Apr 302009
TCT is pleased to announce that author, David Thornburg, will be attending the 12th Annual Gathering.
Mr. Thornburg is the author of Galloping Bungalows. This book was the source for much of the historical information Jeri and I have referenced regarding the Tin Can Tourists. Mr. Thornburg will be available for questions during a presentation on Friday night.
We checked on availability of Galloping Bungalows with Amazon today and there are eight books available priced from $94.85 to $181.45. Jeri and I have a couple of books that will be available at the Gathering for $100.00.
If you would like a book, please see me on Thursday.
Forrest & Jeri Bone
Tin Can Tourists
Summer address:
1700 General Motors Rd., Milford, Michigan 48380
 Posted by at 10:36 am
Apr 282009

As most of you out there in Vintage Trailer Land are aware, Pat Ewing has changed the date and location of his wonderful Mt. Baker Rally. His new location is the Lynden Fairgrounds and the new date is September 9-13 2009. Pat is having very good feedback about his changes and we hope that everyone can make it. We are certainly planning on being there.  We have been to 7 of his rallies and have had a blast at every one. We know that there are some who will not be able to make it due to life circumstances and the later date. Examples we have heard about are mainly work and school. There are a lot of people who have counted on that week in August as part of their annual vacation time. So the Log Show Grounds was contacted and that week/weekend was still available and that we would be welcome if we would like to come. So Gerry and I would like to announce that there will be an informal camping get together at the Deming Log show grounds August 14-16 2009.  Camping will be available as early as the Monday the 10th. Come and stay as long as you want or as little as you want. We are not renting the shelter as Pat has done previously as it is quite expensive. We would like to try and keep a Deming log show gathering alive. As per usual it is first come first serve for the power and water, and payment will be on site. Electrical hookups are $15.00 per night, dry camping $10.00 per night. Unfortunately Iain Cameron’s WBCCI family rally in Hazelmere, BC shares the same weekend date so it would be difficult to do both. Next year, if all goes well the two rallies will be on different weekends one after the other.

Pass the word on, organize your friends and let’s have a great campout. Let us know if you would like to join us. Susan and Gerry Measures (604 929-6403) tessiebear@shaw.ca




Aug 14-16 2009

Deming Log Show Grounds

3295 Cedarville RD

Bellingham, WA 98226

 Posted by at 10:09 am
Apr 282009

TCT is pleased to announce that David Thornburg, author of Galloping Bungalows, will be attending the 12th Annual Gathering. The material on TCT in his book served as the historical foundation for the renewal of the Group in 1998.

Thursday – May 14, 2009

5:30 TCT Tent Chili Cook-off Set-up

5:45 TCT Tent Judging of Chili and Taste Fest & New Member Reception

8:00 TCT Tent Al Hesselbart – RV History

Friday – May 15, 2009

8:00 TCT Canopy Coffee and Breakfast Treats

10:00 TCT Canopy Lost Membership Cards $2.00


11:00 meet at Canopy Antiquing in Howell – drivers wanted

5:00 TCT Tent Pizza, Vino, and Door Prizes

8:00 TCT Tent History of TCT Dave Thornburg & Forrest Bone

Dusk to Dark “Friday Night Lights”

Saturday – May 16, 2009

8:00 TCT Canopy Coffee and Breakfast Treats

12:00-4:00 North American Vintage Trailer and Motor Coach Concours


TCT Members, Larry & Margaret Hollenbeck, will be by the Canopy with Hot Dogs and Pop at a nominal charge, Ice Cream available from vintage truck

5:00 1st seating at Tent – Catered Dinner – Sites 1-76 and special needs

6:00 second seating at Tent Catered Dinner – sites 77-up

Bring Meal Tickets

7:30-9:30 at TCT Tent Concours Award’s Presentation & *50/50 Drawing

Music to follow by Deep Water Bluegrass

Sunday – May 17, 2009

8:30 at TCT Canopy Coffee and Donuts

9:00 at TCT Tent Special Music & Traditional Hymns led by TCT Members – Rick & Janice Myer

