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CAMPER Vol. 8, No. 5, Issue: 45 September/October 2019



The magazine for all vintage camper trailer collectors, restorers, admirers and dreamers.




What our customers have to say about us

We picked up a 62 Shasta trailer and the side looked like a kid took a stick to the side of it. It was bad. We brought the skin to Hemet Valley RV and they Made a new piece. The Bottom skin is new and the top skin was old, but they look identical. It had 6 inch lines and it turned out perfect. Thanks Guys. Great job. -Barry



Five Star Plus!!! Steve and his company demonstrate what customer service should look like. Thanks so much! -Glenn


I recently purchased all of the siding,trim and entry door for an 1970 11’ foot trailer that I rebuilt using only the metal frame of the original trailer. I contacted Steve at Hemet Valley RV and sent him a side view of the trailer with the dimensions on it. Steve figured out what material I needed and the amount and sent it. Everything that I needed I received in a timely fashion and it was packaged in very strong boxes...Thanks so much for the great job Steve, I have no doubt that your business will have continued success, Great Job. -Wayne M.

2" x 6" diamond quilted aluminum. 24" width - .024 thick. High polish, raw mill or polar white finish.

Located in Hemet, California, we offer a wide variety of RV siding and camper siding for a variety of vintage camper trailers. Our panels and products are ideal when it comes to completing seamless repairs to siding, roofing and edging on your vehicle. Hemet Valley RV guarantees to deliver the results that you expect right to your door.

Extensive knowledge and quality materials. Very fair pricing and quick turn around time. Steve and Tammy are always helpful. -Larry 2

VCT's new Capri Camper has polished quilted aluminum siding to give it a more "vintage" look.

Inside This Issue Index On the Cover-Mansion on Wheels


1948 Spartan Manor By So Cal Vintage 10 Golden Caravan Roadtrip


Installing '47-'53 Spartan Windows


1962 Garway Lemonade and Lace


Mod Betty's 5 Faves of New Jersey


TCT Centennial Celebration


1948 Spartan Manor Barn Find


How to Determine Your Tires Age


Vintage Vacation in a Spartan


Avion Silver Fellowship Gathering


Buying Your First Vintage Trailer


Fiddlers Picnic


1959 Oasis Childhood Memories 36 Make Your Camper Eco Friendly


USA Rally Calendar



Your subscription to the Vintage Camper Trailers Magazine includes: Trailerites, and we presume most of our readers are trailerites, will recognize that there is a very real, albeit intangible, bond between all trailerites. The “On and Off the Trail” forward of the September/1946 issue of the Trailer Travel Magazine, begins with the above sentence that is just as true today as it was then. 73 years later the Vintage Camper Trailers Magazine continues the tradition of bringing the trailerite community together with a printed publication that may itself become a collector’s item. The Trailer Travel magazine has an article by LeRoy Mills, the Royal Secretary of the Tin Can Tourists. The article says in part: “The membership registration is larger than most of pre-war reunions and the percentage of new memberships is much higher.” A subtle reminder of post-war America and the roll that trailers, travel and the trailerite community had on the country.


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American Tr a i l e r i t e By Paul Lacitinola Publisher VCT Magazine Volume: 8 - Number: 5 - Issue: 45 Published by: Paul and Caroline Lacitinola American Trailerites My formula for success is rise early, work late, and strike oil. -J. Paul Getty Vintage Camper Trailers Magazine is a non-denominational supporter of the vintage camper trailer hobby. We welcome all collectors, restorers, admirers and dreamers.

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We finished the last issue of the magazine while we were on the Golden Caravan tour with the one-of-a-kind 1961 Airstream. We made it home in one piece and shared all of the places we visited with you on page 14 of this magazine. Since we returned home, we finished filming the documentary for the Ultimate Restorations TV show and showed the Gold Airstream at the Hot August Nights car show. The trailer won Best of Show and we got to lead the parade through Reno, Nevada. The trailer has since sold, and I made another trip across the USA to Arkansas to deliver it to the new owners. We made new trailerite friends and I will be sharing a bit about them and their incredible collection in the future. Traveling this year has made me realize three things. 1.) I have too many trailers in my collection. Storing, maintaining and registering so many trailers has become a burden. Eight of them are listed on the VCT classifieds if you are looking for a trailer. 2.) I need a trailer that is fully self-contained. I love the vintage style, but I want it to function like a new trailer with all of the modern amenities. Bathroom, solar, 3-way fridge etc are all requirements for the next trailer build. 3.) I like building trailers, but I like using them more. This winter we will be “finishing” the trailers we are keeping and building a personal trailer that will be able to function off-grid. The year isn’t over for us regarding events. We hope to see a lot of you at the Vintage Trailer Supply Festival in New Mexico September 13-15. ( The following weekend is the Buellton Rally and the weekend after that is Trailerfest in Plymouth, CA. ( Before winter we will be at the RVIA show in Fontana, CA (www. or you can join us and display your trailer at the Sacramento Auto Show. We have finalized dates and locations for the three 2020 Trailerfest events and have the preliminary announcement on the inside back cover of this issue. We have added a Southern California event to the mix in April and will do a Cajun theme with a crawfish boil and live Cajun music. Unfortunately, we could not secure the Durango RV park in Red Bluff, CA for Glamperfest this year. The parks in this area are still housing victims of the Camp Fire so we could not find a park large enough to accommodate our group. Glamperfest will be back at Durango in 2021. The VCT Boot Camp registration is also open and our lineup of presenters is listed on page 46. We are still finalizing some of the class offerings, but rest assured, it will be a full line-up. Boot Camp is a restoration learning experience where you will meet like minded people from across the USA. The information and comradery is invaluable. Like most of you we are busy. We are fortunate to be able to work and play in the hobby we love and hope to see you campin.


A Mansion on




ondra Phillips is an interior designer with 30 years of experience and the founder and owner of SKP Design, a commercial and residential interior design firm in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Although the company has four main areas of focus - Hospitality Design, Office Design, Medical Design and Residential - they are known for tackling a little bit of everything in the field. For example, projects can range from small office designs, to national franchise designs, to large facilities, or even campers! Sondra has shown this camper at the Gilmore Red Barns Spectacular, the Vicksburg Old Car Festival, as well as the Turkeyville Vintage Camper Rally in Marshall, MI that is hosted by Terri Lynn Hall of Tin Can Tourists. She has now collected a total of eight vintage campers: Two Little Gem Campers, a Concord Traveler, a Chateau Traveler, a Shasta, a Vagabond, the Go-TagAlong and of course the 1956 Spartan Imperial Mansion. Sondra has a line of her design business called “Ready to Roll� where she gives vintage campers and other vehicles a new life. To see more of her projects, visit

Photos by Casey Spring



f you know Sondra Phillips, then you know that she has discovered a love for campers and restoring them. So, when she and her partner stumbled across a Spartan Imperial Mansion from 1956 for sale, she could not help but buy it. Although it was a great steal, it was still in need of some major tender love and care, a project that they were more than happy to tackle. At first glance the interior of the 42’ Spartan Imperial Mansion seemed salvageable. However, to prevent leaking and provide new electrical for today’s amenities, the camper was dismantled down to the structure to allow for more design freedom. However, the gutting process didn’t come without its own set of surprises. A giant beehive and the skull and skeleton of a raccoon were found during the process! Planning is the key to a successful project. Field measurements of the existing camper were taken and drawn to scale in AutoCAD. These drawings allowed for accurate space planning, furniture and electrical planning and calculating quantities of wall and flooring materials. After exploring layout options, Sondra decided to keep the floorplan similar to its original design, yet create a more open and functional kitchen. The original L-shaped kitchen turned into a 2-sided galley kitchen to add more cabinets, counter space and better flow. The resto-modern design concept for the Spartan was to merge the old with the new and create a modern spin on the 1956 camper. To do this, a corrugated galvanized ceiling was installed that draws the eye upward 8

and creates the illusion of a taller ceiling. Stained wall paneling and LVT wood-look plank flooring were also added to give the space a sleek and modern look. A contemporary, blue IKEA kitchen adds color to the space. The real focal point of the kitchen however is a vintage Westinghouse refrigerator. With a little bit of hard work and a fresh coat of orange paint, the vintage fridge fits in with the modern look of the camper while showcasing the beauty of the past. The orange paint adds a pop of color and brightens up the space. Other vintage finds include an orange chenille bedspread from the Netherlands, an antique typewriter cart from Katydid’s in South Haven, and the original Spartan serial number tag. All these elements help tie the old with the new. Another fun element of the camper is the translucent Lumicor panel within the pocket door of the bathroom. This small feature adds pattern and color to what otherwise would just be a plain door and allows natural light to transmit between spaces. Whimsical patterned curtains frame the windows in the camper and add more interest and color. Orange accents continue into the living area with a mid-century modern egg chair. Other furniture includes a grey sleeper sofa, a seating poof, a small table in the living room, a compact dining room table and a queen size bed in the bedroom. All new electrical was installed, and a heater/ AC unit was added to allow for a more comfortable living space. The Spartan Imperial Mansion will be both a vacation home in South Haven, Michigan as well as a place to meet with clients on the lakeshore.


