Renovation Cost Breakdown.

In this video, we take you on a tour of each area in the Airstream and breakdown how much EVERYTHING cost. We share how much we paid for the Airstream, all renovations, labour and decor. Below, you'll be able see each individual items we mention in the video broken down into categories. If you click on each link, you'll be taken to the website where we ourselves made the purchase. About 85% of the material we purchased was online through Amazon.

Disclosure: We have used some of our affiliate links for the items below. This means that for every purchase made through these links, we get a small kick back which helps us continue creating awesome content for you.

Now, let's get into it! How much did our Airstream renovation cost?

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Airstream Renovation Cost: Body & Labour

Airstream Renovation Interior Wall Removal

Purchase of Airstream = $10,230

Body Work Supplies (Frame, Subfloor, Tires) = $1,870

Body Work Labour = $7,271

Interior Renovation Labour Cost = $14,400

Tire Repair = $472

Total = $34,243 USD (approx. $43,515 CAD)

We purchased our 1976 Airstream off of a guy we found on Craigslist. It was the second Airstream that we had gone to see. The first one we looked at was really run down on the inside and the underneath was caving in. Now, we didn't have much knowledge for what to look for when purchasing an old Airstream, but we did know that if the bottom of the Airstream is caved in, that's a good sign of water damage. Our Airstream (Luna) looked like she was in pretty good condition, but the truth lied beneath the surface. Having said that, the outside shell was in excellent condition, so we were happy with the price we paid; although we could have bargained harder had we known what was to come.

Once we started gutting our Airstream, we came face to face with more and more issues. In the end, we ended up bringing her into an RV shop to have the shell detached, frame re-welded, new subfloors put in, fresh propane lines run and tires replaced. The labour is what cost us the most. We decided to hire experts instead of tackling this ourselves. That way the job would be done  more efficiently and we wouldn't have to stop Hopscotch the Globe to renovate. In the end, it saved us a lot of time, stress and money as we were able to work on travel video projects during the renovations.

The man who did our initial restoration isn't worth mentioning as he did a lot of things wrong that was later fixed by the duo at The Modern Caravan.

Kate and Ellen of the Modern Caravan took our design vision and turned it into reality. Together, we purchased all of the items you'll see listed below. Then they worked their magic and really brought everything to life in a 12-week build.

Airstream Renovation Cost: Chill Lounge/Dining Room

Airstream Renovation Reveal Before and After
Airstream Renovation Reveal Before and After

Airstream Renovation Cost: Kitchen

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Airstream Renovation Cost: Bedroom

Airstream Renovation Cost Bedroom
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Airstream Renovation Cost: Solar

Airstream Cost Solar

4x Solar Batteries = $,1500

Complete Go Power Solar Kit = $3,128.67

Total = $4638.65 USD (approx. $5942.22 CAD)

Airstream Renovation Cost: Other Materials

Airstream Renovation Wall Removal
Airstream Renovation Cost Breakdown_5

Total Airstream Renovation Cost = $54,307.69 USD (approx. $69,638.67CAD)

We have a few incredible sponsors who were part of this Airstream renovation including Furrion, Tuft and Needle and GoPower! Therefore, we saved $5983.54 USD reducing our total to $48,324.15 USD (approx. $61,959.96 CAD).

The price we paid for our dream home is a small percentage of what a two bedroom house will cost you in Canada/US. Your renovation can cost less if you do all of the labour yourself, but you end up paying for it with your time. There's also the option of purchasing a brand new Airstream, but then you're looking at a $200,000 price tag. Since this is our home and we only renovated such a small space, we purchased quality products that will last us a lifetime.

In the end, we are ecstatic with how Luna the Airstream turned out! We absolutely love our new home and lifestyle. For two wandering souls that constantly crave the open road, a home on wheels couldn't be more perfect for us.

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Kristen Sarah is a full-time traveller, tiny home owner and adventure junkie. She has one of the leading YouTube travel channels and is the head honcha of award-winning travel and lifestyle website, Hopscotch the Globe.

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5 Comments

  1. December 12, 2017 / 6:29 am

    OMG, white and grays are looking awesome. I am also planning to get an RV for my family of 3. Thanks for the cost breakdown and design idea. I love it.

  2. Mary
    November 30, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Great idea to post the real numbers, thank you, I’ve always been curious. We considered a renovation but we’re not super handy so we’d have to hire the work out. Instead we purchased a new 2018 international signature 27′ for $86k. I’m curious about the $200k figure you quoted for a new one?

  3. Stacey
    November 30, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    It’s great to see a breakdown of costs. We aren’t likely to live in an airstream anytime sooN as we are pretty settled in a home that we love. We also have 4 kids, so it’s not so easy. But, my husband and I have dreams of traveling a lot once the kids are all grown up. Maybe an RV of some kind is in our future.

  4. November 30, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    Thank you for this !! I know that many people or a bit stand off ih about putting the cost out there but it really does help a lot to see the full breakdown cost off all items big and small for people like me who are looking at downsizing and weighing up the costs! so THANK YOU!. Nice job with it all , the interior decor looks incredible and very similar to my see of white and wooden clean line vibes but with a cosy vibe to make it still feel like home. Its really not a lot at the end of the day if we add up the cost we would pay on rent, and extra bills for electricity etc.. My problem is trying to save for a home like a tiny house, airstream or sprites van whilst I’m still travelling and wanting to see the world and as I do so the list grows for where I want to see with the people I meet along the way! I wish you all the best with your journey in your new Airstream home and future travels as well. I would love to come seat when I’m next exploring your side of the world! Keep the good vibes. Much Love – Kirsty Boothway

    • November 30, 2017 / 5:28 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment Kirsty. I hope your travels are going well. I’m glad this post gives you a better vision of how much it costs to do a complete renovation. My advice is to just start saving. Perhaps you could spend more time in a cheaper area of the world (South East Asia) to save some more. Or you could find an addition online job where it allows you to travel and make more $$

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