The Modern Caravan Chooses Accuride International for Quality, Functionality, Aesthetics

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Using Accuride drawer slides in custom trailers ‘is a no-brainer.’

The Modern Caravan uses Accuride slides to support drawers in trailer renovation.

“Putting Accuride slides in this Airstream is a no-brainer because it mimics the same quality that we build everywhere else inside the trailer.” - Ellen Prasse, Co-Owner, The Modern Caravan

Making a 200-square-foot home inviting and comfortable is challenging. That’s why the co-owners of The Modern Caravan, which renovates vintage Airstream trailers, rely on innovative partners to add the quality and functionality needed for tiny home life on the road.

One such partner is Accuride® International, whose slides for kitchen and underbed-dresser drawers underpin their latest revamp, named Hope.

“Putting Accuride slides in this Airstream is a no-brainer because it mimics the same quality that we build everywhere else inside the trailer,” says co-owner Ellen Prasse. “We really want a design to be functional, and the Accuride slides will remain functional for a long period of time – even with the jostling they have to withstand when a trailer is bouncing down a gravel road.”

Prasse and her partner, Kate Oliver, chose Accuride 3135EC Eclipse Easy-Close undermount slides for their durability, smooth operation, and concealment.

“I was really excited that the slide is installed underneath so you don’t have to look at the hardware every single time you open a drawer,” Oliver says. “That gives it a polished look, and the soft, easy close adds to the comfort we focus on providing.”

The Accuride 3135EC is a full-extension slide that supports loads up to 100 lbs. The 3135EC is certified by both the AWI and BHMA, and complies with ADA standards. As with all Accuride products, the 3135EC comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Prasse, a sculptor and art teacher before co-founding The Modern Caravan in 2014, says the Accuride slides far surpass previous slides the company used. She adds, “I would absolutely recommend Accuride slides, and we definitely will use them in future projects.”

Sid Kalantar, Accuride Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, says: “The Modern Caravan is the latest of several customers to use Accuride slides innovatively to enhance living in compact spaces, whether it’s a recreational vehicle or a stationary home. We’re happy to be working with our customers to help make tiny living comfortable, convenient, and aesthetically pleasing.”

More Information:
Blog post with embedded video: https://www.accuride.com/blog/case-study/our-customers/making-way-for-the-modern-frontier-accuride-customer-stories/
Video alone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2DoshPWHig
Accuride transportation solutions: https://www.accuride.com/markets/transportation-solutions

About Accuride® International:
Founded in 1958 as a small tool and die shop, Accuride International is the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of sliding hardware. The company offers the broadest selection of movement solutions across markets and applications, as well as unmatched innovation, quality and dependability. Accuride produces light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty drawer and door slides for commercial and residential uses, and it is the leading producer of specialty slides. The company has nearly 1 million square feet of manufacturing space, spanning three continents. Its products are certified, compliant and warrantied, and they are widely specified by architects, designers and engineers.

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