Astonishingly Superior Cremo Company, a national men’s beard, shaving and hair care brand, wanted something really special to launch a summer promotional campaign for their expanding product line. With a campaign focused on “barber grade” quality, Cremo worked with So Cal Vintage Trailer in San Diego to design and create a classic barber shop in a 1948 Spartan Manor. Taking design inspiration from historic barbershops, the Cremo Spartan includes a fully functional barber station, lounge, bar and bathroom. The classic Takara Belmont barber chair is a focal point. Two floor-to-ceiling safety glass showroom windows were added to let everyone get a look at what’s happening inside the trailer. The chair was reupholstered in carmel-toned leather to match the midcentury styled lounge sofa. Other modifications to the Spartan Manor body and chassis included a six-inch body lift to increase the interior height for Cremo’s crew of barbers. The trailer was also converted from a single axle to a tandem axle setup with a beefed-up frame and an extended tongue to



accommodate the installation of a 7,000watt generator up front. A custom aluminum luggage rack was fabricated for the top of the trailer. The interior features all new birch paneling, oak cabinetry and distressed hickory hardwood flooring in the main cabin. The bathroom includes a stainless-steel shower and inlaid ceramic tile floor. Two hidden split system air conditioners cool the interior and a vintage-look, full-size refrigerator and built-in blender provide cold beers and margaritas for clients. A large serving hatch over the bar provides more views inside and a place for answering questions and handing out product samples.


All of the exterior signage was hand painted - no wraps or vinyl lettering was used. The traditional hand lettering included the use of gold leaf to emphasize the quality of the Cremo brand. To add even more historic style, a classic lighted rotating barber pole was installed. The Cremo Spartan spent its first summer on several laps around the U.S. with its maiden voyage ending in Brooklyn. It’s also made appearances at South by Southwest in Austin and the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis.

According to So Cal Vintage owner Denny Stone, “It was great fun working with Cremo to put this together. Almost every inch of this trailer was modified in some way and nothing about it was easy, but the end result made it all worthwhile.�


GOLDEN CARAVAN ROADTRIP The Golden Caravan Road Trip took us across 15 states. We spent nearly 6 weeks on the road camping with fellow vintage trailer enthusiast, meeting business associates, displaying the Golden Caravan at museums and exploring the mid-west. We visited some great campgrounds, took advantage of our discount cards and even boondocked at Walmart! In the next issue we will show you where the trailer ended up. For more photos of the trip go to

June 6th- 9th Hollister, CA Casa de Fruta RV Park 160 Miles Rockabilly Rally June 10th – 11th Salt Lake City, UT Pony Express RV Resort 807 Miles Airstream of Utah Appearance, Celebrated 19 years of marriage! June 12th Cheyenne, WY Terry Bison Ranch (Passport America/Saved 50%) 445 Miles Bottle Fed Calves, Saw Bison

June 13th - 15th Minden, NE Pioneer Village 344 Miles Lost a vent on the Airstream, Pioneer Village Campout, Toured the Museum. First time to see fire flies! June 16th Kansas City, KS Kansas City East Oak Grove KOA 342 Miles First Laundry Stop! June17th Jefferson City, MO/St. Louis, MO St Louis NE/ Granite City KOA 276 Miles Toured Modern Litho Printing (The printer of the VCT Magazine). Rain downpour! Tried a Pork-loin


Book signing at Airstream of Utah.


On the marquee at Pioneer Village in Minden Nebraska. Pulled in to discover the top vent cover was missing.

sandwich. Avoided a Hailstorm by killing time visiting the Veterinary Museum in Jefferson City, MO. June 18th ST. Louis, MO St Louis NE/ Granite City KOA Worked on Issue #44 of the VCT Magazine, Laundry, St. Louis Zoo, Fitz's Root Beer and Fried Pickles, picked up Angelo at the St. Louis Airport so he could join our road trip for 9 days June 19th Terre Haute, IN Terre Haute KOA 205 Miles St. Louis Arch Tour, Peanut Butter Pie, World's Largest Pitchfork and RAIN!

Grace, Paul, Caroline and Angelo Lacitinola with the two gold Airstreams at the factory.

June 20th Troy, OH Fulton Farms (Harvest Hosts) 215 Miles Happy Birthday to Caroline, Greek Food at a Truck Stop in Indiana, First Amish Grocery Store, Finished Issue #44 at a Krogers in OH and Stayed @ Fulton Farms with Harvest Host June 21st Jackson Center, OH and Elkhart, IN Airstream Incorporated 223 Miles Spent the Day showing the Golden Caravan at Airstream and taking a Factory Tour. June 22nd - June 24th Sandusky, OH Camp Sandusky 181 Miles Amish Country, Cedar Point, Lake Erie.

The Golden Caravan on display at the RVMH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, IN.

June 25th -26th Dearborn, MI Camp Dearborn 248 Miles Detroit, Coney Island Hotdogs, Buddy's Pizza, Henry Ford and Greenfield Village Museum, Custard June 27th Elkhart, IN Walmart 210 Miles Dropped Angelo off at the Detroit, MI Airport and drove through Amish country to Elkhart, IN June 28th Elkhart, IN Elkhart Campground 10 Miles Showed the Golden Caravan at the RVMH Hall of Fame Continued on page 38

Devils Tower was majestic! The background photo: The Bad Lands.



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Acrylic, commonly called plexiglass, was originally used in the front windows of the Spartans in the observation lounge. Typically, after 60-70 years of service, the acrylic windows are cracked, scratched up or even missing and need replaced. Vintage Campers offer these replacement windows for all of the Spartans (1947-1958), excluding the 1946 Manors.

Installation Guide for 1947-1953 Spartans 1. Remove the old acrylic (plexiglass) window and rubber. The replacement windows are oversized and will need to be cut down to fit your particular Spartan. Early on we found that the window openings vary up to 5/16 of an inch on the same model Spartans making a one size fits all window impossible. Our windows are wrapped with a protective paper coating on both sides. The protective paper coating will prevent scratching the window when cutting it down to the correct size. 2. Hold the window up to the outside of the trailer so that it matches the radius of the trailer and mark the new window from the inside by tracing around the entire perimeter of the window opening with a pen or a fine felt tipped marker. This is a 2-person job, one person has to hold the window on the outside while another person marks the 16

window on the inside. Make sure the window is centered and tight against the aluminum so you will get a very precise and accurate line drawn on the best portion of the window. We do not recommend using the old window as a template because it may have shrunk over the years. 3. The window rubber gasket we sell has a 1/4” gap between the actual window and the aluminum skin cutout on the trailer. So, if using the rubber gasket that we sell, the window will need to be cut ¼” smaller than the size you just traced on the window. This can be done by either using a compass or just measuring ¼” in from the original line and then drawing a new line. If you are not using our rubber gasket you will need to measure your rubber gasket to know how much smaller the window needs to be cut.

Our new custom built windows are made from UV stabilized polycarbonate. They are much better and stronger than the original acrylic windows. They will not easily crack like the acrylic ones will, even if a rock is thrown up when traveling. Polycarbonate is the same material used for bulletproof glass. 4. Triple check all measurements before cutting. It might be a good idea to compare the lines you drew on the new window versus the old window you took out. They may not be exactly the same, but they should be close. We have found that some of the original windows shrink and are a little small. Use a Sabresaw or band saw to cut the window to size. Setting the saw at a lower speed will help prevent melting the polycarbonate window while cutting it. It might be a good idea to make some test cuts on the outer edges before cutting the actual line. Try to make your cuts as accurate as possible but if anything, cut the window too large verses too small. Small amounts of the polycarbonate window can be sanded off with a belt sander if it is too large. If you cut the window too small, you have ruined it. Once window has been cut to correct size, deburr all edges of window with a razor blade or sandpaper. This

Photo of trailers by Travis Tidmore

2. New window held on the outside of the trailer.

3. Measuring ¼” inside original line and making a new line with a compass.

4. Cutting inner line with sabre saw or jig saw.

5. Gasket on the trailer with the corners taped.

6. How the lock strip goes into the lock strip tool.

6. Starting the lock strip into the window gasket with the lock strip tool.

will prevent the seal being damaged during the installation. Peel back the protective paper coating approximately ½” around the outside edges of both sides of the window. 5. Install the rubber seal to the window opening by putting the narrow slot of the rubber gasket over the aluminum and make sure the opening for the lock strip is on the outside. Cut the seal ¼” longer (make sure the cut is straight) than it needs to be and push it up and slide it on top of the other end to make a nice seam that is almost invisible. We put the seam on the inside edge (towards center window) of the window. You may have to use duct tape on the corners of the seal to make sure it stays and won’t fall down during installation. We suggest using our oversized gasket & lock strip for the corner windows and our original gasket & lock strip for middle window.

