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May 242015
 

The Tin Can Tourists 18th (Consecutive) Annual Gathering

                                                         by Hunt Jones

Camp Dearborn in Milford Michigan was once again host to our Annual Gathering over the long May 18th weekend, Royal Can Opener and Openette Forrest and Jeri Bone presiding.  This year’s rally was the largest ever with 194 registrations as the Electric Only option opened up availability.  Also new this year was a revamped registration procedure using USPS postmarked envelopes which greatly reduced the enormous effort by both the Bones and Camp office staff.  The lone drawback to this was that old sites now often contained different rigs, so get your registrations postmarked early next year.  Now in its 96th year, Tin Can Tourists is the world’s oldest camping/RV club.

Some of us arrived Wednesday or earlier to help with tasks or assignments, and it’s always a treat to witness the parade of Thursday’s arrivals with a favorite libation in hand of course.  Thursday evening’s festivities began with a catered dinner and lots of potluck desserts.  This was followed by the New Member introduction and indoctrination after the accepted singing of “The More we Get Together.”  Anyone who stayed until 7:30 witnessed Hunt Jones’ Power Point presentation on the history of American diners.  After Friday’s breakfast, the day was On Your Own, but the afternoon offered two presentations, the first on Agreed Value Insurance for RV’s by Hunt with a subsequent seminar by Forrest and Hunt.  (By the way, we do not have knowledge of a Canadian insurance company which offers this special coverage, so please contact Forrest or me if you have experience with one/some).  The second presentation Friday afternoon was Dan Hershberger’s fascinating show ‘n tell of his 1927 Auto Kamp trailer Pop-up/pop-out along with a great array of early camping equipment including kitchens, stoves, burners, lights, chairs, washtubs, and even a folding bathtub.  Friday’s big dinner gave members a chance to work it off by dancing to the music of Bugs Beddow and the Good Stuff.

Some rain Saturday morning ended before Open House began at 11 mostly in part to fervent prayers by the Concours d’Elegance judging team.   As Forrest announced later, “It has never rained during an Open House here.”   Dan Hershberger reprised his Auto Kamp presentation that afternoon for the public. 

After dinner, Dan Piper, our Concours Chair announced the winners and awarded plaques for:

 

“Beater” Award (new):  1955 Scotty Silverdome, Curry 

Friday night Lights:  1963 Wolfe cabover, Boutelier/Gonczy

Special Interest (John “Canner” Culp):  5 foot mini-Shasta, Starner 

Awesome Interiors:  1958 Catolac Deville, Lampen

Reserve “Ready to Roll”:  1952 Vagabond, Brown/Mastin

Best in Show “Ready to Roll”:  1948 Palace Royal, Pain

Reserve “Silver Palaces”:  1964 Airstream Bambi II, Bulerna/Van Tholen

Best in Show “Silver Palaces”:  1952 Silver Streak Clipper, Emily/Long

Reserve “Mobile Mansions”:  1985 Airstream Classic, Trueman

Best in Show “Mobile Mansions”:  2003 Peterbuilt, Gray

Reserve “Tiny Trailers/Teardrops”:  1957 Shasta Compaq, Rese

Best in Show  “Tiny Trailers/Teardrops”:  1963 Comanche, Bertinelli

Reserve Tow-Trailer Combination:  1952 Plymouth Savoy wagon, 1967 Scotsman,  Paul Broxon

Best in Show Tow-Trailer Combination:  1977 VW Westfalia/ 1978 Trillium,  Hubanks

The final award was presented by Forrest Bone to Terry and Hardy Evans as the newest members of The Tin Can Tourists Hall of Fame for their exemplary dedication to TCT.  Terry Bone finalized the evening with rounds of Playing Card Bingo and multiple prizes during an absolutely massive downpour.  Sunday morning’s breakfast was punctuated by the standard endless Midwest Goodbye rituals. 

