Working for a musical instrument manufacturer, I have the pleasurable opportunity on occasion to see, feel and handle guitars that intitially started out as off the line, mundain and run of the mill everyday production instruments.
They started there lives in the late 50s or early sixties and were intended to be played by working stiffs.
But over the years, thier character changes as the wood ages, and the other materials they are made out of wears from use and takes on outside things like skin acid, sweat and yes, even cigerette smoke damage. Most musicians can't wait for this "relicing" to happen, as it makes the instrument sound sweeter and warmer. It's what we call the Voodoo. Unfortunately, by the time this happens, the original owners have passed or no longer play.
These instruments come in today as things folks have found in pawn shops, or in Grandpas attic, or at garage sales.. the owners never knowing thier $ value. But what is more important, is priceless. They PLAY themselves almost. This natural aging cannot be duplicated exactly, it has to be done with plain old time and use. (We have a line of "Pre Aged" instruments we call "Relics". They come close, but they are missing the Voodoo)
The dilema for the owners is: Do they use the instrument as intended, creating sounds that could not otherwise be achieved, or do they protect it by never using it?
Musicians will tell you it's a crime NOT to play it, the accountants and antique collectors will tell you it's crime to put it in harms way. There is just not many of them out there that have survived the rigors of proffesional use.
I understand both sides. Your trailer is the same. We all would cry if it was splatted on the road, but we all want to see it and admire it.. even own it, but it is no doubt out of our price range, and we don't want to take on your dilema either.