Brad - Airstream Style

My Airstream Style

The Airstream:

“Miss Molly”, 1953 Flying Cloud

The Airstreamer:

Brad Taylor, Oregon

Brad Taylor

My Airstream style:

I love the history of Airstream, and I like going to rallies—we do about 15 rallies a year—and meeting other people. Vintage rallies are my favorite, and I primarily take our ’53, though currently we own five Airstreams and 12 other vintage trailers.

I started with two Streamline trailers, then I found the Flying Cloud sitting on a sheep farm, sunk in the mud and used for storage. The farmer wouldn’t sell it to me, but one day his son called me up and asked me if I still wanted it. I said yes, it’s just a matter of how much, and he said $400. I knocked on his door before he hung up the phone!

Brad Taylor

Travel partner:

My wonderful and beautiful spouse of 33 years, Susan Taylor. She’s Past President of the Oregon Airstream club, and currently membership coordinator.

Camper or glamper?

I can’t be called a glamper…how about “dapper camper”? We usually bring items to match the 50s trailer, like our pink parking meters and other eclectic stuff I’ve found. I’m a collector of rust and dust—that’s what my business card says. I look for things that are neat that I can buy for a dollar and sell for two.

Vintage Trailer

Must-have item:

We always have our propane fire pit under our pop-up outdoor living room; it always turns into the evening gathering spot. Because there are no embers, we can use the “campfire in a can” anywhere, even when there are burn bans.

The ideal Airstream day:

A long road trip—hours on back roads—ending at a campground, then having everything set up and sitting down with my cocktail. It’s the journey; going places I’ve never been, and visiting small towns. I’d rather do that than anything else.

Brad Taylor's Airstream setup

Taylor recently launched “Shiny Shacks”, a trailer restoration business. “We do Airstream polishing and work primarily on Airstreams from the 1950’s and 60s,” he explained. “Although we work on newer and brand-new ones as well.” Taylor also builds custom interiors, cabinetry, and can also help with insurance appraisals. Contact Shiny Shacks (and view photos of restoration projects) through Facebook