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In addition to the Trade Wind, her collection now includes a 1962 Airstream Bambi and 1964 Bambi II, as well as a 1961 Globe Trotter and a 1960 Caravel. She also owns several campers outside the Airstream brand, including a 1960 Holiday House, a 1965 Eriba Familia and a 1959 Aljoa Sportsman, in its original condition, which Spaulding and Didriksen take on their semi-regular excursions to Burning Man.
The trailers share Spaulding’s inimitable mix-and-match aesthetic and rigorous attention to detail. Her 16-foot-long 1962 Bambi, for example, has been refinished in clean, warm maple wood and has a custom display shelf where Spaulding has set 10 petite jars of colorful, matte beach glass.
Spaulding declines to share how much she has spent over the years on her trailers, which have personalized nicknames (for example, the Eriba Familia is called “Beebo,” after her grandfather). She used to tow and rent her trailers for individual campers—mostly people from Sacramento or San Francisco—but stopped because “I’d get so emotionally involved in making sure that people were okay that it was just too much with the other parts of my business.” She does, however, work with wedding parties.
Despite an expanding workload—she estimates that she books between five and seven commercial gigs a year—Spaulding still finds the time to take her 1969 GMC pickup truck out on the road to trailer with friends. She’s a founding member of an all-women group called the Silver Sisters, a posse of 15 or so like-minded trailer enthusiasts who regularly travel and camp together.
“I [recently] met a woman from South Lake Tahoe and she said ‘I want to join the Silver Sisters. Where do I sign up?’ And I said, ‘You just did.’ That’s what I love [about it]. It’s unofficial. There are no dues. There are no rules or regulations. It’s just encouraging other [women] to camp and tow.”
While her trailers garner her the most press, she says she splits her time “50-50” between her rental and jewelry businesses (in addition to Silver Trailer, she also has another line called Kristiana, which she describes as having a “more sophisticated aesthetic; down-to-earth and classic.”) This fall, she’ll be back—with her trailer—in San Francisco, presenting her fine metal creations at a show in the Hunters Point Shipyard, which houses one of largest artists colonies in the U.S.
As for long-term plans, Spaulding’s enduring dream is convincing Airstream to let her design her own signature trailer. When asked if that’s a possibility, she replies, only half-jokingly, “Oh, it is. They just don’t know it yet.”