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Modernism Week 2012 in Palm Springs, CA.

In 2 weeks, the annual Modernism Week event will be back at Palm Springs along with the vintage trailer show. Our visit last year got us up close and personal to some of the most amazing vintage trailers we have ever seen. With the baby due in just 3 months, we need to get a good week of camping in before things get really hectic. So we did it, we booked 7 nights at our favorite campground in the Coachella Valley, Lake Cahuilla County Park.

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1960 International Harvester Housecar – Palm Springs Modernism Week 2011.

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.

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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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