Bend Company Renovates Vintage Recreational Vehicles to Modern Beauty
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But, in the case of Bend-based Beautiful Wrecks, owners Lisa and KC Flynn resurrect beauty in motorhomes, trailers and camper vans from past-their-prime to full glory. The result is stunning, highly-personalized recreation vehicles causing anyone to be star struck.
“We renovate old gems for owners’ personal use and also offer a small fleet of ‘wrecks’ that are re-designed like a hotel room,” says Lisa Flynn, touting the benefits of providing additional lodging options to an expanding Bend economy.
The name “Beautiful Wrecks” pays homage to the sultry starlets of times past. RV owners with a “wreck” in need of a makeover come to the Flynns for a complete—and modern—renovation. Lisa Flynn has taken her entrepreneurial spirit—she has founded several additional companies and nurtured them to scale—and combined it with her joy of making trailers in decay beautiful again. In just a few short years, Beautiful Wrecks has blossomed from its humble beginnings of a one-off personal trailer renovation.
“We can deliver them to the renter’s designated location, set them up, and in return, our guests enjoy a very comfortable experience in a Beautiful Wreck that is outfitted like a luxury hotel room. In addition, the Beautiful Wrecks concept could serve as a sustainable approach to alleviating some burdens of our rental market.” –Lisa Flynn
Now, they have fallen in love with the personalities and personal branding of each wreck they have brought back to life for their customers. The Betty White, a 26-foot, 1976 Airstream Argosy, remains one of their favorite renovations. Its chic, mod interior is outfitted with a full bathroom including a sink, toilet, bathtub and shower. The 40-year-old’s custom-built sleeping arrangements and kitchen rival most homes.
The Flynn’s sustainable approach to each beautiful wreck renovation includes preserving the authenticity of the exterior of the original design, while completely re-designing the interior to add functionality and form. The RVs are renovated with materials that allow them to be taken “off the grid” and used without traditional utility hook-ups. Flynn highlights the use of LED lighting and gravity-fed showering systems for one of their camper van renovations.
“We can deliver them to the renter’s designated location, set them up, and in return, our guests enjoy a very comfortable experience in a Beautiful Wreck that is outfitted like a luxury hotel room,” explains Flynn. “In addition, the Beautiful Wrecks concept could serve as a sustainable approach to alleviating some burdens of our rental market.”
Hollywood’s history is full of beautiful wrecks. Lisa and KC Flynn resurrect oldies but goodies and ensure that beauty—and comfort—remain in the eye of all Beautiful Wrecks beholders.
The Audrey Hepburn, Penny Lane and Scarlett are three beautiful wrecks available for rent in Central Oregon via AirBnB.