David Lehmann owns a vintage trailer, a 1958 Diablo

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on January 14, 2015

David Lehmann and wife Soni Bergman don’t actually live in their 1958 Diabl0 trailer nicknamed Rosarita — even though David describes it on his business card as “our little house on wheels.”

“We’ve had it for three years and do take trips with it,” he says while showing his visitors the spiffily-decorated interior. “We took four this year. Each time we have to back it down the driveway by hand.

“When it’s here, it’s our spare bedroom. We sit out here sometimes and watch Neflix.”

Diablo trailer

David, who came to the Bay Area to attend Stanford, is a graphic artist by profession but from  a look around his home, it’s clear he’s an artist by avocation. He builds furniture and tree houses and was creating a wind tunnel Christmas present for a friend’s child when we visited.

He works from home, and originally the Diablo trailer was going to be his office, thereby freeing up the spare bedroom for company. “Then we realized the trailer was already a bedroom,” he said. “If we’d converted it to an office, we couldn’t take it on trips!”

Photos by Irene Searles

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Rick Adams February 12, 2016 at 8:03 pm

I own a 1959 Diablo, recently restored. I would like to share research as I have never found another, Been looking for info since 1989 when a bought this jewel.


Shelly September 8, 2016 at 8:10 am

I just bought a 1959 Diablo and don’t know anything about it. About to start restoring it…please pass on any information that you think would be useful…thanks!


Stephanie L Borgman August 23, 2018 at 9:38 pm

The Diablo travel trailers were designed by my uncle, John Jordan. He was the Chief Draftsman for U. S. Steel in Pittsburg for many years. He and a partner had a small operation on Willow Pass Road in West Pittsburg/Bella Vista, CA, an unincorporated area now known as Bay Point. I was in elementary or intermediate school at the time. Don’t remember how long they were in production, but I’m fairly certain they were out of business by the time I started high school in 1961.


Heather March 29, 2019 at 12:59 pm

Stephanie- we recently found an old diablo, and I can’t find anything, anywhere about them. Is your uncle still alive, and would he ever be willing to answer a few questions via email??


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