Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Silver Fever

Some people have gold fever and will follow the gold trail anywhere it leads them. Others have caught silver fever - a love for classic silver aircraft-style aluminum trailers like Airstream and Avion.

We caught the fever several years ago and always stop to look at or take pictures of these time capsules.

There are certainly bigger travel trailers with room elements that slide out and have ample space for big screen TVs, couches and all the extras. But they don't capture the imagination or the fascination like the silver classics that turn adults into children with the wonder and visions of far away lands.

In the 1960s and early 1970s you were just as likely to see Avions and Airstreams in Holland, Mexico, Africa and Egypt as you would on the road to Yellowstone Park. The travel clubs kept the roads (and railways and ships) hot with adventures for owners of these silver beauties.

After years of searching Airstream dealers (with new trailers that cost $40,000 and up), eBay, Craigslist and other long-distance leads that were still too pricy for us or too far away, we finally stumbled across one about five miles from home. With only $500 and a challenging escapade to get the title and license transferred to us, our 1959 Avion R-23 was ready to come home with us.