6. Put silicone spray in the rubber channel where the window will be installed. Install the window into the rubber gasket starting in one of the lower corners and work it into the rubber with a plastic putty knife. The corners may be hard to get into the rubber gasket. Be very careful the polycarbonate will scratch easily. Once the window is in the rubber all the way around then you can install the rubber lock strip. When we install the lock strip, we start at 180° from where we started the rubber seal. You will need a lock strip tool, our part # COT001 to install the lock strip. Using a silicone spray or a soapy solution will make installing the lock strip easier. Install the lock strip all the way around the window. You can either just push the lock strip tool, or rock back and forth while pushing to get the lock strip in. When you are near the end cut the lock strip ¼” longer (make sure the cut is straight) and slide it in to make a nice seam. We recommend filling any

gaps where the 2 ends on the seal meet with black 100% silicone. Once window is properly installed with the rubber gasket and lock strip you must remove the protective paper coating immediately. If protective coating is left on too long, then it will be very difficult to remove without damaging the windows.

Polycarbonate scratches easily and has to be cleaned with a special cleaner called Novus 1 and a soft cleaning cloth. PAPER TOWELS, WINDEX or AMMONIA BASED CLEANERS should NEVER be used to clean polycarbonate windows.


Lemonade & Lace "When life gives you lemons, make Lemonade" So that's what we did. When I bought this 1962 Garway canned ham camper, it was in the most pitiful shape and would be classified to most people as junk. It was a real 1962 piece of tin crap! It had an asbestos floor that had a huge hole out in the middle and you could look straight down to the road. It was completely gutted, had had its skin pulled loose on one side, no windows, and the sides of it sucked in and out as we drove it away from the people we bought it from. I have no doubt they were laughing at us and shaking their heads in disbelief that I actually paid them $1000.00 for that. It was a real lemon. We were told it was a 1960 Garway Camper that had once (in its prime) been featured in a newspaper somewhere out in western Kentucky. I was a bit confused that there was the outline of the old sticker on the front of the camper that said "Garway" 18

and then, by the door, there was a metal plate mounted to it that said "Garwood." Through some research I discovered that the company had changed their name from Garway to Garwood in 1960. I thought since my camper had both names on it, that it probably was a 1960. Of course, there was no title, we had to refile for one, and through that process we discovered it was a 1962. As I pulled it down my dad's driveway to his shop (which is where she was brought back to life) Dad was in the driveway shaking his head in amazement that we had gotten it there in one piece driving 60 miles to his house. He agreed it was a lemon and thus the name "Lemonade & Lace" was Continued on page 39

Gray, Crystal, James and Navy Moran of Russell Springs, Kentucky.

Photos by Crystal Moran Photography



Nor th / Central New Jersey Mod Betty's

Five Faves

M o d B e t t y l ove s n o t h i n g m o re t h a n d i s c ove r i n g c o o l v i n t age p l a c e s t o visit AND being able to share them w i t h t h e w o r l d , a n d y o u ! H e r e ’s a s n e a k p e e k o f 5 f ave p l a c e s t h a t I d i s c ove re d i n ro a d t r i p p i n g around Nor th / Central New Jersey while re s e a rc h i n g fo r my l a t e s t Retro Roadmap Roadbook!

Hot Dog Johnny

Great Auditorium

H o t D o g J o h n n y ’s Belvidere NJ

The Great Auditorium & Te n t C i t y - O c e a n G r o v e N J

Hot Dog Johnny’s has been serving up tasty treats to travelers heading across New Jersey since 1944. Located on Route 46 which stretches from the George Washington Bridge to the Delaware river, the formal address indicates it is located in Belvidere, but if you want to get all giggly like a 3rd grader, this area of town is known as Buttzville!

The wooden barrel roofed Great Auditorium was built in 1894 by ship builders and seats over 6000 people. Two religiousthemed lighted signs located inside the auditorium are thought to be some of the oldest still in use today. Another notable feature of this historic structure is its pipe organ. With over 11,000 pipes it is one of the 20 largest pipe organs in the world.

Still family owned and operated, Johnny’s is mostly known for its dogs, deep fried in peanut oil, served “the works” style with a pickle spear nestled in alongside the dog. But the one thing that makes Johnny’s stand apart from the other stands is their inclusion of buttermilk as a drink on the menu - definitely an acquired taste! If that is too extreme for your tummy, they also serve frosted mugs of birch beer to wash down your dog and fries.


Adjacent to this magnificent building are structures much more modest in construction but equally as charming. The 114 canvas tents surrounding the auditorium are known as Tent City and are occupied seasonally by returning residents, with a years long waiting list for new residents. Each tent is anchored to a shed that contains the kitchen and bathroom, with not much else separating you from your neighbor except a few layers of canvas!

Summit Diner Summit NJ Many folks seem to think the best New Jersey diners are the giant, shiny, open 24 hours kind, with oversized laminated menus offering everything from burgers to seafood and everything in between. But Mod B digs the smaller, authentic vintage diners like the Summit Diner, a 1938 O'Mahony diner built in Elizabeth, NJ. Located in the boutiquey downtown area of Summit, it is easily accessible from the NJ Transit train station just across the street, and is open 7 days a week. The cream colored enameled panels, neon sign and curved roof on the outside are outdone only by the marble counter, orange tiling and formica tables inside, often adorned with fresh flowers inside upcycled sugar pourers. Serving a traditional diner menu, you can’t go wrong with the Greek-inspired meals, including my fave spanakopita with greek salad.

Want to discover more cool vintage places in North / Central Jersey and other locations? Head to RetroRoadmap. com/shop and pick up YOUR Retro Roadmap Roadbooks today!

Oprandys Wine and Liquor

Loew's Jersey City

Oprandy's Wine & Liquor Store - Englewood, NJ

L o e w ’s J e r s e y T h e a t r e J e r s e y C i t y, N J

I can’t decide if it is the glorious neon signage, or the steppedback-in-time interior, or the sweet owners, or their pet turtles, oh heck it is all of it. Mod Betty is completely smitten with Oprandy’s Liquor Store.

Opened in 1929 the Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City is a delight to behold! Inside the stories-high lobby you can’t help but gaze upward in amazement at the opulent baroque gilded decor, crystal chandeliers and rococo decorations as far as the eye can see. Speaking of gazing upward, when outside, look above to see a verdigris statue of Saint George slaying a dragon atop the roof.

Opened over 70 years ago, this independent shop has been owned by the Kim family for 29 years. They’ve kept the place in great condition including keeping those FABULOUS neon signs in good repair and lighted. If I were to ever get a tattoo I’d be tempted to recreate their neon O with the 2 cocktails nestled inside. My goodness that sign should be a historic landmark. Even if you’re a teetotaler and not a tippler you can pick up a soda, some chips, lottery ticket or a hostess gift here, and give a hearty Thank You to the Kims for keeping this place alive and aglow.

For years this landmark has been kept open and updated by the dedicated souls known as the Friends of the Loew's. This volunteer group meets weekly for cleaning, projects, anything and everything they can do to keep the doors open so the community can enjoy this gem. Make it a point to see a classic on their large screen, and be delighted with the sounds from their wonderful Wonder Morton theatre organ before the show.


