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contents Special Features
Cover Story: Bella the Beautiful
Special Feature: Rollin’ Art
Terry Cordero’s 1972 Bell “Bella”
Vintage Deluxe Trailer Shop Graﬃti Project
Regular Features 2 . . About Vintage Trailer Magazine 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Editor’s Rave 4 . . . . . . . . . VTM Subscriptions Form
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Feature Trailer: Blue Skies
Feature Trailer: Teardrop Traveller
Caroline Shepherd’s 1969 Skyline “Caro-Van”
Tom & Sarah Dietrich’s 1930s Teardrop
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Feature Trailer: There’s No Place Like Home
Special Feature: Pretty as a Picture
Stan & Lorenda Spain’s 1972 Airstream Argosy “Jellybean”
The Artwork of Linda Stratton
About Vintage Trailer Magazine Vintage Trailer Magazine is the world’s ﬁrst magazine solely dedicated to vintage, classic, retro-styled and custom trailers and those who love them.
intage Trailerites come from all walks of life and are drawn to vintage trailers for a variety of reasons. Some have nostalgic memories of childhood seaside holidays spent in trailer parks, some choose a retro camper because it looks good behind their prized classic car on its way to a car show campout. Along with a sense of classic style, lovers of retro trailers take delight in life’s many wonders – they enjoy adventure, travelling to new destinations, appreciating nature’s beauty and living a life less stressful. Vintage trailerites often also share a passion for classic cars or hot rods and will happily devote countless hours looking after their “toys”. They also have a very keen sense of aesthetic style and an eye for making small spaces look absolutely adorable. So, Vintage Trailer Magazine is about all of these things; an eclectic collection of stories, pictures, input and ideas from sources who all share so much more than a passion for camping. To the vintage trailerites out there living the dream, taking their rescued older trailers back out on the road, this magazine is for you! To those of you who wish you had one, or have one in restoration, I hope Vintage Trailer Magazine will inspire and motivate you to make your dreams come true and join the growing number of vintage trailer enthusiasts enjoying the wide-open spaces, dramatic scenery and fellow friendly travellers out there on the road.. Vintage Trailer Magazine always welcomes submissions from its readers. If you have a story you’d like to share, an amusing road trip photo or a trailer restoration you’d like to share: write to: email@example.com
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If there’s one thing we love as much as our vintage trailers, it’s the delight that others take in appreciating them as much as we do. It’s for this reason that we will happily open our trailers up to the pubic at the many ‘Open House’ days at vintage trailer rallies and car shows and other events where we are invited to put our trailers on display. But to do so requires a huge amount of trust on our part and can cause even more wear and tear on our trailers than years and years of road travel and camping. Do not underestimate the potential damage of showing oﬀ your trailers. If you intend to display it regularly make sure that your restoration process takes extra care with the structural issues such as the sturdiness of the ﬂooring and framework. When choosing ﬁxtures and ﬁnishings, consider things like ease of cleaning and durability. When we featured Ann Kruger’s gorgeous 1959 Aloha “Dixie” on the cover a year ago, she made a real impact with our readers. Not long after this, her ﬂooring collapsed, creating signiﬁcant damage to the entire structure. Ann was devastated. Having spent all she could do get “Dixie” this gorgeous, there was nothing left to do the essential repairs. Next time I saw Ann at a rally, she was staying in a cabin,
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not wanting to miss out on the fun and lamenting her “Dixie’s” demise. It broke my heart and so I set up a special GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for the repair of Ann’s “Dixie”. So far almost half of the target amount has been raised and all proceeds from the sales of the back issue #31 featuring Ann’s trailer during January and February will also go towards the repair fund.
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hile most of us are starting to dream about the upcoming summer of rallying ahead of us and many of our trailers are tucked up and winterized, I thought it would be a good time to broach a topic that so often comes up around the campﬁres of many a successful rally.
I would love to extend this this oﬀer to anyone else who needs some help getting their vintage trailer restored or repaired due to unforeseen or personal circumstances. I’ve been there myself and am forever thankful to those who helped me, so this is my way of paying it forward. Once we have fulﬁlled Ann’s wish, let’s move on to the next and make dreams come true, one trailer at a time! Drop me a line and tell me about your story or that of someone you know and care about and we can make it an ongoing ‘Vintage Trailer Magazine Dream Fund’ of sorts. Meantime, if you can spare even $1 towards helping Ann’s dreams come true please donate to her GoFundMe at: www.gofundme.com/ help-ann-ﬁx-her-beloved-glamper Keep warm and dream of spring!
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veryone knows I have a particular penchant for pink ﬂamingos and white picket fences. Yes, it is true. I wholeheartedly embrace my inner “trailer Trash”! When I ﬁrst saw “Bella” the 1972 Bell at the 2017 All American Vintage Trailer Rally in Brooks, Oregon last year, it was love at ﬁrst sight. Decorated to the hilt with all the typically kitsch ornaments and ﬁxtures that I love and then some, the pale green, pink and white exterior had me begging to see more of what was inside.
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Owner Terry Cordero from Spokane, Washington was more than happy to show me around and then sit with me for a while in the shade while I threw question after question at her about her trailer’s past. And what an amazing past it was!
It turns out that this particular trailer had been in Terry’s family ever since it was bought new back in 1972. Terry was only nine years old at the time and remembers with great fondness the many camping trips it housed with her parents and brothers.
