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There’s no place like home-on-wheels

Mollie Makes (US) - - CONTENTS - Words: Jan Hughes Pho­to­graphs: Lisa Mora Pub­lished by: David and Charles

Vin­tage Trailer Style will have you pin­ing for the open roads

Is there any­thing finer than me­an­der­ing through the back roads? Well, yes, if you get to do it in your newly re­vamped home away from home. The mod­ern equiv­a­lent of the cov­ered wagon, camp­ing trail­ers have long pro­vided a wan­der­lus­ter with the means to an­swer the call of the open road. Vin­tage car­a­vans, which were pop­u­lar­ized in the 1930s and per­fected through­out the ’70s, have be­come sought af­ter to­day not only for their rel­a­tive eco­nomic ap­peal (although they are get­ting ever pricier) but also for their kitsch cache. If you think about it, there are few things cooler than a dolled-up vin­tage Airstream.

Au­thor Lisa Mora, in her new book Vin­tage Trailer Style, shares her pas­sion for restor­ing ne­glected car­a­vans to their for­mer glory. As much as you might want to get right to the fun part (dec­o­rat­ing!), Mora ad­dresses the nu­mer­ous steps in­volved in re­fur­bish­ing a trailer – the first of which is ac­tu­ally find­ing one. Be­cause de­mand ex­ceeds sup­ply, it can be hard to ac­quire a vin­tage car­a­van, and she sug­gests your ef­forts might be best spent lo­cat­ing a for­got­ten one. Although, even if you are lucky enough to find a trailer that has been tucked away in a barn for a cou­ple of decades, it will most likely need a makeover on the out­side as well as the in­side.

For those of you who love DIY, this can be the mother of all projects. You will have to in­voke your in­ner handy-ma’am, be­cause fix­ing up vin­tage car­a­vans can in­volve any­thing from restor­ing rusty ex­te­ri­ors and seal­ing win­dows to fix­ing brakes and up­dat­ing elec­tri­cal sys­tems. If you are not plan­ning to take it on the road and are only in­ter­ested in cre­at­ing an ex­tra liv­ing space, the re­fur­bish­ing process will be eas­ier and less ex­pen­sive. As Mora re­minds us, the jour­ney is more im­por­tant than the des­ti­na­tion, and en­joy­ing the re­fur­bish­ing ride is what she ul­ti­mately en­cour­ages.

Once your car­a­van is struc­turally sound, you can start on the crafty bits: in­te­rior de­sign and re­dec­o­rat­ing. What look are you go­ing for? Sleek, shiny, and stream­lined? Gypsy car­a­van? Fifties rock­a­billy? Vin­tage Trailer Style has plenty of dec­o­rat­ing ideas spe­cially de­signed for small spa­ces.

Whether your car­a­van is per­ma­nently parked or tool­ing around the countryside, you will have your own lit­tle oa­sis of hand­crafted retro style to curl up in. And, as the in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity of vin­tage trailer ral­lies im­plies, a lov­ingly re­stored vin­tage home-on-wheels is truly where the heart is. Vin­tage Trailer Style: Buy­ing, Restor­ing, Dec­o­rat­ing, and Styling the Small Spa­ces of Your Dreams, by Lisa Mora, pub­lished by David and Charles

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