Tin Can Tourists Centennial Celebration Part Two

Story and Photographs by Richard Cook

TCTers continued celebrating their club’s 100th Anniversary throughout the summer months at smaller rallies across the nation. In November, a TCT Centennial Celebration Caravan will take place in Florida, then it’s on to the next hundred years for the Tin Can Tourists! In the May/June 2019 issue of “Vintage Camper Trailers” I wrote about the Tin Can Tourists Centennial Celebration held in Brooksville, Florida in February. Vintage trailerites continued their year-long party at a second TCT Centennial Celebration held in Milford, Michigan in May, where several hundred people met up at Camp Dearborn for fun and festivities. Besides the usual seminars, entertainment and catered meals at major TCT events, some attendees spread their wings (a pun if you own a Shasta) away from the rally by visiting a local micro-brewery, the Henry Ford Museum, the

1958 Tour-A-Home owned by Arnold and Carolyn Rose. 22

Ford F-150 assembly plant, the Motown Museum, and other nearby attractions. An open house was held on Saturday under weather conditions that seemed to cover all four seasons in a single day, starting out cold and nasty, but eventually ending hot and sunny under a blue sky. Of course, there were the typical assortment of Airstreams, Avions, Scottys, and Shastas often seen at vintage trailer gatherings, but there were also numerous lesser seen brands at the event. There may be some pictured here that you have never heard of.

1963 Wolfe Cabover owned by Janet Boutilier.

Above: 1936 Curtiss Aerocar owned by Ken Hindley. A photograph of Hindley’s fifth-wheel trailer appears in Al Hesselbart’s book “The Dumb Things Sold... just like that!” Hesselbart refers to Hindley’s trailer as a Detroit Aerocar built by the Detroit Aerocar Company in Detroit, Michigan under license from Glenn Curtiss, who owned the Curtiss Aerocar Company in Jacksonville, Florida. The tow vehicle for the 1936 Curtiss Aerocar (aka Detroit Aerocar) is a Curtiss Tow Car.

1962 Oasis owned by Mike and Cheryl Bury.

1965 Frolic owned by Meredith Reynolds and Paul Klein.

1948 Studebaker Bus owned by John and Cathi Kwapich.

1956 Duro owned by Gary Higgins.

1949 Glider owned by Keith and Jayne Kesler.

1935 Bowlus owned by Scott and Jean Eliot.

1966 Elcona owned by Deborah Sewell.

1954 New Moon owned by Doug Bachman and Steve Allen. They recently sold their 1954 Spartan Mansion, which was featured in the May/June 2018 issue of “Vintage Camper Trailers,� and purchased a 1976 GMC Motorhome.

1973 Semaphore Caboose owned by Ron Baumgarten and Shannon Rozell.

The tow vehicle for the 1973 Semaphore Caboose is a 1938 Buick chassis with a Ford 460 engine and C6 transmission underneath a locomotive body.


Centennial Celebration

1956 General owned by Jim and Marta Bell.

1963 Trotwood owned by Jay and Karen Kruz.

1972 Steury “H� Series Hard Top owned by Errica Shanahan.

1963 Franklin Cabover owned by Charles and Debra Rivet.

1961 Holly Mascot owned by Mike and Carolyn Coats.

1966 Blazon owned by Eric and Tanya Graettinger.

1953 Owosso owned by Bob Solsbury and Kay Solsbury.

1959 Escort owned by Gary and Rose Betterling.

1959 Yellowstone Capri owned by Roger and Jennifer Kimberlin.

1959 Heilite Tent Camper owned by Wayne Johnson.

1957 Little Gem owned by Tim Maurice.

1949 Airstream Southwind Breeze owned by Doug and Sharon Cuyler.


1970 Go-Tag-A-Long owned by Russel and Rebecca Smith.

1964 Frolic owned by Darlene Cogill.

1957 Zollinger Va-Ka-Shun-Ette owned by Kim Brown.

1965 Little Gem owned by Carl and Kathi Curtis.

1955 Trotwood owned by Steve and Keri Norris.

1949 Alma Silver Aura owned by Todd Emily.



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BARN FIND They are still out there.

Every once in a while another one is rescued. 1953 Suburban with a 1948 Spartan Manor

Well known for their incredible restorations, Justin and Anna Scribner of Flyte Camp in Bend, Oregon didn't have to do much to get this Spartan Manor ready for the Hot August Nights car show in Reno, Nevada. Complete with its original drop leaf table and built in radio in the bedroom, this well preserved original had only received a good cleaning and a couple of interior panels before traveling to the show. The Scribners have claimed this as their personal trailer, for now. 26


Nothing Lasts


and Tires Are No Exception

Tires are manufactured by bonding rubber to fabric plies and steel cords. Despite the anti-aging ingredients mixed into the rubber compounds, there is a realization that tires are perishable, some tires will age out before their treads will wear out. When it comes to determining the age of a tire, it is easy to identify when a tire was manufactured by reading its Tire Identification Number (often referred to as the tire's serial number). Unlike vehicle identification numbers (VINs) and the serial numbers used on many other consumer goods (which identify one specific item), Tire Identification Numbers are really batch codes that identify the week and year the tire was produced. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requires that Tire Identification Numbers be a combination of the letters DOT, followed by eight to thirteen letters and/or numbers that identify the manufacturing location, tire size and manufacturer's code, along with the week and year the tire was manufactured. "When it comes to determining the age of a tire, it is easy to identify when a tire was manufactured by reading its Tire Identification Number (often referred to as the tire's serial number)."

Tires Manufactured Since 2000 Since 2000, the week and year the tire was produced has been provided by the last four digits of the Tire Identification Number with the 2 digits being used to identify the week immediately preceding the 2 digits used to identify the year.

Example of a tire manufactured since 2000 with the current Tire Identification Number format:

In the example above: DOT U2LL LMLR 5107 51 : Manufactured during the 51st week of the year 07 : Manufactured during 2007 While the entire Tire Identification Number is required to be branded onto one sidewall of every tire, current regulations also require that DOT and the first digits of the Tire Identification Number must also be branded onto the opposite sidewall. Therefore, it is

The use of a partial Tire Identification Number on the one sidewall (shown above) reduces the risk of injury to the mold technician that would have to install the weekly date code on the top sidewall portion of a hot tire mold.

possible to see a Tire Identification Number that appears incomplete and requires looking at the tire's other sidewall to find the entire Tire Identification Number.

Tires Manufactured Before 2000 The Tire Identification Number for tires produced prior to 2000 was based on the assumption that tires would not be in service for ten years. While they were required to provide the same information as today's tires, the week and year the tire was produced was contained in the last three digits. The 2 digits used to identify the week a tire was manufactured immediately preceded a single digit used to identify the year. Example of a tire manufactured before 2000 with the earlier Tire Identification Number format:


In the example above: DOT EJ8J DFM 408 40 : Manufactured during the 40th week of the year 8 : Manufactured during the 8th year of the decade While the previous Tire Identification Number format identified that a tire was built in the 8th year of a decade, there was no universal identifier that confirmed which decade (tires produced in the 1990s may have a small triangle following the Tire Identification Number to identify the decade). And finally, hold on to your sales receipt. Most tire manufacturer's warranties cover their tires for four years from the date of purchase or five years from the week the tires were manufactured. So if you purchase new tires that were manufactured exactly two years ago they will be covered for a total of six years (four years from the date of purchase) as long as you have your receipt. If you lose your receipt, your tires' warranty coverage will end five years from the week the tire was produced (resulting in the tire manufacturer's warranty coverage ending only three years from the date of purchase in this example). Tires that have been in use for five (5) years or more should be carefully inspected periodically for external signs of aging. All tires (including spare tires) manufactured more than ten (10) years previously should be removed from service and be replaced as a precaution, even if such tires appear serviceable and have not reached the legal wear limit.

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Vintage Vacations Conventional hotels and motels don't offer you the experience you could find in a Spartan Trailer

Traveling across the USA gives you so many opportunities to see and do different things. Conventional cookie cutter hotels and motels are not your only options for lodging if you don't have a vintage trailer. You could stay in a newly renovated, 1948 Spartan Vintage Camper Trailer. This one has all of the amenities like a queen sized bed, full bathroom with shower, kitchen with coffee machine, microwave, cooktop and small fridge. It is located just 15-20 minutes to Santa Fe, NM. Enjoy the peace of the country, star filled nights, quaint, beautiful, and clean accommodations. Local sites include ancient petroglyph hikes.

You can experience staying in a vintage trailer without having to tow or own one. This Spartan is comfortable and sweet, situated in a rural setting 12 miles from Santa Fe's growing south side. . Less than a mile from Las Golindrinas, a living history museum and easy access to all northern New Mexico sites. Just 5 miles from the Santa Fe airport and 55 from the Albuquerque Sunport. Enjoy a little digital detox as the Spartan Manor does not have television or wi-fi, however cell service is top notch. A portable DVD player and some great movies are provided, just in case your withdrawal becomes unbearable. There is also wi-fi about 50 yards away. 30

We found this retreat in They have a filter for "Unique Stays". One option under that selection is "Camper/RV". (Search 1948 Spartan in Santa Fe, NM to find this one.) The property owner, Suzanne, is a Superhost ¡ Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests. Suzanne has lived in Santa Fe for 37 years and loves it. The beautiful landscapes, the quality of light, the rich culture and the local traditions are embedded in her soul. She is even an ordained minister and can provide a legal wedding ceremony! She does many weddings in Santa Fe at the Loretto Chapel, but if the chapel is not available a beautiful mountain meadow will do, or under the stars by a blazing fire would be romantic and sweet!


