I Want a Hippie Airstream Camper Trailer – Retro RV Dreams
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
It’s raining and it’s cold in Seattle. My daughters have moved away to live in the sunshine of California and Arizona. And, actually, I’m a gypsy at heart, so I wonder if I should buy a used, retro Airstream Bambi trailer and travel the country… like I wanted to do (but never actually did) as a “hippie” kid in the 60s.
If you are an older Baby Boomer, you'll know what I mean... paint an old VW bus with flowers and just groove up-and-down-and-over-and-out around North America… stopping in places that turn me on, as I wander along the West Coast and throughout the rest of my "drivable world”… spending a few days in random places I’ve never seen or I’ve only driven through, like Eugene Oregon, Mt. Shasta California, Boulder Colorado, Missoula Montana, Flagstaff Arizona, Albuquerque New Mexico, Austin Texas… and maybe even some far flung spots like Homer Alaska, the Florida Keys, or the wild beaches of Baja.
Silver Trailer and Hippie Camper Dreams
Well, there are lots of pros and cons to my little plan... the plan which seems to have taken over my waking hours. But, it all started a few years ago, when I went to New Zealand and saw zillions of free spirits (from all over the world) in their rented hippie camper vans.
However, one of the things holding me back is that my current husband, a corporate man for 36 years, is from an older generation. And, for the last nine years, I’ve been trying to explain to him that it is possible to travel without an itinerary and a tour guide. But, it’s not easy for an old dog to change his paradigm (a word he hates).
The Pros and Cons of Travel Trailers
Well, I’ve been lusting after retrofitted, vintage, silver Airstream trailers. And, I’ve been doing a lot of research, because I haven’t spent much time in trailers or RVs or motorhomes or camper vans or anything like that. Actually, I’ve only been inside an RV once (for a few hours) and it reminded me of the interior of a boat. Of course, I’ve looked down upon Winnebago owners for years, but when I saw the kitschy, retro Airstream, I fell in love. It was so ugly and adorable.
Note: I want you Winnebago owners to know that it's nothing personal. I was stuck behind a five-mile-an-hour Winnebago on Highway 1 near Big Sur for a zillion hours... back in the 60s... and it has been burned indelibly into my mind. I'm sure you would be smart enough to pull over at some point and let the 50 cars behind you pass. Also, I have a feeling that newer Winnebagos are capable of going at least ten miles an hour.
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