Caboose revamped in Iowa, a hit on AirB & B

The Spruce Caboose (Airbnb)

All aboard!

A father-daughter team remodeled an old caboose so Airbnbers could get a taste of living a night on the rails – from a farm in Iowa.

The New York Post reports that train enthusiast Jim Dotzenrod recovered the 1973 52,000-pound wagon from a scrapyard and moved it to his property, where he and his 42-year-old daughter, Danielle, set off. work to make it an Airbnb sensation. .

First, he emptied it and washed it with electricity to “get rid of that diesel fuel smell”, before cutting windows on its sides, adding an outdoor terrace and building a staircase that leads to a. second floor bedroom with a queen-size bed. .

Her daughter then focused on the small details, choosing interior colors, turning the rake heads into wine glass holders, choosing the furniture and designing the oak wood flooring and black tiling.

They even installed a bathroom and a shower with, you guessed it, subway tiles. But renters should know that the water heater only has a 6 gallon tank, so keep those showers short.

The newspaper reports that it took the team six months to complete the job, and people happily hopped aboard for $ 124 per night.

An additional bedroom with a bunk bed and two sleeping areas in the living room can accommodate up to six people, and there is a fridge, microwave and hot plate for preparing meals. There is also Wi-Fi, TV, air conditioning and free on-site parking.

The original equipment saved by the salvage team includes the driver’s chairs and overhead ramps, which are ornamental as there is no locomotive to pull the car.

When not spending time on the train, guests are welcome to help themselves to the fruits of the nearby raspberries and apple tree, and hang out with the friendly horses that live on the other side of a nearby fence. . (Horses also love apples!)

All in all, this is just the last reason to spend a vacation near the beautiful Decorah, Iowa!

[New York Post] – Vince DiMiceli

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