1969 Airstream Tradewind – Palm Springs Modernism Week 2011.

The trailers featured at the vintage trailer show range anywhere from being hard-to-find, mint, factory original trailers to fully-restored beauties with modern day amenities. Mona and Doug’s 1969 Tradewind would fall under the latter category. You certainly would not have the slightest idea of what this trailer has been through in its 40+ years of life as it is now a thing of beauty. The reality is that an unimaginable amount of blood, sweat and tears (lots of cash, too, no doubt) have turned this former junk yard dog into a People’s Choice Award winner.

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1948 Spartan Manor – Palm Springs Modernism Week 2011.

Continuing with the rest of the vintage trailers at the 2011 Palm Springs Modernism Week Vintage trailer show is a wonderfully redone Spartan Manor from 1948. Founded in 1928 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Spartan was originally an aircraft company. Shocking, right? It produced aircrafts for the first 17 years of its existence before it decided to get into the RV business.

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Bowlus “Road Chief” at Palm Springs Modernism Week 2011.

Our visit to Palm Springs culminated with the much anticipated trip to the Riviera Hotel in old town where it hosted the Vintage Trailer Show in the parking lot. The weather did not look real promising all week long with rain in the forecast. We went by the afternoon before the Saturday opening for the ‘pre-tour’ event showing of the exterior and met and lot of the owners of some of the most amazing trailers we have ever seen. One of the rarest of the trailers is the completely restored 1935 Bowlus Road Chief owned by John Long.

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Palm Springs Modernism Week 2011.

When Mila was just a month old, we took her on her first camping trip to a little county park we found in the city of La Quinta, CA called Lake Cahuilla County Park. It was one of the make-or-break tests that we needed to confirm before we felt comfortable for our 4-month long cross country trip. It worked out great and Mila was a natural in the Airstream.

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