RV restoration shop awaits Deerfield approval

  • 1959 Serro Scotty. Contributed Photo/TwoFeathers Restoration and Design—

  • 707 Greenfield Road in Deerfield. Contributed photo

Recorder Staff
Friday, July 14, 2017

DEERFIELD — If given the blessing of town officials, a vintage RV restoration and sales shop will soon open on Routes 5 and 10 not far from the Greenfield line.

“Our expected grand opening will be in October if everything goes as planned,” said Michael Artherton, owner of family-run TwoFeathers Restoration and Design LLC, a custom RV fabrication and repairs business that’s been open for a year.

“We are a family ran business that specializes in RV repair. Our primary work tends to be vintage trailers from the 1940s all the way up to the 1970s. We also have a focus that includes reconditioning trailers into tiny houses or building them from scratch,” he said.

Currently, TwoFeathers Restoration and Design is awaiting site plan approval by the Planning Board, contingent on a go ahead from the Conservation Commission. That approval could happen next month.

Based on proposed designs, the camper business will operate out of and around a 2,500 square-foot building at 707 Greenfield Road — a roughly one-acre parcel purchased last Friday to keep pace with the family’s rapidly expanding home business, which grew from a hobby.

A site plan review was triggered because the parcel is changing its zoning from residential to commercial. During the meeting, a few Planning Board members noted water runoff concerns and installing an oil and water separator was discussed.

Recently, the business received a special permit from the town to operate with conditions that “damaged vehicles must be out of sight inside the building or behind the fence, limited number of trailers for sale to 12 at any time, all signs must conform to town bylaws,” Attorney Kristi A. Bodin said at Monday’s meeting, representing the camper company.

A septic system and a few other minor upgrades to the property in addition to the fence have also been proposed.

If approved, and while there will probably be some automotive repair work completed on site, Artherton noted “if we need to do any sort of (major) repairs like that, we’ll contract out. It creates too much dust.” The majority of work will be restoring interiors, he said.

For years, now, Artherton said restoring campers has been “a mobile type company. Now, we have too much demand, and need to get out of the weather. So, this allows us to expand and take it from a hobby to a family business.”

Looking ahead, TwoFeathers Restoration and Design’s Greenfield Road location is anticipated to feature a “design center” (for repairs), possibly an RV rental service, parts counter, and an online storefront “that also allows the customer to walk in for parts, because we are a full fabrication shop for RVs,” Artherton said.

“We will be able to do the standard upgrades many RV owners would like to add to their campers such as solar power, or other interior upgrades,” Artherton continued, noting, “We will also have a outdoor area for sales (12 parking spaces, eight for customers) which may include smaller RVs or trailers that are around 24 feet or less.”