Jun 222011

A friend on the Board of the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento has asked me to help notify vintage travel trailer owners about an upcoming Car (and Vintage Trailer) Cruise being held August 6th in Sacramento sponsored by the California Automobile Museum and was hoping you could help spread the word.

The Museum is really interested in getting vintage trailer owners to join in. It isn’t necessary that the trailer be pulled by a vintage auto.

Here’s the scoop:

The California Automobile Museum is encouraging travel trailers to join in their “Cruise” this year and will have a special display space on Fulton Ave, where the Cruise ends. Participants will gather at lot 1 (shaded) at Sac State College, cruise down Fair Oaks Blvd with a Police escort, left on Fulton and then we are closing Fulton Ave from Marconi to El Camino. The car and the trailer will be charged at the single car rate. Vintage trailers can be pulled by modern or vintage cars.

The museum is requesting that entries for trailers be made by July 31st as they will need to do a special display for them and will need to know how many trailers there will be. Participants should
also say if they want to display their vintage tow car or place it elsewhere.

Registration and online payment for the event can be found at

The following is an excerpt from the CAM website:

On Saturday, August 6th, 2011, get ready for Sacramento to come alive with the sights and sounds of hundreds of unique cars from all eras and manufacturers as they celebrate an American summertime tradition of cruising with community-wide participation.

The 3rd Annual CAM Car Cruise, hosted by the California Automobile Museum (CAM), will be a fun-filled day for the whole family as we cruise through the streets of Sacramento and along Fulton Avenue where we will conclude with a huge car show on Fulton between El Camino and Marconi.  Attendees are encouraged to enjoy the local fares of Fulton Avenue merchants, plus we will have a beer garden, live bands, vendors and more!

Price for car cruise is $39 early registration, $49 after July 15 with an extra $5 off for CAM Gearhead members.  General admission is free for spectators.

Rob Collins (’61 Kencraft owner)

 Posted by at 6:19 am
Mar 272011

4th Annual California Rally

Brief description of event: Come join us for some great vintage trailer camping snuggled along the American River in the Historic Gold Mining town of Coloma California. You can join fellow Trailerites for a weekend of fun at the Coloma Resort. So make your reservation, pack your fishing poles, and your gold panning supplies and come join us.

Date: Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2011

Location: Coloma Resort, 6921 Mt. Murphy Road, Coloma, California 95613-0516

Number of units allowed at event: 41 River Sites available (electric and water only, no sewer in River front sites)

Registration procedure: Register using Paypal or Print Form and mail check
Confirmed camping rates for the Tin Can Rally members for 2011 will be: $49.00 per night

Contact person: Penny Cotter, 332 S. Branciforte Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062


 Posted by at 10:15 am
Dec 102010

We are very pleased to announce that Rob and Shari Davis have accepted the position as the Colorado State Representatives for the Tin Can Tourists.

Rob Davis, an architect and his wife Shari, an interior designer living in Edgewater, Colorado. They were initially drawn to vintage trailers by their classic ‘Americana’ design. Knowing nothing about them, in 2002 they bought a 1964 Airstream listed in the local classifieds which needed only minor work. When a 1956 Airstream with a floor plan that Shari just loved became available in 2008, they snapped it up and jumped on the slippery slope of a major restoration. 27 months and 3,900 hours later they now have the perfect trailer for their needs and wish to use it to meet as many like-minded folks as possible. After associating with the single-brand trailer organization for 9 years, they desired to extend their camping experience to those with various makes. What better way to do that than to join the Tin Can Tourists? Viewing pictures of TCT gatherings it appeared there was a large number of vintage tow vehicles owned by the membership, so they have recently taken that next step and acquired a 1963 Suburban to pull their mobile abode.

Rob & Shari have been integral in hosting large vintage rallies in the Rocky Mountains for the last 8 years. They are excited to help grow TCT membership in Colorado through networking, personal contact and assisting Karen Campbell with the 2011 TCT Gathering.

Rob & Shari Davis
2520 Gray Street
Edgewater, CO 80214

Editor Note: Many of our Regional areas are geographically too big for an individual to host Gatherings that would be suitable for many of the regional members. Penny Cotter is the representative for California and hosts an annual event in Coloma. Karen Campbell, Southwest Representative, has hosted Gatherings in both New Mexico and Arizona. It is our hope that other members might want to host an annual event in their home state. The Regional Representative for the area would work with the state representative providing suggestions and promotional support. TCT would do the same through the website and other social media outlets. This would be coordinated by our webmaster, Terry Bone.