“I have so many stories from this trailer over the years”, she tells me. “We had a property out at Clear Lake Pines in Washington and we used to camp out there every weekend faithfully. Even if someone was sick, we’d still go camping! I think every member of my family has lived in this trailer at least once!” she laughs.
Terry goes on to tell me that the exterior back then was a very seventies combo of colors with brown stripes on the outside and an interior of brown wood paneling with avocado colored appliances and green vinyl and blue ﬂoral upholstery. About ten years ago Terry took on the trailer so she could continue the family camping tradition with her own
daughters. She gave the trailer to one of her three daughters, but she didn’t want it, so she then gave it one of her other daughters, but she never used it either. So, a year and a half ago Terry decided to take it back. It took her and her and Andrew (who was camped next door in his 1966 Dodge Motorhome at the All American rally) eleven months to transform the trailer from ugly seventies duckling to the beautiful glamping Bella she is today. The name Bella was not just chosen because she was made by “Bell”, but is actually after Terry’s grandmother whose name was Belladora. “This is our ﬁrst ever vintage trailer rally with her”, Terry tells me and I am tickled pink to hear that. It’s always so fun to meet people who have braved not really knowing anyone to come along and join in the fun and watch as they get hooked as we all did when we ﬁrst ventured out with our trailers. These kinds of stories are my favorites! vintagetrailermagazine
Terry admits that they had taken Bella out to the lake property just after they had ﬁnished the restoration just as to see what she looked like in all her shiny new glory. “It was Andrew who had initially suggested: ‘Why don’t we go check out one of these vintage trailer rally things’” Terry tells me. The ﬁrst event they went to was the Phuddy Duddy’s event in Idaho and they took Andrew’s Dodge motorhome. They had previously owned a 1967 Mustang that they used to take to car shows, but after one vintage trailer rally they decided to sell the Mustang because doing car shows wasn’t as much fun. “And that’s when I decided to do up Bella”. Terry tells me that she got the inspiration for the color scheme after looking up color schemes on Pinterest. “I saw the peach and white and I was like: ‘That’s it!’ then I saw the green, I guess you’d call it pistachio, after looking on the Martha Stewart site for colors that went with peach and when I saw the
green and it all went so well together it all went from there, really. I don’t know where the Cabbage Patch kids came into it”, she says with a smile. A year later and here they were. Celebrating the 4th July with a whole host of other vintage trailerites, happy as clams enjoying the fun and frivolities (and quite a bit of hilarity and insanity I might add) of the All-American Rally at the Antique Powerland. But the weekend was not without a hint of sadness for Terry. “My nine year old grandson passed away one year and one week ago” Terry tells me with tears in her eyes, so the orange ribbon on the trailer is in memory of him. He had Cerebral Palsy”. Here’s hoping that the happiness Terry’s cheery little trailer brought me and is sure to bring so many others helps alleviate her loss somewhat and brings her many years of happiness ahead.
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1967 Aristocrat by Oakland artist Ama Colindres (@curlietrurtle)
here does the time go? For almost twenty years now our two daughters have been building vintage trailers. My name is Tyla and I’m the kinda mom that had them each buy a vintage car by their twelve birthdays. They work
on those too. So it’s easy to see how cute teardrops, canned hams, and even giant Spartan trailers took over our backyard as well as our hearts. Today both girls, along with my husband Ron and I are still ﬁnding vintage travel
trailers and getting them back on the road. You can come out and tour any of our custom built vintage trailers at the Treasure Island Flea located on Treasure Island in San Francisco California. We host monthly events such as themed weddings, fun crowd contests, and vintagetrailermagazine
amazing artist’s painting trailers live. Before the Graﬃti Trailer Project started all of the painted trailers were done by us, at our shop. Everyone in our family likes to paint, which helps! If I had to say what mostly inspired the Graﬃti Trailer Project, it would be simply the combining our family’s two loves: Vintage Trailers and Art. We asked the question: “What would it look like if we combined our many
talented friend’s art with our vintage trailer collection, and well now it is an ongoing collaboration between Vintage Deluxe Trailer Shop and local artists based out of San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento. We’re very excited with where the project is branching out into! Our favorite part of the process is watching these incredible artists painting live. Adding their killer custom paint is the frosting on the top for sure. Then, of
Our favorite part of the process is watching these incredible artists painting live. Adding their killer custom paint is the frosting on the top for sure.
Artist Max Ehrman and 1947 Teardrop trailer
Artist Goopmassta and 1960 Boles Aero Trailer
course, it’s completely fulﬁlling to put the trailers back to use as photo booths, pop up art galleries, private lounges, oﬃce spaces, beer bars, and such. We work with Ansanelli Productions and Treasure Island Flea every month to bring our show to a super supportive market. Having the open space to bring a group of trailers, and space to paint them is really the key to showing this size artwork. We’re also stoked to be working with Fuming Guerilla Productions based in Oakland’s Chinatown. They’ve been an unbelievable team in bringing together these amazing artists with Vintage Deluxe Trailer Shop.
