Jul 242014

Hatched last night on Bradenton Beach 85 TCT baby sea turtles. They all made it to the Gulf! The first was named Royal Chief Forrest, second was John Canner Culp. After that we started with Airstream and on down the trailer names.


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May 292014
Category Trailer Owner
Ready to Roll – Reserve 2010 Wayzless Hardy & Terry Evans
Ready to Roll – Best 1949 Glider Keith & Jayne Kesler
Silver Palaces – Reserve 1966 Airstream Safari Barry & Karen Ollette
Silver Palaces – Best 1960 Airstream Ambassador Bob & Sandy Platt
Mobile Mansions – Reserve 1972 Grumman MH Terry & Lorraine Miller
Mobile Mansions – Best 1974 Starcraft Star Cruiser MH Bryan Quinn & Matt Tomanica
Tiny & Teardrops – Reserve 1956 VaKaShunEtte Nate & Angel Cork
Tiny & Teardrops – Best 1959 East Traveler Ron Baugarten & Shannon Rozell
Tow Trailer Combo – Reserve 1971 Campfire & 1971 Olds Vista Cruiser Wagon Mike Greene & Cortney James
Tow Trailer Combo – Best 1961 Winnebago Canned Ham & 1957 Chevy Wagon David & Janice Coon
Awesome Interiors 1952 Vagabond 34′ Coach Steve Brown & Sandy Mastin
Special Interest 1974 Vespa Paula Foresi
Friday Night Lights 1957 Shasta John & Cheryl Rese
 Posted by at 10:12 am
May 212014


Thanks to Michael Lambert for his selection process and production of the June
2014 to May 2015 Tin Can Tourists Calendar.
Those included in the calendar were announced at the 17th
Annual Gathering
and the calendar went on sale at the event. The theme for this year’s calendar
was “Just Like New”. The selected units were shown with the ads used to
advertise the trailer/motor coach.
We have 30 calendars available for sale. Send a check for $20 to cover the
calendar and postage made payable to FORREST BONE, PO Box 489, Gregory,
Michigan 48137.
Month by month content:
June 2014 – Michael Greene – 1971 Campfire Trailer
July 2014 – Charles and Virginia Diffey 1964 Chevrolet/Scotsman Combo
August 2014 – Kirk and Beth 1964 Avion Holiday
September 2014 – Tim Heintz – 1956 Hicks 28’ Mobiliner
October 2014 – Rick Zabel – Spartan Manor
November 2014 – Ron Baumgarten – 1959 Easy Traveler
December 2014 – Daniel Hershberger – 1927 auto Kamp Trailer
January 2015 – Rob and Theresa Alkema – 1967 Forester Cub
February 2015 – Les Mitchell – 1983 Dodge 350 Xplorer 22B
March 2015 – Holiday House
April 2015 – Dan Maciejczyk – 1954 Airstream Cruiser/1953 Buick Super V8
May 2015 – Don and Pam Starner 1974 Serro Scotty

Thanks to the very talented, Michael Lambert for taking on this project and producing a very beautiful
calendar that lists various TCT events month by month.

 Posted by at 7:06 am
May 202014

They call themselves the Tin Can Tourists. They’re folks who celebrate the travel trailer – the vintage travel trailers – the kind that grandma and grandpa might have used.

This weekend the Tin Can Tourists are holding their 17th annual gathering at Camp Dearborn in Milford.

Forrest Bone is the head of the Tin Can Tourists. And he told us today that his group actually dates back to 1919.


Listen to the interview here: http://michiganradio.org/post/tin-can-tourists-hold-17th-annual-gathering-michigan

 Posted by at 10:49 am
May 062014

May 2014

News Release


What: Tin Can Tourists 17th Annual Gathering and The North American Vintage Trailer and Motor Coach Show

When: May 15th –18th, 2014

Where: Camp Dearborn,

1700 General Motors Road

Milford, Michigan 48380

Contact: Forrest Bone, Tin Can Tourists

Phone:  941-302-2415

E-mail: tincantourists@gmail.com

Website: www.tincantourists.com


Tin Can Tourists are holding their 17th Annual Gathering at the Milford, Michigan campground this month.  Nearly 200 travel trailers of all vintages will camp out from May 15 through the 18th.


Folks have been finding ways to hitch the wagon to the back of the family car since family cars first rolled off the lines. Michigan’s automotive history wouldn’t be complete without a good travel plan.  And one group has been coming to Camp Dearborn to celebrate the rich and colorful history of the travel trailer.


The North American Vintage Trailer and Motor Coach Show on Saturday, (May 17th from 11 to 3pm) will feature trailers and mobile mansions from days gone by including a 1948 Spartanette, with its polished wood interior and Art Deco curves, a 1936 Bowlus Road Chief, and a rare 1937 Curtiss Aerocar towed by a custom built 1938 International Truck. The show also includes shiny 1960s Airstreams, as well as Scotties and Shasta’s of every description and unique campers from GMC, Flxible and Travco.

