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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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Tin Can Tourist Club LogoThe campsite already full, Debbie Lennen was busy Thursday, registering the early arrivals for this weekend’s “Trailers in the Trees.” The event is one of only a few RV rallies in Northern California each year.

Trailers in the Trees has been held since 2006 at Felton’s Smithwoods RV Park, drawing RV enthusiasts from around the state for a weekend of camaraderie. But during a four-hour window Saturday, they’ll also get the chance to show off, opening up their intricately restored vintage RVs for public tours.

Owners have registered 42 vintage trailers for the event, twice the number that showed up at the rally’s first year. It’s the brainchild of Santa Cruz resident Penny Cotter and her husband, who in 2006 restored the 1962 Shasta Airflyte that they’ll bring to the show this weekend. They spent about $2,000 to restore the trailer, but kept costs down by doing the work themselves. But “some people get them professionally restored and pay $20,000 and $30,000,” Cotter said.

Smithwoods has been family owned and operated since 1920, when Charles and Frances Smith purchased 13 acres and named it Big Trees Auto Camp, according to the park’s website. Through the years, subsequent generations have taken the reins, and it’s now operated by the original founders’ granddaughter and her great-grandsons.

Because Smithwoods is relatively small, the number of participants has held steady in recent years at about 40 trailers. But at the next Northern California RV rally, held in Petaluma in early October, organizers hope to double that number.

Cotter also operates a website that’s geared toward vintage RV enthusiasts and aims to “promote and preserve vintage trailers and motor coaches through gatherings and information exchange.” To view a list of upcoming rallies, go to  Story Source

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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