13 October 2011

Glamping–Trailer Style

 

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I still love getting in a car and taking off on a long drive.   Ben and I never fly to South Padre Island, we always opt for the six hour drive that takes us through the famous King Ranch and the rich, fertile valleys of South Texas.   I think my love of car trips  goes back to my childhood when each summer my dad would fix up the way-back of the station wagon with mats for us to sleep on and my mother would buy some new puzzles and toys for our amusement.  Then, we would drive out for an extended vacation.  In Texas, it can take easily take two days just to reach the border, so driving to another state can be a trip itself.   My family drove all over the United States, even up to Canada one summer when we went to the Worlds Fair in Seattle.   We used to visit all the Worlds Fairs.   We never camped out though –instead, we always stayed in motels along the way, as long as there was a swimming pool.

 

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I’ve always had a romantic vision of camping in a trailer, driving to some beautiful spot next to a mountain or a lake, stopping wherever the scenery calls out to you.     Lately, it seems a lot of people share this vision, except they are actually doing it, not dreaming about it.  But camping today is not like camping when we were growing up.  It’s now called, Glamping - camping with all the luxuries of high thread sheets and plush towels, Ipods, Ipads, and flat screen TVs.  Glamping sites are popping up all over the United States and the craze is popular in Europe and Africa too.  There are two kinds of Glamping.  You can stay at a camp site that provides romantic tents ala Out of Africa.  Or you can provide your own shelter – a trailer.   Glamping at a tent camp doesn’t give you the freedom to pick up and move to another site, something that a trailer does.  

The trailers themselves are divided into two categories – vintage and new.   You can buy the most luxurious brand new motor home, big enough to live in it permanently.  Or you get a smaller, vintage trailer from the 50s and 60s  - and restore it.   Restoring vintage silver Airstreams and Shasta trailers is all the rage right now.   Woman especially are attracted to vintage trailers which you can get for a song and then restore it yourself.   Scores of blogs unite this group of women who proudly name their trailer and decorate it for the seasons:  “Christmas in the Turquoise Tessie”  ‘The Fourth of July in the Cherry Jean’s Shasta.”     Many of these women belong to Glamping Clubs where they get together and show off their restored trailers at state parks.    Perhaps the biggest of the Glamping groups is called “”Sisters on the Fly” – a group that caravans together and then fly fish, ride horses and sit around the camp fire in their cowboy boots.   Of course, with most Glamping groups, there’s one day set aside when the doors of all the trailers are opened for touring.    

 

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  Sisters on the Fly in caravan.  It looks like they have so much fun!  HERE

 

To be sure, you don’t have to join a group to Glamp.  You can do it quietly, with just yourself and your family.  Something tells me that if Ben and I ever did buy a vintage trailer, we would be on our own, as opposed to joining a club.   But, we probably would be missing out, it does look like there’s a lot of fun to be had on the back roads of the U.S. these days.

 

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Hmm, exactly WHAT kind of fun was going on in those hotels on wheels?

 

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Wow.  There must really been something behind the saying ‘Trailer Trash!”

 

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What a great way to escape from the city – in a vintage shiny silver Airstream.

 

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Now, this is the way to go – with a gorgeous vintage car pulling a shiny vintage Airstream.   

 

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This is what I get to pull a vintage trailer – a restored Jeep Wagoneer.  

 

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  As a country, we’ve had a long fascination with trailers.  Even Hollywood joined in – this 1953 movie, The Long, Long Trailer starred Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

 

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But, this 1985 movie, Lost in America is one of the funniest movies about trailers – the plot revolves around dropping out of society and living in a trailer – with a nice sized “nest egg” that is promptly lost.

 

If you’ve never seen Lost in America – rent it today!   If you’ve seen it – watch this You-Tube video for some great memories.

 

 

 

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Ralph Lauren even jumped on the Airstream craze.  He redecorated 4 vintage trailers to sell in a charity auction.  This Bambi Airstream had a classic red, white and blue theme.

 

 

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This Ralph Lauren Airstream was decorated in a western theme.   Over the years, these four trailers have sometimes come up on the resale market.

 

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The inside of the Western themed Ralph Lauren Airstream.    Of course, it was totally gutted and completely rebuilt.

 

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This smaller Airstream is actually located on Ralph Lauren’s Double L ranch in Telluride, Colorado.   I love the way the tree limb holds up the awning. 

 

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A  glimpse inside Ralph Lauren’s trailer with its authentic rough wood floor.

 

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Matthew McConaughey made a big splash when he showed his Airstream in Architectural Digest.   He actually lived in his trailer for years.   It is parked in Malibu, right on the beach at the Malibu RV park.  Yes, Malibu does have a trailer park!  