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A Vacation Destination

Skip the awkward social interactions at a B&B. Bypass the staid, generic chain hotels. Sleep among grapevines in the cozy comfort of mid-century craftsmanship.

This luxurious 1948 Spartan Mansion has been lovingly restored in proper mid-century fashion and has plenty of fine amenities to ensure a tranquil stay. The trailer is tucked behind a quaint vintage barn creating a private compound with private bathhouse, covered pavilion, fire pit, bbq and gardens.

Walk through the newly planted vineyard. Gaze up at the clearest nighttime sky you've ever seen while you sit around the fire pit sipping a glass of Cabernet. Two new bicycles will take you to nearby wineries. Secluded, peaceful...truly special

Flat screen TV with built-in dvd player

Fully outfitted kitchen

Gas Fire Pit and BBQ

Microwave/ Smeg toaster

Keurig coffee maker

Shaded and lighted picnic pavilion

Air conditioner/ heater

CD Player, cds & dvds

Two new vintage-style bikes with helmets

Queen bed with new Memory Foam mattress

Newly built bathhouse with complimentary soaps, shampoo, and hair dryer

Parking available for your friend's trailer with water & electrical hook-up.

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Fluffy towels

“The Manor” – 1946 Spartan Manor. Built in 1946, our oldest trailer is far from passé. This rare Spartan Manor trailer is recently renovated with original style and form. Kick back in the Observation Lounge and enjoy! Waypoint Ventura Ventura, CA

1947 Spartan Manor- Sleeps 2 Adults in 1 Queen Size Bed. Combined Toilet and Shower. Each trailer offers a unique lodging experience tailored to compliment your wine tasting, dining, and exploration. The Vintages Trailer Resort Dayton, OR

Enjoy your privacy in a quiet, secure, rural neighborhood. The best of both worlds are only minutes away! The fabulous Las Vegas strip only 10 minutes away. And World class rock climbing and hiking awaits you at RED ROCK CANYON only 15 minutes away. AirBnB Las Vegas, NV

Roam with more space. 24-34 feet long Spartans. Includes a queen bed, indoor bathroom, outdoor shower, AC/heater, and cedar deck. One Large Trailer is ADA accessible. Please contact the front desk for priority booking. El Cosmico Marfa, TX

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Tom and Christina Breneman’s sleeping accomodations. Tom displays his love of woodworking as he proudly shows his updated interior with the use of walnut and cherry trim and cabinetry with accent lighting. Left: Tom and Christina Breneman’s yellow Avion from Pennsylvania was a big hit!

The Padding Family from Holland, MI. Matt, and Cassie, along with their children, Braxton and Kenlie, appear in front of their 1971 – V25. This is proof that the quality and styling of Avions are appealing to a new generation of Avion owners.

Michael and Kathleen Judd’s polished 1957 – 24’ pulled by 1950’s Suburban

Silver AVION Fellowship Gathering Submitted by Terry Prentkowski Elkhart Campground in Elkhart, IN was home again this year for the 2019 Silver Avion Fellowship Gathering. A total of 36 units from all over the country attended this four-day event. The Silver Avion Fellowship was started by the late Bob Muncy as the attendance numbers for the national rallies started to wane. There are three main objectives for the gathering: 1. To promote the restoration, maintenance, and use of Silver Avions

The gathering ended on Sunday after a final continental breakfast and goodbyes until next year.

2. To encourage the exchange of information between owners 3. To encourage silver pride and camaraderie

Bob Peters from Palm Dessert, CA arriving in his 1974 – 23’

The summer gathering is a bit different from most vintage camper rallies in the sense that it is brand specific. All Avions and Cayos manufactured from the mid-1950s through 1990 are welcome to participate in the Silver Avion Fellowship (SAF) Summer Rally. All stages and types of restoration are welcome. Although we do not have a public open house, we often see potential new Avion owners wandering around asking questions of owners. 34

Of course, no good rally could do without a daily morning coffee, small continental breakfast and informal chit chat. There was plenty of free time during the day for site seeing, a visit to the National RV Museum or just plain relaxing and visiting with old and new friends before settling down for a nice group dinner, cocktail hour and informal announcements in the evenings. The menu offering this year included pulled pork, Italian beef, freshly made salads, ice cream sundaes and homemade strawberry shortcake and other tasty treats!

The 2020 rally is scheduled in the same location as this year. The dates will be July, 16-19, 2020. If you would like to be included on future information, please feel free to email me at keyholeren@ or request to be added to the Silver Avion Fellowship Facebook Page. Registration for next year’s gathering will begin in February, 2020.

Dean Bailey and Yvonne Westover from Ohio At the forever young age of 91, Dean Bailey, along with Yvonne Westover, have been regulars at both Avion Travelcades and Silver Avion Fellowship events. Dean was an Avion dealer from 1958 until 1996 and hosts the Saturday morning tech sessions.

Other Rally Fun: Tasty treats were created by George and Jo Ellen Doscher from Elgin, IL. Saturday morning “Tech Session” where participants were encouraged to ask questions and share tips.

George and Jo Ellen Doscher from Elgin, IL display their “MADE IN MICHIGAN” sign, which was presented to Avion owners who attended this year’s TCT Centenniel Celebration in Milford, Michigan.

Mike and Paula Trojahn from Springfield, IL display their selfdesigned graphics on their 1968.

Thursday night rally goers were treated to an assortment of hors d'oeuvres at the meet & greet followed by a few announcements and introduction of first time attendees. This year we were proud to announce we had 17 first timers! First time attendees were presented with a remembrance of their first SAF Rally. Kevin and Luisa Sherman discovered this tradition while researching articles in old editions of the Avion Travelcade Newsletter and personally crafted these mementos.

Andrew, Deb and Maddie O’Connell along with Kirk and Beth Olmsted get ready to “blast off” for the funfilled evening commemorating the 50 Year Anniversary of the lunar landing. Green alien Bernie Stuckey is ready to blast them back to Earth with his Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator! We celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing at Saturday night’s dinner. Guests were asked to wear a t-shirt commemorating this event and were provided with props created by Shirley Skinn and her sister for a photo op.

Marguerite Meyers hosted the white elephant gift exchange after Friday night’s dinner. Moonpies were passed out as a party favors. Shirley Skinn and Dave Stuthard hosted three rounds of trivia focusing on classic movie lines, Avion history and Lunar facts.

The Fiddlers Picnic Rally is held the first weekend in August on the Old Mercier Ranch just North of Yellowstone National Park. It is held the same time as the Fiddlers Picnic. It is estimated that 500 pickers attend, many also camping on site. This year attendees from Florida, Wyoming, British Columbia, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Utah joined in the celebration of TCTs 100th birthday. Several brought instruments and joined the other pickers The Vintage Airstream Club sanctioned the “Jackrabbit Sprinter”, a vintage caravan, which attended the Rally. The “Jackrabbits” were an early group that gave birth to the Wally Byam Caravan Club International. Vintage Airstreams as old as 1952 were present. Plus the 1946 Curtis Wright Model 1, an Airstream cousin. Join us for the 8th annual Fiddlers Picnic the first week of August, 2020.

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1959 Oasis I received my camper as a 20th birthday present from my Dad on July 26, 1986.  My boyfriend (now husband) and I used it to camp a lot!  It even moved with us out of state for seven years.  We now reside back in our home state of North Dakota.  We camped in it until the early 1990’s.  In fact, the last time we camped in it I was pregnant with our daughter who is now 25.  Then life got busy and it sat out in our yard for about 20 years. A couple of years ago I had my husband move it into our backyard and I started the restoration. Since it has been in our family for most of its life it didn’t have much damage.  We were able to get the water leaks fixed and the holes sealed up so the mice couldn’t get in and then the fun began.  It took me one summer to finish the outside.  Then the next summer I


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H A P P Y H A P P Y H A P P Y CHILDHOOD MEMORIES worked on the inside.  It has been such a fun and dear to my heart project since it is a family heirloom.  I remember camping in there when I was a child many times.  I don’t remember exactly where but I do remember my Dad at the door banging pots and pans to scare away the bears! I also remember climbing through the small door on the side because we locked ourselves out Submitted by Veronica McGInnity and I was little enough to crawl in under the couch and get the door open! Now it sits out in our yard by my garden and we use it to play games.  I read and knit out there. Sometime I just sit and have my morning coffee. I have even had a couple sleep overs with my dog Buddy out there!  It is relaxing and brings back happy childhood memories. 

