Have you ever wanted to be a Barbie girl in Barbie world?
Well, maybe Thalia Massey is really doing it and living out her childhood fantasy in her own Barbie-inspired “dream camping truck.”
Hairstylist and her husband Steven are currently traveling across the US West Coast in a vibrant pink van.
Their truck begins like this: “A quick, little repairman just to have fun.”
They named the Barbie-inspired van Daisy, which was a 1969 Cardinal travel trailer in pink and white.
Steve got it for Ise as a gift for her 30th birthday after finding it on Craigslist.
Now, Ise and Steven renovate trucks for profit and Daisy is their second project ever.
People who saw the pink truck kept asking if they could hire her, so the couple started taking their truck renovation seriously.
Repairing another van, called the Duke, a blue-and-white, beach-filled 1963 Cardinal – meant that they later “finished up remodeling Daisy again”, as they learned a lot. many things that they want to improve.
The couple, who have two children aged 15 and 16, have big plans for their campers and want to have 10 children within ten years.
Steven advises: “You should start with the actual trailer first. Pretty much starts with your base. ”
“Start with your axle, your tires, your frame. Start with your frame, because the first time we built the whole trailer, the frame was really horrible. We had to tear it all down, start all over again.”
The campervans now have a lot of special touches that Ilse and Steven have handcrafted such as iridescent epoxy walls in the bathroom that match Ilse’s car.
“My husband gave my car a shiny finish and I wanted the bathroom to look like my car, so I tried to recreate that as best I could.” Ilse told Insider.
Ilse carefully poured the epoxy by hand carefully, each time a vibrant color, truly a work of love.
The colorful bathroom floor looks exactly like the couple’s other trailer, Duke.
Duke’s bathroom floor is also made of the exact same material used on Daisy’s ceiling.
Rainbow textures, bright colors and playful themes run through the unique multi-colored truck.
The Daisy van has a tow bar perfect for happy hour as well as faux stained-glass windows with daisies.
The unique pink and white trailer is full of characters as Ilse has thought of every detail, even the drawers have flower knobs.
She’s also filled each drawer in the trailer with special stickers of Lisa Frank, Disney princess, or Barbie.
On Tiktok Ilse has nearly 26,000 followers, where she shares about her car and truck renovations and their
“We know why they are there, but the others don’t know why they are there,” explains Ilse.
“Each trailer will have mini easter eggs for the other trailer.”
The couple had planned to remodel Daisy for under $10,000 but for Ilse, the renovation budget was like a wedding budget – it was hard to stick to them.
“The bathroom wood alone is $1,000 for teak,” explains Steven.
“So by the time we did the teak, the epoxy, the bathroom, the construction, everything, we were looking at $5,000 into the bathroom.”
The couple is still based in California.
Their first truck was headed to the Coachella music festival in Palm Springs, where Steven said: “That’s where it all started, yeah. It’s a Coachella trailer. ”
Ilse continued: “It was just a vibe. It is very great. Everyone there was just lucky, and they loved that trailer, and it was fun. ”
Recently, the couple is growing their truck empire, had a third trailer to do.
Ilse explains, “Someone gave us the third trailer because she heard what we were doing. So she said, ‘I actually have this in front of my house. You absolutely can have it. “
She added that it’s the same brand as the other two trailers, just bigger.
They call their latest 1978 travel trailer Sunny.
Always wanting to scale, Ilse wanted to buy at least 23 acres of land and create campsites for rent.
“There is a place in Joshua Tree, and they are doing the same thing. I discovered it, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh. This is exactly what I wanted to do, so we definitely wanted to do it,” said Ilse.
She continued: “I want to do weddings and birthday parties and things like that. Just somewhere where people can go and camp. That is definitely a long-term goal.”
Finally, the couple can also make a trailer for their home, when their teenage children are older.
Once a month, the couple put out a trailer for a 24-hour ‘date night’ where they go somewhere beautiful that’s also close to them.
“We just wanted a place where we could be outdoors and have fun, doing the same old school things we used to do when we were kids,” says Ilse.
“Eventually, hopefully, we’ll have grandchildren, so we can have a place where our grandchildren can go, just run amok and things like that.”
This story originally appeared on Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.
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