Finally, as many of you might be starting to rejoice once you hear this, we are at the end of our Modernism Week Vintage Trailer Show series. This is officially the last featured vintage trailer of the series and soon we will move on to posts focused around us that promises to be much less interesting.
If you had $65,000 to drop on a vintage trailer, you might want to pay good attention to this one. This is a 1950 Airfloat Land Yacht coming in at 24 feet long. They certainly do not make them like this anymore.
We are towards the home stretch here with the vintage trailer show series from Palm Springs. Some of you might be a little tired of all the aluminum-clad travel trailers so here is something different for a change: A custom-made 1960 International Harvester Housecar.
Ahem, stop looking at the girl with the letterman’s jacket. We are talking about the blue truck here.
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.
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.
Sometimes you run across a trailer that is in amazing condition and you just can’t believe that is is over 50 years old and it has not be restored. This 1959 Globetrotter 18 is just one of those.
The vintage trailer show was full of amazing trailers. Some more so than others. The 1960 Holiday House is pretty close to the top of that list. It is not an Airstream nor does it have any Airstream lineage but it is immaculately restored with some amazing features.
So not all vintage trailers at Modernism Week 2011 are about stayin true to its original form. In fact, some of them are beautifully done in an entirely modern way. And when they throw in free vodka tasting into the equation, I think we have a winner.
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.
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.