Steve Hingtgen of Montpelier, Vermont has already had multiple careers, but one of his hobbies, restoring vintage travel trailers, has completely taken over his professional life.

Hingtgen is the president of Vintage Trailer Supply, a growing company housed in a small brick storefront on Barre Street in Montpelier. Hingtgen started the company, originally called AirstreamDreams.com, about a decade and a half ago with an architect friend from California who advised him that his little hobby was to explode in popularity.

By all rights, Hingtgen’s Vintage Trailer Supply should be located in southern California, what Hingtgen calls the “epicenter” of the vintage trailer craze, but it’s located instead in Vermont because that’s where Hingtgen wants to bring up his children.

Luckily, the Internet means Hingtgen’s company can market and sell its replacement parts — like taillights, door handles, and vent caps — to owners of vintage trailers all over the world, and ship them from a tidy warehouse in Montpelier, where a handful of employees stock parts and ship them out.

Hingtgen’s company now supplies windows, doors, chassis components, awnings, lighting and electrical systems, appliances, polishing and protectant products — just about everything needed to maintain or remodel a vintage trailer — and the parts list is growing.

Hingtgen’s growing business and growing family mean his visits to the Hardwick barn are few and far between. Ironically, the old hobby that started it all is taking a backseat.

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