Frequently Asked Questions

 

GENERAL

What Does ESK Productions Do?

DESIGN / FABRICATE / RESTORE. We offer high-end design solutions for commercial and residential clients. Everything we create is engineered and fabricated in-house whenever possible. We specialize in the restoration and customization of Airstream travel trailers. We try not to define ourselves by WHAT we create, but by the act of creating it. Do what you love!

What Does ESK Stand For?

ESK is an acronym from Justin's past. Originally Eastcoast Snow Kings, the S has become interchangeable to include any range of products we create. From 'Street'-bound trailers to 'Snow' and 'Skate'boarding apparel, our mission is to produce work on the 'Eastcoast' at a high quality ( fit for a 'King' ). 

Does ESK Send Work Outside Of Vermont?

YES! We currently have clients all over the country. Depending on what you order, we can either ship, deliver, or set up pick up times to accommodate you or your company once a project is completed. Although we do love meeting clients in person, we realize it's not always possible. We try to stay digitally connected instead offering photo or video updates and phone conferences as needed.

 
 


AIRSTREAM

When Is The Next Opening?

We can fit in small repair, polishing, and frame replacements at any time.

Full renovation openings are available beginning in Fall 2018 and beyond.

Does ESK Produce Chemically Free Trailers?

ON OCCASION, but it is not our main focus like it was for Healthy Homes. Tad and Justin Taylor's former company Taylor Design Healthy Homes was known for this type of work but is now closed. If you have interest in having a trailer customized for extreme MCS, please contact us using the Airstream Form on the Contact Page and let us know about your sensitivities and current condition in the message section.

Please Note: we only take these projects in the $150k and above range due to a more extensive process and higher cost in materials, systems and detoxing fees. Allot time at the end of production for at least 2 weeks of detoxing before pickup/delivery. Trailer may require longer to off-gas once in your possession based on materials used.

These trailers are not medically approved or certified sterile environments. Although ESK will do everything in their power to provide a safe environment for those suffering MCS symptoms, this is not a guaranteed cure of ailments, diseases, or 100% free of risk. 

How Long Do Projects Take?

Airstream projects vary considerably based on scope of work, but generally take 5-8 months to complete. For large scale commercial builds they can take even longer. This will be refined for your specific project during the estimate stage. In some cases, rush fees can be applied for short deadlines. Check out our Full Process Breakdown on our Airstream Page.

How Much Does A Project Cost?

This also varies based on the type of project and the materials used. Small trailers are not less expensive like some may think. High-end appliances and materials will quickly add up. We will always be transparent with costs, so be sure to fill us in properly from the beginning so we can estimate accurate totals for you. Here is a breakdown of how our cost structures generally work:

BASE TRAILER
75k - 100k
  |  A Used Vintage or Modern Airstream, Shell-off Restoration, Ready to be Outfitted

Before a renovation can take place a base trailer needs to exist and offer a solid foundation to build in. This budget typically covers the purchase of a trailer and the renovation of its frame, a new belly pan, a range of shell work, and system upgrades. Items that raise this amount are cosmetic structural work, upgrading system technologies (like automated elements), needing new axles, or high end materials being used. A newer model may require less restoration, but they're more expensive to purchase.

BASE TRAILER + RENOVATION

100k - 120k  |  Basic to Average Residential, Office / Air B&B Builds

120k - 150k  |  Typical Residential / Air B&B, Simple Lounge, or Retail Spaces

150k - 250k  |  MCS Residential / Basic Commercial or Food Vending / An Opening

250k - 350k  |  High-End Residential / Typical Commercial or Restaurant / Multiple Openings

350k &up  |  High-End of Any Trailer Type, All Bells & Whistles

Why Does ESK Charge As Much As The "Big" Guys?

Being located on the East Coast or running a smaller team does not affect the amount of time it requires to properly renovate an Airstream trailer. Bigger teams go through the process faster or take multiple projects on at once. We choose to focus on fewer projects at a time, keeping almost everything in house and personally guiding them through production. Our level of quality is unmatched and almost every element that goes back into your trailer is custom-made. Our rates are in line with other top, reliable restoration companies in the industry. If a shop is promising similar work for dirt cheap prices, it's a red flag. 

What if it's Out of My Price Range?