June 29th Round Lake, IL Walmart 180 Miles 4th of July Fireworks - we were joined by the community in the Walmart Parking Lot to watch the fireworks! Bonus!

Nice sign on the entry to the trailers at the Volo Museum.

June 30 Volo, IL Fish Lake Beach Camping Resort 15 Miles Church at Heritage Church in Round Lake, IL. Raced a hailstorm for cover at the Volo Museum. The Trailer got under a cover but we were soaked! th

July 1st Wisconsin Dells, WI Wisconsin Dells KOA 150 Miles Museum Appearance Volo, IL. Cheese Chalet, Cheese Curds July 2 – July 5 Mora, MN Adam and Jodi’s House (Caroline’s nd



Sister!) 300 Miles FAMILY TIME and best 4th of July Food EVER-steak and prawns! Trailer in the barn due to Hail Warning July 5th – July 6th Clear Lake, MN Minnesota Airstream Park 70 Miles Golf Cart Parade, (Photo below right.) July 7th Sioux Falls, SD Flying J 330 Miles Stopped by an accident. To avoid a gravel road detour, toured a cemetery. Tri State Marker MN, SD, IA, Visited Sioux Falls. July 8th Belvidere, SD Belvidere KOA 250 Miles Corn Palace, Pioneer Auto Show, Bullfrog Catching and Hail Watch July 9th – July 10th Rapid City, SD Rapid City KOA 220 Miles Fed Prairie Dogs, Badlands Loop, Big Horn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Oysters, Bison Burger, Indian Fry Bread Taco, Wall Drug, Hail Watch. July 11th - July 12th Gillette, WY Camplex Event Center 280 Miles

Devils Tower, Tim and Linda Brown Surprised us when they showed up in Gillette, WY! Rodeo, Devils Tower again with Tim and Linda Brown, Cornhole competition, John King Concert, Fireworks to the North, lightning storm to the South! Crazy Midwest weather! July 13th Rawlins, WY Walmart 245 Miles Open House at Rally on the Range, Hit the Road around 5pm to get a jump on our drive home. July 14th Elverta, CA HOME 932 Miles Like a Hound on a sent, we could smell home and nothing was distracting us!

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Make Lemonade

officially our little lemon’s name. "When life gives you lemons, make Lemonade!" So, that's what we did. She was stripped completely down to the trailer which was the only thing in terrific shape! From there a new floor went in, then the frame, then the painstaking task of getting her original skin back on and matching it up perfectly with the new frame. (Good thing my daddy builds kitchens for a living cause his carpentry skills really were appreciated and very much needed. We buffed and sanded and buffed and sanded and finally she was ready for a paint job. I settled for a pale yellow, the color of lemonade and white. Dad sprayed her colors on with professional care and his own made up design. Then came insulation, electric, paneling and everything else seemed to just fall into place. She is decorated with lots of lace on the inside and adorned in teal and yellow accents. It took 9 months to complete. My parents bought their first camper in April 2018. They and my sister’s family camped in it all summer. They would ask us to stay with them but there just wasn't enough space for my parents, my sister’s family of 7 and my family of 4 to sleep in there. I knew I would certainly not be camping in a tent. For a while we would drive to where they were camping and stay for the day, then drive home, get up and drive back to

where they were camping. I decided that I would just buy a camper for the sleep space, as we did not need a kitchen or bathroom since we could use my parent’s camper for those things. I really had my heart set on a canned ham style camper so I started searching for a camper to fix up and after 4 months of searching, boy did I ever find one! I have to give all the credit to my Dad, Eugene. If it hadn't been for his hard work and expertise, little Lacey would probably still be sitting abandoned somewhere. We take her on our first camping trip next week and we are so very excited to start making memories and showing off our Lacey!

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Did you know that studies have shown that campers are more environmentally friendly than staying at a hotel, driving or even flying? Protecting our planet should be important to us all and while your camper may be more environmentally friendly, it doesn’t mean you should stop there. Whether you have an older RV or a newer one there are still some eco-friendly upgrades you could be making right now. We've highlighted some of our favorite ideas as a good starting point.

plastic ware or paper plates can go a long way. Take a travel mug with you instead of using plastic water bottles. If you must use plastic bottles, consider refilling them instead of tossing them out. Next, try using 100% biodegradable soaps, dishwasher liquid, and body products too. These products have no toxins and are better for the environment. Finally, please don’t forget to recycle. If your campground doesn’t have a recycle station, put your recyclables in a bin.

Every five mph over 55 mph will cost you an additional $0.16 per gallon.

Using Solar & Wind Power Installing a solar panel to your camper allows you to use the power of the sun to your advantage. Solar Panels give you the freedom of going wherever you want including places without a traditional power source. You can use the sun to heat up your water instead of using propane, or for simple things like recharging batteries and keeping the fridge running. Some people we've talked to recommended wind power as well. Technology has allowed for wind turbines scaled down to fit on top of your camper. The only downside to this is they can be a bit noisy. Use your best judgment to decide if they are right for you.

Watch Your Speed Limit The road may be calling you but try to resist the need for speed. As you might already know you can make a big impact on your fuel efficiency simply by making a few adjustments. According to the U.S. Department of Energy every five mph over 55 mph will cost you an additional $0.16 per gallon. A slower speed means less fuel wasted and more money in your pocket. You can also do things like making sure your tires are properly inflated and reducing your weight by packing only what you absolutely need for your trip.

Insulate Your RV Proper insulation can keep your camper warm during the cooler months and cool during the warm months. If you find your camper going into high or low-temperature extremes, you may want to double check your insulation. Checking the windows, doors, vents and exterior would be good places to start.

Minimize Your Trash Sometimes it’s the simple things that make the biggest difference. Little things like using real dishes instead of 40

Wrapping Up We’ve highlighted just a few ideas today but there are hundreds of different ideas you can find Online. The secret to making your RV eco-friendly is in your overall approach. Some actions may seem small, but every little bit counts. And for all our metal banding and retro furniture needs be sure to visit our website: We look forward to hearing from you!

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September 3-9, 2019 Lynden, WA Mt. Baker Vintage Trailer Rally. NW Washington Fair & Event Center 1775 Front St. Lynden, WA 98264. 19th Annual Mt. Baker Vintage Trailer Rally. Washington State's Largest Annual Vintage Trailer Rally. This is field camping with no assigned spots. You pay and register upon arrival. Showers, restrooms and a rv dump station are on site. Power and water is abundant and available for most everyone with extension cords and water splitters. $30 per night plus a one time rally fee. (Add 3% for credit card payments). This years theme is: Cowboys and Indians. Open House: Saturday, September 7, 2019 12-4:00pm. Rene Perret (360) 431-7311 September 5-8, 2019 Branson, MO Branson KOA Annual Vintage Camper Rally. 397 Animal Safari Rd. 8th Annual Vintage Camper Rally. All campers dated 1976 and older receive special pricing. Events include a swap meet and trailer tour. Tour on Saturday, September 7 from 12 - 3 pm. Open to the public. Asking for donations to KOA Care Camps. Angie Dickerson angie@ 417-334-4414 September 5-8, 2019 Dolores, CO Four Corners Vintage Trailer Camp-out. The Views Rv Park, 24990 County Road 184. No frills, no fees (except for your site space) campout with old and new friends. Host club is Classic Campers of New Mexico, check us out on FB. Reservations recommended by calling (970)749-6489 and men-

tion the Vintage Campout. Check out: to see what there is to do in this area. Spaces are full hookup and are assigned when you check in. Open House: Saturday 2 to 4:30 Mark Camrud (505) 3600661 September 6-8, 2019 Winthrop, WA Wheel into Winthrop. 316 Castle Avenue. Vintage Trailer Enthusiast Extravaganza! A laid back gathering for folks who own vintage trailers. A great time to make new friends, show off your RV and Oooh and Ah over other folks' vintage RV's, Tractors, Motorcycles, Bicycles and collectible Automobiles. There will be an Auto Show including vintage Semis, Motorcycles, Parade of 120ish autos that come through our Campground on Saturday the 8th. Join the Party! Open House Saturday from approx 11-2. Anna Kominak pinenearpark@ 509-341-4062 September 12-15, 2019 Red River, NM Road Runner RV Resort, 1371 E. Main Street. 575-754-2286. Join FAC in the Land of Enchantment! Meet and greet and activities TBD. Make your own reservations and be sure to mention Friendly Average Campers @ Red River, NM. FAC! Request to join FAC on Facebook! September 12-15 2019 Thermopolis, WY Fountain of Youth vintage trailer rally. 250 Highway 20 Thermopolis Way, This is the third annual

