TARA COX | 14 AUGUST 2013
When writer Tara Cox saw her first Airstream trailer she was just a little girl, but it made a serious impression on her. After being hit with our own love-at-first-sight thunderbolt when we first cast our eyes on The Grey Lady, we have to say we understand the feeling. “Airstreams are wonderfully retro-futuristic, iconic, and look like they contain fantastic dreams of adventure inside that silver wrapper,” the Airstream expert says. Fantastic dreams of adventure indeed. Tara’s fascination and passion for the sleek and streamlined trailers has only grown since that first sighting, so much, in fact, that her book about the silver bullets, “Airstream: The Silver RV” hits the shelves today. We sat down with the former editor of RVLiving to swap road stories and bask in the glory of mutual Airstream love.
What do you think of the recent re-emergence of airstreams on the scene?
I think it’s wonderful that Airstreams are gaining popularity again. I love that folks are getting creative with their own travels. I really think roadside Americana is an important yet neglected part of American history. There’s so many incredible things to see here whether they are natural or ambitious, passionate kitsch.
What’s the most interesting use of an airstream that you’ve seen?
I’d have to say that my absolute favorite use of the trailer is down in Florida. The Airstream Ranch, inspired by the Cadillac Ranch, consists of 7.5 Airstreams carefully placed nose-down in a row by the side of the highway. it’s wonderful roadside Americana art!
If sky was the limit on what you could do with an airstream, how would you retrofit it?
Wow. If there was no limit, I might have to have two: a vintage trailer and a shiny new one with a Christopher Deam-designed interior. My vintage airstream would be a little pod of joy. If I used it as a guest house or summer house, maybe I’d put in a bathtub to make it extra special. And if the sky’s the limit…I’d plop it on the beach at Coney Island permanently.
Do you think you’d be able to live on one?
I lived in a Manhattan apartment that was smaller than a Class A motorhome (and had fewer amenities!). I could live in an Airstream in one place, but there is also a part of me that wants to be a gypsy, settling in different areas for stretches of time before moving on to the next and with the way the world works now, this is easier than ever to do. I love the idea of life on the go.
So do we, Tara, so do we.