Doing a full Airstream Renovation the correct way is definitely an investment. But it may not be one you can afford right away. The first step we recommend is listing your priorities. Are there elements or features we can cut? Can you hold off on some aesthetic options like a full polish until a later date? Are you open to a more resourceful use of materials and simpler builds? Are you married to using an Airstream.. Or would an Argosy or alternate type of container that can be renovated more affordably be an option? Can your timeline be more flexible so we fit it between projects?

And most importantly.. Is this the right time to take on a project like this, or should you wait longer to properly finance it? Although we love to get projects in the door, we won't do so by lying about the costs and the efforts involved. We won't take a client who isn't ready or wants to cut corners. Setting realistic expectations from day one helps us reach better results. Sometimes that means altering the plan or pausing the process until it can be done within your means and without compromising the overall quality.

How Do I get In Line?

By putting down a non-refundable retainer you get placed in our production line. This figure is determined by your project's scope of work, which we gather from speaking with you about your renovation. Our schedule tends to fill up fast and goes by season, so do not wait to contact us if you have a deadline so we can begin the entry process. Get the ball rolling by filling out this application!

Where Can I Track Down Airstreams For Sale?

Keep an eye out on Craigslist or on Airstream specific sites/ Facebook groups where they share new listings. The market fluctuates based on season and state so keep that in mind when planning your project. Since it can go from flooded to dry in a matter of days, it is smart to check sales each day and remain determined. Also be wary of scams; they are out there in many forms so always do your homework on a trailer before you buy. 

If you are working with us directly, we'll do this part for you! Once you have secured a place in our production lineup we'll scour the country for an Airstream that fits your project best. We inspect it in person whenever possible, and will get it back to our facility.

Are Airstream Trailers Still Produced?

YES THEY ARE! Airstream still produces new designs on a large scale in their Jackson Center, Ohio factory.

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ESK DICTIONARY

Base Trailer

An empty trailer that has been structurally fortified and put back together. Ready to have the interior outfitted. This is our foundation.

Renovation (Reno)

This refers to the design portion of the build including an updated layout, new furnishings, and upgraded materials and appliances. Anything we integrate or create from scratch that didn't belong to the trailer originally falls into the Renovation category. In our shop, this occurs after the frame and shell have been restored.

Restoration (Resto)

Any alterations, repairs, or replacements we do to original parts of a trailer fall into this category. This typically includes the entire structural portion of production before interior work has begun. 

FRAME RESTORATION
We require vintage units have Frame Restorations before we'll build inside them or add openings. Some need minor repairs, while others need to be fully re-built. This depends on the condition of your unit. This may also include new axels, tanks, LP Lines and plumbing.

SHELL RESTORATION
This is more flexible. Anything that affects the safety or sealing of the unit must be done. But any cosmetic repairs like replacing panels, fixing dents, moving/adding windows or skylights, updating emblems, polishing, etc are at the discretion of the client.

MUSEUM RESTORE
We can also do full Airstream Restorations to spec. IE mimicking the original layout, style, and materials to the best of our abilities.

SHELL-OFF RESTORATION
To rebuild frames or fully renovated Airstreams, we first pull the frame and shell apart. This allows us to take the structure down to its bare bones to inspect, repair, and strengthen the most important sections of the trailer. Weak, broken, or improperly altered frames are a danger to drive, especially after loading more weight back in or adding shell openings. 

 

 
 


BRANDING

Can I hire ESK for branding without getting an Airstream?

YES! We offer full branding services including logo design, corporate identities, and apparel design. The results can be worked into an Airstream design, but don't have to be. Use the Studio Form to Contact Us For A Quote →

Does ESK work with Agencies?

ABSOLUTELY! If your clientele would like to use custom-built elements or Airstreams for big events or promotional tours, we can work with you to find them the best solution. We help guide you to ask the right questions and give them the best options to choose from based on their needs. 

Can I Wrap A Trailer?

YES, we can work with you or a design team to get your corporate graphics printed on vinyl and installed on a trailer. There are multiple options for temporary, permanent, or perforated vinyls that give you versatility based on your needs. We can also create graphics in-house for special events or tours that can be removed when the function ends. Whether a small logo or a full trailer wrap, we can help you personalize the walls of your space in a unique way!