AIRSTREAM DREAMS AND CAMPER WISHES
Caravaning started as a means for artists or laborers to live while traveling for work. Imagine the wacky and wild life of circus performers on the road. The “gypsy life” has an incredible allure that allows every new day to be unique. It’s no wonder that as Recreational Vehicles became perfected as mini-homes, nomadic camper life evolved from work to pleasure for many.
The oldest R.V. ever created is The Airstream Trailer. It’s founder, Wally Byam, was an avid camper who created his own trailer by attaching a platform to the back of his car then erecting a tent on it once at his destination. The tent was outfitted with conveniences such as an ice cooler and kerosene stove. Eventually he designed an aerodynamic “tear-drop-shaped” shelter and permanently attached it to the platform. He sold a “built it yourself guide” to like-minded individuals interested in a trailer of their own for one dollar each. The fascinating history of The Airstream can be found on their website HERE.
Naturally I was fascinated when I learned that popular Palm Springs real estate agent, Matthew Reader, had decided to buy and live in to an Airstream. I love that he bought the trailer on Ebay while watching a band play at Coachella earlier this year! The 1988 Airstream Excella 1000 was delivered from Montana to the Happy Traveler R.V. Park by the owner. Nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, the park offers epic views…prime real estate indeed!
In nice shape but in need of a major renovation, Matthew painstakingly toiled on the trailer decorating it with flare and a very retro sensibility. Along with fully painting the interior, he decked out the R.V. with vintage furnishings & accessories, added new upholstery, flooring, appliances, cabinet doors and counter-tops, plumbing, lighting and even landscaping! Matthew offers “fun facts” about the trailer, “It’s 32’ long, and almost 8’ wide. That’s about 250 square feet. It weighs 8200 pounds with nothing in it. My station wagon won’t tow it.”
Matthew grew up trailer camping with his family in the 70’s. Though they did not have an Airstream he always wished they did. It’s nice to know some dreams do come true! Of his new home, Matthew says he feels like he’s on vacation every morning waking up in a trailer. How lovely is that? He intends “to travel with this as well as live in it. Wally Byam used to organize caravan groups where travelers would take their Airstreams to tour Africa and Europe. I’d love to ship mine overseas sometime and tour”.
Bon voyage Happy Traveler…Bon voyage!
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