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Jim Dozenrod purchased a train caboose in 2016.
The year before, Jim, 65, from Decora, Iowa, completely refurbished his own silo and turned it into Airbnb. According to his daughter Daniel Dozenrod, 42, the silo rental was “really successful outside the gate.”
“It received a lot of coverage and won a lot of awards,” Daniel told Fox News.
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So when Jim noticed a collection of train caboose along the road in a town about 30 miles north of Decora in 2016, he said Fox News was urged to open another Airbnb.
“He knew it had to be really unique,” Daniel said.
The owner of the first collection he saw never sold to the gym, but he was able to find another train caboose in the recycle yard 30 miles away in the opposite direction.
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Jim bought a £ 52,000 train caboose for $ 8,000 from 1973 to the spring of 2016. He paid about $ 2,500 to transport his caboose to his property. According to insiders, he had a caboose on the actual railroad track.
After that, Jim started to renovate.
Jim has been a carpenter throughout his professional life, but he had to do a lot of work because the inside of the train caboose was all made of iron.
“You just cut out the iron, throw it out of it, and replace it with wood,” Jim told Fox about his work.
He also had to get rid of the very strong oily odor with a good power wash.
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Jim made beds in train caboose, including bunk beds on the ground floor and cupola queen-sized beds. He also built a staircase leading to the cupola and a porch along the entire back of the caboose overlooking the meadow.
Meanwhile, Daniel did the finishing touches, such as taking a shower and encouraging his father throughout the process.
“He was a carpenter throughout his career, so he can build or carry out most of what he has decided on,” Daniel said.
“He did all the hard work,” she added. “I will help with the finishing touches more.”
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Overall, Jim told Fox that he spent about $ 4,000 and 300 hours repairing the train caboose on nights and weekends when he wasn’t working.
He told Fox, although he enjoyed the refurbishment, “I finally started getting tired of it.”
“When I did the silo, it finally started to burn out,” he added.
By November 2016, the train caboose was ready for renter.
Although space for the caboose is limited, Dotzenrods has a bed, a refrigerator, a microwave oven, a double burner hot plate, cookware, bar wear for cocktails, and the chair of the original caboose of the train. , You can exchange and see inside the caboose of the train. , Or on the meadow.
According to Airbnb’s list, the caboose has WiFi, TV, air conditioning and a 6 gallon water heater.
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Daniel told Fox that people came from all over the country, including Maryland and New York, to stay in the caboose.
“Dad was a superhost from the beginning, so it helps us a lot,” Daniel said. “He’s welcoming and charming … he really goes up for anything [guests] requirement. “
Jim also offers a carriage to Decora.
It was a long refurbishment process for both silos and train caboose, but Jim told Fox News that he was thinking of expanding and opening yet another Airbnb.
“After all was done, it was very satisfying,” Jim said.
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