Langevin and Clement were partners in Montreal-based Nomad Espace Mobile, which rented specially outfitted Airstream units for use at special events. Through that business, they had worked with GSM Vehicles, which was involved in restoration of Airstream trailers.
They acquired that business in May 2012 and moved it to its present location on the western edge of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base.
Their original renovation and customization business will still be called GSM by Nomad.
They have recently finished one renovation that a San Francisco-based company is using as a bar car. It even has exterior beer taps, Clement said.
Another one is used as a hair styling studio on movie sets by a Montreal studio. It features a larger door to accommodate actors who are in costume.
Have long life
Airstream trailers are noted for their safety, with a low-center of gravity and light overall weight. The rounded shell makes the units more aerodynamic than other trailers.
Studies have shown that between 60 percent and 70 percent of the Airstream trailers ever built are still on the road.
“People who buy an Airstream are on the road. They love travelling,” Clement said.
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