“I’ve always loved driving.  Driving is, number one, where I get some time with myself. Number two, it’s the main place I catch up on music. And number three, it’s the best way to see the country.”

McConaughey’s trailer, named Canoe, is new, a 2004 Airstream that he completely customized.   He added a satellite  dish, a BBQ pit,  and a custom built banquette to fit his lanky physique. 

 

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Matthew’s Airstream, complete with a surfboard and U.S. flag.

 

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Orchids and Malibu – this is a trailer?   

 

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The kitchen is fully stocked.

 

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A sitting/sleeping area at the front of the trailer.

 

 

 

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His bedroom – he calls it the Honeycomb.

 

 

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Dusk at Malibu – with the satellite dish visible.

 

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Yes, there really is an RV park in Malibu. 

 

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The Malibu park takes reservations for the night, week, or longer.   If I had a trailer – I would be staying right here.

 

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This trailer park provides the Airstreams – you don’t have to bring your own.  But,  you miss all the fun of driving out to your final destination.

 

 

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A newly issued Airstream.  Some people prefer to buy vintage Airstream and renovate them, but others like the mod cons that come with the brand new models. 

 

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Inside the new Airstream.  Very streamlined, an almost contemporary interior.

 

 

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Vintage trailers have an appeal that the new ones lack.   This is an early woodie trailer.   Precious!

 

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The vintage trailers come in bright and pastel colors. 

 

 

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A great vintage trailer blog is Nancy’s  Vintage Trailers.   To read all about her red and white shasta and other trailers for sell, go HERE.  

 

 

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If you own a vintage trailer, you have to get a striped awning to go with it. 

 

 

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This red vintage Shasta is a popular model.    Everything should be color coordinated when restoring a vintage trailer.

 

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Here the old station wagon matches the trailer with its yellow and white striped awning.   Stylizing the camp site is very important when Glamping.

 

 

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This red and white Shasta has 50s style stools.   A great web site to visit is Vintage Trailer Crazy HERE.

 

 

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Black and white and pastel blue.   The awnings really “make” the vintage trailers.  Cute vintage trailer blog  HERE

 

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This one is black and white and yellow.

 

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This trailer is really coordinated – blue and white stripes on the awning and the chairs.  They have a blue picnic table and a blue bicycle built for two.

 

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Cute campsite with a coir rug and vintage chairs. 

 

 

 

 

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This camp site is really decorated, it even has a fountain!  The Hawaiian theme is a popular one for the vintage Airstreams.  Love the huge bottle of tequila.

 

 

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Some people like to keep the vintage interiors as-is.   This pink 1959 trailer had minimal restoration work done.   Pink is another popular color, as is turquoise blue.

 

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Turquoise décor in a restored trailer that kept all the original elements.  Many of the vintage trailers have a 50s vibe.  Visit this Amy’s Vintage Trailers for more restored vintage trailers HERE.

 

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Cowgirls is big theme in retro trailers.   It’s popular to dress in cowboy boots and huge petticoat skirts while Glamping, southern style.

 

 

 

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Western themed trailers are popular.  Love the turquoise refrigerator and black and white checked floors.

 

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Looking the opposite way at the western themed trailer.  Got to have that flatscreen even though it’s done in an authentic 1950s décor.

 

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The vintage trailers almost always have wood walls.   Purists wont’ paint them, but I probably would!  Here, pink and white with black and white floors.    Even the toilet is pink!

 

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Another western themed vintage trailer.  Bring on the 50s!!!

 

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And the bedroom – all done in western kitsch.

 

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This trailer is western, without the 50s kitsch.   It has terracotta floors.

 

 

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Zen style Airstream – reminds me of the Hotel San Jose in Austin HERE.

 

 

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This 1959 pink and white trailer was completely restored and it’s totally adorable.  

 

 

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Her name is Audree.   Naming your vintage trailer is a must.

 

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Audree is all white, turquoise, blue, and pink.   Many vintage trailers are restored by women and their interiors reflect this. 

 

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Audree’s dining room with its turquoise and white striped curtains.  Read the story about this renovation HERE.

 

 

 

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Shabby Chic is another popular look in retro trailers.  This trailer went all white.   Love their camp site with the white table, plates, and lantern.

 

 

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Inside, everything has been painted white – it’s hard to tell it’s a vintage trailer - just darling!

 

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The bedroom has a cute black and white bedspread.  Cute lamps and headboard.

 

 

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At night, a curtain with a batik print hides the bedroom from the living area.  I really like the décor of this trailer and it would be close to what I would do with mine.  Read about it HERE.