 

Thanks to all who volunteered to make this year’s event so successful.  Special thanks to The K-Row Klub for set-up, clean-up, and Rally-Pak distribution, Terry and Michelle Bone for minding the store, John Truitt and Terry for photos and Michelle again for keeping our food safe from freeloaders, Forrest and Jeri for organizing it, Steve Hingtgen  of Vintage Trailer Supply for sponsoring it, and Ken Hindley (TCT’s Chief Mechanic) for repairing defunct vintage haulers.

 

Additional photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tbone2/sets/72157652683013250/with/17842707601/

 

Hunt

 Posted by at 7:10 pm
May 112015
 
The Tin Can Tourist 2015-2016 Travel Calendar is now available for sale!
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If you are attending the Spring Gathering at Milford make sure you pick up your copy.  Last year they sold out quite quickly.
I want to thank everyone who submitted photos this season.  I had plenty of entries and the challenge again was to sort the best photos based on composition, resolution and trailer type.  Some years I will get a lot of very similar trailers and I try to keep some sense of variety in the calendar to reflect on the diversity of this all-brand club.  If your rig was not in this years edition please send it in again next year as it might be just right for the next mix.  This year I have a simpler, clean design, that is focused on bringing out the character of the vehicles and trailers and less on the graphics and layout.  I hope you will enjoy the next twelve months of beautiful vintage vacation vehicles.  Remember our calendars in TCT begin in June and run to the following May so don’t wait to get your copy.  After the Milford event they will be available on the website.
The following members are featured in the 2015-2016 Home Sweet Home Away From Home calendar.
Bryan Kaiser and Karen Mowry
Wayne Reynolds
Bill and Jackie Spycher
Doug Bachman and Steve Allen
Chris Wilson
Dominic and Laura Bertolini
Brandon and Liz Morrison
Dennis Hammar
Jim and Kathy Holcomb
Billie O’Neel
Nate and Angel Cook
Don Boehme
Happy trails! 
Michael Lambert
 Posted by at 5:09 am
May 052015
 

Some TV news coverage of the Panama City gathering – http://www.wjhg.com/home/headlines/Tin-Can-Tourists-Park-in-Panama-City-302323101.html

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PANAMA CITY — They call themselves the ‘Tin Can Tourists’, and they made a stop in Panama City this weekend.

The ‘Tin Can Tourists’ are a vintage trailer and motor coach club . They travel around the country to meet with fellow vintage RV enthusiasts to promote and share their passion with one another.

This weekend, the Tin Tourists are making their very first stop at St. Andrews State Park and they say they are enjoying themselves.

“It’s beautiful here, we couldn’t have asked for prettier weather,” explained Elizabeth Malyszek, a Tin Can Tourist. “The water is gorgeous, the city itself is beautiful, we have enjoyed some of the antique shops yesterday, we are looking forward to some good seafood tonight. Very happy to be here in Panama City.”

If you want to go check out the vintage RV’s, the Tin Can Club will be at St. Andrews State Park for the rest of the weekend

 Posted by at 7:36 pm
Mar 052015
 

Tim Heintz

Panama City, Florida
TCT Southeastern Representative
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What Trailer and tow vehicles do you own?

1949 Airfloat Landyacht 28′
1950 Spartanette Tandem 30′
1951 Lighthouse Duplex 28′ (TWO STORY)
1956 Hicks Mobiliner 28′
1958 Skyline Deluxe 45′
1959 Ellsworth 11′
1960 Manorette Proto-type 16′
1962 Yellowstone Cabover 16′
1968 Serro Scotty 13′
1967 Ford Mustang
1969 Pontiac Bonneville

Where did you find your trailer/tow vehicle?

I find them everywhere, local and 1,000+ miles away

When and who did the restoration?

I do all my own restorations and even own a professional vintage trailer restoration company.

What is unique or interesting about your trailer?

I prefer to mainly collect unique and/or rare (unheard of ) brands. My Airfloat is the exact same make, model, and year of the original trailer from the Long Long Trailer book,;my Spartanette is a rare special order from the factory model, the Lighthouse Duplex is a TWO STORY trailer with two private bedroom upstairs, and the Ellsworth is only one of two known to still exist.

