Nov 142014
 

Names and location

My name is Randy Cummins. I live with my wife, Melanie, and our two children, Ava and Aiden. We live in Alpine, Utah.

Trailer and tow vehicles

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The trailer is a 1958 Shasta Airflyte. It came with a refrigerator, water tank, Princess stove and a porch light! The tow vehicle is a 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood. This is the top-of-the-line Cadillac four door for 1959. It was factory painted in Mountain Laurel pink and came with every option available with the exception of cruise control.

Where did you find your trailer/tow vehicle?

After several years of searching, in October of 2012, I found the Shasta on an internet classified site. It was located in Logan, Utah – about 120 miles from my home. The owner was given the trailer from his father who bought it new in California.

When and who did the restoration?

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It took us one full Winter, Summer and Fall to restore. The previous owners had taken pretty good care of it, but it had suffered some terrible water leaks. This had caused some wood rot which meant we had completely strip the interior down, replace some panels and refinish all of the wood. We also replaced the sub floor and installed all new plywood. Then we covered it in ‘Starry Night’ Marmoleum. The Yellow Glacier counter tops had been damaged by wear and tear and didn’t match the planned ‘new color scheme’. I found some original 1950s boomerang Formica and bought the very last sheet in stock. The sofa/bed was replaced with a custom fit pillow top mattress and a fixed frame was created underneath. The Princess stove was originally dark gradated brown. We stripped it and had it porcelain painted gradated pink.
The exterior had been painted with a brush and roller solid white with a blue belt around the center. Not Shasta branding! We stripped it down and had it painted it with auto acrylic enamel to match the Cadillac Mountain Laurel pink. The wheels had plastic wheel covers held on by coat hanger wire. We put white walls and baby moons to give it a 50s look. The wings had been long gone and the previous owner had some porcelain signs painted white to replace them. I found some smaller aluminum wings and mounted them on to the porcelain for a unique two tone look.

What is unique or interesting about your trailer?

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What is most interesting is when we drive down the road, people stop what they’re doing and take out their cell phone cameras. This can be dangerous and has caused a few near miss accidents at intersections. We love the attention but sometimes its embarrassing how people act on the roads while gawking.

What do you like about vintage trailers?

I love everything vintage. We own several classic Cadillacs. We hope to own a larger vintage RV someday.

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

We have been to two rallies so far. The last one in Crystal Hot Springs, Utah was amazing. Loved everything about it! We even got two other families to join the TCT and they really enjoyed the last rally too!

What clubs do you belong to?

I have been the President of the Intermountain Cadillac Club for the past 15 years.

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

I have always been a car enthusiast, but ended up being a traveling, recording and performing rock musician in my earlier years. Settling down to be a family man, I became a creative art director in the advertising industry for the last 25 years. I have to admit, though, I am addicted to classic and vintage cars and trailers.

So glad we joined TCT and look forward to a long relationship with our new friends!

 

 Posted by at 9:43 am
Nov 122014
 

Names and location

John in the California Central Coast.

Trailer and tow vehicles

Scotsman trailer and a 1952 Dodge Panel … also my daily driver work truck.
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Where did you find your trailer/tow vehicle?

Truck found in San Diego took one year to finish. Trailer was a basket case found in Orcutt CA. It also took one year to complete

When and who did the restoration?

The truck was an unfinished project … so I completed it except for the final paint coat.  I started and finished the trailer.  When found it was disassembled for repairs and the prior owner couldn’t complete the project, … so I purchased it and completed.

What is unique or interesting about your trailer?

I think the Scotsman trailers are unique in that they are a solid plywood framed trailer with no wood framing members.  They are very solid, rugged and yet light weight. 
Scotsman trailers are lightweight … Usually do not require brakes. They are exceedingly sturdy, having a solid plywood shell. It was a total skin off, half body off process and took about one year to resurrect. If you need a very lightweight classic trailer and are equipped for the repairs … These are great trailers. The body appearance kept its unique appearance through most of its production years.  That’s kinda cool because the newer look similar to the older.

What do you like about vintage trailers?

Cozy!  They just look plain cool compared even to the modern remakes.

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

Never … even though I live near Pismo.  Just usually don’t have the time.

What clubs do you belong to?

This one (Tin Can Tourists), a fiberglass trailer club and an old tractor club.  They are a valued source of information and are much appreciated. 

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

Really, …  not much about me, … rather, the awesome history of some of our past human inventions …. old trailers, cars and trucks to name a few.  These don’t easily fit in a museum … so they are at risk.
 Posted by at 1:44 pm
Nov 082014
 

Who are you and where are you from?

