BY: ROB HOFFMAN
From the bedroom of an Airstream, views are panoramic. The valley catching first light from the rising sun over the red rock mountains, this is your alarm system. Still, you wait patiently for the frost to evaporate from the cool outer shell and “It’s hard to overstate how awesome this is.” Admits Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski.
The windows of the Airstream provide a panoramic view from the bedroom and allow the rising sun to act as an alarm clock.
Horgan-Kobelski is professional mountain biker, and so is his wife Heather Irmiger who co-owns the Airstream with their two border collies Coby and Crash. “It feels like you’re sleeping outside in the woods, but in an amazing queen sized bed,” says Horgan-Kobelski in a profile by Goal Zero. After 15 years of professional mountain biking, an Airstream only makes sense in terms of convenience, but also in lifestyle. Though Irmiger admits, “I think we were pretty intimidated by towing something really big, because we’ve never had an RV or trailer or anything before,” once the idea stuck, she hopped on Craigslist and resourced their 2007 Airstream from Colorado only three hours away.
Pulling the whole lot is a Tundra pick-up truck with a bike-rack in the bed, and the couple often works from the road, parking their house against backdrops of snowcapped mountains, redwood trees or lakes. Their power is entirely sourced from two 90 watt solar panels on the roof, connected to a Goal Zero Yeti 1250 generator. This provides enough energy to keep the beer cold, and full-sized refrigerator stocked.
Parking their Airstream against the backdrops of snowcapped mountains, redwood trees or lakes, the couple is able to work from home surrounded by a beautiful scenery.
Their Airstream contains a fairly large bathroom and cooking space with a flip-out counter. The bed flips up too, and underneath is a long storage chest where you can hoard away the clutter—old sneakers, backpacks, coats, and junk that you don’t use, don’t know the origin of, but somehow can’t live without. Everything in their home is designed to pull out, flip up or snap down to optimize space. It’s a lifestyle built on the foundation of creativity, and the combination between the simple pleasures of camping and conveniences of the home. A halfway point between society and off-grid isolation, the Airstream gives them the freedom to flip-flop between the best of each.