Artist Jere Avila painted this 1967 Boles Aero trailer
The latest collaboration took place in October in Long Beach. Goop’s character is the frog, while Agelonce is the elephant. Caught here on this 1970 Nomad trailer
Artist Nite Owl and 1954 Terry Trailer
You can ﬁnd us at the Treasure Island Flea the last full weekend of every month, except December from 10am to 4pm each day. We can also be found on Instagram @vintagedeluxetrailershop to follow along with the stories of some of your
favorite types of vintage trailers, or maybe some you’ve never even seen before. Thank you so much for reading our story, and we all hope to see you sometime at the Treasure Island Flea! www.vintagedeluxetrailershop.com vintagetrailermagazine
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WORDS & PHOTOS LISA MORA
he thing I love best about the RV lifestyle is the opportunity to tick so many places and experiences oﬀ my own “Bucket List”. Having seen photos all over the Internet of the world famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, it had long been one of those events that I was determined to attend one day. So, when a group of Sisters on the Fly put together a gathering for anyone who wanted to experience the wonder for themselves and said they would be camping at my favorite Route 66 camping spot: Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post, I signed up straight away. Any excuse for a road trip, right? Having planned my itinerary only a few days before, the idea was to make each
day’s drive around 300 miles, more or less, to cover 1,500 miles over the next ﬁve days. On day one I set oﬀ from Oregon and drove 330 miles to Susanville, California and stayed at the Susanville RV Resort and got a pizza delivered for dinner. On day two I continued 240 miles down Highway 95 through Reno, skirting around the magniﬁcent Walker Lake and on to the speck on the map town of Mina, Nevada where I stayed at the Sunrise valley RV Park and ate the rest of my pizza. The next day as I set of early for my big 280 mile drive to Las Vegas, pulling in just as the sun set, I stopped by the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign and parked the Hudson and trailer across the road at the Harley Davidson dealership while I walked over
to the huge tribute of ﬂowers and crosses that had been set up as a tribute to the victims of the nearby Mandalay shooting that had taken place in the previous weekend. I waited for those famous lights to come on, and when I asked the attendant, he led me over to the switch and said I could turn them on myself. What a treat that was! After that I pulled into camp at the Circus Circus RV Resort and treated myself to a New Zealand lamb and roast vegetables dinner at the Outback Steakhouse and a wander around the sights of Las Vegas before heading back to the trailer feeling like a very happy camper indeed. On day four I had travelled across four diﬀerent states and was excited to be
hitting up Route 66 again for the reminder of my journey to New Mexico. I took the 93 and joined up with the Mother Road in Kingman, Arizona where I had a pit stop at the Kingman Post OďŹƒce to send of that weekâ€™s magazine orders (I always carry several boxes of magazines with me everywhere I go for this purpose!) Venturing the opposite direction from my previous Route 66 adventures, I followed 66 pulling in front of the Hackberry General Store for some photos where the Hudson and Rosie soon became the start attraction for a busload of tourists. I was disappointed to see that the lovely young family who had held such high hopes for
their endeavors for the old Frontier Motel they had recently bought last time I came through were long gone, the place once again empty and overgrown with weeds. Another Route 66 Icon left disintegrating into the dusty surrounds. I stopped by Seligman and Angel Delgadillo’s Barber Shop, but Angel was not there this time. I wanted to tell him that I have not cut my hair once since he graciously agreed to cut it for me in 2015. On a previous visit he had told me that my hair and the way I dressed reminded him of his mother. I will never cut it again because for the rest of my life I want to be able to say that the last person who ever cut my hair was the Angel of Route 66! From Seligman I headed oﬀ keeping to 66 through Ash Fork and on to Williams where I parked up right outside the Cruisers Café 66 Diner and once again became an attraction for happy snappers, posing with a bevvy of Japanese tourists before hearing the sound of a very familiar accent as an Australian couple who had come to my Australian home in Maleny years ago to buy some back issues once called out to me. What a small world! “We knew it was you!” they said and we laughed at the odds of us being in the same place in the same part of the world so far away from where we were from. Keen to hit to the road for Winslow to go stand on a corner, we said our goodbyes and at that moment up rolled a big pickup beside me, and from out the window a booming voice says “Well hello there little lady!” and who should it be but the mayor of Williams himself, my Buddy John Moore who had been such 18
a wonderful host when we had hit up Williams with the Sisters on the Fly Route 66 tour a couple of years ago. “I had been wondering if I would bump into you!” I said. So we went and had a Route 66 soda ﬂoat and a catch up down the road at Twisters Soda Fountain. A few more photos later, and it was time for me to keep rolling as I had ambitiously intended to drive the 436 miles to Gallup
that night to meet up with some of my Sisters on the Fly friends who were also heading there. I say ambitious because I didn’t take into account the hours I would spend lingering, taking photos, catching up with long lost friends… and breaking down! Yes, unfortunately it happened en route to Winslow, so I missed out on standing on the corner this time (but I did go back and do it again on the way back home!)
I was about thirty miles from Winslow when I heard an almighty banging sound from the front of the car and the car started swerving all over the road. Fortunately there were no other cars or trucks around me at the time as I had lost all steering control but was able to slow the car down and roll it into the shoulder of the road, not knowing what had happened, I lifted the hood and rang AAA. Who should happen to pass by and stop to oﬀer assistance but my Aussie friends! After removing the oﬀending wheel, we determined that my bearings had gone. They sent a tow truck from Flagstaﬀ that could also tow the trailer (having AAA Premier RV Cover is a Godsend!) and despite being told that I would have to be towed back to a repairer at Flagstaﬀ, my tow truck driver was kind enough to take me all the way across the border to Gallup, New Mexico. What a legend! By that stage it was well after ﬁve, so we dropped the trailer oﬀ at the USA RV Park right on Route 66 in Gallup and then dropped the Hudson oﬀ at the repair shop and I went back to camp thankful for my cozy rolling abode and soft bed.
