1951 Airstream Flying Cloud

69 years ago, Airstream built 55 Flying Clouds. We shudder to think how many of those have made their way to the great camp trailer park in the sky by now. Rare? You can bet you won’t pass another one coming the other way. Even better — this one sports the ever-cool, ultra-sought-after oval rear window. Sure, you could buy a lesser Airstream and add an oval rear window, but that would make you a bad person.

Thankfully, this Flying cloud found it’s way to Reparadise for a complete rebuild form the tip of the coupler to the bumper. You can read about everything that went into this build here, in our Portfolio section. In a nut shell, we kept the vintage vibe alive without over doing the glamp — using the best products and construction techniques we’ve come across to date.

What follows below is a video walk through, build photos, and bullet points of everything that went into this vintage Airstream.

Make: Airstream

Model: Flying Cloud

Year: 1951

Exterior Dimensions: 23’l x 8’w

Title: Clean, in hand

Ask: ***Sold***

Interior

When you’re re-doing a 1950s Airstream, leaving the interior intact and just cleaning it up is never an option. You inevitably start by gutting the trailer, where we try to save as much as much as possible. But, that usually isn’t much. In this case, it was the aluminum overhead cabinets. The rest is all new, from the closed-cell spray foam insulation out:

  • Interior walls insulated with closed-cell spray foam
  • Painted original interior panels with dove white
  • All new cabinetry
    • Radius-edge doors (like originals)
    • Non-knotty alder with Koko stain
    • Brushed aluminum countertop
    • Restored stove
    • Isotherm 130 fridge with stainless steel front
    • Edelman leather royal hide in fire red – $3000 in leather
    • Restored aluminum overhead cabinets
  • New blinds by Nelly’s Custom Drapery in Taylorsville, UT

Chassis and floor

As with many of the antique camp trailers that find their way into the loving arms of the Reparadise team, this one needed a full restoration. We try to save as much of the trailer as possible, but there was nothing worth saving below the belt-line:

  • New axle
  • New brakes
  • Pole-style chassis completely refurbished
  • New sub-floor
  • New Kingswood oak floor
  • Trailer connection
  • License plate bracket
  • Trailer tongue & bumper finished in heartthrob high gloss pink

Exterior

The skin of this 1951 Flying Cloud was in surprisingly good condition. It still needed plenty of love. None of these ever cruise through 7 decades without a few bumps and bruises, however. Fortunately, most of the aluminum skin was still salvageable. There was still work to be done:

Appliances

When the Flying Cloud arrived, we found a mostly intact Fridge King Wedgewood stove inside. While probably not original, the Wedgewood was definitely worth restoring. The other appliances failed to make the cut, which is probably just as well. We outfitted the Flying Cloud with a full list of latest-greatest appliances, from the AC unit to the holding tanks:

  • Dometic top-mounted AC unit
  • Restored Fridge King Wedgewood stove
  • LED sconces
  • Custom chandelier over dinette
  • New fresh, gray, black water holding tanks
  • Bathroom

Electrical

Our save-what-we-can philosophy does not extend to 65-year-old electronics. We pulled all the old stuff out and started over. Starting with 2 modern AGM batteries, we wired the Flying Cloud from the ground up to light your adventures well into the next 6 or 7 decades:

  • 2 absorbed glass-mat batteries AGM
  • New chassis wiring + running lights
  • All new house electrical
  • Custom switches with dimmers
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This ultra-rare 1951 Airstream Flying Cloud is lean, mean, and cleaner than ever. We built this trailer to last another 69 years, at least. Can you see yourself parked next to a stunning mountain lake, soaking it up in this retro-fabulous Flying Cloud? Contact us for a personalized tour.

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