 

 

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This darling Shabby Chic styled trailer is based in Europe.  You should read everywhere she has traveled.  I think this one is really cute too.  I like them when they are painted all white.  Read all about this one HERE.  

 

 

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This is Nora Pearl, a 1972 Timberline trailer that’s been completely restored in a Shabby Chic style.  Her color is turquoise with hints of pink.

 

 

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Nora Pearl’s owner writes a great vintage trailer blog HERE

 

 

 

 

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Not all trailers are kitsch.   This one designed by a man is very contemporary.

 

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This is his bathroom.  Incredible for a trailer.

 

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Another view of the bathroom.  Love the shower.

 

 

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New Airstreams look like this.  They come in different colors and styles, but the new ones don’t have the charm of the renovated ones.

 

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But, you do have all the mod cons, plus they are clean and fresh.

 

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Ben would probably love the new ones, while I think I might like an older trailer.   I think most couples would be the same – the man would want a new trailer and the woman would like a romantic vintage one.

 

 

 

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This new one is nice with the dark cabinetry and striped seats – I live this version.

 

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The bedroom, again with the dark cabinetry.

 

 

 

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From the outside, this trailer looks like it will be vintage inside.

 

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But inside, it is totally contemporary – and fun.

 

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Looking from the bedroom out.

 

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I love these smaller, silver Airstreams.     This one is so pretty with a cute stripe canopy, with a matching red rimmed wheel.

 

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The Bambi Airstreams are adorable.   Love this!

 

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A new Airstream that looks like a Bambi.

 

 

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Sunset magazine writes about trailers and parks.   The articles are online and are a good reference.  HERE

 

 

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If you are in Cape Town, South Africa, visit Grand Daddy’s hotel.  On the roof, there are a group of airstreams that you can rent, instead of an inside hotel room.  For information on the hotel, go HERE.  

 

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A look at the top of Grand Daddy’s hotel – the Airstream park.   Each trailer was decorated by a different artists and they are highly unique.

 

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One of the trailers is pink, everywhere.   The pink living room.

 

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The pink bedroom.

 

 

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This trailer is powder blue and white polka dots.

 

 

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The polka dot bedroom.

 

 

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This one is green and red – love the painted floor, ala Mary McDonald.

 

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The kitchen and bedroom.  What a cute idea for a hotel  - your choice of a room or an Airstream.  Which would you pick??

 

 

 

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Big Daddy has another property in Cape Town.   This one has houses connected to Airstreams. 

 

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The living room is in the new building and the bedroom is in the Airstream.  Each one is different, again designed by artists.

 

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One of the Big Daddy Airstream bedroom and bathroom.  I love this one!!!

 

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A lot of businesses restore Airstream.  In Austin, Texas, there are several of these.   Here is the Cornucopia in Austin.

 

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Again in Austin, cupcakes in an Airstream.  Must be good, look at that line.

 

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The store Adelante in Austin has an Airstream named Curb Service that is a traveling store.  HERE.

 

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Inside the Adelante Curb Service Airstream – seagrass and wallpaper.  Too cute!

 

 

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Another business in an Airstream:   Paris Montana from Arizona shown parked at Round Top.  HERE.

 

 

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“Constance” is rented out for advertising shoots in England. 

 

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Bliss Lounge travels to Round Top and back, several times a year.  HERE.

 

 

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The famous Magnolia Pearl with their painted Airstream and vintage car that pulls it.   They sell their clothes out of the Airstream at places like Round Top.

 

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The inside of the Magnolia Pearl Airstream.

 

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It even has this vintage bathtub!   HERE.

 

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This bright yellow trailer is totally color coordinated with its matching truck.

 

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Inside the yellow Boler, it looks like a 50s diner. 

 

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The owners of the Boler must really love yellow!

 

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This trailer and Mini are darling pink.  I love the matching cars and trailers.

 

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Matching 1960 Pontiac station wagon with Tee Pee trailer – in bright turquoise. 

 

 

 

 

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Perfect trailer for UT fans - burnt orange and white .

 

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Gorgeous!!!!!!!

 

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Some people use Airstream in their gardens as extra rooms.  This landscaper uses this as an office/studio.

 

 

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Another garden Airstream.

 

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This airstream stays put and doesn’t drive out – it is used as an office.

 

 

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This Airstream is used as an extra part of a house.  It reminds me of Out of Africa.

 

 

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And looking the other way.  Dreamy.

 

 

 

 

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This beautiful trailer is from California.  The owner is an interior designer.  Look at their camp site!  Zebra rugs lanterns – mirrors.   SOOOOO cool!

 

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Their living area.   This is a really upscale Airstream.   Love the fabrics and the rug.  Beautiful.

 

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Curtains close off the bedroom.   Ebony wood in the kitchen and on the walls.  

