No, we haven’t bought a trailer. We’re holding true to our game plan. But I continue to learn more and more about trailers, their prices and the best places to hunt for them. The last week has found me on eBay, which is turning out to be a good hunting spot. The site seems to get a steady stream of trailers, especially on Saturday and Sunday.
Other good sites include Tin Can Tourists, which has a decent classified section, that features a few new trailers every week or so. For Airstreams, the best site is Airstream Classifieds.
The problem with Airstreams are two-fold. One, they are way too expensive. There was a damaged one on eBay that was a steal at $12,000 which, given the means, I would have rolled the dice on. Otherwise though you’re spending $10K minimum for anything in our 16′ range. The longer ones are actually less expensive. Which leads us to the second problem with Airstreams, they weigh too much. We could only pull a 16′ with our RAV4, and even so it’d have to be a vintage one. The newer ones are outfitted like Cadillacs with all sorts of heavy furniture and gear. This doesn’t keep me from looking, but you know how it goes. Wishful thinking.
Here are just of few of this week’s crop of new and used trailers I’ve been spying.
Ok, this is my current favorite, I love the shape and finish of this 1952 Viking. It’s ridiculously small inside but I’d make it work for it’s outside sex appeal. 1 day left, and it’s auction price is $2,800. I’ll be sad to pass on this one.
The back end of the ’52 Viking. Easily the best looking trailer we’ve seen, besides maybe a Santa Fe I saw elsewhere.
A 1957 ALGO 12′
What an awful color on a great ’61 Airflyte. $7K buy it now price.
The “totaled” Airstream that went for $12K
Inside of the “totaled” Airstream 16′ Bambi
This great ’74 Serro Scotty is great but at $10K we could get a new one for a few grand more.
I call this the “bear feeder” because it has two drop down beds, but it would easily sleep our family plus a couple grandparents, friends or family. It’s a 2015 Jayco 17Z
A Riverside Retro 155 on eBay. Amish built. This one doesn’t have a bathroom though.
This is a creepy one in Reno that would fit the bill. It’s $600 as of today’s auction price on eBay. Would be a complete gut job inside though.
A 1967 Field & Stream. Once again, very small inside but great shape outside. A little short for my stature though.
Day #5 of this artist chain mail challenge. The final day.
“Post three of your works for five days and nominate another person to do the same.”
The Cityscapes – These abstract cityscapes are the kind of paintings I’m doing now, when I do get into my studio. They’re a combination of all the other painting techniques I’ve played around with for the last ten years. I like to put paint direction the canvas from the paint tube or palette knife, using tape to mask areas off. I then spread the paint with a knife or paper towel, and sometimes remove it with those tools as well to leave a more translucent appearance to areas of the painting.
The wife always enjoys when I add in little “easter eggs” such as people and cars. I like the little last-minute details because the encourage the viewer to look up close. My paintings are about keeping your eye moving, and finding interest up close and from far away. I want the viewer physically moving when they explore my paintings: looking, feeling the textures and raw bright colors.
I’m inspired by geometry, asymmetry, balance and color.
#1 “Wish” – 2012 24″ x 48″ – (sold in 2012, I believe this painting has an unfinished painting underneath that was supposed to go over our fireplace. You can see my little yellow jeep crossing the bridge)
#2 “Washington DC – 2012 14″ x 18” – (a commissioned piece. Real cities are difficult to do because I feel like people will call you out if you get something wrong, even in an abstraction)
#3 “Yellow Line” – 2012 11″ x 14″ – (hangs proudly in my wife’s studio because she liked it. The guy talking about his “big fish” outside the bar in particular. He’s just below and to the left of the martini glass)