Karen Campbell will be working with the Davis’s on the following event:
Name of Event: 3rd Annual Enchanted Encampment Gathering
Brief description of event: Come join us at this unique campground, with fresh mountain air, million dollar
views, shady level pull through spaces and a collection of permanent vintage campers to tour. Yes, you may even rent one for the rally.
Date: May 19-22, 2011
Location: Starlite Classic Campground, 30 County Road 3A, Canon City, Colorado 81212 The campground is located west of Canon City, CO at the intersection of Highway 50 and Country Road 3A-the turnoff to the Royal Gouge Bridge. It is just two hours from Denver, 45 minutes from Colorado Springs and 30 minutes from Pueblo.
Website: www.TheStarliteCampground.com
Number of Units allowed: 40
Registration Procedure: Total cost is: $145.00 for 2 TCT members, $ 165.00 non-members-(includes a new TCT membership) for full or E/W only hook-ups. Karen Campbell your SW TCT rep is hostess, and will email registration form and more details. Karencampbellwithrt66@hotmail.com or 505-294-6000.

Tentative Agenda: Meet and greet cocktail hour, trailer tour and open house-flea market, pot luck dinner, campfires, trailer trash gift exchange, and lots of time to explore on your own.

 Posted by at 6:59 am
Jun 272010
Thought some of you might be interested in the tour – Karen Campbell is our Southwest Regional Representative.
Here it is, the official press release for the NM Route 66 Motor Tour, if you need any more information:wwwrt66NM.org.  Hope to see you on the road.


Karen Campbell
TCT (Tin Can Tourist) Rep for the SW
New Mexico Route 66 Association

June 24, 2010
First-Ever New Mexico Route 66 Motor Tour Revs Up
It wouldn’t be summer without an old-fashioned trip along the Mother Road and the Route 66 Association of New Mexico aims to please with its first-ever New Mexico Route 66 Motor Tour July 23-25, 2010.
Up to 150 vehicles – auto, motorcycle, travel trailer or bicycle, classic to contemporary – will traverse the state from Tucumcari to Gallup. The tour is not a race; participants are free to stop whenever and wherever the mood strikes. Each community along the way will join in the festivities, be it a car show, sidewalk sale or barbecue cook-off, like the one planned between Moriarty and Edgewood.
“Our intent is to promote tourism by showcasing New Mexico’s segment of the Mother Road and the communities it passes through,” said Vickie Ashcraft, president of the Association. “This is a great way to see the scenery and meet the friendly people of our Route 66 communities. And you know it is something you’ve always wanted to do.”
The tour begins in Tucumcari July 23 with registration, then heads west on June 24, following the old Route 66 alignment. In Albuquerque, tour participants can take part in the annual Neon Cruise to Nob Hill where a section of Central will be closed off for “Route 66 Days and Nights.” There will be car shows, live music, vendors and entertainment. July 25, the tour again heads west to Gallup, where it concludes with Indian Dancers, prizes and awards.
“For more than 50 years, travelers got their first real look at New Mexico while traveling Route 66,” said Michael Cerletti, Secretary of the New Mexico Tourism Department. “Even while New Mexicans look to the future, they keep their history alive and kicking with remembrances of Route 66, such as this year’s ‘Route 66 Motor Tour.’ The long weekend will have a little something for everyone – family entertainment at its down-home finest.”
The New Mexico Route 66 Association is dedicated to education, the preservation and promotion of historic Route 66 in New Mexico.
Visit www.rt66nm.org for registration forms and a brief itinerary; or contact Vickie Ashcraft, at the New Mexico Route 66 Association, 1415 Central Ave. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, or by calling 505-831-6317.
Mike Stauffer, Communications Director, New Mexico Tourism Department
505-827-7379 or mike.stauffer@state.nm.us
 Posted by at 1:24 pm
Mar 042010

Rich Luhr is the publisher of Airstream Life magazine and a TCT member.

Desert Bloom Weekend

When: March 26-28, 2010

Where: Picacho Peak State Park, Arizona

All TCT members and interested RV’ers are invited to join us in Arizona for a pleasant weekend of camping at the beautiful Picacho Peak State Park in southern Arizona, March 26-28, 2010. This will be a very informal, “just camping” event, at one of the nicest times of year. Expect sunny, warm weather (typically 70s during the day), with spectacular desert flowers thanks to the rainy winter.

This park is slated to close in June 2010 as a result of state budget cuts, so this may be your last chance to camp here!

I’ll be leading a hike up the Hunter Trailer to the summit of Picacho Peak for anyone who cares to give it a try. (Strenuous, 2 miles, but fun! Bring gloves, camera, snack, and plenty of water.)

The campground has 85 RV sites with and without electric ($20/$15), plus centrally located water and dump station, picnic tables, fire rings, shade ramadas, and modern restrooms with showers. All sites are first-come, first-served. For more info see http://azstateparks.com/Parks/PIPE/facilities.html The park is located midway between Tucson and Phoenix directly off I-10.