 

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The bedroom.   Love the curtains at the back instead of a door.

 

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The kitchen has a Corian countertop – marble was too heavy for the airstream.  This looks like a house.  This is such a beautiful, beautiful trailer.  I could be very happy here!!!   It shows you – even with a brand new Airstream, it can still be sophisticated and chic – the Airstream designers should look at this for direction.   HERE.

 

 

 

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This trailer is owned by a blogger and interior designer.   Again, it’s another super chic new Airstream that shows you that Glamping can be sophisticated and trailers can be beautiful, not just kitschy.  When this blogger took a trip through the Mojave Desert and back down to Marfa, Texas, she wrote about the trip on her blog.  Her campsite is always set up with two pink flamencos and beautiful trendy green directors chairs.  The rug is a checkered racing mat.   Finally, a white cloth covers the table.   Beautiful!

 

 

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Another view of their campsite – love the quilted material on the chairs. 

 

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They pack dirt bikes to go exploring around the camp site.  This is what I call Glamping!!

 

 

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A collage of pictures of their trailer.

 

 

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Inside the trailer has black walls and stainless appliances.   Orchids and new pillows make it custom. 

 

 

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Another look at their trailer.  The green color really pops against the black. 

 

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While driving to Marfa, they stopped at this art exhibit – A faux Prada store, stocked with just one of each shoe – not two.   Isn’t this a great picture?  It really shows the vastness of Texas, with the mountains in the background on the right.

Here’s what Judith has to say about Glamping:     ‘It's great being in such a vast expanse of wilderness, but I wouldn't want you to be suffering from a lack of small luxuries. Your refrigerator is stocked with all your personal favorites ( fresh organic free range everything) and the flat screen TV / sound system are stocked with Mozart, Fred Astaire / Ginger Rogers and Abba.  In addition to the aforementioned music and movies, know that there are Pratesi sheets on your bed, dupioni silk pillows to cradle your head and a french press for your freshly ground coffee. Your shower is stocked with hand milled soap from Provence and there are a stack of crisp ironed linen napkins for your breakfast tray.’

To read more about this Airstream, go to Studio Judith HERE.  

 

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My absolute favorite trailer I found on the internet is this one from the Peacock Alley family.   Peacock Alley is based out of  Dallas, Texas and a few years ago they customized this Airstream and took it on the road to showcase their gorgeous linens.  I love Peacock Alley – they have the best of the best and this trailer is just an extension of their wonderful taste.

 

 

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Here they are all set up outside a store, somewhere in the great U.S.    The 1979 Airstream “Steel Magnolia” was completely renovated by the Peacock Alley family – and it shows.  It’s adorable.

 

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Gosh.  I love this.  I would do an Airstream just like this – seagrass and white linens and bamboo blinds.  I absolutely love this!!!!

 

 

 

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All the fabrics are Peacock Alley.

 

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Here’s a change of pillows – blue.

 

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The kitchen.  Stainless appliances.

 

 

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The other side of the kitchen – cute fish prints.

 

 

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Cute vintage fan.  Drapes divide the living space from the bedroom.

 

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The bedroom, looking towards the living area.

 

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The bedroom with different Peacock Alley linens – ready to sell.

 

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Stocked with white towels and white sheets and white bedspreads.  This is such a cute Airstream!

 

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At night.

 

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Even the bathroom is cute.

Read all about the Peacock Alley Airstream HERE.

 

 

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Glamping in Spain. 

 

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Two books from Amazon.  This on custom interiors:  HERE.

 

 

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And this on Airstreams, in general. HERE.

 

Read more about Glamping HERE.

I hope you have enjoyed this tour of vintage and new trailers. 

Now, I have to go convince Ben that he wants one!!!!

110 comments:

  1. This was a fun post. I never knew so many different styles existed. It brought back so many memories of the style of the 1950's.

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  2. WHAT a FUN post! Loved every picture and I was designing my own imaginary Airstream as I went along, taking from so many different ones! This is the American version of French gypsy caravans that I adore and have written about on my blog. I feel like you have completed the circle with this post - THANKS, Joni for a little bit of dreaming and playfulness : )

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  3. I absolutely loved this post and can't wait to show it to my daughter who is in the initial planning stages of an across the country post graduation tour on wheels.

    I know the Paris Montanta and Bliss Lounge (Tricia) girls. Lovely ladies indeed.

    I have to add that there is no need to travel all the way to Africa for an overnight stay.