What do you like about vintage trailers?

I like the history of the trailers, the unknown facts and information that most people never realize about certain brands, and the history of many companies that started out building things other than trailers.

Have you been to many rallies and what do you like about them?

I have been to many rallies across the country, they are a great way to meet and talk to others that are as passionate as I am about vintage trailers.

What clubs do you belong to?

Tin Can Tourists is the only Vintage Trailer Club I belong to.

Can you share an interesting bit of information that most people don’t know about yourself?

One of the most interesting fact about myself that most do not know, is just how young I am! Most people know me online or over the phone but when I attend a rally people even ask me to my face if Tim Heintz has arrived yet, or they see my trailer with my name in the window and will ask me if Tim is around; they think I am his son. Looking much younger than I am doesn’t help, but I am 31 year old I have a degree in architecture and have been restoring, researching, and acquiring vintage trailers for over 15 years! I am also the youngest member of the Tin Can Tourists’ Hall of Fame.

 How did you get involved with the TCT and what made you decide to become a rep?

I first found out about TCT from the internet many years ago. I attended the first Cedar Key Florida Rally not knowing what I was getting into. After arriving I knew it was the group for me….it was better than I ever expected and that I had finally found ‘my people’….I thought I was the only crazy one out there! It was only a short year later I was asked to be the SE Representative.

What is you favorite part of hosting a rally? What is your most memorable rally experience?

My favorite part of hosting a rally is finding great and unusual venues to hold TCT Rallies/exhibits. My most memorable would be an event I hosted around 2011 on the front lawn of the State of Florida’s Historical Capitol Building right in the center of downtown Tallahassee FL. We had to camp about 10 miles away and then arrive at the front gates of the Capitol around 5:30 am to meet with national security so they could escort us through the blockades and courtyards (where vehicles are not allowed) and then set up. It was the busiest open house I have ever seen…..every trailer had a line of people at the front doors 20-50 people deep…..ALL DAY from 10am -4pm!!!! 

What is unique about your region in terms of camping or the community?

Here in the SE we have some great areas to host rallies; mountains, white FL beaches, and some of the greatest state parks in the country. Plus we have very little snow concerns and can still host rallies in the southern part of the region all year long!

What future plans do you have for the region?

We are aggressively trying to schedule rallies in the southeastern states that have yet to establish one (LA, AL, VA, and MS). We are also hammering away at scheduling rallies here in the south during the summer months where tourists season can make it difficult to find a park/campground willing to reserve a large number of sites for one venue, they are under the assumption that it interferes with the other tourist’s reservations…..but we are working on that and making great progress!

Every rally host brings their own unique flavor to a rally, what is it that you bring?

I try to bring history to all my rallies, from TCT History to trailer history. Usually all the rallies I host I have custom window signs for all the trailers/owners that list their information as well as a short history on their particular make/model/and year of trailer. I like to share the history I have/know because many trailer owners find it difficult to find anything on their particular brand of trailer……I have a TON of information that I have been collecting for years!

How can members/participants help in your region or at rallies?

Members in the SE can help by hosting a get together in the states that do not currently have rallies. A gathering is quite simple as it only requires a little work….. no schedule, rally fees or cost…..just plan a date and a park and invite all TCTers in the area to come camp at the same time that you will be there.  Year by year it will grow in size  and before you know it, it will grow large enough to become an official TCT Rally. As always I am here to help along the way! 
 Posted by at 2:24 pm
Feb 052015
 
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We want to share with the Tin Can Tourists   the unexpected fun we had with our 1973 Travco motor home in December. My husband decided to “exercise” the motor home  since the weather was still good (no snow yet). He was driving downtown South Bend, Ind., when he heard a tap on the window at a red light. The lady who is the coordinator for events at the State Theater stopped him to ask if he would park his motor home under the marquee at the theater all day on Saturday Dec 6th. They were having a showing of the movie National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Our RV does not look like Cousin Eddie’s home but it is the same year. She offered us $25 and free tickets to the show if we would park under marquee from 11am – 9pm. There were events downtown including Santa’s arrival.  That night at the show some people dressed up like characters from the movie or worn ugly Christmas sweaters.  She put a picture of our motor home on the State Theater face book page. Our relatives in Florida and California saw it. We got several comments. Most common, paraphrasing Cousin Eddie, “Shitter’s full.” We had a really good time.
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 Posted by at 8:30 am
Jan 192015
 
