We first learned about Palm Spring’s Vintage Trailer Show while watching Flippin’ RVs on television last spring. So as we purchased tickets for various Modernism festivities this winter, we were certain to purchase a one day pass to the Vintage Trailer Show.
Our Favorite Vintage Trailer
Our favorite vintage trailer, a 1961 Holiday House, is pictured above. The windows along the front of the trailer reminded us of an old diner, or perhaps a place one would order an ice cream cone. But it was the loving and creative way the owner, a woman, had finished the interior that caused us to vote for it as best in show. Purchased on eBay and rescued from a field in Thermo, CA; what was once rusting and bruised now shines inside and out. 200 of these units were manufactured in 1960 and 1961 and production ended in 1962 due to a factory fire. Thank goodness she had the forethought to bring this one back to life.
Vintage Trailer Professionals
There were several companies like the TV folks from Flyt Camp on hand. Their business is to purchase, restore, modernize and resell vintage trailers. One of the most unusual is the rear entry trailer shown below. The interior reminded me of an old train car:
Vintage Trailer Enthusiasts
While we enjoyed looking at all the 70+ trailers on hand, we must enjoyed talking to the folks that gave new life to old, rusty campers for their own personal use. Some admitted to owning more than one. Others had painted their antique cars to compliment the trailer’s paint job and design. One rather eccentric couple claimed to have been transformed after a trip on the Orient Express. They came home and transformed their vintage trailer to mimic the luxurious opulence they found on the OE. One wasn’t sure if their’s was the first ever Class C, but enjoyed camping in it about 3 or 4 months every year just the same.
Many seem to move from one vintage trailer show to another, creating a circuit for all to enjoy. These are not museum pieces, but rather well used campers, lovingly maintained. If you have a chance visit a vintage trailer show in your area or plan to attend next February in Palm Springs. You are certain to come away from the event with a smile and heart-felt appreciation for the men and women that restore these old rust buckets.