vintage trailer rally located at the fountain of youth Campground and RV Park. Open House: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Russell Schwartz (307)250-0911 September 12-15 and 19-22, 2019 Montello, WI Midwest Vintage Trailer Rally. 555 Lake Ave Montello, WI 53949. This year choose from one of two weekends! All vintage trailer makes and models welcome! Step back in time, enjoy, Trailer Shown-Shine, Pot luck, door prizes, Swap meet, and much more!! Plus site...$160.00. Back in Premium...$175.00. Premium...$191.00. Includes 3 nights/4 days and all rally activities. *Price based on 2 adults, and 2 children. Add $25.00 per extra person. $21.10 per extra nights camping. Kimberly Steiner, RESERVATIONS CALL: 608-297-2915 NO online Reservations please! Open House. September 13-15, 2019 Newport, OR South Beach ROVT Rally.South Beach State Park. Join Rollin' Oldies Vintage Trailers for our annual rally on the Oregon Coast. Soup Bar, Potluck, Night Glow & more! Reserve sites thru Reservations Northwest in A, B & C Loops. We welcome 1980 and older trailers. Contact your hosts Priscilla Lewallen & Ashley Morrison-Roberts at & morrison.ashley1@gmail. com to register with the ROVT after you book your spot. Open House. Ashley Morrison-Roberts, (503) 522-6179 Priscilla Lewallen 503-831-1268

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September 18-22, 2019 Dolores, CO International Rally in Dolores, CO. Dolores River Campground. 18680 Hwy 135. 970-882-7761. FAC is joining the Streamline Royal Rovers at their International Rally in beautiful Dolores, CO! This is a Royal Rovers event, so all inquiries should be directed to Jim Flint - . There is a rally fee of $25 per person in addition to your campsite reservations. Make your own reservations and be sure to mention Streamline Royal Rovers. Request to join FAC on Facebook! Friendly Average Campers & Streamline Royal Rovers. September 20-22, 2019 Perry/Willard, UT Rally On The Fruit Way "Journey" KOA. We are back in the country! Rates are $35.00 flat rate,no discounts,per night, per trailer. Most spaces are full hook ups. James and Kristan Settlemire are our camp hosts. Go to for information or call 435-723-5503.You can book now. 435-730-3840. Orbie September 20-22, 2019 Lenartsville, PA Rally on the Rocks. 341 Sousley Rd, Meet fellow enthusiasts who share the common interests of preserving theses little pieces of Americana. Swap stories, share restoration tips, parts resources and a few laughs all while making new friends. Blue Rocks is located the heart of the Eastern Pennsylvania wilderness. It occupies over 100 acres of beautiful forest divided by mountain streams and is surrounded by miles of hiking trails

that offer incredible views of the Pennsylvania countryside. Topped off with our breathtaking Blue Rocks boulder field that gives our campground its name. If you have a vintage camper and the have been bitten by the “Glamping” bug, please come join us. No restrictions on make, model, year or condition – all are surely welcome. Even if you don’t own one of theses little gems yourself, but would like to see what it’s all about, a public open house will be held on Saturday (time to be determined) where you can tour these little pieces of our history. More details and our weekend schedule of events are to follow, so be sure to periodically visit and our facebook page for continuing updates. Reserve your spot and REGISTER TODAY!!! (610) 756-6366 Open House Saturday. Bryan Rimbey 610-462-6537 September 26-29, 2019 Eagleville, MS Exactly half way between Des Moines, IA and Kansas City, MO on I-35 at Eagle Ridge Campground located at 22708 W. 182nd Street. For CAMPING reservations, Call (660) 867-5518. September 26-29, 2019 Nancy, KY Somernites Cruise and Pulaski Co Park are proud to announce the 3rd Annual Campin' the Cumberland Vintage Camper Rally!! 1,200 -1,500 classic/ collector cars & trucks and about 10,000 spectators! Keith Floyd at or 606-872-2277.

Open House Saturday September 28th 10 am to 2pm

Over 250 Trailers!


October 18, 19, & 20, 2019 | Cal Expo

Show Your Vintage Trailer! Friday • 10:00am – 9:00pm Saturday• 10:00am – 8:00pm Sunday• 10:00am – 6:00pm Sacramento, CA

More Info and Register at

September 26-29, 2019 Plymouth, CA TRAILERFEST! White Wedding, An 80's Love Story. Karaoke, Fast Times- a live 80's cover band, muscle cars and over 250 Vintage Trailers! Register ASAP for this sellout event: September26-29, 2019 Santo, TX We will be celebrating 100yrs of Tin Can Tourists At the Coffee Creek Resort & Cabins. Pot luck, door prizes, Games and a weekend of fun .The resort rate is 36.per night , there is no rally fee for TCT members . If your not a current member or would like to renew your membership you can do so on line at Or can do so when attending the rally. Contact the resort to make reservation for this event .940-769-2277 let them Know your camping with TCT . Teresa Baldwin 254-210-1498 October 4-13, 2019 Fontana, CA The 67th Annual California RV Show is moving to the Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA. The move will improve the customer experience with FREE Parking, real bathrooms and yummy food courts! On exhibit will be 1,200 brand new 2020 model year RVs with over 120 booths of camping accessories and RV related products. Over 40 camping seminars and RV test drives available. Take Hwy 10 and exit off Cherry St, head north to the track entrance. FREE PARKING! Adult Admission $15. See October 10-13, 2019 Laconia, IN So Harrison Vintage Camper Rally. South Harrison County Park. 35 vintage campers pack a secluded campground for a weekend of fun to include 4 large group meals, a Fri night band, a special observatory event, a nightly bonfire, Open House-Saturday 1-3pm. Abby 502994-3832. October 11-13, 2019 Malibu, CA Malibu Vintage Trailer Rally 25801 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu CA 90265. Ahoy mates! Grab your pirate hats and join us for the 4th Annual Malibu Vintage Trailer Rally! Pirate themed rally open to all vintage style trailers (no open house). Located on a beautiful hillside overlooking the Pacific! Stay in comfort with clean bathrooms and heated showers; conveniently located near area restaurants and shops. Find our group page on Facebook! Email rally host Alex at MalibuVTR@ to be added to the contact list for rally updates and additional information; Alex 818-2989842. Limited space available! Reserve your site direct 310-456-6052. Malibu Beach RV Park. NO Open House. Alex Kleckner MalibuVTR@gmail. com. (818) 298-9842 October 18-20, 2019 Calistoga, CA Wine Country Rally, 1435 N Oak Street Calistoga, CA 94515. Set in the beautiful Napa Valley, join us at harvest time for a Vintage Trailer Weekend less than a mile from downtown Calistoga! Public golf course right next door and wine tasting, mud baths, shops & restaurants within walking distance. Open House/Sale 10am -2pm on October 19th. Hosted by Don and Karen Clancy. Please


contact Karen at kaboo71@aol. com for registration. Register soon as this event will most likely sell out. Open House. Karen Clancy, (415) 246-1428 October 31 - November 3, 2019 Lake Havasu City, AZ Havasu Round Up-7260 Sara Parkway, At the Rodeo Ground, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406. All vintage trailers come and join us at the Rodeo Grounds for a fun camp out, all vintage trailers welcomed, $10.00 per night camping fee, dry camping. Meet and greet Friday November 1, 2019, 6:00p.m. (in large building) Bring a hors d’oeuvre (snack) to share and your own beverage. (for campers) Swap meet, bring items to sell and have fun buying, Saturday from 8am until noon, big building, everyone welcomed to join in. Open to the public. Dogs are allowed on leash at all times. Showers and restrooms are available. There are great hiking trails all around our camping area. Pot luck Sat. 5:00pm in the big building. (Bring your own dishes and silverware). Coffee in the morning in the group area. (big building). Wear your best Western Gear for the potluck, prize for the best outfit and a prize for the best or unusual decorated trailer, prizes, Saturday after pot luck. Public can check us out; it is free to come and see us, from 10:00am until 3:00pm Friday and 10am until 2:00pm Saturday. Camping is $10.00 per night, when you arrive, Cherri and Mike Aiken


hosts our number is (928) 5052730 Do not need to preregister, there is plenty of room. Cherri/Mike Aiken November 1-3, 2019 Jackson, CA Rancheria Rally. 11407 Dalton Road, 4th annual Located at the beautiful Jackson Rancheria RV Park. Join us for a fun weekend with friends who love the vintage lifestyle. A great 'end of year' rally. No Open House. Greg and Wendy Burns 209-605-1305. January 30 – February 2, 2020 Lake Havasu City, AZ Lake Havasu State Park, 699 London Bridge Road, (Windsor beachover flow lot). Beautiful Setting On The Beach! Come Join The Fun!! First Timers Are Always Welcomed! No Dues, No Meetings. All Vintage Trailers Are Welcomed. Cherri and Mike, (928) 505-2730, or e-mail anytime February 14-15, 2020 San Dimas, CA Sweetheart Vintage Trailer Rally at Bonelli Bluffs. See ad on page 46. March 5-8, 2020 Hollister, CA 5th Annual VCT Boot Camp. VCT Boot Camp is for the restorer of vintage camper trailers. Beginners are welcome! It is a combination of intensive classroom learning and demonstrations. VCT Boot Camp is

