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Vintage Starcraft Cruiser motorhome

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A bit of RV history is rolling down U.S. 30 this month between eastern Ohio and western Nebraska.

It’s a collection of “Tin Can Tourists” traversing what was once called the “Lincoln Highway” with 24 vintage RVs, most of them travel trailers dating as far back as 1948. The group embarked from Hayesville, Ohio, northeast of Columbus, on Saturday (June 21) and are due in Kearney, Neb., on June 29. The RVers are more or less following U.S. 30 but are allowed to deviate from the highway as they see fit, since they are not moving in any type of formal caravan.

The band of vagabonds stopped in Elkhart, Ind., Monday and “dry camped” overnight outside the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

This caravan of Tin Can Tourists hails mainly from the East and parts of the Midwest: Florida, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Georgia, Wisconsin, Virginia, Arizona and Ontario. The organization, originally founded in 1919, has some 1,500 members and 5,000 fans on Facebook.

The Rest of the Trip

Other stops on their trip include St. Charles, Ill.; Franklin Grove, Ill., (home of the national headquarters of the Lincoln Highway Association); and Oxford and Boone, Iowa, before crossing the Missouri River into Nebraska. They will camp at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Arlington and arrive in Kearney on June 29.

On June 30, they will converge with the East and West Coast Centennial Auto Tours in downtown Kearney to participate in festivities all afternoon.

On July 1, the Tin Can Tourists will set up a 1920s model camp and make presentations at the Great Platte River Road Archway. They also will show their historic vehicles to the public at the fairgrounds.

The group will split up and go their separate ways after Kearney.

For more information about the Tin Can Tourists, visit

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

RV & Mobile Home Hall of Fame & Museum

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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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) – A Vintage Camper Gathering and Open House is set to take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon.

Participants can camp along the lakeshore and take a nostalgic tour around the park while visiting with other vintage camper enthusiasts from across the Midwest. Club members from the Tin Can Tourists and Tear Jerkers will be displaying their vintage trailers. Join in the fun, sit and reminisce, make a craft item or play an old-time game.

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