We’ve entrusted the job of finding, buying and restoring our only home for the foreseeable future to Gary’s 81-year-old dad Joe. This sounds crazier than it is: Joe is a WWII vet with depression-era spending habits who built the three brick-and-mortar homes of Gary’s Wisconsin childhood. He has been kid-with-a-secret dying to show us his best find ever: a 1968 Avion truck camper advertised in the Milwaukee classifieds. Only one owner, only $1,200 and complete with the original glossy sales brochure.
It’s stunning, or will be when Joe’s done with the finishing touches. In roughly two weeks we’ll test the brochure’s Mad-Men claim, “This compact castle lets you live like kings and queens wherever you go – even way back in wild bush country!”
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