I realize those are bygone days, and that is why I tend to collect those pieces. They won't come again. I cherish them and oil them, and never consider painting them, unless they are just pine, but even old pine has a charm to it with the patina of age.
I have been on the hunt for a vintage camper since I moved to Alberta. I came out in a motorhome, a 36 foot Pace Arrow. It was deluxe and comfortable and I planned to live in it while my real house was being built, but it was too cold in Alberta to do that. I sold it a few years later, took a loss but consider that if I had to rent a place for the time I lived in it, it really paid for itself, and then some.
I looked in the local buy and sell online today and there it was, a 1964 all original Airstream land yacht, and it was only an hour away. I called immediately and then drove out to take a look. I am delighted though there is going to be some work to be done. The furnace and hot water systems need attention, but the fridge and stove work and there is a microwave included, plus dishes and bedding. It is just as the factory made it, too. They were not the most beautiful trailers, though I have some dreams and plans for it. I want to park it beside the bed and breakfast and offer it as a summer cabin as part of the bed and breakfast. How often does one get to stay in an all original antique Airstream?
Anyhow, I am very pleased with the purchase. It will come home as soon as my cheque clears. Yes, it is road worthy and fit to travel. Yay! What an adventure.