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Vintage travel trailers on display at RV & Mobile Home Hall of Fame & Museum in Elkhart, Indiana

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Nostalgia is tops on the list of reasons folks are attracted to vintage trailers.

“When they were kids, they went camping in something real similar to that, so it brings back those memories for those people,” says Karen Campbell, a regional representative for the national Tin Can Tourists trailer organization.

The old-time trailers are also economical to purchase, at perhaps half the price of new trailers, as well as easy to haul and use, the representative for Utah and the Southwest says in a phone interview from Albuquerque, N.M.

And don’t forget the decorating. From kitschy pink flamingos to leopard spots to Route 66 memorabilia, folks love to make their trailers look different from everybody else’s, Campbell says.

A vintage trailer is not a white box — “It’s full of color, it’s full of life, it’s full of excitement,” says Campbell, whose own trailer is themed in a Reddy Kilowatt cartoon character motif.

Tin Can Tourists has about 1,000 members who enjoy gathering and camping at rallies across the United States. Although Campbell hasn’t staged a Utah rally yet, she says her goal is to do one in each of the nine states she represents.

The organization takes its name from an early 1900s’ Florida custom of folks putting tin cans on their car radiators to identify themselves to one another as campers. The term and the Tin Can Tourists organization were revived in the late 1990s, Campbell says.

A trailer is considered vintage if it’s 30 years old or older.

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