October 18 - 20, 2019 Calistoga RV Park

1601 N. Oak Street, Calistoga, CA 94515

Join us for a Vintage Trailer Weekend at harvest time in the beautiful Napa Valley. Situated less than one mile from downtown Calistoga, the RV park is within walking distance to wine tasting, mud baths, shops, restaurants and the golf course next door.

Open House/Sale

October 19 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Hosted by Don and Karen Clancy To register, contact Karen at Space is limited. Register soon, as this event is likely to sell out.





24-27 SHINDIG 2 0 2 0 Hollister, CA June 11-14, 2020




an opportunity to meet with industry pro’s, many that make their living in the hobby and are willing to share their expertise with you. Get in on all the action, camaraderie and enjoyable learning experience centered around the vintage camper trailer hobby. You will have an opportunity to work closely with the experts as they answer all your questions and provide step-by-step instruction on trailer restorations. You will be a part of a network of fellow restorers! Not experienced? No need to be, this event is for both novice and experienced restorers. We provide a comfortable environment to pick up the skills you will need to begin, complete, or restore your enthusiasm for your project. This event sells out every year. See the list of presenters in the ad on the next page. March 26-29, 2020 Joshua Tree, CA Blast from the Past. This year our theme is a retro Tiki Party, so dig out that Hawaiian shirt, grab a few leis, and pick up some Tiki glasses or mugs. You do not need to be a TCT member and all SWTCT events are pet friendly and open to all camper rigs regardless of make, model, or year. SWTCT has reserved a private campground for the weekend with 70 sites available. All spots are back in with water and electric and all but a few have sewer. The campground is minutes from Joshua Tree National Park, fabulous 4WD trails, a ghost town, and short jaunts to Palm Springs and other attractions. A Thursday Meet and Greet with a movie, a catered dinner Friday, a potluck Saturday, and Sunday morning coffee and donuts will be offered inside the large dining hall. A Saturday morning a private swap meet, craft sale, and trailer tours will be from 8-1. Saturday night awards will be presented for best large/tiny decorated trailer and best male/female tropical attire for outfits worn to the luau themed potluck dinner. The event fee is $10 and T shirts cost $15


California RV Show is moving to the Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA.

OCTOBER 4 - 13, 2019


today at Hosted by Paul and Caroline Lacitinola. 916-572-8554

A Restoration Learning

April 17-19, 2020 Tulare, California California Antique Farm Equipment Show® 4500 s Laspina St., Please join us as we welcome vintage trailers in 2020. A 3-day weekend show featuring all things old including antique tractors and equipment, a swap meet, antique boutiques, vintage tractor pulls, kids activities, food trucks and more. Only 16 spaces are available for vintage trailers this first year with space to grow in the future. Dry camp only with showers and restrooms available. To be part of the show, or for more information, please call (559) 688-1030 or email antique@farmshow.Org.

Experience March 5-8, 2020

• Justin Scribner, Flyte Camp • Steve Hingtgen, Vintage Trailer Supply • Denny Stone, So-Cal Vintage Trailer • Adam Blair, Avalon RV • Jim Polk, Polk and Associates • Scott Campbell, Retroluxe Trailers • Josh Hicks, Tin Can Handy Man • Gary Warner, Vintage Trailer Rescue • Tim Brown, TB Trailer Restorations • Jimmy Evans, Jimmy Did It • John Palmer, Retired • Ryan Guetersloh, Jack of all Trades • Dawn Farrier, The Creation Station each. The rally fee is $120 for 3 nights camping and one catered meal ticket. Extra meal tickets are $15 each and extra nights camping are $35, the cheapest in the Molina Basin. A detailed event newsletter and registration forms are available by contacting Gail Leggett at March 27-28, 2020 San Diego, CA Pismo South-Campland on the Bay-7th annual trailer rally. $134.00 for the 2 nights, tax included. Very laid back rally in lazy San Diego, right in the Bay. Email me at (Cathy) for registration form.

May 14-17, 2020 Pismo Beach, CA June 11-14, 2020 Hollister, CA Cow girls and cow pokes dust off your 10 gallon hat and head for the Casa De Fruta Farm. We have even more sites than last year and can boon-dock new trailers or tent camp you if you do not have a vintage trailer! Everyone is welcome! Country western music, black kettle potluck and more. Get signed up, you know this will be a shindig! Hosted by Paul and Caroline Lacitinola. 916-572-8554

Hollister, CA

April 16-19, 2020 San Dimas, CA Cajun Campin. Trailerfest is coming to Southern California! Over 200 sites available at Bonelli Bluffs, 1440 Camper View Rd. Fabulous views and a lake with fishing. Live cajun music, craw fish boil potluck, open house 10 am to 2 pm. Trailerfest events sell out. Get registered



FEBRUARY 14TH-15TH 2020 Take Your Vintage Love with You and Meet Others who Share the Same Vintage Trailer Love (This is a No Host Event) FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH: S'MORES & CAMPFIRE






June 25-28, 2020 Geneseo, Illinois Western Illinois Vintage Trailer Rally. 22978 Illinois Highway 82. Come join us along the Hennepin Canal in Geneseo, Illinois for a relaxed vintage trailer rally. For more information please ask to join the Western Illinois Vintage Trailer Rally Facebook group.Open House, June 27th, Noon to 3 pm. Kevin Isaacson 309 235-4448.

No reservations required, just roll in and join the fun. All the info is at Open House: July 2-4 from 9am to 3pm. Bob & Jacyn Gallagher 503-999-6626 September 10-12, 2020 Branson MO Branson KOA Annual Vintage Rally. 397 Animal Safari Rd. All rigs 1976 and older receive special pricing for this event. Vintage camper enthusiast come together for a meet n greet, swap meet, trailer tour and potluck with a sock hop. Open House Saturday, 09/12/20 noon - 3 pm. Angie Dickerson 417-334-4414. September 24-27, 2020 Plymouth, CA Trailerfest! The band The Decades is finally back by popular demand! The theme is in the works, stay tuned! Hosted by Paul and Caroline Lacitinola. 916-572-8554 April 29-May 2nd, 2021 Red Bluff, CA Glamperfest. Durango RV Park.

July 2-5, 2020 Brooks, Oregon All-American Vintage Trailer Rally. 3995 Brooklake Rd NE in Brooks, Oregon 97303Located right off I-5 at Powerland Heritage Park with on-site museums for cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, trains and trolleys. You can ride the trains and ride an antique trolley right through our camp area. Electric, water, restrooms, showers and food vendors.

Send us your rally info. Visit the "RALLIES" page on our website to link to a simple form to give VCT the details about your event Also make sure and post your event on our classifieds (FREE) www. Even if your event is sold out, let us know if you are having an open house that is open to the public. Many readers just want to come and see the trailers. This list can not be reproduced in whole or part without written permission from VCT Magazine.



Let other rally hosts know your dates so their dates don't conflict with yours. Even if your rally usually sells out, publishing your dates in the VCT MAG lets everyone know about your rally so you are sure to fill all of the sites and get new trailerites into the hobby.

If you are having an open house, let everyone know the date and time. If not, it is good to let all of the dreamers and admirers know not to visit your rally if the event is just for the attendees. Not everyone is on the Internet. Many of our readers still rely on the printed word. Publishing your rally in the VCT MAG is FREE, so let us know about your rally!

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