It’s become a popular daydream for fans of ’50s-era design: You see an old travel trailer sitting forgotten in a field somewhere and wonder what it would be like to fix it up and have your own mobile vacation home.
That’s the dream, anyway.
In reality, that vintage coach could turn into a money-sucking nightmare once you realize it needs to be gutted, stripped, rewired, rebuilt, re-skinned and repainted before it’s ready to hit the road. Throw in new tires, propane, cabinetry, any number of hardware fixes and you might be thinking a motel sounds pretty good.
Not to 39-year-old Justin Scribner of Bend, Ore., who was undaunted by such challenges.
Scribner has turned an expensive hobby — fixing up mid-century travel trailers — into a lucrative and internationally recognized business called Flyte Camp. And while ’50s and ’60s Airstreams have gotten a lot of attention in the vintage RV world, Scribner and his crew at Flyte Camp have a penchant for the lesser-known travel trailers from the ’30s through the ’50s.
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