True to form, I finally vent about the shit keeping me awake at night and suddenly there’s a bright light on my horizon. No changes to the house/work/tired situation yet, but I do seem to have a project coming my way. My incredible parents just won the auction on a 1963 Airstream Tradewind trailer which they’re passing along to me. I mean… I cannot even wrap my brain around this. I am pee-ma-pants excited, which is why I’m posting despite having zero pictures to share and when the trailer isn’t even in my possession yet. You can’t really just default on eBay auctions (not on our end, we’re 100% in, on the seller end) so I’m going to hope and pray that winning the auction means we’re all systems a-go and it’s only a matter of time before she’s in my eager little hands.
So, how did this all come about?
After living here for a year, when the idea of finding a house seemed impossible, I suggested to Alan that we get a tiny camper and start taking local trips. Campers and motor homes are a huge deal here, but it’s very much a love/hate situation for us. On the hate side, when you live in what is essentially a tourist town, it’s easy to find those tourists annoying. Motor homes and campers slow down traffic and clog up the roads and, I still cannot understand this part, often STOP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD to gawk at bison which… On the love side, those same tourists keep our business a’ rockin and usually turn out to be really interesting people. We’ve met some seriously amazing strangers in our time here, and they usually come in campers, so I can’t totally hate the idea. Also, bears. We’ve talked about bears. I was whining to someone about how no one old school camps in tents anymore when they pointed out to me that sleeping in a tent is a good way to wake up to a bear, which, yeahhh. I eventually decided that a tiny trailer wasn’t the worst idea and, in the absence of a house to work on, would be an awesome project. I started poking around for a little 12-14′ trailer with a whopping budget of like $800.
Then the house popped up and turned our world upside down and I temporarily gave up on the trailer for greener pastures of home ownership. You already know how that fell apart.
My parents were in town last week to put in some time at the shop. Since I grew up in a family of car people, I knew my parents would love our current favorite show, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. After work we watched, we laughed. My dad, a huge eBay fan, started looking up vintage cars which eventually led to a vintage trailer discussion. To make this already long story slightly shorter, he found one in Michigan and we got excited with the idea of omg what if?! then promptly dismissed it because Airstream trailers are really expensive, yo.
I kept checking the eBay auction the same way I keep refreshing Realtor.com. Because when something doesn’t work out, I like to keeeeeeeeeeeep checking back and reminding myself of the failure. This is a totally healthy habit.
Last night my Mom said they won the auction, an auction I didn’t even know they were still watching, which is incredible and overwhelming and I almost cried, but I was too excited and quickly got distracted with brainstorming. Obviously, I have incredible parents. In my Dad’s words, he’s just happy I’m following in his footsteps of rescuing old things, which never really occurred to me before, but he’s totally right. My dad loves rescuing old cars and firetrucks – I’ll have to show you his firetrucks soon. I love old cars and trailers and houses and clearly got this directly from him. I just said Airstreams are very expensive and they are, so expect a serious renovation project coming your way. The only reason this happened is because she’s a bit of a shitbomb at the moment. There are some serious dents in the exterior and we’re not sure if she needs a minor or major gut job inside. To which I say – WHO CARES?! AIRSTREAM! I’ll make it work!
My parents are in Michigan right now, headed back to Wyoming this week, then going back to Michigan. They’re also currently finishing up work on a house and my mom just added three llamas to her sheep herd. My dad wants to do some basic work on the trailer – make sure she’s safe to tow and fix the utilities annnnnd winter is coming soon. This is all to say, it could be awhile before she arrives in Wyoming. In the meantime, because I can’t not brainstorm, I’m researching Airstream restorations and combing eBay and Etsy for accessories (totally jumping ahead on that, of course)
Amazing Airstream from Airforums.com user stormdeborah
She also needs a name. Clearly! Immediately after getting off the phone with my parents I started combing through the Social Security Administration’s top baby names for the 1960s and have narrowed down to: Wendy, Annette, Beverly, Gloria, Betty, Virginia, Sylvia, Frances, Evelyn, Loretta, Norma, and, although not on the list, Pearl. I welcome any suggestions.