What type of trailer do you own?
1956 Yellowstone, 19’ park model trailer.
Owned by Annie and Terry Palmer – Mesa, AZ
Where did you find your trailer/tow vehicle?
In May the trailer was purchased in Austin, TX. From 1964 to 2012 it spent most of its’ life in a park in NY. It was then purchased and went to VA for just a couple of months before the owner was transferred to TX.
What is unique or interesting about your trailer?
The most interesting thing about the trailer is the fact that the interior is 95% original – un-restored. The water and propane lines were replaced, the Click/Clack couch recovered, the lower screen in the door replaced, new curtains, and a ¾ bed replaced the single size. The hot water heater was replaced with an on-demand system. They didn’t want to trust a 58 year old unit and wanted more storage. After the new unit was installed, Terry took apart the 58 year old water heater and found that the heating element and the zinc anode looked to be un-used. Most people who have seen it think it has been restored.
The exterior has been polished, as it was oxidized very badly. Terry did three of the five steps on the lower half and sanded the upper half before turning it over to Russels Polishing to be finished. The light bezels have been re-chromed. Terry extended the tongue two feet so the tailgate on the truck could be lowered. A receiver hitch was installed to make it harder for thieves to steal. New tires and artillery wheels were installed. Terry has plans to paint three stripes to match the colors of the truck.
What do you like about vintage trailers?
Terry jokes, “ We have a vintage trailer so Annie can camp, and I have to camp so I can use my vintage trailer.” We think the vintage trailer experience is a lot like street rodding. Some of our friends enjoy doing both. We belong to South West Street Rods, Tin Can Tourists, and also travel with, Zonie Motors, which now has a trailer division.
This is the second trailer for Annie and Terry, they started with a 13’ 1956 Dalton that they had for a year. They took that to a couple of runs in AZ, San Diego, and Pismo.
So far this new trailer has been to Big Bear and Newport. This will be the end of the season for this year as Annie and Terry also spend several months a year at their home in St Croix, U.S. V. I.
In the case of both trailers, Terry wanted the year of the trailer to be the same as his 1956 Chevy pick-up. He has had it four years, and installed dropped spindles with bigger disc brakes, chromed the bumpers and grille, power steering, a Camaro posi rear end, bucket seats, A/C, a Ron Davis aluminum radiator, and a bed cover. The current 327 cu in engine and 700 R4 transmission was fine for the Dalton, but the Yellowstone just strains it too much. So after returning from the Caribbean, a 2012 6.0 Chevy engine and six speed 6L90 transmission with all new wiring is going into the pick-up to be ready for next season.
Joy Taylor did a fantastic job and happily passed the torch to our 2015 Rally Master, Matt Whiteside’s. We are finalizing plans for this event and hope to have details posted in the next few weeks.
Chad and Sandy Waller
We are Chad and Sandy Waller from Hendersonville,Tn. A suburb 15 miles north of Nashville. Chad works in the energy management dept at Vanderbilt university and I am a stay at home grand-mom. Last summer i got “a bee in my bonnet” for a vintage camper. I knew nothing about them, but i knew that i would know what i wanted when i saw it!☺ so i started looking on craigslist and after a fairly brief search found a 67 scotty in need of restoration. chad can take a bucket of bolts and turn it into a car, so i knew he could work his magic on my camper.
It must’ve been love at first sight when we found somethin’ because we went to work and had her out in under 2 months for our 1st camping trip. 2 months later we put Somethin’in our hometown Christmas parade. We are having the time of our lives now, we’ve camped in the mountains and on the beach… sometimes we just go watch a movie in Somethin’ under our carport. It’s cozy and homey inside.
Trailer and tow vehicle
We have a 1967 Scotty sportsman. It’s 10 ft long and weighs about 1000 lbs. During the restoration, i kept saying, “I’ve gotta name this camper somethin “. One day it hit me…i would name her Somethin’! And we think she really is somethin’!!
We have a 1996 Nissan frontier truck for towing.
Where did you find your trailer?
We found our camper on craigslist and only 15 minutes from home.
When and who did the restoration?
Chad did the restoration in less than 2 months…but he worked really fast in order to get it out camping before cold weather hit. We bought it in July and went on our first trip in September 2013. The camper had good bones, but had water damage in both front and back ends. We replaced the ceiling, and rotten wood, cleaned, painted and decorated. We took out the gas cooktop and old icebox and added a small convection oven and mini fridge. We also installed a flat panel tv. Chad modified the storage door and installed an air conditioner on a track that we can slide in and out. The unit is under the bed.
What is unique or interesting about your trailer?
Our camper is a tiny canned ham style and decorated as we say “like grandmother’s kitchen.
What do you like about vintage trailers?
