I became interested in vintage trailers basically because of a scam on Craigslist.
I had a dream about retiring, buying a camper and meandering across the country. I started saving almost 10 years before my planned retirement date. When the date got closer I started looking at Class C’s and travel trailers that were 5-10 years old. I was amazed at how much they had deteriorated in such a short period of time. They were moldy, musty and had the ugliest interiors. Then I saw an ad on Craigslist for an early 60’s Bambi Airstream that had been gutted and rebuilt. It was gorgeous and was only $3,000! I realized it was a scam after responding to the ad but it made me think that maybe I should try doing this on my own and so I started doing research on what it might take to buy a vintage airstream and rebuild it.
In 2016 I went to look at a 1973 Tradewind Airstream in Springhill, Florida. They initially rejected my offer but called me back 3 weeks later and accepted it.
It took me 2.5 years to rebuild the trailer and I love camping in it. Sometimes I camp solo and sometimes with my sister. We belong to a ladies camping group and go out monthly for 4-5 days. We have a blast. It’s mostly retired ladies and we camp in the Florida state parks. Some months we make multiple trips. We are mostly destination campers but eventually I will make that meandering trip across the country.
The Airstream is my first camper and my first experience with camping. I tow with a 2017 Toyota Tundra 5.7L double cab.
I joined the Airstream Club but never attended any rallies. I discontinued my membership when Covid hit. I had been wanting to visit the Tin Can Tourist Annual Rally for a few years now. 2022 was finally the year that I joined and attended the rally. I had so much fun seeing all the vintage trailers and meeting so many people that shared the same interests as me. In fact I met a couple ladies there that also belong to my ladies camping group.
My sister and I have multiple trips planned for this year, all within Florida. Topsail Hill SP, Rainbow Springs SP, Anastasia SP are just a few of the parks we will be camping at this year.