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Casita craigslist

July 11, 2011

Chopped, 'shopped

craigslist, that one-stop, “if you can’t find it here, it’s gotta be over there!”, online marketplace is usually my last stop before hitting the hay each night. I have several fave keywords I check obsessively, i.e., planters, plants, succulents, concrete, yard art, rusted, rustic, river rocks, bizarre, just to make sure that there isn’t something out there I’m missing out on … I’ve found some of my best pieces this way; remember this recent treasure? Lately I’ve added a new keyword to the list: trailer. See, for the longest time we and friends have posited the idea of placing a trailer somewhere on the Rancho to serve as guest quarters, outdoor room, contemplation spot, whatever … and, we’ve had our sights on various caravane résidentielle, including chrome-shiny classic Airstreams; fully tricked-out, built from the ground up, vintage teardrops; even ’70s Brady Bunch-era Kleenex box lookalikes. Pictured, above, is our latest find: a cute little bit of rounded-edge Americana I found on the ‘list Friday night. I loved the ad for it; the header asking the provocative question: “VINTAGE TRAILER YARD ART?”. Checking out the full ad, which included pics of the flower’n’flag festooned caravan, I loved how the owner suggested that it could serve as a playhouse, garden shed or yard art. She also mentioned that she’d painted its exterior herself, and I loved that detail, too. Also: good price, $400 obo … do I really need to mention that I called on it immediately? I had to see this thing in person! After a couple of calls I got ahold of the owner and set up a time early Saturday morning to see it … We’d need to get a cooler, early-in-the-day start, since the trailer was in the high desert’s Apple Valley, and it was sure to be hot, hot, hot!

Festooned front, back

After traveling about an hour we found the seller’s home, where the trailer was quite in evidence from the street. Exiting the Element’s cool interior we were hit by the heat and met the seller, Leighanne. She was friendly and personable and allowed us to have a look around while regaling us with stories about the trailer’s 8-year life with her and her family. I really liked it; the trailer’s exterior looked exactly like the photos online, and the interior was spacious, having been stripped down to its bare essentials (Leighanne mentioned that she still had its original stove). I took photos, Paul took measurements and we were told that although the trailer lacked wheels, it could be taken away on a flatbed trailer. Interesting; lots to consider. We thanked Leighanne and returned to Riverside. After lunch, I took the measurements and compared them against the space I had for the trailer behind our concrete core’s bench/wall. It would be tight; too tight maybe. Then I called my sister Julie to ask the dimensions of her husband José’s flatbed trailer; too small, just. I looked again at the space and wondered how we’d be able to move the trailer up onto the ridge, without a crane, and without hurting ourselves and the surrounding plants; we couldn’t, too steep, too tight and too dangerous. Although I loved the trailer, it wasn’t going to take a place of honor at the Rancho; there were just too many obstacles to overcome.

Still, I had to see how it would look if everything worked out, and that’s the photoshopped pictured at the beginning of this post. In it the trailer sits perfectly behind the core bench/wall, which now features an opening to the trailer’s front door … some of Leighanne’s current yard art still providing fitting decor. Do I feel bad that the trailer didn’t work out? Not really, it happens sometimes … I’m actually glad we went to Apple Valley, home in life — death, too — of Roy and Dale Evans, since I’d never been before … Leighanne was one of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet; not to mention a master of spray-can flower painting, and I wish we could have taken the trailer off her hands. Our trailer search will continue, and someday, some thing, will present itself. It will fit perfectly in place, look awesomely witty and Rancho-appropriate, and on a blustery rainy day I’ll sit inside its enclosing space with a glass of wine and watch the lightning in the distance beyond the cemetery.

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22 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2011 3:28 am

    Damn, I was just about to call the 800 number to make my reservation..standing by for further developments.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      July 11, 2011 3:35 am

      Ha! … the search continues… standby

  2. July 11, 2011 5:06 am

    Wow looking at the first picture I was just sure it came home with you! Excellent photoshop skills! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      July 11, 2011 12:11 pm

      Thanks, Loree … I can’t wait to see what ultimately fills the space, too!