We love the charm of the vintage campers..especially the tiny canned hams. People we meet are drawn to them like we are, i think because of the nostalgia. We get thumbs up from other drivers when we’re going down the highway and people come up to us at the gas pump smiling and asking questions about somethin’!
Have you been to many rallies and what do you like about them?
We’ve been to one rally in Hiawasse, GA last may…really fun to see the other old campers.
What clubs do you belong to?
We became TCT members this summer.
Can you share an interesting bit of information that most people don’t know about yourself?
Most people don’t know that before we got somethin’,that we hadn’t done much camping. We can set her up, “glam”her, and be exploring the area in about 20 minutes as soon as we get to our campsite.
Anything you’d like to share?
It’s so gratifying to meet other campers and to hear the kind comments that they have about Somethin’. We are hooked and love to share our enthusiasm for “glamping”. It’s contagious my sister in law just bought a 1969 play mor and is in the process of restoration now.
Meet Jon and Stacy Schneiderman
We live in Carrabelle, Florida, along the Gulf of Mexico’s “forgotten coast.” Stacy and I recently moved from Bocas del Toro, Panama where we owned and operated a dive shop. We moved to Carrabelle when I was offered the Dive Safety Officer and Marine operations Manager positions at Florida State University.
Tell us about your trailer and tow vehicle
We own a 1956 16’ Kencraft which Stacy has named “The Mermaid Motel.” Our trailer is towed by a 1994 ambulance which we call the “Glambulance.” We were originally towing our camper with a Jeep Cherokee Laredo, but were looking for something that could carry all of Stacy’s vintage camping stuff. We looked at lots of vintage trucks, but we wanted AC, manual transmission, and preferred enclosed storage. We couldn’t find any trucks that met our needs, so we decided to think outside the box and we bought ourselves an ambulance.
Where did you find it?
We started looking for vintage campers in 2005, but stopped searching in 2007 when we decided we were moving to Central America. When we returned to the U.S. we resumed our search. In December of 2013 we found just what we were looking for, but it was located thousands of miles away in Vancouver, Washington. Ignoring sage advice and common sense, we decided to buy our trailer sight unseen (it was being sold through a reputable vintage car restoration/sales company). We had it shipped and after its 3000 mile journey it arrived better than expected.
When and who did the restoration
We bought our trailer primarily because it was almost entirely original and it was in excellent condition. Stacy did an excellent job with new curtains and upholstery. We are indebted to Tim Heintz who did a fabulous job adding air conditioning, a new screen door, and a rock guard.
We are proud of the original condition of our trailer. It has the original flooring (still in great shape), the original lighting fixtures (both propane and electric), the original pink boomerang countertops, and the original pink appliances.
What do you like about vintage trailers
Stacy and I both love mid-century modern furniture and accessories. Our vintage trailer captures the look and feel of the 50s. While I love the amenities of newer models, I really enjoy the uniqueness of our camper.
Have you been to many rallies and what do you like about them
We received our camper in February of 2014 and have already camped 50+ days in our camper. We took it to upstate New York and have camped at many of the state parks in the Florida panhandle. We just returned from a Glampaholics rally at Brown County State Park in Nashville, Indiana and we’re hooked. Bonding with folks who share a common interest is a blast! We plan on attending many of the upcoming TCT rallies in Florida.
What clubs do you belong to
We belong to TCT, Glampaholics, and a Vintage Kencraft owners’ group.
Can you share an interesting bit of information that most people don’t know about yourself
Stacy and I are avid scuba divers (I’ve been a scuba instructor since 1994) and we love to combine our love of diving with camping. Part of the reason the theme of our camper (The Mermaid Motel) and our tow vehicle (Mermaid Mobile 1) is decorated the way that it is is because we love the underwater world.
Meet Denis and Ginger
Denis & Ginger Blaquiere, we are retired and live in Cape Coral, FL. We lived in Michigan most of our life but also have lived in Southern and Northern California and also North Carolina. Retired in August 2011 after a career in automotive design engineering and contract work for the department of defense. Ginger is a semi-retired pre-school teacher. We have three grown children, 30, 27 and 24 years old and three grandchildren, 5 and 2 years old and a newborn, 6 weeks old.
Tell us about your trailer and tow vehicle
Our trailer is a 1975 Avion 28ft LaGrand. We tow it with a 2005 Dodge Ram Cummins 5.9 litre diesel. We bought the Ram from the original owner in May of 2013 after we had worn out our 1999 gas Suburban. Only got 265,000 miles out of it ! The diesel tows so much better than the Suburban did.
Where did you find your trailer?