The next morning I waved goodbye to my Sisters as they rolled on to Albuquerque whilst I waited for my new bearings to be packed on the Hudson. I decided it was time to do some serious “walk praying” so I walked around the perimeter of the RV park, saying: “Please God let it be an easy ﬁx so I can get back on the road in time for the welcome dinner with the rest of my sisters” when above me from right out of the sky I heard a man’s voice say: “Hello!” Well I nearly jumped out of my skin! I looked up and saw that the voice was not, in fact God, but one of my RV Park neighbors up on top of his roof cleaning it! We both laughed when I told him I had thought God was talking to me for a minute there. He introduced me to his wife and next thing you knew they were taking me to lunch at the Route 66 Diner down the road. We stopped in to check on the progress of the car and I was assured it would be ready that afternoon. True to their word, at around 2pm they drove Doc back to me and I hooked Rosie back up and excitedly headed oﬀ on the ﬁnal 140 miles to Albuquerque, arriving at Enchanted Trails just in time for dinner.
That night we all tucked in early as we had a very early start the next morning to catch the dawn ascension of the hot air balloons. I’m not normally an early morning person and you’d never normally see me waking at 4am, but this was so worth it! We car-pooled to a shuttle bus that took us right to the ﬁeld where the balloons were only just starting to arrive and set up. The weather was perfect and not as cold as we had been warned it might be. As the sun began to rise, so did the balloons. Being able to stand right next to them as they spread them out and inﬂated them and then watch as, one after another, row after row, ﬁve hundred balloons slowly drifted upwards was
and we looked across to see that a Mexican doll-shaped character balloon had escaped its tether and was ﬂying over the fence and away. Ten minutes later all the balloons were deﬂated as that the increased wind made it too dangerous to hold them down, but our night was capped oﬀ by an awesome ﬁreworks display and I was pleased to know that I am not the only one who gets as excited as a little kid over ﬁreworks!
To all of you out there wondering when you will get around to ticking those items of YOUR bucket list I have just this to say: What are you waiting for? something that words and photos can never truly capture. It was mind boggling and we were all like little kids with the excitement and a chorus of “Oh wow’s as we tried to take in the 360-degrees of awesomeness as all around us, above us and ﬂoating oﬀ into the distance were balloons of every color, shape and size including some pretty special character shapes. After enjoying a wander around Albuquerque Old Town and a few Margaritas and a bit of a siesta, some of us went back to watch the Night Glow event. Featuring many of the special 20
shaped balloons, the highlight this year was a ginormous motorbike and rider balloon that towered over everyone. We were all sitting on a blanket under a frog-shaped balloon that appeared to be careening ominously close towards us and I wondered out loud if there had ever been any incidents of accidental suﬀocation by falling balloons when the crowd suddenly let out a big: “Oooooh!”
It was such an amazing experience to be there, I can’t recommend it enough. The road trip there (and back, but that’s a whole other story!), to be able to share it with my Sister friends, many of whom I had met before on other trips and some brand new ones that will be friends for life now, and some whose company I enjoyed but will never see again (RIP Shelly). To all of you out there wondering when you will get around to ticking those items of YOUR bucket list I have just this to say: What are you waiting for?
Blue Skies WORDS LISA MORA
t was a vintage caravan belonging to a friend that ﬁrst piqued 32year old Hobart, Tasmanian primary school teacher Caroline’s fascination with small spaces. Nestled in the lush green lawn in the backyard of her fruit-tree ﬁlled property, in the Australian southern island state of Tasmania, an adorable restored caravan of her own now takes pride of place.
“A teacher friend of mine had bought a renovated vintage caravan and I thought: ‘I’d love to have one too!’ I kept my eye online and wasn’t ﬁnding anything for quite a while, then one day my sister was online and told me that a friend of hers had just commented on a 1969 Skyline that had only just gone up for sale near Hobart. I called the lady who was selling it and managed to be the ﬁrst caller (it
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was within minutes). So I arranged to meet her to see the van”, Caroline recalls. Constructed with a combination of aluminum and plywood, this model of Skyline caravans were originally made in Melbourne, Victoria, but this old girl had been in the Apple Isle for quite a while. The lady Caroline bought it from had owned this 1969 model for over ten years hoping to one day renovate it, vintagetrailermagazine
but had never got around to it. She told Caroline she had used the caravan for an arts festival called Ten Days on the Island in 2005 and when Caroline did a bit of a search about it, she found out that the previous owner had curated a project where a group of caravans travelled to diﬀerent sites around Tasmania. One of the highlights of The Tasmanian Arts festival: Ten Days On The Island, is a project called “Radio Holiday” that 22
documents the lives of those living in Tasmania’s historic “shack” communities. Caroline found out that these shacks, which dot the Tasmanian coast and highlands, began springing up between the ﬁrst and second world wars, and they all have a unique look. Radio Holiday, which is housed in a group of caravans, features photographs, paintings, and radio pieces about these shacks”, she tells us.