Below is the “Call for Submissions” for the 2015-2016 TCT calendar to be printed.
Click on the images below for a larger view:
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Here is a PDF version of the call for submissions
Please submit your best vintage trailer photos for consideration in the 2015-2016 Tin Can Tourists Calendar.
The theme is “Home Sweet Home Away From Home”
This year just send me a couple of good exterior photos of your vintage trailer. If you have a vintage tow vehicle include a shot with the trailer and tow vehicle together as well. I will use one or the other depending on the composition.
This year you do not need any interior shots, no vintage owners manuals or fancy roadside attractions. Just a great shot of your treasure on wheels.  I am hoping this will encourage folks who have not entered before to send in pictures.
Last year’s calendar went fast and we have had a lot of requests for a copy after they were gone!
REQUIREMENTS: Your photo should be high resolution, original size and without people in the shot.
Please include your name, home address as well as the year and model of your rig.
Please e-mail me with any questions.
Send your photos to Michael Lambert at artstreamstudio@gmail.com
We would like to get all submissions by the end of February this year.
 Posted by at 11:12 am
Dec 302014
 

Paul and Tracy Bridges, Fort Smith, Arkansas

We are new to Tin Can Tourists but I’ve been involved in trailering most of my pre-married life.  Tracy and I were married in 1981 and moved from California to Arkansas with my job.  When President Reagan fired the Air Traffic Controllers, I decided to apply and they sent us to Fort Smith where we’ve been ever since.  Since leaving the FAA I’ve been a Christian School administrator and a Pastor, and I am currently the Superintendent of Union Christian Academy in Fort Smith.  Tracy is a Certified Financial Planner.

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We have a 1958 Rainbow that my grandfather purchased new.  I’ve chronicled the whole story on a blog, www.1958rainbow.blogspot.com.  My dad bought it from him in 1962 and I inherited the trailer from him, so in its lifetime the Rainbow has been towed with:

1958 Ford Custom 300 4-door

1959 Ford Country Sedan

1964 Ford Country Sedan

1971 Ford Country Sedan

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…And we tow it with my 1996 Ford F-250.  Sorry I broke the run of Country Sedan’s.  (By the way – you know the script – my grandfather and my dad always bought for utility, never for luxury. So the Country Sedan’s did just fine and there was no need for a ‘Country Squire’).

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The trailer is all original and has not been restored.  Dad parked it on our property in southwest Utah in about 1977 under a covered roof, and that kept the trailer preserved in remarkable condition. I still haven’t been able to get the refrigerator working, but the heater, stove, and plumbing is all in great shape.

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The interesting thing about this trailer, I think, is its history.  I’ve just not found a lot of enthusiasts that have been able to find and/or restore an antique or vintage classic that is the original family-owned relic.  And every once in awhile I will get a brief smell of “Utah” or “the trailer” that floods my mind with memories.

We’ve enjoyed the looks, the thumbs-up, the pictures that people take and the talks at gas stations that occasionally happen with towing a vintage trailer.  On the way home from Utah this summer at a gas stop – now remember, this trailer had not rolled in 35 years – a gentleman asked if he could look inside as he wanted to know who did the restoration work.  He couldn’t believe it when I said it was all original and had not been restored.  I could tell in his reminiscing that it brought back a lot of great memories for him. That’s what I enjoy about vintage trailers!

We have not attended any rallies with the trailer yet, as we are just getting it back on the road, and our membership is with Tin Can Tourists.  We are also members of the Fort Smith Antique Auto Club and I’ll be joining the Model T Ford Club of America soon as we also have a 1924 Model T.

