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What Do You Do With a Vintage Airstream? Lift it 25 Feet in the Air and Turn it into a Luxury Treehouse

by Jan Schroder
silver bullet treehouse in Ohio

This vintage Airstream won’t be rolling down the road any time soon. The 31-foot trailer found its forever home 25 feet off the ground. It still houses guests seeking adventures. Now they just climb up into the trees to stay here.

You won’t exactly be roughing it when you bed down in the Silver Bullet Treehouse. It has indoor and outdoor showers, a skylight and steam room.

Want to bring another couple along? The table in the dining area turns into a bed. There’s also seating on the covered back deck where you can relax and view the surrounding forest.

silver bullet treehouse interior

Check out the beautiful materials used in the interior. The turntable is a nice touch.

The Silver Bullet Treehouse is one of nine treehouses at The Mohicans Treehouse Resort, a treehouse village in the Amish country in Ohio, one of the largest treehouse villages in the country.

bed in silver bullet treehouse

The bed in the Silver Bullet treehouse.

The treehouse village is located on more than 100 acres about halfway between Cleveland and Columbus near Mohican State Park. Kevin and Laura Mooney, both from Cleveland, founded The Mohicans in 2012 with three cabins.

Before he became a treehouse mogul, Kevin was a financial consultant. His career took him around the world where he stayed in beautiful hotels. Why not build something just as beautiful in his home state?

He and his wife Laura purchased land in Glenmont, Ohio, near where they had both visited as children.

They started The Mohicans with a few cabins. The treehouses came next.

“I got the idea of building treehouses for adults from a couple of my friends,” Kevin says. “At first, I thought they were crazy, but it’s worked out better than our wildest dreams. At the time, no one within hundreds of miles was offering that type of vacation lodging.
I also have to credit the Amish builders and carpenters in our area who helped us. We literally couldn’t have done it without them.”
For their first two treehouses, they hired Pete Nelson, host of Animal Planet’s “Treehouse Masters” and a master treehouse builder. These aren’t the hastily constructed treehouses you may remember from your childhood. They are more like high-end homes nestled in trees with luxury finishes and construction costs starting at $300,000.
bathroom of Silver Bullet treehouse

The spacious bathroom.

Kevin took a design class in Oregon and designed many of the others. Laura designs the interiors, using materials like sliding bar doors, wood milled onsite, metal roofs, granite countertops and black walnut floors.

How does a 1978 Airstream end up perched in the trees? I asked that question of Miguel DeJesus who handles PR for The Mohicans.

“The Airstream was a crazy idea that Kevin Mooney had. He purchased the vintage 31-foot 1978 Airstream trailer and it sat on the property for quite a long time but he had always envisioned it being perched up on a platform in the trees like the other treehouses,” Miguel said.

kitchen table in airstream treehouse rental in Ohio

The kitchen table converts to a bed if there are more than two guests.

“He is an innovative thinker and is always thinking about how he can repurpose materials. Sustainability is huge with us as you will find in our cabins. We incorporate sustainable design into all of our properties, excluding the original The Mohican 15-guest cabin.

We’ve integrated passive solar design, radiant heat, on-demand hot water, reused and repurposed materials. We also support local labor and materials and recyclable materials.”

airstream treehouse rental in ohio exterior view

The Silver Bullet Treehouse is perched 25 feet in the air.

Oh, and about that celebrity who stayed there? When Matthew McConaughey was filming “White Boy Rick” in Cleveland, he had a free weekend. He and his family headed to The Mohicans to stay in a treehouse.

All photos courtesy of The Mohicans Treehouse Resort

Jan Schroder, Editor-in-chief

See more of the treehouses, including the adorable Little Red Treehouse in our story You’ll Have Amazing Dreams in These Ohio Treehouse Rentals

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