The new and improved Vintage Airstream Restoration Rally is now……
Why the name change? It’s simple. This event has always been more than a rally. It’s an event for the serious restorer to learn new skills, sharpen existing skills, and gain hands-on experience along with a network of friends to share ideas. In addition, the name change reflects our commitment to make this event even better than in prior years. We have some amazing plans scheduled for 2013 – and beyond – including additional locations around the United States so even more vintage enthusiasts can participate.
For the sixth year in a row we are pleased to have Area 63 Productions, the premiere Airstream restoration specialist located in Orange, California, as a sponsor of our event. We want to thank Uwe Salwender for his commitment to our event and his continued support in helping hundreds of restorers acquire the skills necessary to restore their Airstreams. Uwe has brought to the event a wealth of information while demonstrating axle replacement, skin replacement, vintage door reconstruction and Fan-tastic Vent installation. This year Uwe will demonstrate a shell off floor replacement. It’s a big job, but one that attendees have expressed an interest in.
And new in 2013 we welcome Vintage Trailer Supply and president, Steve Hingtgen, as a major sponsor for our event. VTS has always been gracious in providing tee shirts, raffle prizes and discount coupons in past years, however, this year Steve will be on hand to present a seminar on some outstanding vintage parts that will be available to attendees. VTS requires no introduction, as anyone who has worked on a vintage rig is already familiar with this major supplier of parts for vintage trailers of all kinds. This year, don’t miss an opportunity to meet Steve who has contact with thousands of both professional and do-it-yourself restorers. You won’t believe the plans VTS has to keep us supplied with those rare, hard-to-find parts!
Also back for another year is Jim Polk, Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers. With a passion for Airstreams and knowledge of market trends, Jim is the premier expert on values and has appraised several hundred Airstreams over the years. Need help in determining the value of your Airstream or are you in the market to purchase or sell a rig? You won’t want to miss Jim’s presentation on current market trends.
On hand will also be Steve Bittner, master cabinet maker and Zolatone expert who hails from Arizona; Susan Tiegs who expertly leads the curtain and upholstery seminars; and Luke Bernander, our resident jack-of-all-trades and master of many, both who travel from Colorado; Ed Frink, our vintage window expert from Wyoming; and last but certainly not least, our resident comedian and vintage polisher extraordinaire, Levon Register who makes the trek from Georgia every year.
As in prior years, we’ll have both classroom and hands-on seminars where you can roll up your sleeves and participate. Topics will include an overview of trailer restoration, rivet and skin skills, cabinetry, Zolatone, electrical, axles, plumbing, window and door rebuilding, interior design, curtain and upholstery skills. In other words, this is THE ONLY event where you will learn the skills and gain the confidence necessary to fully restore a vintage Airstream.
We supply the tools, experts and a Route 66 location in addition to a workbook covering all seminars, a catered meal and continental breakfasts. Not experienced? No need to be as this event is for both novice and experienced restorers. We promise to provide a comfortable environment to pick up the skills you will need to begin, or finish, or renew your enthusiasm for your project. Is your vintage not yet road-worthy? In addition to a few stationary trailers for rent at Enchanted Trails RV Resort, there are hotels nearby!
We look forward to seeing you in Albuquerque in May 2-5, 2013. Don’t delay! Visit our new website VintageTrailerAcademy.com
for more details and to register today!