When Caroline ﬁrst saw the Skyline she says that although she loved the shape, she thought it was in much rougher condition than she had seen in the photos that had been posted online. “I was with my mum at the time and she said that if I didn’t buy it I would regret it – and she was right – although I didn’t know how much work I was getting myself into!” she laughs. The ensuing restoration took about a year to complete, with Caroline working on the van about one day a week and during all of her school holidays. The ﬁrst thing she did was throw everything out of the caravan, including the broken rear fold out sofa bed. The rest of the built in structures and features were kept, needing nothing more than a very good
scrubbing after having spent many years in a paddock. Caroline recalls the step-by-step process that she undertook to bring the Skyline, that she had aptly named “Caro-Van”, back to life. “I started working on the outside ﬁrst and got some help from a builder friend to cut oﬀ and replace some of the rotten ply from around the bottom skirt. This was actually quite a ﬁddly job. While
he was doing that, we also replaced the tires and I used ‘Kill Rust’ to deal with the surface rust around the wheels and chassis. I also had to cut away peeling paint and reseal the edging on the ply sides as well as leveling (due to all the diﬀerent layers of paint) and reseal around all the windows. These jobs were huge and took way longer than I expected. It took me two whole weeks just to cut away the glue and seal that
went between the ply and aluminum sides!” Caroline tells us. As the cold Tasmanian winter rains blew in, the restoration focus moved from the outside to the inside. All of the windows were resealed from the inside and Caroline had a builder friend replace one part of the interior wall that had been water damaged and had rot in it. The builder also installed new cupboard and wardrobe doors
Caroline’s 1969 Skyline “Caro-Van” in Tasmania, Australia
Photo by Caroline Shepherd
where many were missing and reinforced the seating area and constructed a new permanent bed with storage underneath. Caroline paid someone to install the new lino over the existing ﬂoor that, although a bit broken in places, was still quite sturdy requiring only some minor patching and ﬁlling prior to installing the lino. With all of the construction phase complete, Caroline moved in with the paintbrushes, going through a lot of paint trying to cover over the dark blue that had been painted on the interior with a much more aesthetically pleasing and space-enhancing white. When it came to the safety factors, Caroline very wisely decided to call in professionals. She hired an electrician to come and rewire the whole caravan and install new interior and exterior lights and had an auto electrician check all the wiring to the brakes and exterior lights.
Fortunately nothing major needed doing there apart from replacing a few globes and covers. “The best part of having the wiring redone was that I could have a fan heater going as I painted in winter and could also work into the evening with the lights on”, Caroline muses. As the weather began to warm up again and blue skies returned, Caroline moved her painting and repair eﬀorts to the little Skyline’s exterior. Starting at the top, Caroline took oﬀ the hatch, treated it with Rust Kill, and repainted it. She also resealed the area around the hatch along and gave the entire roof of the caravan a good clean and resealing. She has also painted parts of the aluminum on each end that had been damaged and needed patching in places that she says she wouldn’t have been able to hide, and
used a waterproof sealant around the lights and window frames to ensure there are no more leaks in the future. The ﬂimsy, thin aluminium caravan door was replaced with a thick piece of MDF that Caroline covered with a sheet of painted and sealed pressed tin. Since ‘ﬁnishing’ the exterior Caroline tells us that she has had a few little set backs due to the movement between the original ply and the patches causing some of the paint to crack and that she has had to spend more time reinforcing, sealing and repainting those areas. “I always thought I was nearly ﬁnished, but then there would be something to ﬁddle with and ﬁx and it could take a long time to do a small job!” When it came to the interior design Caroline says she got her ideas by choosing the wall paper that she wanted to feature on a few of the walls ﬁrst. She says that she liked the ﬂower-power inspired blue and green bold, ﬂoral pattern from the Marrimekko range straight away. vintagetrailermagazine
“I saw huge potential for designing the color scheme of the caravan around those colors’, she tells us. She continued the blue and green theme in the blue chosen for the outside and the green for the interior cupboards, whilst keeping everything else white. “The colors are fun and give a bit of a retro feel while the van not being too bright or making the space feel too small inside’, explains Caroline. “I took a long time to decide on curtains though, as the wallpaper doesn’t really allow for any other designs. In the end I settled on white with white spots and
they make the space look lovely and airy and suit the wall colors and the wallpaper without clashing. My aunty sewed them for me”. Wallpaper, paint and curtains ﬁnished, the ﬁnal touches were to re-install the original beveled edge mirror, retro towel ring little shelf back above the kitchen bench, screw the cupboard doors back on along with their carefully sourced replacement matching retro styled handles. “The van came with some original retro handles; the satellite dish-shaped ones
and some longer, decorative ones. I knew I would be able to source some of the satellite dish-shaped handles and did ﬁnd quite a few on old furniture and in buckets of handles at the tip shop. One day when looking through a box of old handles at the tip I stumbled upon four of the longer decorative ones which perfectly ﬁnished oﬀ the wardrobe, I couldn’t believe it!” says Caroline. Finally Caroline had the name “Caro-van” cut out of wood that she varnished and glued it to the side of the caravan. “It gives the van my personal seal!” she declares.
WORDS LISA MORA
om and Sarah Dietrich live in Eugene, Oregon where Tom has been restoring antique steam and gas engines for thirty-eight years. During this time he has undertaken several custom vehicle restorations. “Spending years in that community of people has fostered an appreciation for antiques as well as road travel”, Tom explains.
