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They’re modern, sleek, and pretty darn shiny. And since the 1930s, they’ve been synonymous with the open road. Under founder Wally Byam’s direction, Airstreams grew from simply being luxury vehicles into a worldwide movement. Due to their flexibility and relatively low overhead, many “silver bullets” are now being revamped, refurbished, and remade into bona fide business ventures. To find one where you’re heading, read on. By Laura Kiniry

Daisy Cakes Durham, North Carolina
After purchasing their 1978 Sovereign “Sugar” off Craigslist, Tanya and Konrad Catolos reinvented it as the culinary snack stand called Daisy Cakes. Every Saturday, it’s parked two blocks from downtown Durham’s Farmers Market, and the Catoloses dish out signature cupcakes, a weekly bread pudding, and various breakfast treats. www.eatdaisycakes.com

2 Skillet Seattle, Washington
 “I wanted a business that enabled me to have a better quality of life than a [restaurant] chef would typically have,” says Josh Henderson, owner of Skillet, a roaming bistro offering ever-changing, cooked-to-order gourmet fare. Foodies flock to the refurbished 1962 Safari for burgers made from grass-fed beef and topped with house-made bacon jam. www.skilletstreetfood.com

3 La Dee Dah/Treat Austin, Texas
Wanting a gallery for her botanical art, Lauren Dolinsky acquired a 1964 30-foot-long trailer through Craigslist and, along with partner Josh Frank, redesigned the interior to be a retail space. Now, at La Dee Dah, shoppers can peruse Dolinsky’s art, as well as her handmade jewelry and hair accessories, or they can savor moon pies and gourmet s’mores from Treat, a dessert stand that operates out of the Airstream’s back end. www.austintreat.com

4 Las Vegas KOA at Circus Circus
Following a conversation between two executives at Kampgrounds of America and Airstream, Las Vegas KOA began offering overnight stays in 10 brand-new Flying Clouds in January. Parked on the Strip in an RV park adjacent to the Circus Circus casino, each fully equipped unit sleeps four and features flat-screen TVs, an outdoor barbecue pit, and plastic pink flamingos. Just call it luxury camping. $129 per night. www.koa.com

5 Tour de Crêpes Portland, Oregon
Inspired by French living, Marcy Adams Nelson opened up her creperie in a stationary Streamline Imperial trailer in 2006. Her customers enjoy sweet and savory namesake dishes -- including smoked salmon with sautéed mushrooms -- on the trailer’s patio or, for indoor seating, they head to the carriage house, which also boasts wireless Internet.

6 Belrepayre Airstream & Retro Trailer Park Pyrenees, France
Two former circus performers own and operate Europe’s first-known Airstream campground, which offers nine rentals in varying models and sizes. Don’t miss the Apollo Lounge, a 34-foot specially built Airstream bar designed by French architect Gérard Cholot. From $90 per night. www.belrepayre.com