the Wild's Life - a family on an EPIC journey otherwise known as LIFE

1978 Airstream 31' Sovereign

Renovation and Restoration


Prana at Astral Harvest - 2015

Prana (1978 Airstream 31' Sovereign) at Astral Harvest - 2015

Welcome to our Airstream page, here you will find photos and videos cronicalling the renovation/restoration of our 1978 Airstream 31' Sovereign.

We named her Prana. Prana (life force) is all cosmic energy, permeating the Universe on all levels. Prana is often referred to as the "life force" or "life energy". It also includes energies present in inanimate objects. In the literature, prana is sometimes described as originating from the Sun and connecting the elements of the Universe. This life energy has been vividly invoked and described in the ancient Vedas and Upanishads.

We thought Prana was the perfect name for the space our family is going to spend the next couple years of our lives living in.

This process has been anyting but easy. Everything has taken longer and cost more than I anticipated.

Some of that can be attributed to a lack of experience, but I have had a lot of construction experience with bulding complete houses from scratch along with several home extensive renovation projects. The main reasons I have found for the delays is the basic structure of an older Airstream. Nothing is square, level or straight.

New wall between Rear bedroom and bathroom

New wall between Rear bedroom and bathroom

When I say that, I am not just talking about the basic design of an Airstream, of course the walls and ceiling are curved, BUT the curve in the wall in one part of the trailer doesn't match the curve in another part. Even as little as 6 inches away, they don't match. If the floor is level in the back it is not level in the front or middle, if it is level in the middle it is not level in the front or back, if it is level in the front, it is not level in the middle or back. And I am not just talking about being level from front to back, I am talking side to side as well. It seems that as well as an Airstream is built, there is frame sag and torquing, making it impossible to have a static reference point for the entire rebuild. I am curious to know if people who have done frame off restorations run into the same issues?

As an example, we build a new wall between or mid-bathroom and rear bedroom. The unit was not level, so I could not use a level to plum the wall. When I used a square to plum the wall from the bedrrom side and then moved the square to the batroom side I got conflicting informaiton. This same thing happened when I tried to square the wall from the ceiling and different points of the outside walls. VERY FRUSTRATING!!!

In the end it all looks great and is very functional, but if you are going to take on such a project, be prepared and do not expect everything to be perfectly square and or level from one end of your Airstream to the other.

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Prana's first RV park in Vancouver, BC

Prana's first RV park in Vancouver, BC

Prana in the wild at Lake Louise near Banff, AB

Prana in the wild at Lake Louise near Banff, AB

Prana parked at my parent's house in St Albert - undergoing renovations

Prana parked at my parent's house in St Albert - undergoing renovations

Daryl and Prana looking for a campsite at Astral Harvest in 2015

Daryl and Prana looking for a campsite at Astral Harvest in 2015

Interior aluminum exposed

Interior aluminum exposed

1978 Airstream 31' Sovereign - street side

1978 Airstream 31' Sovereign - street side

Shower - before

Shower - before

Shower - after

Shower - after

Rear bedroom

Rear bedroom

Bathroom - before

Bathroom - before

Bathroom - after

Bathroom - in progress

Bathroom - completed

Bathroom - completed

Living Room - in progress

Living Room - in progress

Living Room - in progress

Living Room - in progress

Kitchen - in progress

Kitchen - in progress

Bedroom - completed

Bedroom - completed

Bedroom - lift bed allows for a massive amount of storage below the queen size bed

Bedroom - completed

Bedroom - custom dimmer/power switch for LEDs

Bedroom - completed

Bedroom - styling Ikea medicine cabinet

Bedroom - completed

Bedroom - upper cabinet refinished

Bedroom - upper cabinet refinished

Bedroom - 49" Samsung TV

Bedroom - 49" Samsung TV

Bedroom - Casper mattress

Bedroom - YAHOOOOO!!! Casper mattress installed.

Bedroom - completed

Bedroom :-) time for a good night's sleep.

Bedroom - mattress shopping

Bedroom - :-( the Casper mattress is too firm for us so we are back mattress shopping.