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In closing, we are excited about our new venture with a vintage trailer.  As we are approaching retirement, we’re beginning to plan some travels we want to make. We’ll be taking the Rainbow to Yellowstone in June and we’re beginning to plan a 48-state voyage in the new “tin can”.  Thanks for being so welcoming to TCT!

 Posted by at 1:53 pm
Dec 292014
 

Meet Al Hesselbart, recently retired as Historian for the RV/MH Hall Of Fame and Museum.

I recently retired after 20 years as the historian for the museum, sold my Elkhart home of 35 years, and changed my home base to Florida.

My current RV, and now my home, is a 1978 custom made 35 foot Newell diesel pusher motor home, but in my 15 year history with TCT I have attended conventions and gatherings originally with a 1961 9×12 canvas tent that I purchased new, a 1962 Yellowbird folding tent trailer, and a1984 micro-mini 17 foot motor home.  I found my Newell sitting in a farm field near Ligonier, Indiana, with a “For Sale” sign in its window.  Its owner of 12 years had found a larger Newell and needed cash for restoration of his new one.  Recognizing Newell’s place in building the finest class A motor homes in the industry, I purchased it less than one hour after first laying eyes on it after a short test drive and reviewing its mechanical history.  My restoration consisted of a wash job and some cleaning inside.  I have made a few upgrades but it is mostly 1978 original.  It includes 2 AC units and 6 furnaces (3 propane and 3 electric) plus a heater in the water and storage bays below.  It has a 10,000 KW diesel generator which allows me to supply power to 2 or 3 units beside myself when needed.  The power plant is the original Cummins VT555 (triple nickel) V8 engine coupled to an Allison 5 speed automatic transmission that provides about 8 miles per gallon for the 30,000 pound apartment on wheels.  I have a 200 gallon fuel tank and 100 gallons of fresh water and 100 gallons of waste capacity.

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My history with TCT began with assisting Forrest in researching the history of the Tin Canners at the Hall of Fame library.  I attended the 1999 Milford Gathering with Val Hunt, the curator of the Shelbourne Museum in Vermont and have missed very few since then.  I was very honored to be a 2007 inductee into the TCT Hall of Fame.

I have attended over 100 rallies and RV shows around the country for both vintage and modern rigs and varying in size from about 30 units to over 5,000.  From Idaho to New Mexico and from Maine to Florida I find that I enjoy mixing with RV people whether Canners or drivers of modern million dollar mobile mansions.   I was honored to be the keynote speaker in 2012 for the first national RV rally in Beijing, China (missed a Milford gathering for that one) and found Chinese RVers to be very much like American RVers in their open socialization even in spite of language barriers.  I had also been a speaker at an RV show in China in 2010.

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What most people do not know about me is that I am an avid fisherman having fished bass tournaments from Canada to Florida and won 4 over-all season championships in my Michiana area fishing club.  I now spend much of my time participating in country music jam sessions 4 or 5 days a week throughout central Florida performing Tom T. Hall and Homer and Jethro type silly songs and recitations.

 Posted by at 10:57 am
Dec 282014
 

Name and Location?

Chris Brown and Molly Bacon. We are married, but I decided not to change my name and deal with being called “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Dealing with “Good Golly Miss Molly” has been enough. We have places in Georgia and Michigan, though we are not snow birds. The place in Michigan is on a small lake and will eventually become permanent for retirement, but since I am still working, we are in mostly in Georgia. When retired, we will become “reverse” snowbirds, leaving the south to move north. Unfortunately, we just can’t have two places AND continue with our love of classics (cars, antiques, and the Ultra Van).

Trailer and Tow Vehicle?

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We have a 1968 Ultra Van. Being a motor coach, it could tow a trailer. We do not currently, since Chris is still getting used to driving the coach (I may even try driving it sometime).

Where did you find your trailer/tow vehicle?