We’re Mike and Wendy Dager and we live in Simi Valley, California, a bedroom community in Ventura County, just a few miles northwest of Los Angeles County.  We’re California natives who grew up in the San Fernando Valley. We’ll be celebrating our thirtieth wedding anniversary – January 27, 2015—even though my parents warned Mike not to marry me!
Mike is a telecommunications contractor and a general contractor who is often working on household projects in his spare time. My friends wish we could clone him! I’m a professional freelance writer whose work includes a newspaper opinion column, magazine articles, advertorials, button slogans, greeting card copy, and humorous mystery novels. I’ve also been collecting and wearing vintage clothes, jewelry and accessories for more than 25 years, and am curator of The Vintage Purse Gallery, an online vintage handbag museum, featuring my collection of over 400 purses, accessories and ephemera. We have two grown daughters and a four-year-old grandson.

What trailer and tow vehicle do you own?

landcot2I’m currently working toward earning a certificate in Art Museum and Gallery Studies from CSU, East Bay (online). My final project is a feasibility study for the establishment of a vintage purse and fashion museum. After doing a lot of research, I realized this endeavor would be very costly, so I decided instead to revamp my online museum, plus supplement it with a mobile art installation consisting of a series of purse exhibits inside a vintage RV.
We went on a search for just the right RV–size-wise and cost-wise–eventually acquiring a 1961 Aristocrat Land Commander. After it’s restored, it will be towed by Mike’s 1966 red and white Ford F-100 to locations in and around the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas. It’s also towable by our motorhome, should we eventually be able to take the museum to a more distant location. It depends on our work schedules and family obligations.

Where did you find your trailer/tow vehicle?

landmike1We spent a lot of time looking at online ads and soon learned that vintage RVs get snapped up pretty quickly. The Land Commander was only the second one we were able to see in person, so we decided to go for it because we knew if we spent too much time discussing it, it’d be gone. We bought it from a guy in Santa Paula, California, about thirty miles from where we live. He’d bought it for a relative as a temporary home, but the relative found other accommodations, so it was never cleaned or emptied out. It cost $1,300 and included a bunch of the previous owner’s possessions (not the guy we bought it from, but the guy he bought it from). We took out all the stuff inside, donating what we could and throwing away what wasn’t worth donating.
We also got an unexpected bonus: all of the trailer’s registration paperwork dating back to the original owners in 1961. They were from Ventura, California, so it was interesting to see that the trailer had stayed local all these years. We learned, too, that the medicine cabinet, which Mike removed, was handmade by another local man in 1962, who’d signed the back of it with his name, city and date.
The tow vehicle, Mike’s 1966 Ford F-100, is a recent acquisition as well. Earlier this year, Mike sold his 1928 Ford Model A hot rod and his 2010 Chevy truck so we could put a down payment on a nice used motorhome. He missed owning a vintage vehicle—we’ve always had at least one hanging around—so the F-100 was an inexpensive and really cool replacement for both the hot rod and the truck.

When and who did the restoration?

landinside1The RV is in the process of being restored by Mike and me, with Mike doing all the labor and us working together on the design process. We’re considering some unusual options since this isn’t an actual restoration for camping, but a mobile art gallery. For instance, we’re thinking of creating large double doors that swing out so visitors don’t have to enter the trailer, but can view it in its entirety, with the vintage purses behind Plexiglas. We’ll also add lighting, shelving, and signage, and plan to incorporate the original couch and Formica tables to keep that Mid-Century Modern vibe.
Several people have suggested that we make the trailer itself look like a purse—with folding handles on top—but I think that might be a little too much. We’ll probably do a somewhat traditional paint job, maybe with a wrap featuring a vintage-style pin-up girl holding a purse. This, of course, is a long way down the road (sorry, terrible pun). For more about the restoration, visit www.RVPurseMuseum.com.

What is unique or interesting about your trailer?

land3Using a vintage trailer to house a business is not in itself unusual—there are many old RVs that are mobile stores or food trucks—but, as far as I know, there aren’t any in use as art exhibits, so we’re excited about trying something new. We’re hoping to take it to vintage fashion expos, RV rallies, and businesses such as other museums, which will allow us to park it temporarily on their properties for viewing. We don’t plan to charge admission, but will use it to advertise The Vintage Purse Gallery website,www.VintagePurseGallery.com, which will also remain free to visitors. When we revamp the website–probably after the first of the year–we will add a store with vintage clothing and purse-related swag.