    You must take a peek at The Shady Dell in Bisbee, AZ. They have been featured in countless magazines.

    http://www.theshadydell.com/

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  4. Joni,
    What a great post!! So much work you putted in it!!
    When do you ever sleep!!
    Gorgeous, really!!
    xx
    Greet

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  5. Wow,
    Great post. I love all the pictures and links you've provided. It makes me want to buy an Airstream-now, if I can just get my husband to agree.
    Lisa
    lrfamily@verizon.net

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  6. What a fun post! I can't even imagine he work that went into creating it. My favorite was the Steel Magnolia/Peacock Alley. Have you ever seen the Airstream decorated by Mackenzie-Childs? It's to-die-for!

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  7. This is a timely post as PrettyStuff and I are hitting the road to follow the http://www.Manabago.com (1971 renovated? Winnebago) down the highway to educate some college students on how she plans to save the world...well, at least some hungry babies! I'm so excited to finally meet the folks she's working with and surely will have pics to post of this "Manabago!" Wish us luck!! They are already an hour behind due to overheating in Gastonia! Oh Lord....

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  8. Dear Joni, What a fun post and my oh my you had do do a ton of work on this one. I am an avid driver love seeing the country by car. I traveled through the old south this past may visiting the civil war battle grounds driving from Dallas to Ashville N.C. and back again over 3000 miles and loved every minute of it. The only thing that would have been better would be in one of these wonderful motor homes! Question? Which one would you choose????? I don't think I could.
    Well Done!
    Thanks Pam Kelley

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  9. Airstreams are so appealing. But I am more than happy to vicariously live the glamping life through your great post as my idea of glamping or camping is a hotel without room service!

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  10. Fascinating. I was going to skip this post but then found myself reading the whole thing and loving the pictures. Thanks for all of your hard work, Joni.

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  11. Joni, my family was also a big fan of camping and we had a trailer (no idea the make-not an airstream) and we traveled all over, hitting world's fairs and national parks. We even crossed the country, twice to visit family back east! tales of "the trailer" took me right back to those times. I still have some of the linens and special blankets that my mom made special for the trailer bunks...all in fabulous 50's green and yellow! Later on in'68 we bought a VW camper van and traveled all over Europe with my younger brother and I setting up the tent EVERY night in different campgrounds...I remember the one in Florence was high on a hill looking over the city with the Duomo...I always thank God my parents showed us so much with these trips! and Mom always made it feel like home away from home....thanks so much for bringing back those memories and showing us all those creative possibilities on decor....so fab!
    Cheers,
    Meredith

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  12. Hi Joni,
    Having grown up camping in such trailers as the Shasta, I have always loved the open road and the coziness of staying in a camper.
    High on my bucket list is an Airstream travel trailer.
    I even posted about it earlier this year. Did you see the one all done up in tartan plaid? OMG! I dream of decorating one like RL did--I even have those Indian blankets! But the Steel Magnolia is calling my name! Actually, it looks like you!
    I have a suggestion: Why don't you hook up a travel trailer and hit the road. Come to California and visit me! I'll show you a good time. ~Delores
    PS: I love this post and am saving it! You must have been collecting these images forever!

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  13. omgomgomg.I have been lusting after an airstream for years....I would do Bella Notte linens( of course), slipcover everything possible,add the sisal,grab some dogs, and go.......

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  14. Very creative post, Joni! My advice to Ben is to "Stand firm, and don't give in!" He could never keep you happy with one of these....You're just not the trailer trash type! Very clever, my dear!

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  15. Wow, what a great post - the photos are lovely. I appreciate all the work you put into that, must have taken a loooong time!

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  16. Loved all the images + reading about each one. Who Knew? Incredible you are with these post.xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  17. What fun! It looks like you kept finding cute trailer pictures and said 'just one more' - I've never seen so many! The book Classic Cottages shows some great vintage ones. If I were a gypsy this would be the way to go - but vintage or new? It would be a hard choice. Love the shabby chic look, but then I love the woody ones, too. The biggest hoot was the "Sin on Wheels". Great job!

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  18. You have done a stellar job documenting the wonderful restoration of a true American retro lifestyle.We've owned our 1962 Bambi Airstream for over 10 years. She was purchased as my husbands "retirement-project",
    word of caution......In my case Bambi has become the other women in my husbands life!

    Nothing is ever too good for her, I've seen him spend ridiculous amounts of money on her and never bat an eye, unlike the hair raising episodes of ranting when he sees my Visa bill! So, there she sits in the driveway pouting until he takes her out again and lets the public ooh and aah over her....it's enough to make one want to take an ax to her petite
    (re-built) chassy!

    I've spent many hours researching the details and have been to many shows that display some real beauties, but your post displays the finest example of what is being done to maintain these special vehicles. Well done! (But be careful what you wish for!!)

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  19. You are amazing. The Encyclopedia of Trailer Camping. You get the 5 full stars for this one. I've never seen coverage like you have done. Amazing.