This May, we found the Ultra Van on Craigslist about 65 miles away from us in Georgia. Funny thing, we were not looking for an Ultra Van, we were not particularly looking for anything (didn’t need any more classics – have eleven). I love searching and most often search all of Craigslist for anything with Corvair in the ad (we have eight Corvairs) as I am often searching for things for other people. I noticed the Ultra Van ad one evening and mentioned it to Chris. Out of curiosity, I emailed the seller with a couple questions and asked for more pictures and information as the ad had very little of either. Both of us avidly read the Corvair forums and someone had posted about the ad on one of the forums. A Corvair mechanic we know well had recently purchased an Ultra Van and posted that had this one been for sale when he was buying one, he would have bought this one instead. That was enough for me. I was at work and called Chris and told him to take deposit money from the bank and arrange to see it ASAP. By that evening we were the proud owners of Ultra Van #328 (they are identified by their VIN number). Did we know we were looking? NO! But, with our love of classics and also things that are unique, we just couldn’t pass it up.

When and who did the restoration?

Three owners prior to us owned the coach for many years and were avid RVers. There is a 100,000 mile plaque that was left in the coach from their travels. As far as we can tell and have heard from some of the long time Ultra Van people who knew those owners, the interior curtains, upholstery and carpet were all redone by her. The décor appears to be late 70s colors and patterns, but does not match the material of the original front seats, which we have but do not use. The front seats have been replaced with color coordinated swivel captain’s seats. Those owners had it painted (all coaches were originally white.) What you see in the pictures. That was around 30 years ago (heard from someone who actually had arranged it with the painter). It is a decent paint job, just needing a good polishing. There were some optional customizations done that were available to Ultra Vans many years ago. We are unsure when those were done, but at least 30+ years ago. It has one of the custom rear hatches that incorporates the back window so the hatch opens into both the rear storage and the bedroom area. With the hatch opening into the bedroom area, it has a custom raised platform “shelf” across the rear, which converts the two length-wise twin beds that normally flank the engine access in the center to a cross-ways extra-long double bed. This requires the whole bed platform to rise to expose the engine area access. A custom mattress had been made and then upholstered to look like a bedspread and was color coordinated with the other decor. An optional custom screen door was also added and in addition, a set of optional formed bumpers. Those bumpers were available for Ultra Vans for a number of years until the molds were stolen and destroyed.  Finally, the normal clear Plexiglas windows were all replaced with tinted Lexan. Again, we are uncertain of when that took place.

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Other than a lot of scrubbing, cleaning, polishing, replacing some broken curtain guides, replacing old tires, fixing wiring and poor fuel connections and worn suspension parts, it has not required much work to be very presentable and road worthy. It’s still in almost exactly the same condition as it was in the 90s (we have some of the pictures from when it was for sale then) and other than the décor, everything else is original. Funny thing with the Ultra Vans, there were so many possible variations and so few manufactured (about 372) and they were often put together with what was available that day. Also, with very little literature, it’s almost impossible to say what is stock or original. It’s not pristine. We love things to be as original and stock as possible, but we also want to be able to drive and enjoy it quickly.

As time goes on, little things will be fixed and improved. I’ve already purchased 60s pillows and coordinating upholstery fabric to eventually do some reupholstery work. I have decorated the bath area with late sixties Ricky Ticky Sticky flowers and peace signs just like I had all over my Triumph sports car in 1968. I’ve added an original Lava lamp and on the bedroom shelf, put a Siamese Cat TV lamp. The table that sets up between the front seats, I set with Melmac dishes and burlap lined insulated tumblers from that era. It’s fun to listen to people remark about the period items.

What is unique and interesting about your trailer?

What’s interesting about the Ultra Van, it’s powered by a 95hp air cooled rear mounted Corvair motor. Ultra Vans have no chassis or frame, but are like an airplane’s monocoque construction. The floor is supported by the fuel, fresh water, gray water, and black water tanks running transversely. The first Ultra Van was designed by an aircraft engineer who wanted to tow his boat, but also have the convenience of his trailer. He used whatever he could find available at the time; a Corvair engine and transaxle, windshield glass from a Chevrolet cargo van, a Chevy C10 brake light switch, and so on. The coaches were eventually produced at a factory in Hutchinson, Kansas and were produced until the early 70s when Winnebago started making motor coaches for a few thousand dollars cheaper, which greatly reduced the Ultra Van sales.