PHOTOS TOM & SARAH DIETRICH & MARY CORRINGTON
“My wife’s hobbies include several diﬀerent art forms and she has helped in the more artistic aspects of our restorations. She especially enjoys the design forms of the 1920s to 50s era pieces”. Tom had been working on their 1939 Chevrolet hot rod truck complete with two Oldsmobile Toronado engines and transaxles, tilt front end, and a lift bed
exposing dual nitrous systems in the hope of taking it on a classic Route 66 road trip when it was done. Tom’s wife Sarah tells us that all he really wanted to do was spend a night or two in the Wigwam hotel in southern California, so they weren’t really looking for a vintage trailer per se. Then one day, while taking a Sunday drive, Tom’s good buddy Bill Cummings spotted the classic telltale lines of a teardrop in a ﬁeld in nearby vintagetrailermagazine
Springﬁeld and told Tom about it. “I had to check it out”, says Tom. “I thought it would be perfect behind the ‘39 for our road trip. Next thing I knew my wife and I were doing a teardrop restoration!” The trailer was in a fair amount of disrepair when they got it, but they were able to pick it up for only $500. The trailer is not branded but, based on the antique wheel bearings and the Masonite and hard board roof construction on a sheet of 4 x 8 plywood base, it looks to have been originally pre-war constructed, probably around the late 1930s. The previous owner had used it for trips between the West coat and Michigan. When they ﬁrst got it, Tom says that the tiny trailer had a rather “utilitarian” look about it, being not much more than a box with a divider between the hatch and the 30
The canoe on the roof racks is used as extra storage space
sleeping area. During the restoration, they added the kitchen and put in a sink, stove and recycled vintage cabinetry. They also added an electric heater in the sleeping area to keep it nice and cozy on those cooler fall evenings. The mattress is a four-inch thick memory foam mattress that the Dietrichs say is “surprisingly comfortable”. “The wheel bearings on the teardrop were an early ball bearing style from the front of a 1930s vintage Chevrolet truck, so we upgraded to roller bearings sold by The Filling Station in Lebanon Oregon. We then wired the teardrop for 110-volt and installed the little propane tank for the stove. We’ve found that we can go for several weeks before needing a reﬁll. While we were preparing for our trip, I realized that we would be a bit short on storage space, so the little canoe-style storage box was built to sit on the roof
rack that was already on the trailer when we purchased it. The canoe has a locking cover and is easily accessible by standing on the fender”. Since the tow vehicle is running two 455 Old’s engines and is not exactly the most economical vehicle on the road, a gas can was mounted on the side of the trailer. They then had to fabricate a front mount for the spare tire as the gas can took the place where the spare had been. The tail light mounts were then welded on and new lights and wiring was installed along with battery powered LED lights, curtains, and a clothes rack in the sleeping area. Tom and Sarah chose to stay with the original Naples yellow and cream paint interior color scheme, using it as the basis for the 50s color scheme throughout. On the outside they modiﬁed the color of the original green body only slightly to match their ‘39 Chevy. vintagetrailermagazine
In Death Valley, Nevada
“This work was done in about six weeks, after work and on the weekends, while getting the twin engine truck ready at the same time!” laughs Tom. “It was a lot of work, but it was a lot of fun too. There is something therapeutic about restoring and creating things with your own hands and reaping the beneﬁts. An added beneﬁt of doing your own restoration work is if something goes awry on the road, you know how to ﬁx it because you have had your hands on every part”.
There is something therapeutic about restoring and creating things with your own hands and reaping the benefits. After a quick local maiden run, their ﬁrst real trip with the trailer was a 3,200 mile road trip from Oregon circling Harrah’s at Reno, Vegas, Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon, and back home up the California coast via Hurst Castle and the Giant Redwood forest scenic routes, hitting as much of historic Route 66 as they could. “Our little teardrop has been to the Grand Canyon Caverns, Hackberry’s General Store, the Kozy County Trailer Park, the station at Cool Springs, Oatman, Roy’s diner, and of course, the Wigwam Hotel in southern California. We ended the Route 66 portion of our trip via the L.A. Tar Pits and a photo op at the end of the trail on Santa Monica Pier. During that trip we also went to the Hurst Castle and drove through the Redwoods. The teardrop performed ﬂawlessly and was a breeze to tow and park”. Tom and Sarah say that the responses they got out on the road were “amazing”. “We traveled with my mother, Mary Corrington, in her classic 1949 Chevy pick-up restoration, and my uncle, Ray Perry and his wife Carol, in their classic 1952 Chevy business coupe restoration who were also pulling their own teardrops. It was like being famous! We couldn’t make a stop anywhere, even for gas, without drawing a crowd of people 32
asking questions and wanting to take pictures!” Tom recalls, although not everyone’s response to the sight of the rustic old trailer was as enthusiastic. Tom recalls a funny story that occurred during the trip to Route 66. Apparently they had made reservations at a high end RV campground in Vegas because it looked to be very secure and had nice showers and laundry facilities. “The grounds were very well groomed and the majority of the vehicles in the park were large and obviously expensive motor homes”, Tom says. “We had just settled in, when the gentleman in charge of the campground came zipping up in a golf cart, jumped out while pointing his ﬁnger at our little
teardrop, and demanded to know what that ‘Barbecue’ was doing in his park. He loudly informed us that the space was for RV’s only. I was getting a bit annoyed when my uncle brushed by me, took the gentleman by the arm and explained that the ‘Barbecue’ was actually a trailer that was very old and rare. He quietly explained, while keeping a straight face,
During the 2014 family road trip they visited the Grand Canyon
that the appraised value of the truck and trailer was probably well North of the value of many of the fancy motor homes in the park and that perhaps he may want to reconsider before throwing us out. The fellow bought it and began to back peddle, apologized, and then wishing us a pleasant stay, jumped in his golf cart and sped away. So of course we had to endure the “Barbecue” jokes from the group for a while, but it was all in good fun. The laughs and camaraderie are the stuﬀ that makes these trips so worthwhile!”