    I don't intend to rain on your parade at all. But I'm in the process of building a house and bought a camp trailer to put on the property so I can be there while the construction takes place. The camper is 28 feet long which is pretty decent size-wise. But I can't wait to get out of it. First of all it stinks. Old walls, ceiling, flooring and cabinetry hold odors. It isn't really mold and mildew but it is dank. The toilet area smells like sewage because there is no way to actually clean out the holding tank. I dumped 5 gallons of clorox down the toilet - nothing. I put down a decent carpet, it is dirty immediately because there is no way to prevent tracking in dirt. The air conditioning works well but you can't hear yourself think when it's on. And in Virginia, where it is parked, the humidity is 100% all summer so the air conditioner condenses moisture which then drips inside. If you park where there is no electricity, I don't have electricity yet at my place, then you have to have a generator. More noise, serious noise and serious gas to keep the generator running. Cost of my generator $700.

    That said, convenience counts and it is convenient. Plus, with the windows open you get fresh air that seldom has that same degree of freshness-feel in a house.

    I just loved your trailer coverage, best ever. Thank you so much. You do such a great job. I started visiting your blog back when you covered Gray Gardens. You have no peer in my humble estimation. I hope you never quit. Ann

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  20. clever post. By the way, our very own Gallery Furniture is introducing Belgian styled furniture. Make it stop.

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  21. What a wonderful post!
    I'll be back to look at it again, what fun.
    Cracked up when you refered to Lost In America, I swear that movie is why we moved from Northern Califonia to New England,
    based on shrieking "We could have 28 rooms and a lighthouse for what we are paying here!"

    Love the idea of having a place to indulge all the vintage or Cowgirlieness you want!

    Going to forward the link to a girlfriend who has dreamed about having a mobile shop in an airstream.

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  22. My husband hunted a used Airstream for 2 years. He found one for sale by an 80+ man in Oklahoma who camped for many years always with an Airstream. He was selling b/c wife was too ill, he took the recliner as a keepsake. We love our Airstream, they are made with such quality. Ours is a 2001 w/hardwood floors, Corian counters, all solid wood cabinets. Nothing flimsy about them. Upholstery in it not my fave, but waiting till it wears out to customize. They are fabulous, you & Ben definitely need one. You meet the nicest people camping too!!!

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  23. Love love love this post! Love the fact that you are not afraid to side track every now and then. A post on trailers, well mostly vintage Airstreamers, who knew.....there is so much to write about them!
    It is a dream of mine to buy a large Airstream, hook it up to my vintage Lincoln Mark V, Bill Blass edition and tour Europe. I keep on dreaming.....It will have a guesthouse for 4 people....will you join me?!
    Ron (empel collections)

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  24. Joni, you are amazing! This post must have taken hours to create. What a tour! Ordering the books. My dream is own an Airstream and glamp someday! xoxo

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  25. Oh, Joni,

    I've been a fan of the airstreams since I saw the 1996 Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalog which featured the "Hers" gift of an airstream decorated by Mackenzie-Childs for $195,000. I found one link ( http://www.mrsharkey.com/busbarn/trailers/trailers.htm - which shows that airstream and some gypsy caravan wagons), but you could also google Mackenzie Childs Neiman Marcus Airstream and see more pictures.

    Love those vintage Airstreams. One of these days....

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  26. Good Gosh All Mighty! What an amazing post and a superior collection of photos. Your attention to detail can not be surpassed. Thank you for your efforts.

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  27. Joni,
    This was so much fun! My family had a camper growing up...we drove from Southern California to visit relatives in Ohio, Michigan and Oklahoma! My grandparents had a trailer and they took me to Yellowstone National Park one summer. I have such fond memories of our vacations in the camper or trailer...at the time that was glamping, compared to pitching a tent and sleeping in sleeping bags! Such a great post, thank you.
    Karen

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  28. I love the Airstream. My son had dreams for years of living in one. Now he has a wife and baby; oh well. Given my choice, I would take Ralph Lauren's. I wouldn't change a thing, but I would drive it to the Malibu RV park. Pure heaven. Thanks for such an enjoyable post.
    Best...Victoria

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  29. Fantastic post. I am tempted to write my letter of resignation and hit the road! This reminds me of a magazine piece on a huge NYC loft. They had an Airstream IN THE LOFT and used it as their bedroom.
    Joni, you might want to Glamp your way through the Olympic Peninsula...gorgeous landscape and you can visit your favorite Twilight filming locations.
    A few years ago I took my Brit husband on a road trip of the American west...6,000 miles of scenery, oddities, some sketchy motels, and great fun! Would love to do it again with a trailer.

