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Editor’s Note: The following story was written by Mike Magda and first appeared

Back in the day, travel trailer owners used their personal vehicles or shop trucks to tote their Airstreams or Vagabonds cross country — there were no one-ton turbo-diesel crew cabs with navigation systems and leather seats. This is how real truckers went on vacation with their families.

The fifth annual Trail Along to Pismo vintage RV show was held last weekend in Pismo Beach, California, and it featured an eclectic collection of old pickup trucks, station wagons, woodies and a few truly unusual home-built tow vehicle creations. Highlights included a BMW pickup along with the Boles Aeros, Streamliners, Silver Streaks and the always cool Teardrops.

The show offers a nostalgic atmosphere, with kids riding around on Stingray bikes, women dressed in poodle skirts and all the trailers decorated in classic vintage decor.

Vintage Airstream Travel Trailer and Pick

Just one of many vintage rigs at the rally

See more great photos of vintage pickups and RVs here

Josh Laird had no clue he’d be riding out Tropical Storm Lee in his Volkswagen van when he checked into a campsite Thursday for a two-day fishing trip to Florida’s Fort Pickens Campground.

Laird was among 71 campers stranded for more than 48 hours after Lee’s pounding waves and high surge swamped and shut down the only road in and out at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

With no way to fish in the stormy weather, the 23-year-old Pensacola man said he subsisted on canned soup and water out of the campground faucet.

“The first thing I’m doing? Getting a huge steak,” he said Tuesday afternoon while waiting in a long line of recreational vehicles, cars and trucks poised to be escorted out of the Gulf Islands National Seashore by park officials.

With the first break in the weather on Tuesday, four bulldozers began at 7 a.m. pushing tons of sand and water to the side of a three-mile stretch of road.

Six hours later, most of the 2-to-4-feet deep of soggy, quicksand-like sand was cleared from one lane, a path wide enough to get Airstreams and Winnebagos out.

Most park visitors survived the ordeal in style in their RVs and praised seashore personnel.

“We’re happy campers,” Sarah Lowery, of Branson, Mo., said about her ordeal. “We knew the road was prone to flooding. So, we knew what we were getting into. This is what camping is about.”

She and her husband, Vernon, were among the second wave of 10 campers waiting to be escorted out.

“This was the most awesome Labor Day vacation ever,” she said. “I know not everyone would say that. But we were out here with nature. The park rangers and campground host checked on everyone to make sure no one was short on supplies. People tried to make the most of it.”

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