Practically speaking, the best thing about it is that it’s just so small and easy to use. We can go anywhere with it.
Since then they have taken the teardrop on another big one thousand mile road trip to California and back been on a few
overnight summer camping trips to places along the Oregon Coast and taken the trailer to events such as and the annual
At the Hoover Dam
Steam-up at the Antique Powerland in Brooks, Oregon. Tom says that many fellow teardrop enthusiasts have told them that they love and appreciate the vintage nature of their trailer, and Tom and Sarah do too. “Of course we love its vintage quality and looks too, but practically speaking, the best thing about it is that it’s just so small and easy to use. We can go anywhere with it”.
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Owned by three generations of the same family, this 1972 Airstream Argosy has been rescued from a tornado strike and given a new lease on life and a bright red paint job that would give Dorothy’s slippers a run for their money. WORDS LISA MORA
PHOTOS STAN & LORENDA SPAIN
After the tornado hit
met Stan and Lorenda Spain whilst camping at the Enchanted Trails RV Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in October. Hailing from Dumas, Texas, north of Amarillo, they had also come to check out the hot air balloons. I took a photo of their shiny, ruby red Airstream because I had never seen one in that color before
and I thought it looked really cool. I was delighted to be able to then meet its owners to ﬁnd out more about their trailer. After kindly oﬀering their number should I ever need any assistance out on the road in the Amarillo area, Lorenda then ﬁlled me in on their trailer’s history. The “Jellybean” a 1972 twenty-two feet Airstream Argosy that had belonged to Lorenda’s grandparents who had loved her, but the last time the trailer had been used was back in 1995.
Later, when her grandparents passed away, ownership of the trailer passed on to Lorendaâ€™s mother. The trailer had fortunately been relatively protected from the elements most of the time until April 21, 2007, while it was actually sitting outside; it was hit by a tornado. â€œThe window over the kitchen sink was broken, as was the rear window and there was extensive body damage to the front of the trailer and the paint took a big hit from all the debris being thrown around.
That was when we asked my mother if we could buy her. We were told: â€˜No, but you can HAVE her!
Bringing her home
“That was when we asked my mother if we could buy her. We were told: ‘No, but you can HAVE her!’ and so our journey began!” Lorenda remembers. “We put some tires on her that we knew would get her home and then towed her about one hundred and sixty miles back to our house.
When we got her everything still worked. We did however discover a leak in the water lines and a crack in the black tank. The ﬁrst thing we repaired were the broken windows, then we took her in to have the water leak and black tank repaired. They also made sure everything was in safe working order and updated the gas lines and the propane tanks”. vintagetrailermagazine
They only went camping with the Argosy once during the next year before taking it in to a body shop to have the tornado dents repaired and a brand new red paint job in April 2015; a process that the Spains say took about four months. Whilst that was going on, Lorenda had all of the cushions recovered in red, even though they were still in great condition for their age. She also pulled up the old carpet, pleased to ﬁnd that the original ﬂoor was also still in good shape, before installing new green carpet squares over the top in keeping with the trailer’s 1970s origins. “After enjoying her for a while, we decided it would work better for us if we took out the front gaucho and build in a dinette. So that’s what we did and we like it so much better!” Lorenda tells me. “We just love our ‘Jelly Bean’ and enjoy the nice comments she receives”.
Pretty as a Picture The Art of Linda Stratton
inda started painting several years ago and has studied with skilled artists locally and at the Scottsdale Artist School in Arizona. Traveling to southern France to paint and attending many art workshops all over the United States has given Linda the experience to develop her own unique and charming style. SheÂ soon found that she was drawn to paint in a whimsical style with a happy kaleidoscope of colors. Linda Stratton creates and lives in Gardnerville, Nevada with her husband Dan where they recently celebrated theirÂ fortieth wedding anniversary. They vintagetrailermagazine
have three grown and married children and seven darling grandchildren with whom they love to hang out. Time spent in their RVs has given them some fun quality family time that’s brought them all back to basics. They also really enjoy going RVing with good friends. Linda tells us that she has always loved vintage cars and just recently discovered how much she enjoys painting the quirky, festive trailers of yesteryear. When out and about, Linda loves taking photos of vintage cars, trailers, bikes and even old tractors. “The ﬁrst few trailers I painted were to represent my children’s trailers (which were not vintage) but somehow they turned out to be a bit more of a lighthearted version of themselves”, she says. Linda remembers that not long after that she started to notice more and more of these charming older trailers everywhere out on the road, at parks and in parking lots. She says she was instantly smitten:
I just love all the various shapes, sizes, colors and creative fun the owners put into their home-on-wheels. “I just love all the various shapes, sizes, colors and creative fun the owners put into their home-on-wheels. Each one of them is as unique and personal as its owner. The creative style that comes from these enthusiastic ‘trailer designers’ are as individual as each of them. You can’t help but smile when these delightfully nostalgic RVs travel by you! I found I was having as much fun painting them as I was checking them out. I paint them on small canvases so they may be hung in the trailers. I have friends ask if I’d vintagetrailermagazine
paint their trailers but in a more ‘wackedout’ fashion!” What could be more fun than having an original art piece in your home-away-from-home?” Some of Linda’s artwork hangs at Joyce’s Fine Jewelry & Gift Shop in Gardnerville, just a short distance from beautiful Lake Tahoe. Linda tells us that when she paints the vintage trailers, they always seem to get grabbed up quickly. She feels most people can relate to these cheerful camp trailers from the simpler and happy times of their youth. Linda not only sells her original oil paintings, but also giclees and prints; notecards, notebooks and calendars; and large tote bags with images from her paintings. Linda can be reached by email at: LSBaskets@msn.com for anyone who would like to commission a piece for themselves or as a gift for those travel enthusiasts in their lives, or to buy a copy of her 2018 calendar. (Ed’s note: a giclee is a special type of print reproduction method from what I gather. I hadn’t heard of this word before, and spell check didn’t seem to know it either, so I Iooked it up. So now we all know a new word today. Yay!) 44
You can’t help but smile when these delightfully nostalgic RVs travel by you!