What do you like about vintage trailers

For me, what’s great about vintage trailers is they really appeal to my personal aesthetic, which is all about having a huge appreciation for vintage clothing. It’s so true that “they don’t make ‘em like they used to.” I have 1940s rayon dresses that are still in perfect condition, but my brand new department store cotton T-shirts fall apart after washing them a few times!  When I go on work assignments for the newspaper for which I freelance, I usually wear an embroidered or beaded vintage sweater with a pencil skirt. Whenever I go out just casually—to the supermarket and such—I always wear vintage jewelry and carry a vintage purse. Not everyone knows that my clothes and accessories are vintage, but I often get compliments on my style. I equate that to ownership of a vintage trailer. Not everyone is an RV aficionado, but they certainly appreciate the look, the style and the era. For Mike, I think it’s about the vintage vehicle aspect. We’ve owned a number of different vintage vehicles—him even before we got married, and then all throughout our married life together—so acquiring a 1961 trailer is a natural evolution of our combined admiration of vintage things.

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

I was once named one of America’s Most Unique Characters by USA Network in its “Show Us Your Character” contest. Also, my novel I Murdered the PTA was a Court TV (now truTV) top five finalist in its Search for the Next Great Crime Writer contest.  And I have no idea what my real hair color is because I have a habit of dyeing it about every two weeks, sometimes purple or pink.  And now you know why my parents tried to talk Mike out of marrying me!

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

I think I may have over-shared! But if you have any questions, let me know (wdager@sbcglobal.net)
 Posted by at 9:21 am
Oct 292014
 

Names and location

Bob Bociek and Beverly Wolfe, Alderson, WV

Trailer and tow vehicles

1992 Airstream Excella, 25′, 1995 Ford F250 XLT, 7.3L Diesel
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Where did you find your trailer/tow vehicle?

The trailer was found during an online search, previous owner delivered it to our place in Connecticut from Michigan on his way to Florida.  We wanted the Ford with a diesel and preferred 2 wheel drive to save some on the mileage.  Finding a 2 wheel drive in New England was next to impossible so we checked a dealer in Corinth Mississippi who had the exact vehicle we were in search of.  Mississippi? The back-story:  Bev’s originally from Corinth and we were heading that way in a few weeks to visit family.  We flew down, transport plate in hand, bought the truck, sacrificed the return tickets and drove it back.

When and who did the restoration?

We made the improvements to the trailer, (previous owner removed the flooring and installed hardwood.)  First was removing the twin beds, sealing leaks and re-skinning part of the under-belly.  We added a queen bed, replaced the damaged water heater, recovered the couch, made new curtains and pillows, painted the drab dark paneling to match the speckled roof and replaced the door hardware.  This year we had the truck freshened up, body work and a fresh coat of paint by a local garage.  We just completed the removal of the clearcoat from the trailer and are in the process of polishing her up.

What is unique or interesting about your trailer?

Outside of changing the bedroom floor plan, we covered the inside ceiling with antique travel post cards from our collection.

What do you like about vintage trailers?

Along with the look, (we don’t care much for the big-white-boxes) the Airstreams were built to last.  After 22 years it’s still a solid unit.  We’ve seen trailers half her age come apart at the seems.

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

None yet

What clubs do you belong to?

Just yours – the Tin Can Tourists

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

We’ve been living in the rig since 2012 when we purchased the Greenbrier River Campground in Alderson, WV.  Bev left her post as director of legal operations at a fortune 500 company and I mine as managing arborist of a New York based tree care business; Connecticut office.  Had a part-time charter fishing business that we sold a few years before deciding on the campground purchase, ran it for 18 years aboard a 34′ Luhrs sportfish.  Many similarities between the boat and the RV once you get into the inner-workings of each.  We’ll be spending the winter in the rig in north east Florida again this year and getting back into the arts-and-crafts circuit with a side venture that’s Bev’s passion. No web site yet, on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/livingstones/128303663850724

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

Recently purchased a 16′ Shasta, ’64 vintage that we’ll begin work on in the spring of 2015.  Once completed, we’ll put it down by the river as a rental unit at the campground and if it catches on as we believe it will, there’s room for two more.  Considering our Airstream as an onsite rental as well once we put in an owner’s quarters.  Tough decision though, not sure if we want a lot of guests in the place we called home…
 Posted by at 7:11 am
Oct 182014
 

What type of trailer do you own?

1956 Yellowstone, 19’ park model trailer.

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Owned by Annie and Terry Palmer – Mesa, AZ

Where did you find your trailer/tow vehicle?

yellowstone 119In 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?

yellowstone 127yellowstone 134The 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?

yellowstone 133yellowstone 26Terry 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.

yellowstone 130In 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.

 Posted by at 11:17 am
Oct 072014
 

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.

camperTell 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.

camper and glambulanceWhere 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.

camper interiorWhat is unique or interesting about your trailer

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.

 Posted by at 6:51 pm
Oct 072014
 

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.

IMG_0100Where 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”.

IMG_0101_1After 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.

Why vintage?

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.

Regards,
Denis & Ginger Blaquiere

 Posted by at 10:30 am