The story of how we found our trailer is interesting. A good friend who I worked with in engineering shared an interest in camping with me. He was/is a tenter and has no interest in trailers. However, about 20 years ago when we first started working together he related to me that his mother and father bought some sort of “aluminum trailer” when they had retired in 1975. The new price back then was about $13,000. They travelled all over the country with it until they were too old to travel anymore. This is where it gets interesting. In 1990 the trailer was parked at my friends “up north” house in Roscommon, Mi. His parents went into an old folks home for the remainder of their years. In 2007 a few years after his parents passed I asked him what happened to the trailer and he said it was still sitting in the woods but some guy offered him $2,000 for it as he wanted to use it as a hunting shack. I asked if Ginger and I could come see it before he decided what he was going to do. Now I had no idea what an Avion was or what it looked like. In April 2007 we took a ride up to Roscommon to check it out. Our first impression was “Oh crap, what a mess”.
After looking past the filth we could see a diamond in the rough. It was like a time capseule back to the 70s. I asked John what he would take for it and he said “make me an offer”. I say “$1,800″ and he says “sold”. He really wanted us to have it. After towing it home to Clarkston, Mi. we started the “restoration”. This is the honest to God truth, all we did was spend a long weekend cleaning the bloody thing inside and out. It cleaned up beautifully. I did put new tires and brakes on it since it is almost 40 years old.
What is unique about your trailer?
The thing we like about this rig is that it is built like a tank. It pulls really nice, no sway etc. We do not plan to ever “update” it as we like the original unrestored condition of the rig.
We like vintage trailers because they are just too “cool”. They are a window to our youth and a different era of craftsmanship. So much better than today’s stick and staple condos on wheels you see going down the road today. We really love the trailers from the 40s and 50s.
Where do you like to camp? Have you attended rallies?
Besides camping in numerous Michigan State Parks we have traveled to Va., N.C., Tenn., Florida Keys and many places in between. We have also attended three gatherings in Milford. In fact we won best reserve in show at the 14th annual gathering that Michelle Bone won best in show with her Avion. We were at Koreshan for 2013 and will be at Cedar Key in Dec. of this year. In Oct. of 2012 we were part of a “Vintage Village” display during the Good Sam Rally at Daytona Motor Speedway. This was at the invite of Al Hesselbart from the RV/MH Hall Of Fame. That was really interesting as we had never seen so many class “A” motorhomes in one place. The Vintage Village had an open house and I believe more people walked thru our rig in two days then had ever been in it in the previous 37 years ! What a zoo ! If all go as planned we will be attending a first ever Vintage Village in Hemet Ca. in late April 2015. It is being held at a “Luxury” RV resort there. We like rallies because they are fun and we always reconnect with old friends, make new friends and love checking out the trailers
What trailer clubs do you belong too?
We belong to Tin Can Tourist (duh) and also a couple of Avion sites on the web. Tin Can Tourists is the only dues paying club we belong to.
Share with us something that not many people know about you
Besides loving old trailers we have been motorcyclists for 40+ years and have made numerous cross country trips. The most recent was to Mich. this last July 2014 for a wedding. We also scuba dive, are avid boaters and used to snow ski. I am a former Marine Artilleryman and Vietnam Veteran. Besides being a pre-school teacher Ginger has been a professional cake decorator since her High School days. If you need a special Tin Can Tourists themed cake let her know.
Denis & Ginger Blaquiere
September 25, 26, 27, 28
This event is turning into weeklong carnival! Kim and I rolled into Camp Dearborn Thursday just before noon, thinking we’d gotten an early start on the weekends fun, only to find the park at least half full of TCT revelers! We usually arrive too late to participate in the Thursday dinner, arriving late in the afternoon, but this year we were ready. I took Wednesday off to get the trailer packed, the lawn mowed, and the truck washed, we had our contribution to the desert pot luck ready, and our party clothes packed. We were early for us, but not early for the weekend.
We enjoyed a beautiful sunny early fall day drive over to the east side of the state, quickly landed and were treated to brunch by Steve Brown and Sandy Mastin at the big grey Vagabond, who brought enough food to feed the entire camp. Thanks guys! We barely had time to let brunch settle and get ready for the Thursday afternoon pulled pork barbecue, and once again the caterer, the usual great crew Forrest and Jeri have, was first rate. TCT members brought desert “Pot Luck”, and there was plenty of dessert for that night, Friday morning breakfast, Fridays dinner, and Saturday mid day snacking! We tried our best, but could only sample two or three pieces of the pie brought by Dale and Kathleen…
Many new members this fall were welcomed by Forrest before dinner. The handshake, song, and password were shared and sworn to secrecy (we could tell you what it is, but we’d have to kill you…). After dinner Al Hesselbart presented a brief history of the RV world as we know it, with a great powerpoint presentation and informative commentary about some rare and unusual rigs, and things we didn’t know about the common ones. Thanks for sharing Al.
