Tim Shephard, creator and host of the highly-rated The Vintage Airstream Podcast has just released his first how-to/memoir “Restoring a Dream: My Journey Restoring a Vintage Airstream”
‘Restoring a Dream’ offers a unique twist on a restoration tale with Tim revealing his personal restoration story from tent camping in the California redwoods to rebuilding two classic vintage Airstreams.
“I did not really camp as a child,” said Tim. “After I was married a friend of mine asked us to go camping with them. They were in a popup and we were in a tent. This is what jump started us into camping and needing a trailer.”
Not too long after that Tim decided to purchase and restore a 23-foot 1971 Safari Airstream “because I wasn’t sure we would enjoy camping enough to invest in buying a trailer. With a used Airstream I felt I could recover my investment if we didn’t enjoy it. What turned out was we really enjoyed it so much that we sold the ’71 to buy a larger 28-foot 1960 Ambassador Airstream.”
Throughout the book, Tim gives practical information on what to look for when ‘going vintage,’ how to choose the right rig, and how to inspect it to avoid costly mistakes.
Ride along as he heads out on a 2400-mile ‘recovery mission’ to pick up his then-46-year-old wreck of a trailer, and learn how his year-long (between 2006-2007) restoration has transformed a vintage Airstream from nightmare condition into a stunning dream rig.
‘Restoring a Dream,’ almost 300 pages and 109 photographs, is available in multiple formats including an interactive iBook version with photo slide shows and videos. You can pick it up online from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and Apple iTunes.
Tim’s The Vintage Airstream Podcast, created in 2005, is a restoration resource for vintage trailer owners, and is heard in more than 22 countries worldwide.
Tim lives in Northern California with his wife and children. They have enjoyed traveling in their vintage Airstreams for more than a decade.