Nevada desert modern life in renewed 66 Airstream Overlander




Bruce Czopek first moved to the Nevada desert several decades ago to take a faux finishing job. When the recent recession hit, work in the trades slowed and he became concerned about making rent so he went looking for a home that he could afford.

He found a 1966 26-foot Airstream Overlander on craigslist Denver and bought it sight unseen for $4500. He rented space in his ex-wife’s backyard to park his new home and began to restore the trailer himself (Thankfully, he’s skilled in decorative interior arts, or as he says, a “fancy way to say Faux Finishing”).

His first task was restoring the sealant between the panels on the roof: 80 to 100 hours of work to be sure the craft was watertight. He then began to tackle the original veneer which, being nearly a half decade old, had started to fail. Since veneer is too thin to sand, he patched it and wood grained it to match the existing wood.

Czopek loves the Airstream design, particularly the models from the the mid-sixties. “‘’66 and ‘67 were just great design years in the whole industrial trades I think. You think about the designs in ‘66 you had the mustang, the camaro, really great industrial design.”

He acknowledges that buying an antique usually means more work than you bargained for, but he thinks it’s worth it. “People ask me why do you like Airstreams. They make me smile, it’s really not complicated. Also, we live in an angular world today so it’s nice to come into someplace that’s round”.

(Note: Since filming the interview, Bruce has been diagnosed with a debilitating illness that is affecting his ability to walk. He is crowdfunding to raise money for surgery).

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35 Comments

  1. Michael A
    June 1, 2016
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    he looks and sounds very frail…love the stream tho'…

  2. Sgt. Giggle Mittens
    June 4, 2016
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    So he lives in an air stream…

    on the land he used to own…

    And his wife kept the house…

  3. the thing
    June 12, 2016
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    He looks like older Greg Lemond…same voice too..

  4. Jittra Chokechaimadol
    June 16, 2016
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    cool!

  5. Pizza Earth, Pancakes and other Mashed Potatoes
    June 30, 2016
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    Once upon a time Ted Danson and Gary Busey had a son ….

  6. Chris Diamond Travels
    July 1, 2016
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    I have lived full time in my airstream for the last 16 years…love it.

  7. thewarrantyguy
    July 30, 2016
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    Ted Danson's on the meth and hit hard times man….

  8. pippin 1964
    August 17, 2016
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    I love the fact that rather than a big redesign (and over design), you kept it to its simple self. Lovely. Truly.

  9. Glenn Billings
    September 20, 2016
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    I am truly sorry you and your wife separated.
    That's what can happen in relationships between two adults.
    I wish you both happiness and fulfillment and maybe the dream of reconciliation.
    We have a short time on this earth and an even shorter time to have happy relationships.
    Every day is a gift.
    Do not squander your time on this earth.

  10. Alonzo Branson
    November 7, 2016
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    Ahh, Ye Olde Silver Twinkie!

  11. Karen Furgeson
    December 12, 2016
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    Kirsten, I love your videos! You do great work.

  12. William Markey
    January 19, 2017
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    It also would help,when others are away,there is someone around to keep a close look at the house…

  13. Andrew Gayner
    February 15, 2017
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    Lives outside of his ex's house? Come on! FYI, that's Washoe Valley, NV.

  14. Sonny Moon
    February 16, 2017
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    Really special video ! Best wishes and I think Mr. Czopek will find some of the new medical devices to be of miraculous help. Keshe Foundation.

  15. Taboo Bunny
    March 1, 2017
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    what? The toilet has to be emptied manually? I'd poop in the bush outside then

  16. Papa Mac
    March 26, 2017
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    Never 'there', or 'cracked'?

    THAT is the question

  17. Topspeed350
    March 29, 2017
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    Airstreams are great. Toilet blows. Easy retiring life. Cool

  18. lady boywonder
    April 20, 2017
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    This is better than the new crap
    If I'm not mistaken something similar to the one in the time after time video from Cindi Lauper

  19. Ana Kasparian's Nose
    May 1, 2017
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    a broken man lives in trailer as wife takes house and land

  20. loren 1
    May 6, 2017
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    Love the air stream, good quality,

  21. Josef Holzer
    May 8, 2017
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    I love those airestream trailer.

  22. Monte Town
    May 9, 2017
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    "Yes the earth was always there right up above them, and that is why they never swung around the camera to point at it, constantly there – The backdrop of a starless universe was far better for their moon-buggy expedition and golf playing. And while the CSM was in lunar orbit with michel collins waiting in it, not one opportunity to take the most spectacular photos of the universe man had ever had the opportunity to capture, but rather on the next mission they developed a 6 million dollar moon buggy for your enjoyment.
    Yes Sir, it take a certain type of working-class stupid to believe they walked on the moon. For the rest of us upper-classes, the joke remains on 'yous guys' who still believe it like your little working-class children who believe in Santa Clause and his flying rein-deers. Its really just that special kind of stupid reserved for the working-class who are still wondering why half of them are homeless on the streets today. Yes SIr, I am homeless in America, and I still believe we walked on the moon"–
    Jake Benjamin

  23. Kandela Brown
    May 10, 2017
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    The video needs to be condensed to about 5 minutes, too much blablablah.

  24. Elizarobin Robinson
    May 12, 2017
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    Add a dehumidifier and run it outside early in the morning. You will have good fresh water, as long as your air is clean.

  25. Julio Garcia
    May 14, 2017
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    poor guy sleep in dog house.. he put sound proof wall so he cant haer his x get bang!!

  26. Madden Master
    May 19, 2017
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    mute sounds & voice..heee heee ..love the open spaces of Neveda

  27. James Ritchie
    May 22, 2017
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    Money does not bring happiness, but neither does poverty. That's excuse making, faux-philosophical bullshit. Money does buy freedom, and money does remove the kind of unhappiness that comes from not being able to pay your bills. Money makes it easier to raise your children, money removes stress, and money is just as good as the person who has it.

    There are no advantages to being poor. Those who are unhappy as rich people would also be unhappy poor people. The reverse is not true. We have millions of people in this country who can't pay their basic bills from one month to the next, who can't do anything to remove the stress they live under, and for them, money does mean happiness.

    Wanting to live simply is fine, but wanting to be poor is not the same thing, and no one wants to be poor, unless they have a mental problem, or a very strong religious conviction dictating it. I've known a few people who gave up very high paying jobs because they couldn't take the stress any longer, but I've never known anyone who gave away all their money so they could live in poverty.

    People who live in poverty are there because they don't know how to make money, or have some problem that stops them from doing so. There is nothing noble about being poor, and saying that money can't buy happiness may be true, but money can buy the things people need to be happy, which is freedom from bills, freedom from a bad boss, and freedom to travel.

  28. Gary J
    May 23, 2017
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    Renewed? Not quite finished

  29. barry beatty
    May 29, 2017
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    This is like a forty year old living in his mothers basement

  30. noodles mcgee
    May 30, 2017
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    I love this video. I think I have watched it 2 other times since 2015. Always great when it comes on autoplay. Thanks for a great vid!!!

  31. Rick Bauer
    May 30, 2017
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    He'll bake in that thing if he moves out of that shade.

  32. Jon Smith
    May 31, 2017
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    Nice how he has old expired plates from Colorado

  33. Jay Warren Clark
    July 26, 2017
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    Not interesting or helpful.

  34. disco07
    July 29, 2017
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    gross

  35. Manning Grinnan
    November 11, 2017
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    I just watched this, it brought peace to me and I hope Bruce is well and happy.

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