Doesn’t Hurt to Look: Vintage Trailer Show


I was so bummed that I had to miss the Vintage Trailer Show during Modernism Week in Palm Springs last year. But this year, as the proud owner of my own humble piece of “vintage” trailerdom (a 1988 Perris Pacer), I was determined to get out there and check out these shiny creatures.



I was too busy checking out all the renovated interiors to collect all the names and years. But I wanted to give you a taste of the show. There were mostly Airstreams and canned hams (sadly, no “eggs” or teardrops), and the majority had been re-done by professionals, as opposed to their owners.



 Can you see yourself behind the wheel of this one?



The interior woodwork of the Airstreams and other trailers was as detailed as most boat cabins

and rustic as little cabins in the woods.



They had a contest where attendees could vote for their favorite. I will try to track down which one won. I forgot to vote, but I fell hard for this 1962 Holiday House Model 18, mainly because of that front window. (Update from the show sponsors: This Holiday House won the “Best in Modernism” award; and the super shiny Airstream pulled by the orange Bel Air tv won the “People’s Choice” award.)



It was challenging to shoot these trailers, mainly because during peak afternoon hours they reflected glints of sunlight all over the place, or caught your own reflection.  See me?



Most of the owners had these trailers decked out in period regalia.

Many had cigarette butts in the mod ashtrays, and lots of boozy vignettes, to seal their authenticity.



Don’t you want to play house?



How many times can you say, “How cute?”



The people who are drawn to these old glories also don’t disappoint. Similar crowd to the folks at the flea markets.



Many of the trailer owners were from Oregon, where some of these are manufactured. I’m so grateful they made the trip down here to share their land yachts.

 All the old linoleum floors were gorgeous.




The leisurely spirit of camping was contagious.


There’s something so attractive about making small places functional, comfortable and visually appealing.



There I am again. Can you see me making the peace sign?



I now know what rivets are.



Who needs a house?



This beast was owned by a guy

who rents out his amazing vintage trailers

 for professional promo shoots and Hollywood-type events.



Check out the styling.



 I couldn’t resist the sepia treatment.



This was one of the more modestly sized trailers, kind of like a Quonset hut on wheels…


 but exquisite inside.






This is a new Airstream. I believe it’s their smallest model, known as Bambi. These start at about 20K and UP.



Like this woman and her canned ham trailer, I think the value is in the miles.



 So have you caught the trailer bug?

My case is incurable.


Click HERE to read about our egg trailer, called a Perris Pacer.

For more photos from a professional photographer, click HERE.

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