1961 Airstream Sovereign
A food truck, Nomad style
We found this trailer on the property of a vintage Airstream collector, dismantler and reseller in Delaware. While he had dozens of Airstreams scattered across two large lots, most of his trailers were newer than the ones we prefer, and frankly, most were beyond repair. This 30-foot Sovereign was within our preferred year range, and was in restorable condition, so we brought it home.
While preparing to replace a section of the plywood floor at the front of the trailer, we discovered evidence of a fairly major accident that appears to have happened early in the trailer's life. Unfortunately, the old repair wasn't done to factory specs, and we ended up removing the front end caps (inside and out) as well as the exterior skin across the front and along the curb side of the trailer.
As vintage Airstreams go, the 30-foot Sovereign was the longest model available, and the top of the line. Rather than putting this one back on the road as part of our rental fleet, we decided to restore it and use it - largely with its original features and layout - as a coffee trailer in the tiny New Mexico junction where we've built our western base camp. We're calling it Nomad Mountain Coffee, and we'll definitely be posting updates as 2017 takes shape.