 Posted by at 9:33 am
Apr 282009
Inland Northwest Vintage Trailer Rally

Pend Oreille County Park, NE Washington

August 28, 29, 30, 2009

Here is an opportunity for good old fashioned camping in Eastern Washington. This is a camp ground that has not changed in 40-50 years so it will be like the old days of camping. There are no water or electric hook ups but there are several water faucets and hot and cold showers. If you have a generator you might want to bring it but we don’t want you running it past 9PM. The site is in a cedar grove on the side of a hill so we have to limit the size of the trailers to 24’. We have been promised by Pend Oreille County that the sites will be all improved and made wider for trailers this spring. Most of them will have fire pits with free wood. Because of the slopes on some of the parking sites bring wood blocks to block and level your trailer. No one will be out in the sun as there are lots of big trees. There are 400 acres to r un around in and lots of trails for walking.  There will be a limit of 20 trailers and the smaller the better with a limit of 4 trailers over 20’.  This is the first year so we need to see how things work out with trailer sizes.  The camping fee is $10.00 a night and must be paid with cash or check when you arrive. Because of the limited space a prompt reply is needed. Since there will be a limit of 20 trailers or RVs we will need whoever is interested to call or e-mail for reservations. If the limit of 20 is reached a waiting list will be made and if someone drops out the first person on the waiting list will be called and so forth. If we can get 20 vehicles to commit we should have the camp grounds to ourselves. There will be a potluck on Saturday night for anyone that is interested. Bring chairs and a portable table if you have one.
Directions: From I90 East or West take the Division Street (US Hwy 2 East and US Hwy 395 North) exit in Spokane, WA and head North on Division St. It will be 30 miles to the campground exit from I 90. Stay on N. Division for about 5 miles and then get in the right lane. There will be a sign on the right with the words Newport Hwy 2 East. Be sure to go to the right on US Hwy 2. From there it’s another 24.5 miles. Continue on Hwy 2. About 3 miles from where the turn off to the campground is the highway will become a 4 lane divided highway. You are there when you will see a sign that says Pend Oreille County Park LEFT ½ MILE. Turn left off of Hwy 2 into park.
Questions and contact person for reservations: Ralph Liguori at 509-276-6079 or e-mail at ralphinforest160@dishmail.net Alternate phone number: 509-435-3889
 Posted by at 9:13 am
Apr 092009

Sampson State Park – Finger Lakes Region of New York

September 17-20, 2009Enjoy great times at a beautiful site. Plan now to join TCT members from the Northeast at this great site for a Gathering to remember. Tentative plans are to have a Chili Cook-off, Pizza Party, a live band, and a Pig Roast/pitch in dinner. Sites are limited, so register early.
If you have questions contact – Bill or Denise Fletcher at 607-387-5838 or E-mail Bill at fletch@vintagekingpins.com or Denise at Denise@vintagekingpins.com

Register Here Online and pay using Paypal

Click here for Registration form to print and mail

Tentative Schedule

1-4 pm    Arrival and greetings
5:30  At the rec hall Pizza and wine plus welcome new members
7:30 Home movies and / or ‘The long, long trailer movie’
7:30  Coffee and donuts at the rec hall
Morning free to explore
1:00 pm presentation at the rec hall
5:30 Chili cook-off at rec hall, bread and paper products provided
At dark, Friday night lights, light up your trailer
7:30 Coffee and donuts at the rec hall
10:00 am presentation at rec hall
12-3  Open house and concours judging
5:30 Pig roast and dish to pass supper at the rec hall
7:00 Live music
7:30 coffee and donuts at the rec hall
Apr 032009

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The article reads:

645 Tourist Trailers Jam the Tampa Municipal Park

The white oblongs in the airview above are the roofs of 645 trailers assembled in Tampa, Fla., for the 19th annual convention of the Tin Can Tourists of the World. Beside them are the darker rectangles of their concomitant cares. You are looking down on the Tampa Municipal Trailer Park on Jan. 16, opening day of the tourists’ two-week convention. Before it adjourned, Tampa’s trailer population had been swelled by 1,200 rolling homes.

Oldest of the four national trailer clubs, the Tin Can tourists was first organized as an itinerant campers’ association in 1919. Today it boasts 97,000 members of who it demands no dues, requires nothing save the sanitary preservation of the camp sites, assistance of fellow trailerites on the road, extinction of fires. Most of them are between 35 and 50 years old, spend three to six months annually in their trailers (for which they paid $50 to $3,000) and own stationary homes. Their motto: The Golden Rule. Their greeting: “How’s your hitch?” Their convention aim: fun.

 Posted by at 8:02 am
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