On this week’s show we meet Lisa Mora, founder and publisher of Vintage Trailer Magazine. Jeff Johnston spent a day with Lisa and learned how her love of vintage trailers and hot rods combined with her love of adventure and travel all come together in the pages of her magazine.
Lisa shares, “I ended up buying an old trailer in a trailer park and proceeded to renovate it into my very own tiny dream home. To my own surprise I was blissfully happy there. It was then that I realized that I hadn’t needed all that “stuff” to be happy at all!
I hit the road as often as I could and started meeting other people who were doing the same thing with old trailers (or caravans as we call them in Australia) and started my blog: My Dream Home is Portable. My editor, who had initially said: “Lisa, nobody else but you is interested in old caravans”, was soon asking for more articles about them as readers loved reading about these cute little rolling homes like mine.
In 2012 whilst attending Hot August Nights in Reno I spotted a cute little aluminum bubble-shaped trailer for sale at the Salvation Army store opposite the Swap Meet that would change the course of my life.
I bought her right there and then, and named her “Rosie”. She now comes with me to events and on massive road trips all around America. I have had more fun traveling around this beautiful country than I could have ever imagined.
In 2014 I decided to make my move here permanent and got my house in Oregon. I sold my Australian caravan “Vicky” and used the money to buy myself a blue 1953 Hudson Hornet that I call “Doc Hudson”. I have travelled the entire length of Route 66 six times so if you have seen the Disney movie Cars, you will know why I chose that name.
My Rosie is a 1949 Crown and is only ten feet long but she has everything I need to make me happy and sustain me for long stretches on the road. The Hudson has a 350 Chevy engine with a Turbo 350 automatic transmission so any breakdowns are usually simple repairs that I look on as opportunities to linger in a location and meet more interesting people. "
To order Vintage Trailer Magazine go to: www.vintagetrailermagazine.com and be sure to use the code ROTV for a special discount. Also available at Barnes & Nobles bookstores across America.
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