Five years ago my husband and I were at the Studebaker International Meet in South Bend, Indiana, and we saw a very cute light yellow Lark convertible towing a beautiful Dorsett boat. I decided that I wanted to "accessorize" our Studebakers with a small travel trailer that would be MY project. So we started looking for a small project trailer, got online (TinCanTourist and other vintage trailer sites), and found that the Serro Scotty trailers were small, cute, and relatively common enough to find.
A friend of ours asked, "Why not get an Airstream? They're the coolest trailers to have." We entertained the idea but didn't see ourselves putting much time or money into a car "accessory," so we settled on a Scotty. After a few weeks, we found a Scotty for $500 and ended up doing a "frame-off" restoration. In the following few months, we acquired three more Scottys. (See note below.) A guy down the street from my husband's hobby shop stopped by to see the Scotty Highlander that we rescued from a storage lot, and he asked if Will would trade for an Airstream. (Whaa???? Yeah, we still can't figure that one out...)
Well, the Airstream was too big and stinky for me to want to work on, so I asked Will if he would get rid of it if I found a smaller Airstream to replace it. By this time, Will was enthralled with the quality and qualities of the Airstream (the Scotty was just plywood, masonite, and light aluminum siding). We visited a Studebaker friend of ours who also has many silver-sided trailers (Airstreams, Boles, Spartans...), and talked him into parting with a 1959
The rest, as they say, is history. We finally went camping for the first time in our 1975 Sovereign
late last summer. Oh, and this summer, we towed that 1959
Globetrotter with our 1963
Studebaker station wagon to the Studebaker International Meet in South Bend followed by our first WBCCI Rally in Perry. We had a blast! We really enjoy Airstreaming more than we ever thought we would, thanks to the many helpful and fun friends we've made along the way!
***Side note: I think Will has some type of undiagnosed OCD where he needs to own multiples of almost everything he has. Currently we have three Scottys, two M Systems (1950 travel coaches), six Airstreams, and around 35-40 Studebakers. Keep in mind that these are NOT all restored and functioning---his reasoning is that "we need spare parts---that's a parts car/trailer."