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  30. I am definitely not an outdoor kinda girl, so I never gave trailers a second thought (or a first thought for that matter), but you sure do make it look tempting, only I would be afraid my husband would want to sell the house and live in it!! These are amazing photos of some beautiful countryside, and super cute trailers! Thanks for the really fun post today.

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  31. I have followed your blog for a long time and this is by far my favorite post that you have done-we have a teardrop camper and a vintage camper that are both stripped and ready to be put back together-now I have lots of inspiration to go by!!!!

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  32. this was a GREAT post! i am loving all the trailers and their different styles! i love driving through texas! so many different landscapes as you drive through the state!

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  33. Oh my gosh! What a unique post!
    I'm not a trailer/camping type person but the examples here are awfully cute.
    The blue and white polka dot was adorable!

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  34. I LOVE Airstreams and also did a story about chic mobile homes including Airstreams http://www.adeenidesigngroup.com/blog/2011/07/29/tres-chic-mobile-homes/ but I am really impressed about how many you were able to find Joni.

    Doesn't that roof top trailer park at Crand Daddy's Hotel look just fab?

    Cheers,


    Claudia

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  35. Joni, this was a tour-de-force post! Great images...I'm a hotel kind of girl, but even I might be tempted with some of these darling Airstreams. Thanks for the fun!! xo Lidy

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  36. I enjoyed this even though I too am a hotel & room service type of woman.

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  37. Oh my God Joni!
    How in the world did you find so many pictures about these fabulous trailers!!!! You should write a book. I think there are more pictures here than any book on the market! I am bookmarking for future reference. My mom had a trailer with all of the cool wood veneer interior which she lived in for a few years while building a house in New Mexico. I will never forget when she told me that she had called Frank Gehry way back before he was world famous to design a structure to go over the trailer to protect it from the elements and provide a covered patio outside of it so she could have guests come stay in it. I never happened, but I was just so amazed she talked to him about it.

    Great article Joni!

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  38. What a fun post! The photos brought back memories. My aunt, uncle & cousin had 2 or 3 trailers the in 1950's. Their last one, the one I remember, was relatively small and could be towed. My uncle was in the army and my aunt did not want to live in "filthy" rental housing. As I remember, it was well made with lots of real wood built ins. My aunt kept the trailer spotless. She would even clean the outside on a regular basis. Thanks Joni.

    Kate

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  39. Very interesting post. It brought back a forgotten memory of my grandparent's blue and white Shasta. I was very tiny when they had and I remember that the table was a US map.

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  40. There are some very cute interiors! I would love to travel around in one of those. Also, taking your advice and renting Lost in America.

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  41. great post! my boyfriend and I are living in a bambi airstream in durango, colorado while we are building our house. check out my post about it:
    DESIGN HOUSE LOVE

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  42. oh my goodness how fun!! have NEVER heard of glamping. hysterical


    ..but now i want one


    -- would like a new one with more modern cabinets/ etc and then would want to redo the upholstery/ seagrass/ blinds/ lighting/ etc... hee hee dave just walked in. he likes them too

    xoxo

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  43. my god, what a cool selection. You can write a book :)

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  44. I have always wanted an Airstream Camper! This post is just delightful.

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  45. NO WONDER YOU WERE UP TIL 3am!!!! One of the most fun posts I have ever seen!!!!! I have a place in my heart for these things, and they take on the owner's personality.... You provided a buffet of delicious pics that had something for everyone...Hope you get the wagoneer and the Airstream...Then I want to see pics of YOURS!!!!!Maryanne xo

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  46. This post took me back to my childhood, in Australia and the UK we call them Caravans.

    My favourites were the shabby chic and unrenovated 1950's bubblegun coloured trailers. You just can't beat the outside of a silver 1950's airstream - they're timeless and perfect looking.

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  47. Wow, thanks for such an informative post and all the fabulous photos! You were "on a roll", eh? Seriously though, this was worthy of a magazine spread!

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  48. AWESOME Post! I really enjoyed reading and looking at all the airstreams. Thank you! I never knew there were so many.....My hat is off to all those talented people who redid a vintage airstream.
    Blessings to you for finding all this info for us.

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  49. I have never in my life been camping, but I promised my husband when we got married 9 years ago that I would try it with him just once. He has decided that glamping will probably be his best shot at getting me to go again so I will be sure to send him here for fabulous ideas! This makes (even) me want to go camping-- I mean glamping. Fun post!

    -Keri

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  50. Joni I never ever pictured you as the camping type. I have never been.

    Now that I see these amazing designs and interiors and all of the technology, Wow! The Ralph Lauren , love!

