Stylish trailer vacation home
See how a Colorado couple turned a 1960s Scotty HiLander into the rolling getaway of their dreams
A couple of years ago at a fly-fishing show, Christa saw a display of vintage trailers. Taken with the idea of a wilderness vacation that wouldn’t involve a tent, Christa fell for the iconic Serro Scotty trailer—a brand once common on Western highways. “Kurt thought I was a nutcase,” says Christa, who spent a lot of time online, searching for a not-too-expensive model (used Scottys can range from $500 to $2,500) that wouldn’t require too much work. “The morning I saw the ad for ours, I knew we had to go see it—even though it was two hours away.”
The shell was in relatively good shape; its exterior had even been repainted in the authentic colors. The roof did leak a bit, says Christa, who sealed it with roofing tape. The interior, though, was another story. There, the original (lead) paint was worn away in some places and water damaged in others. Wearing a mask and goggles, Christa sanded down the walls before applying three coats of blue paint to match the original interior color. She also cleaned, scrubbed, and polished the rusted hardware and light fixtures. The window screens were in tatters, so Christa taught herself how to stretch and wrap screens by watching YouTube videos. Then she found a Scotty expert to redo the dinette cushions. She made the curtains herself, using fabric heavy enough to block early-morning sun.