FAQs

  • Gutted shell with a good exterior

    • 16'​

    • 22'

    • 26'

    • 30'

  • A good trailer with all systems working properly ( original interior)​

    • 16'​

    • 22'

    • 26'

    • 30'

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34':

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$10,000

$9,000

$10,000

$10,000

$15,000

$20,000

$20,000

$20,000

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$20,000 (Bambi being at the highest end of the range)

$20,000

$25,000

$25,000

$45,000

$50,000

$50,000

$65,000

What can we do for you?

We love doing full custom builds, museum-quality restorations, and repairs, both large and small. We are more than happy to offer the odd repair job or winterization, do the hard stuff and get it ready for you to finish, or completely design and build/rebuild your dream trailer! For a complete list of what services we offer, check out our Services Page!

What area of the country do your clients typically come from?

Only about a quarter of our clients are from Kentucky. The rest of our clients are from all over the United States and a few from out of the country! Most of our clients drop off their projects, but you can also have them delivered to us!

How do I reserve a spot? How do I get my project started?

First, contact us!

Once we have worked through the process of finding out the specifics on your project, we will send an itemized estimate, queue fee form, and a projected start date that you can look over. This queue fee, combined with a signed contract and estimate, will secure your place on our calendar. You will have 10 business days to return these forms and your queue fee in order to secure the dates given to you. If you do not submit these items within 10 business days there is a strong possibility that those dates will shift to later in the year. We understand that everyone wants their work to be done sooner rather than later and your timely return of these forms and queue fee can help make that happen!

When would you be able to start on my project?

Custom builds, restorations, and partial builds are usually scheduled a year in advance. Repairs are generally scheduled within a month or two and upfits are typically scheduled within three or four months.  It really just depends on the scope of the project. So don't wait, book now!

Can you find or source an Airstream or vintage trailer for us?

We offer this service for custom-build clients. This process will add an additional expense to the overall build.

Where should I look for an Airstream myself?

We recommend starting online with places like Facebook Marketplace, Airstream Hunter, and Airstream classifieds. We recommend staying away from Craigslist. A good rule of thumb: if the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. If possible, look at the trailer in person before purchasing. Please check out the helpful list of questions to ask and things to have demonstrated when purchasing a trailer!

How much are used Airstream trailers?

These prices can change yearly and seasonally, and when on the hunt, you will need to check daily. If you find a trailer in working condition, make sure the seller spends the time going through the systems and testing everything! Please remember, the smaller the Airstream the more your initial cost is going to be. Here is a great resource to use for your search written by the Airstream Hunter.

How much will my repair, renovation or restoration cost?

Please see our process page HERE for a list of estimated costs. 

Can you help me with the interior layout and design?

If you need design help, we do that in-house and work with you to ensure you get exactly what you want, from authentic vintage finishes to sleek and modern layouts. We offer drafting/renderings as well to help you envision your dream.

How do you communicate with me as a client?

Our office staff will be working with you to ensure you are aware of all progress and developments along the way! We stay connected with our clients digitally with photos or videos, as well as phone and email updates. Some clients also follow the progress of their projects on social media.

Should I schedule any trips while Vintage Base Camp still has my trailer?

We strongly suggest that you do not make any travel/camping plans with your trailer until your work is completed and we are handing you your keys back. We've learned the hard way that vintage trailers come with vintage problems, and don't want to see our clients disappointed with plans falling through because of unforeseeable delays.

How long will the process take?

Small jobs can take 2-3 hours to 4 weeks, depending on what is getting addressed, product availability/delivery, and degree of difficulty! We love small jobs!

Projects that include gutting and updating the mechanicals usually take 6-12 months. A lot depends on the size of the trailer, the shape of the frame/subfloor, and the scope of the work required. 

A full restoration can be approached in several ways:

  • Vintage Base Camp completes the project start to finish. This may take 12 months or more.

  • We do shell-off restoration, insulation, skin interior, and new subfloor along with electrical and plumbing. You finish the rest. This may take 6-12 months.

  • We can approach the project in phases, over the course of a few years.

  • No matter the size of that job, please keep in mind that in the world of vintage trailer work there are always surprises, despite our best attempts at preplanning. Therefore, our shop schedule shifts, and it shifts often. We strongly suggest that you do not make any travel/camping plans with your trailer until your work is completed and we are handing you your keys back. We've learned the hard way, and don't want to see our clients disappointed with plans falling through because of unforeseeable delays. We thank you for your understanding!

What is a queue fee and can I get it back?

This is a $500 payment that holds your spot on our calendar as a tentative start date and goes towards the project balance. Sorry, the fee is nonrefundable. 

What form of payment do you take? How do we pay you? 

We no longer take paper checks; we take electronic ACH payments and online debit and credit card payments through a secure page. The deposit payment is 50% of the entire project and we create a draw schedule for you for the remainder of the balance. If we receive a paper check, we do have to charge a $250 processing fee.

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We hope that you will consider working with us and encourage you to reach out to us if you are ready to start your journey.

We would consider it an honor to work with you and bring your dream to life.