1950 Westcraft Capistrano Calypso
Vintage Camper Trailers
Elverta, CA 95626
This is the largest model ever offered by Westcraft at 33 feet long. It features a Pullman roof with 7 windows on each side. There are two bedrooms, a dining room and kitchenette, and a spacious bathroom with everything from a vanity to a sizable shower. The restoration took about 11 years to complete. Working closely with restoration expert Steven Butcher, the Calypso is opulent, elegant, and very true to the period it came from. It's modern amenities make life on the road just a little more fun. There is only one.
The goal was NOT to restore this trailer to its original mint condition,
but to create an even more opulent antique style based on the original design.
Modern touches are hidden within cabinets and behind period switch plates and custom-made curtains to maintain the classical Deco feel. Rather than using LEDs, the light bulbs in the gorgeous fixtures were replaced with originals.
Utilizing the latest in CNC waterjet technology, new body panels with compound angles and curves were created. Heavy-gauge stainless steel surfaces were machined and individually fitted for the kitchen counters and bathroom interior, including a fantastic shower stall. The bathroom panels are interlocking to prevent any moisture penetration. All new period faucets and fixtures
were incorporated into the design. Water jetted and polished aluminum was used for the shelf trim, speaker grilles, fan & AC vents, drawer handles, and grips. Meticulous details such as faucet fittings and the shower curtain rod were custom milled from solid aluminum. The propane tanks were polished and coated to prevent oxidation.
The trailer was most recently displayed in Palm Springs at Modernism Week in February of 2020. It boasts audio systems can be played independently in the living and bedrooms, utilizing individual amps to drive NHT, Focal and Sunfire speakers. Each room has a Sony flatscreen with Bose sound bars using common connections to both surround-sound systems. Concealed throughout the trailer are USB charging sockets, ethernet and coaxial cables and modern grounded outlets. There is even a remote-controlled quiet and energy-efficient Duotherm heating/AC system.
The undercarriage and chassis received the treatment that this build demanded. Thoroughly cleaned, repaired, and reinforced by adding gussets and plates in critical areas. The electrical wiring was completely replaced with 20-amp Romex. The wheels were refinished and fitted with new tires. The axles, brakes, and springs were also refurbished and updated.
Other fine amenities include custom blinds throughout, a completely redone Dixie Permaview stove. The fully restored late 1940’s American Standard jade toilet contains new internals and can be used in either the travel trailer or park trailer configurations. Both the exquisite carpentry and superb leatherwork were meticulously handcrafted by extremely experienced specialists. No expense was spared, nor attention to detail overlooked to create a trailer that is unique in all the world.