! p i r T Road EVENTS GUIDE Places to visit, things to see and do. Road Trip! is the vintage caravanner’s guide to what’s on in events, festivals, custom and classic car shows in the coming months. APRIL 19 – 22
VIVA LAS VEGAS ROCKABILLY WEEKEND The Orleans Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada Featuring some of the world’s best Rockabilly bands and performers, burlesque shows, huge vintage traders area, the legendary Tiki pool party and a car show with unique classics, kustoms, hot rods, rat rods & vintage trailers on display, Viva Las Vegas is the world’s premier rockabilly event. Early bird tickets now available: High Roller: Full 4 day pass includes all events incl. headliners $140 if bought before March 22nd. Classic: Car Show only Thurs, Fri & Sat $50 if bought before April 18th. Hot Rodder: Saturday Car Show only incl. Car Show headliners $35 if bought before April 21st. To purchase tickets go to: www.vivalasvegas.net
MAY 18 – 20
PISMO BEACH VINTAGE TRAILER RALLY Pismo Coast Village RV Resort, 165 South Dolliver St, Pismo Beach, CA Selling out well in advance, this event is one of the biggest in the country! To register your interest for next year’s event email mike@ meltrailer.com. In the meantime come along to the Open House Day on Saturday May 19th between 10am and 3pm. Come and check out the 350 gorgeous vintage trailers on display. www.pismocoastvillage.com
MAY 31 – JUNE 3:
JUNE BLOOM AT ROSLAND PARK Rosland Park Campground, 16525 Burgess Rd, La Pine, Oregon 97739 This park is a forty-two acre park located a little over one mile oﬀ of Hwy 97 on Burgess Road-west. Space is very limited, we are doubling up because the spaces are huge! It is dry camping. Water is available but not right at the sites, there are bathrooms. This park is right on the Little Deschutes river with great access. We have use of the pavilion. This is a fee free event to vintage trailers. Open house will be Saturday from 10am to 3pm. Music will be provided on Saturday at the pot luck dinner. To reserve a space contact Randy or Sue Rhoades at: firstname.lastname@example.org
AUGUST 7 – 12, 2018
HOT AUGUST NIGHTS Washoe County Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno, NV. 1976 and older vintage trailers of all shapes and sizes are again invited to camp at Washoe County’s Rancho San Rafael Regional Park for the 2nd Hot August Nights Vintage Trailer Revival, held from Tuesday August 7th to Sunday August 12th. Trailers can also take part in a Show-n-Shine and parades. To book go to: hotaugustnights.net/vintage-trailer-revival
SEPTEMBER 4 – 10, 2018
18TH ANNUAL MT BAKER VINTAGE TRAILER RALLY The Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center, 1775 Front St , Lynden, WA 98264 18th Annual Vintage Trailer Rally held every year the weekend after Labor Day at the NW Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, WA. This is ﬁeld camping with no assigned spots. You pay and register upon arrival (cash, check or credit card).Showers, restrooms and RV dump station are on site. Power and water is abundant and available for most everyone with extension cords and water splitters. Cost is: $25 per night and one time rally fee of $15 (+ 3% for credit card payments). All are welcome to attend. Those trailers that aren’t vintage or ‘in the spirit of vintage’ will just be asked to park in a designated section along the perimeter. Join the Facebook group: www.facebook. com/groups/650646165103381/
OCTOBER 11 – 18, 2018
2ND ANNUAL MONSTER MASH VINTAGE TRAILER RALLY Cottonwoods RV Park & Campground, 4170 N. Oakland Gravel Rd, Columbia, MO 65202 $30 per night all activities included. Oktoberfest food & beer. Fun monsterthemed activities. Vintage trailer Open House and more… To reserve your spot email: email@example.com or phone: 888-303-3313 or (573) 474-2747
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Winter 2018 Featuring Terry Cordero's 1972 Bell "Bella" on the cover and inside plus more vintage trailer restoration features on a 1972 Air...
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Winter 2018 Featuring Terry Cordero's 1972 Bell "Bella" on the cover and inside plus more vintage trailer restoration features on a 1972 Air...