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Saturday’s open house includes a visit from RV historian Dan Hershberger who will talk about his 1927 Kamp Kar and his collection of artifacts from early Autocar and camping (2 PM - Site #50).


Brian McCool of Delton says he’s been going to the gathering for more than a decade.  He says he first got interested in restoring vintage trailers after he bought and partially restored a 1948 Spartan Manor as a prop for his 1948 Pontiac convertible. Now he owns 4 vintage campers, including a fully restored 1946 Spartan Manor and 1954 Tiny Home, also called the “canned ham” because its profile is very similar to a canned ham.

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McCool says the Tin Can Tourist event is about more than the nostalgia vintage trailers, it’s also about friendship and camaraderie.


“We use the trailers like anyone would use a new RV, we take them on vacation and everywhere we go we make friends as people ask questions and relate their stories to us.”


Tin Can Tourist was started nearly 100 years ago, but the club had been inactive for some time when Forrest Bone and his wife, Jeri, reestablished TCT in 1998. Bone says the club has been growing ever since.  He says this will be the largest Annual Gathering held at Camp Dearborn.


Forrest Bone - 941-302-2415tincantourists@gmail.com

Dan Hershberger - 734-764-8219,  gfldh@yahoo.com

Brian McCool -  269-330-8039ksmcool@gmail.com

The Tin Can Tourists is an organization committed to the preservation and celebration of classic trailers and motor coaches. The original Tin Can Tourists were organized in Tampa Florida in 1919. Forrest  and Jeri Bone renewed the club in 1998 as an all make and model vintage trailer and motor coach club. The Tin Can Tourists holds annual gatherings in Florida and Michigan with regional rallies throughout the U.S. In addition, TCT has regional representatives in Canada, the Netherlands, France, Australia and Japan.

The Tin Can Tourist 17th Annual Gathering will give members networking opportunities and new ideas for trailer and motor coach preservation.

Photos and credits:

PR Photo 1: 1948 Spartan Manor and 1954 Tiny home restored by TCT Member Brian McCool. – Credit: SouthRiver Media

PR Photo 2: Brian McCool Tows his 1948 Spartan Manor with his 1948 Diamond T Truck – Credit: SouthRiver Media

PR Photo 3: Brian McCool and his faithfully restored 1956 Tiny Home. – Credit: SouthRiver Media

PR Photo 5: 1973 GMC Motor Home. – Credit: Tin Can Tourists

PR Photo 6: Custom “Wayzless” cedar cabin. – Credit: Tin Can Tourist

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May 052014

The morning arrived sooner than expected.  A frenzy of polishing, sweeping and staging ensued.  The judges met for a meeting at 9:45 and proceeded to their designated sites to begin the painstaking process of picking the winners.

Mats photo

Ready for the public

Volunteers from 5 different charities arrived at 11am to set up for ticket sales.  All proceeds from the public open house were donated directly to those charities that sent volunteers.  We had an amazing turn out with some folks driving over 3 hours to come to the tour.  We sold over 600 tickets and raised over $3,000 for those charities that were working that day.  Tin Can Tourists made a huge impact on the Tybee Island Community and for that we are extremely proud.

At 6pm a vocal group specializing in 40’s 50’s and 60’s music arrived and began the entertainment.


Girlfriends Perform

Forrest Bone initiated all participants into the TCT family and lead us in the TCT song, sharing the handshake, secret sign and password.  We received our TCT pins and proudly wore them the rest of the night.


The group came back and continued their fantastic renditions of great vintage music while dinner was served.

Hammin it up

Stop in the Name of Love

Marv as leader of the pack

Marv – Leader of the Pack

After dinner the much awaited awards were announced followed by more music and celebrations.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the place when the group leader asked for a male volunteer to come up and help them with a song.  Sporting a leather jacket, an Elvis type head piece, Marv became the leader of the pack!  We promised him we wouldn’t share that photo but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity… we were all laughing!  There was lots of audience participation and everyone had a blast.

The Winners are!!!


Best Vintage – Pre 1959

Best vintage 50

Barb and Larry Kaughman

  1. Barb and Larry Kaughman (Clinton, TN) – 1948 Palace Royal
  2. Todd Emily (Athens, GA) – 1949 Palace Royal
  3. Kevin Barbato (Duncan, SC) – 1957 Spartan Imperial Mansion

Best Vintage – 1960’s

Best vintage 60

Anne & Randy McKinley

  1. Anne & Randy McKinley (Archer, FL) 1964 Serro Scotty Goucho
  2. Kelly Brown & Deana Gasbarro (Suwanee, GA) – 1967 Serro Scotty Sportsman
  3. Owen & Rita Bryson (Wittier, NC) – 1965 Zipper

Best Vintage – Post 1970

Best vintage 70

Jason & Kristy McVey

  1. Jason & Kristy McVey (Milner, GA) – 1971 Carriage Pullman
  2. Kelly Sloop (Wrightsville Beach, NC) – 1971 Shasta Compact
  3. Larry & Cindy Harrington (Fairview, NC) – 1979 Airstream / Sovereign Land Yacht