Thursday evening was time for campfires, renewing old friendships and making new ones under the stars. It was the first evening of an entire weekend of beautiful Michigan fall weather. We visited several campsites, and saw lots of our friends doing the same thing, going from campfire to campfire to visit and catch up on all the summers activities with families, friends, and summer stories. And maybe share a libation or two, and toast our friends who couldn’t be with us.
Friday morning Forrest and Jeri, Terry and Michelle were up before the sun to fix us coffee and get the caterers going on another great breakfast. After that a walk around the camp to browse the flea-market bargains and chat with folks we hadn’t had a chance to talk too yet. I was lucky to find another vintage work shirt with someone else’s name on it (I’m “Smitty” now), and thanks Gene for bringing my new wide whitewalls, and taking a third party, post-dated check for them! Now I’ll probably have to buy a car with a Chevy bolt pattern to put them on… It looked like we all had fun trading junk back and forth!
Mike Green, TCT member and RV manufacturer, held an early afternoon seminar on electricity and water, the two systems in our elderly rigs that frighten and intimidate home builders the most. Mike did a great job striking fear in our hearts related to our own work, and probably unknowingly increased his work load substantially, as we will ALL now bring all those jobs to him. At the very least, we’ll all be calling him with questions, not just Ron and and I!
In the afternoon Terry and Michelle arranged for a local canoe livery to provide a canoe or kayak paddle down the Huron river through Milford. Kim and I and participated, along with 20 or so others, and it was a beautiful, easy paddle down the river. We saw many
herons, a couple of white egrets, lots of turtles sunning themselves on branches, and Terry Bone saw enough bass in the river to lament not bring his fishing gear. It was an unexpected treat to paddle down the beautiful Huron river through the picturesque town. Thanks Terry for thinking of this.
After dinner, Bugs Bedow and the Cool Stuff Band blew our minds, and our wigs off, at the “Wig out With Bugs” party. Holy Cow, the band rocked the tent with their own brand of blues/rock/soul fusion, driven by Bugs and his bad to the bone trombone. His sister joined the band and did an impromptu version of “Hit the Road Jack” with vocalist Marvin that brought down the house. To say it’s a treat to listen this group at the TCT gatherings is an understatement. During one of the bands breaks, TCT cancer survivors gathered for a group photo. Wigs off to these folks, we’re all in awe of your courage and strength. Thanks to Bugs and the band for coming out to Camp Dearborn to have some fun with our little band of trailerites, you made our night GREAT!
Saturday, once again the coffee was ready at 8 (or earlier, that’s as early as I got up for it!), the donuts were there for the glucose buzz in order to ready everyone for the open house. This year, Kim and I left the Spartan unattended and took the opportunity to visit and view other trailers. I don’t know the numbers, but it certainly looked like a fair number of people came out to see the trailers and enjoy the day. The park was pretty full of people strolling around taking in the sights. Thanks to Delores and Brian for the little Spartan snow-globe when we visited you! It’s so much fun to see what everyone else is doing with their projects, the level of craftsmanship and the diversity is amazing and inspiring. We came away with lots of ideas and inspiration, thank you all for sharing your vision.
Saturday evening I took my first swim in the pond, and later Kim and I played a couple rousing games of “Yard Scrabble” with Jake and Tami Moomey and their beautiful daughters, who handed us our hats three games in a row. Note to self, DO NOT OVEREAT before playing yard games with an 8 year old! You guys need to market that game, it’s a riot, even if I am still out of breath…
In the evening, Bingo for Door Prizes was a new game for the group, and was lots of fun. Lots of great prizes, a couple of pretty funny “white elephant” gags, and class clowns (Baron LeBlanc and myself) performed an encore performance of the skit Baron’s wife Terri found tucked in a used book she’d bought. I hope everyone enjoyed hearing it as much as we did reading it.
Sunday morning saw some folks packing up and leaving for home, and others of our group who didn’t have so far to drive home having a lazy morning. Pat and Joan invited us to join them for a bike ride, and we went for a beautiful ride around Kensington lake on the bike path, accompanied by several thousand (I’m not exaggerating) walkers participating in a charity walk. Happily, we were early enough to get around the first wave and had a great ride. It’s an eight mile ride on the paved path around the lake, and 4 miles each way to the lake from camp. The bike path is newly connected to Camp Dearborn, no longer requiring flirting with death to ride down GM road to get on the path. Another first for us, we’d been on the bike path but only to ride into Milford before. Thanks for including us.
Sunday night there were still several of us there, campfire wood was scavenged and Kirk Olmsted, who’d never built a campfire before, got his merit badge for pyromania! We had a campfire you could see from space!
From Kim and I, and all of us around the fire, a heartfelt thanks to the Bone family, and to all of our TCT family, who work so hard so we can come and have such fun. Thank you all, and see you in the spring!
Kim Hoke our southern states TCT rep does a great job with an interview for a local news station!
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