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Camp Dearborn proved to be an attractive destination last weekend, when the annual spring rally for the Tin Can Tourists enjoyed perfect weather. The vintage travel trailers that turned out ranged from one of the smallest trailers ever made (by U-Haul for a couple years), to the Provost Motor Home, the Palace (which was manufactured in Flint) and MCI (mostly sold buses, but converted some into big campers)–“just a real mix of different types and kinds, shapes and sizes,” according to Tin Can Tourists Director Forrest Bone said.

This year, he said, people participating in the Tin Can Tourist event got to see the Model A Restorers Club of Livingston County As caravan in from their Midwest gathering in Howell, and a third annual classic car show take place down the hill. At the same time, the drivers of the classic cars got to see the vintage trailers.

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EAST MANATEE FL— After a long haul, Dawn M. Bastian of Goodrich, Michigan was relaxing at her campsite under a bright blue Lake Manatee State Park sky Thursday.

But next to her wasn’t a Winnebago or fifth wheel.

She was camping out in a 13-foot, turquoise, 1966 Serro Scotty Sportsman trailer coach. It’s shape — like a canned ham — is not conducive to a fancy dining room or entertainment center.

But that’s not what this little dude, which cost $695 new in 1966, is all about, Bastian said.

She says her antique Scotty, which she restored, inspires a bit of happy nostalgia in everyone who sees it since it was born when Route 66 was the main drag across America and there were no cell phones.

“It’s fun to sleep in,” Bastian said with the big smile of someone who doesn’t care about Corian counter tops or a hot tub in an RV.

“It’s classic,” said an admiring Tim Heintz of Panana City Beach, who was parked a few spaces down for the exact same thing, to let people experience history in his 30-foot, 1950 Spartanette travel trailer made by Spartan Air Craft out of Tulsa, Okla., with its shape like a loaf of bread.

Bastian and Heintz are members of Tin Can Tourists, the vintage trailer coach, motor coach and travel trailer club, which continues its 90th Annual Winter Convention today through Sunday at Lake Manatee State Park.

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