Best Site Display

Best display

1.Curtis & Kathy Plexico

  1. Curtis & Kathy Plexico (Union, SC) – 1973 Yellowstone
  2. Jason & Kristy McVey (Milner, GA) – 1971 Carriage Pullman
  3. Anne & Randy McKinley (Archer, FL) 1964 Serro Scotty Goucho

Fan Favorite – Public/Participant Vote

Fan Favorite

Todd Emily

  1. Todd Emily (Athens, GA) – 1949 Palace Royal
  2. Jason & Kristy McVey (Milner, GA) – 1971 Carriage Pullman
  3. Ted & Laura Ferriera (Marietta, GA) – 1937 Pierce Arrow

The evening concluded with a bit more music and dancing as our raffle winners were announced and door prizes were handed out.  Everyone went home with some great items. There were no late night campfires and comradery this evening as we were all exhausted and contemplating the journey home the next day.

On Sunday, we packed up and headed home most suffering from PRD (Post Rally Depression).   Until Next year folks!


Thanks to our professionals at Mason Street Photography for documenting the whole event

May 052014

Many participants took the opportunity to head to historic Savannah for a day of sightseeing while others went to the beach or the pool.

The evening began with preparations for the fantastic S’mores bar coordinated by members Rhonda Wood and Kim Russell.  By 6 p.m. the fire was roaring and the natives were getting restless.  Our coordinators outdid themselves by giving people ample opportunities to get creative.

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Bamboo skewers were soaked in water and sat in a red vintage water cooler for use.  The table was spread with Graham crackers, square marshmallows and a variety of toppings.

  • Peanut butter cups
  • Chocolate mint patties
  • Milk Chocolate Squares
  • Cookies ‘n Cream squares
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Fresh Banana slices

The large square jet-puffed square marshmallows packaged exclusively for creating S’mores were a huge hit.  Many attendees exclaimed they would be a requirement at all future campfire gatherings.  One father shared that we’d spoiled his kids forever!  Everyone had a blast creating multiple kinds of S’mores and sitting around the fire enjoying one another’s company.

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At midnight, you could still hear folks laughing around t multiple campfires throughout the campground.

May 022014

Day 2:  Thursday, April 24, 2014

We awoke to a gorgeous spring day and coffee with friends.  The agenda was full as we had 56 trailers arriving throughout the day.  The energy level was high as more and more folks filtered in.  Everything went smoothly and there were lots of folks sitting down for a break in setting up to enjoy the procession of vintage trailers arriving.

Sunrise Tybee

Approximately 6pm we gathered our picnic supplies and headed to the beach.  We chatted and laughed during the ¼  mile walk to the beach and got set up.  People filtered in for a while and we enjoyed amazing food and laughter.  The sunset was breathtaking as was the breeze that kept the bugs at bay.

Fun at Tybee Beach Picnic

Fun at Tybee Beach Picnic

One of our favorite items was provided by Jennifer Megliore…cookie dough dip!  Here’s the recipe. (calories consumed while camping do not count)

1 pkg (8oz) cream cheese

½ cup butter

¾ cup powdered sugar

2 tblsp brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup (6 oz) mini semi sweet chocolate chips.

In a small bowl, beat together butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.  Add sugars and vanilla then beat til smooth.  Stir in mini chocolate chips.  Serve with graham cracker sticks  (yield – 2 cups)

May 022014

Day 1:  Wednesday, April 23, 2014

We departed from all over the region to converge on Tybee Island, GA for the first Georgia TCT Rally in decades.  Our particular caravan started in locations in North Carolina coming south and picking up several trailers along the way.  By the time we reached Columbia, SC we were 8 strong with a variety of trailers:  1966 Shasta Compact, 1969 Avion, 1957 Spartan Imperial Mansion (45ft), 1968 Scotty, 1979 Airstream, 1980 Newel Coach, 1976 Airstream and a 1987 Scamp.  It was certainly a sight and cars would slow and people would point… no doubt most were amazed to see the 45 ft Spartan cruising down the road.

Pulling through the small quaint tree lined streets of historic Savannah was awesome.  I must say that those of us in that caravan were awestruck as we watched in amazement as Kevin Barbato effortlessly navigated those tiny streets with that big 45ft Spartan.  To say we stopped traffic is an understatement; folks were stepping off the curb with their phones on the ready to snap a photo of the trailers arriving.

Caravanning to Tybee Island GA

The Caravan to Tybee Island GA


Over the bridge and onto the island, our energy high and our excitement overflowing for what we know will be an amazing weekend.  We arrived at the campground to find a welcome committee of wonderful folks that worked tirelessly all weekend to make sure this event went off without a hitch.  Once at our sites, there was a scurry to set up and enjoy a nice relaxing evening.

A small group of 30 of us headed to a local restaurant (The Crab Shack) for an amazing meal.  Then headed back to our sites where we relaxed a bit around the camp fires and enjoyed a toast to the coming weekend.


Stay Tuned for Day 2 Overview



Apr 182014

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