Modernism Week Vintage Trailer Show

February 23, 2019

Well, it’s about time that I updated this blog. The highlight of our time in Palm Springs was the Vintage Trailer Show.

1969 UltraVan “The Whale”
It was a dream-come-true to finally see one of these in real life. Oh, it’s so adorable!

1963 Kenskill
This trailer is in original condition. No restoration was performed.

1960 Shasta
This trailer is also original, except for the curtains

This Airstream is exquisitely decorated in a Southwest theme. It reminds me of my parents’ Trillium trailer, which has a stagecoach theme.

Caveman Camper
I had never heard of this before. The windows are fabulous and provide lots of natural light.

Holiday House
Yes, the Holiday House is being manufactured again, but it is nothing like the original. This one has won several vintage trailer awards.

1951 Roadmaster

1967 Airstream Safari

Aero Flite
This is a show-stopper. I still can’t get over the beauty.

1964 Streamline Travel Car
This is pretty fabulous. Check out the back patio. However, it needs a restoration.

Aloha
I love the Franciscan Pottery “Starburst” pattern on the outside and inside.

1959 Traveleze

Spartan (Royal Manor? Executive Villa?) Mobile Home
This trailer is H U G E. It must have been parked first and all the rest filled in around it.  What an stunning specimen! I’d sell my Airstream in a heartbeat to have this. Yes I would!

Canned Ham
I have no idea what make and model this is (Shasta?), but it is so lovely. Look at that Orla Kiely wallpaper. Doesn’t it make you happy?

1954 Airstream Flying Cloud

1950 Westcraft Coronado
Another astounding restoration

1962 Trailorboat
This is a unique RV — it’s a boat and a teardrop trailer. The boat gets flipped upside down on the roof of the teardrop for transport. Years ago, one of these showed up at our Prairie Egg Gathering (bolerama), a rally for fiberglass trailers.

If you like the Trailorboat concept, Happier Camper brought their new prototype. Happier Camper makes unique fiberglass trailers based on the original bolers, but with modular furnishings and clever designs. Here is the prototype of their American Dream:

Happier Camper
Although these are not vintage, they deserve a spot at the Vintage Trailer Show. This company started as a restoration company for bolers, Trilliums, and other fiberglass trailers. This blossomed into manufacturing their own little eggs. Who wouldn’t be a happier camper in one of these?

They also brought 2 prototypes of their new longer model:

Believe it or not, this is just a tiny sampling of the trailers on display. Thank you to all the owners who opened their doors to let the hoards of people peek inside.

4 thoughts on “Modernism Week Vintage Trailer Show

    • I tried my best to wait until people had cleared from my frame, but that was almost impossible with the crowds. These trailers were well-trafficked. I hope all the visitors were gentle. Only one trailer was off-limits for safety reasons. It was the oldest one and the floor was not sturdy enough.

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