    Oh, I have a Dezigner Pillows Giveaway, I hope you will join in!

    xoxo
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  51. Lovely and fun!!love all! that´s amazing!! So cool!

    :)

    Vanessa

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  52. Fun post - Neighbor of ours was president of the Airstream Club of America for a few years. I walk my dog by his house and usually there are 2-3 Airstream trailers parked...they are so fat and shiny - I am so intrigued! Love looking, but I probably would last no more than a day in one - so small! One would need to be extremely organized,too! Some are so cute - love the over the top Magnolia Pearl! Thanks, fun reading!

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  53. Joni,

    You are an amazing writer. Please submit some of your ideas to a publisher! Thanks for the great post!

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  54. Hi Joni

    My name's David Winick. I'm the author of Airstreams, Custom Interiors
    You also posted a couple pics of my work
    A friend sent a link to your blog. It's really fun! Thanks!
    Drop me a line sometime?
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    Best regards
    David

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  55. Hi, Joni! How fun is this, lots of vintage nostalgia. We didn't travel like this when I was growing up, but I know a lot of families did. My sister has a Fifth wheel & they love going camping with their friends. Definitely glamping, the only way I'll camp too. I went to Destin with them last April & we had a great time.

    Thanks for your sweet note! It has been one heck of a year, but I know that 2012 will be much better. I really am doing well and I know life will be so much better for me now!

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  56. Joni! This is one of the most fun posts you've ever done! I am now officially in love with airstreams, and I want one bad! Shame on you! LOL! No, seriously, I think they are sooooo cute. Maybe I can talk Mr. Magpie into buying one, and we can just shuttle from place to place like a couple of turtles. If we get one, you and Ben need to, too, and we can meet up at campgrounds between here and Texas. What does that leave LA... lower Alabama? ;-)

    I like the vintage ones, and I am wild about the aqua refrigerator! They are great fun, but it would be SO hard to choose a color. They are all so much fun!

    My friend Rhonda lived in Malibu in the summers, and they would stay in these trailers. She has some wonderful stuff on her blog about it. I think all the movie stars and their kids used to do this in the summers at Malibu so Matthew is just following in some other stars' footprints. Rhonda hung out with some of them. She has blog with a link on my sidebar. Her screen name is Shellbelle. She's got some very insightful posts, too, all about beaches.

    But Joni, I am going to show this post to Mr. Magpie, and see if he will bite! See what you started on here! ;-)

    XO,

    Sheila

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  57. WOW! You need to hit the road in one of these and take a holiday after this post. Amazing!
    You've actually made me want to decorate an Airstream now. It would be great fun I think.
    My husband and I are HOOOUGE fans of "Lost in America"- an absolutely hysterical film. I never pass the tables in Vegas without thinking of it (or whenever I see a school crossing guard!)

    Thanks for the fun ride!

    xx
    SP

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  58. Wow! Loved this post. So fantastic to see all the insides of all these airstreams. Thanks for putting it together. So many of them were just darling!

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  59. joni, you've outdone yourself on this one! fabulous! i just linked my readers to it. pam

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  60. Oh my goodness Joni, what a post! I've been doing research to refurb my old travel trailer but I'm going to delete my file and just refer to this amazing reference...wow. Thanks!

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  61. Love this post, thanks for sharing Joni. Glad you touched base with Lacy, we are working on finishing up a few spaces as I type this :)

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  62. What great memories. My grandparents sold all their worldly possessions in the 70's, bought an airstreamer, traveled the world for 20 years and during the winter months they rested in a little community in dade city florida called travelers rest where in order to live you had to own an airstreamer. During the summer months i was lucky enough to meet up with them at a rally where thousands of these airsteamers would get together and have lots of different things to do, like crafts, games, cooking contest, etc... My grandpa aka "grumpy" was part of the water community and would need to arrive early to set up all the water pipes and my grandma would bake pies for all the workers. Oh my gosh...thanks for the lovely memories...

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  63. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on this topic.

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  64. Wow Joni, you really found an amazing amount of images of Airstreams. Great selections. Awesome!

    I thought you may like my little story about chic mobile homes http://www.adeenidesigngroup.com/blog/2011/07/29/tres-chic-mobile-homes/ Enjoy!

    Cheers,

    Claudia

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  65. Drooool..... thanks for the post!

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  66. I loved this post! I recently realized I need to restore a small, vintage camper. ;-)

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  67. check out www.streamshinepolish.com, these guys do great restoration and polish work and they may be able to help you find an Airstream if you live in the Central Texas area

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  69. I wish they still made campers like that.

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  70. the trailer you share as a "garden airstream" is actually a "lil loafer", NOT an airstream. there are other trailers listed in your post as airstreams, and they're not.

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