As we are entering our forth year of vintage trailering with our Streamline, I am realizing the huge amount of fun, interesting, informative and actually, endearing education I am acquiring. (I cannot count the 2 years we spent rebuilding the British Commer we bought before my husbands horrific accident- though we learned much then too. It was never "on the road". Just had too much on our plates after that incident to rebuild an entire engine and under chassis that we couldn't get a hold of parts for. I do know that it felt like I was selling a part of our household as it went down the driveway to it's new owner!I loved that crazy little camper van!)
From sources for parts, how to rivet and cut aluminum, drainage for "slops" (LOL), batteries, propane and towing/driving safety- we are getting educated! Our first rallies and camping trips. My housewife views on kitchen supplies that have changed by camping and outdoor cooking. My nostalgic visits with my childhood by research and buying items for my 1960's trailer. Going through items on Ebay, Etsy and more. Remembering my Mother's kitchen counter items has been both wonderful and entertaining. I appreciate her skills and her artistry even more than when I was happily eating her home made bread, pies and cookies!
This weekend we will dive into polishing the outside. Another hill to climb but after research on the web, the group sites I belong to and with Vintage trailer Supply- I am confident! it will be work but we need to keep up with the nice polish job accomplished by Mintage Airstreams whom we bought it from.
I am also getting to be a wiz at researching camping sites and RV campgrounds, how far we can go in a day. What our strengths and weaknesses are when it comes to tolerating each other and loving each other on the road.
Learning routes, driving methods and defensive driving tactics to keep us alive with our little trailer on the highways has been another lesson learned. I can't imagine pulling a monster toy hauler amidst semi trucks and crazy drivers! One of the attributes of owning a vintage vehicle is the response you get while traveling. Looky-loos and interested "pre-owners" abound and half the fun is showing it off. It gives you a chance at conversation. To connect and to become part of a community of collectors and appreciators.
People are wonderful creations after all and our world- for all it's hate and smog and craziness- is an unimaginable miracle of good and beauty. Thank goodness for those individuals and institutions and Presidents who push for National and State Parks, scenic by-ways and preservation. Who preserve our history and our past. For the little guy or gal who's hobby creates masterpieces of restored Americana in their garage or the one who's blog shares an adventure, a creative design or treat, or a viewpoint that helps is see the artist and collector in us all.
I am both inspired, humbled and excited by all that I have been able to enjoy and all because I have a itch (thanks Mom and Dad and our Coleman Pop up!) to camp under the stars, enjoy a fire and remember what's really important when life gets too stressful.
We only have one after all!