  3. Vickie Perez permalink
    July 11, 2011 5:41 am

    The trailer seemed to fit so well. Have you checked out the guy who polishes and repairs
    Airstream traliers on Kansas, just off of Third St.?

    Good luck in the search. I’ll tell Tom to put the word out. He seems to know folks who just might have something of just about anything. He constantly surprises me.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      July 11, 2011 12:12 pm

      Thanks, Vickie, I’d appreciate it … we were looking for the Airstream guy’s place but couldn’t remember where it was …

  4. LeighAnne permalink
    July 11, 2011 1:51 pm

    Reuben, My heart was racing as I looked at your blog for the first time. Ran to the front window to see the trailer still in my front yard. Loved the photoshopped picture, looks so real. thank you for the visit and the chat, as well as the compliments. By best to you on your quest, LeighAnne

    • reubix1 permalink*
      July 11, 2011 3:42 pm

      Aw, if only we could’ve just driven off with your little mobile casita we would’ve … great meeting you, Leighanne, thanks for being so warm. Here’s to a quick sale to a worthy home and let me know when you sell all the accessories, you had some interesting items! Reuben

  5. July 11, 2011 2:12 pm

    Love it! ❤

  6. Shellie permalink
    July 11, 2011 2:34 pm

    Very cool write up, my sister. I can’t say I’m disappointed it won’t fit…the trailer is such a glorious part of your beautiful rancho.
    Love, S

    • reubix1 permalink*
      July 11, 2011 3:44 pm

      It does look great right where it is … the perfect matchup of setting and sensibility!

  7. July 11, 2011 3:25 pm

    Awwwww…too bad it didnt fit…I remember when Lieghanne first got this beauty and watched her transform it…and I have been inside this beauty…..wish I had room for it!!!! and you are RIGHT…shes one of my bffs and is the nicest person ever!!! she has the most amazing prim home and yard! so glad I found your blog!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      July 11, 2011 3:45 pm

      I agree with all your points, needless to say… and, welcome!

  8. July 11, 2011 5:32 pm

    What a trickster! When I saw your signature concrete cores bench with that trailer, I thought it was a fait accompli. I’ll keep an eye out for trailers around LB for you.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      July 11, 2011 5:33 pm

      With so many people on the lookout, Denise, we’ll have a trailer in no time!

  9. July 11, 2011 5:41 pm

    call me if you did not find a vintage caravan I have several that are gutted and might fit into you space most are 10-12 ft prices start at $295 I am her in Beaumont 92223 and can deliver for you to riverside if you need delivery
    I know that you are very creatve and you can do your own art work on the outside to make it yours personally

    Sarah 818-261-5318

    • reubix1 permalink*
      July 11, 2011 5:42 pm

      Sarah, thanks! I would definitely be interested in seeing what you’ve got and taking delivery! Let’s set something up for this-coming Friday … I have the day off. Thanks so much for checking in: Reuben

  10. July 12, 2011 3:38 am

    Oh man!!!! You’ll find something perfect. Way back in the day I had a tiny little vintage pull-behind camper back in Wisconsin. You definitely need one!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      July 12, 2011 4:16 am

      Well, I can’t wait to see what commenter, Sarah, has to offer in nearby Beaumont … I can’t wait for my day off!

  11. Vickie Perez permalink
    July 13, 2011 5:47 am

    I remembered to say something to Tom about your Casita Coach and of course he just happens to know someone who just might be selling one. It;s supposed to be in really good shape. He;s going to check with him tommorow morning to double check and get the info on it.
    I swear that the man must be some kind of clearing house! So many folks fill his ears with so many finds like this. Give us a call when you can and we will let you know what he finds out.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      July 13, 2011 5:55 am

      Wow! Will do, Vickie and thank Tom for me …

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