Our Ultra Van still runs on the original 14” diameter wheels, which it can do since it only weighs about 3200 pounds empty. It is 8 feet wide, 8 feet tall and 22 feet long. It has at plenty of head room clearance inside, so no stooping to get around. It maneuvers fairly easily and parks within normal width parking spaces. I’ve already mentioned many of the unique items in the restoration section above. One very unique feature with our Ultra Van is the gaucho in the “living room.” From what we’ve heard from some of the Ultra Van information experts, there were only about seven gauchos installed in all of the 372 coaches. Like most motor coaches, it has a kitchen with sink, stove and refrigerator. It has a bathroom with a shower, a closet next to the bedroom area, all which can be shut off from the front portion of the coach, by opening the bathroom door 90 degrees. There is what they term a “coffee bar” that might otherwise be called a dash. A table with a folding leg has a lip that can be hooked on the edge of the coffee bar. With the front seats swiveled, it provides either a place to eat or sit and read or work on the computer. As with most trailers, there is lots of storage everywhere, even in the floor up front.

What do you like about vintage trailers?

Yes, the Ultra Van is not a trailer, but as already mentioned, we just like classic, vintage “stuff.” The Ultra Van was just fascinating.

As for vintage trailers, about a year ago I looked into doing contract work and to broaden the availability of positions, I determined I would not mind living in a trailer in an RV park anywhere in the southeast for the duration of the contract. When I started looking for trailers, I got really interested in the Serro Scotty. Researched it intensely, but it seemed as though they were either in poor condition, too expensive, or snapped up before we could even go see it. We ended up buying a very nice, very original 1988 Skyline Nomad (yes, I know that’s not vintage quite yet).

Have you been to many rallies and what do you like about them?

I have not been to any Ultra Van rallies due to working and very little time off plus the short time we’ve owned the coach. Chris was able to attend an Ultra Van rally a couple of weeks after we bought it. He did not take it as he was in Michigan, the rally in Ohio, and the Ultra Van in Georgia. He had a lot of fun and learned a lot about the coaches and met people that had been associated with that particular coach with the prior owners that have been mentioned. I am hoping to fit at least one Ultra Van specific event into my short time off next year. We did just attend a couple Corvair events the past couple of weekends. With the Corvair engine powering the Ultra Van, we are accepted in Corvair circles. The last one we actually were awarded first place in the Specialty class.

What clubs do you belong to?

TCT, UVMCC (Ultra Van Motor Coach Club), CORSA (Corvair Society of America), VCCA (Vintage Chevrolet Club of America), VCE (Vulcan Corvair Enthusiasts), Corvanatics (specialty club just for Forward Control Corvairs – I am the Secretary/Treasurer), CVOA (Cosworth Vega Owners Association), TWOA (The Wedge Owners Association – for Triumph TR7 & TR8), Good Sam

Can you share an interesting bit of information that most people don’t know about yourself.

Chris and I married just 4 ½ years ago, but were good friends in high school having a love of classic cars in common. I drove a 53 military jeep and he drove a 54 Buick convertible. Our friendship continued after high school with both of us belonging to a classic Chevy car club, drag racing and attending a lot of club events. Eventually, our ways parted until he found me again on Facebook after 35 years. It didn’t take long to realize our old friendship could easily be kindled into something even better. Our fairy tale has just gotten better over the last 4 ½ years, especially again sharing our classic car love. We’ve actually accumulated our 11 classics in that short period of time.

Anything you’d like to share that wasn’t asked?

How did we end up joining TCT? This summer at another Corvair event we met another couple with an Ultra Van. Again we were in Michigan and the Ultra Van still in Georgia. She asked if we belonged to Tin Can Tourist. Huh? What? That evening I spent hours on the website and was hooked and immediately joined. What a fabulous history or organization.

 Posted by at 2:15 pm
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