Registration procedure: Arrive anytime you like and register yourself with the state park upon arrival. The park may fill up this weekend, so try to arrive early. Email Rich Luhr, rich@airstreamlife.com or call 802-877-2900 extension 3 to let me know you’re coming.

– Rich

 Posted by at 8:10 am
Feb 022010

Brief Description of Event: Thirty sites on the American River at the Coloma Resort. There are accommodations for 85 units if needed. Coloma is located near the famous Sutter’s Mine and panning for gold is available to attendees. The setting is perfect and the fun is beyond that.

Date: Oct 1-3, 2010

Location: Coloma Resort, Coloma California

Number of units allowed at event: Maximum of 85 – Thirty riverside sites available. Register early to get a site on the river, they a booked early.

Registration procedure: Contact Penny Cotter for registration information – auntpenny06@yahoo.com Registration will be available at a later date at www.tincantourists.com

Contact: Penny Cotter – auntpenny06@yahoo.com

 Posted by at 1:35 pm
Jan 222010

The Annual Gathering at Camp Dearborn was the event that renewed TCT. During the past year, we have gotten a commitment from both our Southwest Representative, Karen Campbell and our Northeast Representatives, Bill and Denise Fletcher to develop a Regional Rally in their Region on the same weekend as the Annual Gathering. We want to give as many members as possible the opportunity to attend an event in their Region. It is hoped that over time most of the geographical regions will have an event. A weekend when TCT members are gathering together all over the country.

These Regional Gatherings are filling up fast. Sites are limited and we encourage you to register early. The Annual Gathering at Camp Dearborn has 70 sites already reserved. The electric only sites go first and that number is decreasing daily. The Northeast Regional Gathering has a total of 60 sites available and many of those have been reserved. The Southwest Regional Gathering has a very limited number of sites (30) available at Rancho Sedona RV Park.

The registration forms are all available on Rally Registration page on the site:
or select “Rally Registrations” under Camp Office on the menu

Name of event 13th Annual Gathering

Brief description of event: Annual Gathering at Camp Dearborn; The Bowlus Trailer will be this year’s featured trailer

Date May 20th to 23rd, 2010

Location: Camp Dearborn, Milford Michigan

Number of units allowed at event 161 sites reserved – electric only and full hook-up sites available

Registration procedure: Must register for the Annual Gathering prior to site reservation.
This must be done before you reserve your site. Your name will be on record as registered for the event and you will be allowed to pick and reserve your site through the Camp Office 248-684-6000 on or after January 15th. You must be registered with Forrest Bone for the Gathering, before you can select a site through the Camp Office.

Contact person – Forrest Bone f23bone@earthlink.net – 941-748-1483

Registration materials/On line registration: www.tincantourists.com

Name of event: Third Annual TCT Northeastern Regional Gathering

Brief description of event: The Third Annual Gathering is being presented in the spring rather then the fall as the first two Gatherings. This Gathering has proven to be the place to be for vintage owners.

Date: May 20th -23rd, 2010

Location: Sampson State Park, Finger Lake Region, New York

Number of units allowed at event: 60 sites have been reserved – they sold out in 2009

Registration procedure: on line at www.tincantourists.com or by contacting the Fletcher’s fletch@vintagekingpins.com or Denise at Denise@vintagekingpins.com or call 607-387-5838

Contact person(s) – Bill Fletcher at fletch@vintagekingpins.com or Denise Fletcher at Denise@vintagekingpins.com or call 607-387-5838

Name of event: Enchanted Encampment SW Rally #2

Brief description of event: We will camp in the heart of Sedona, Arizona at Rancho Sedona RV Park, a classic 1960’s style campground. Your trailers will surround our gathering spot: a large grassy area with a BBQ and fire pit and of course we have use of newly remolded men’s and women’s showers. From your camp site you can hop the free shuttle or walk to town. Sedona is a picturesque city surrounded by red-rocks, whether you’re into history and archaeology; arts and culture; power shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual and metaphysical, you can enjoy all this, with some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
Our TCT agenda will include, a welcoming cocktail party, grilling up something on Friday night, Saturday show and shine open house, pot luck dinner and more. This will be a wonderful opportunity to see what Arizona is about, and meet up with some other trailer enthusiasts from the region. As they say: If you like trees with lots of shade, grass, quiet and a cool stream, you will love Rancho Sedona RV Park.

Date: May 20-23 2010

Location: Sunny Sedona, Arizona at the Rancho Sedona RV Park.

Number of units allowed at event: 30 register quick

Registration procedure: Email me Karencampbellwithrt66@hotmail.com, of your interest, then I will reply via email with the form and mailing instructions for both the forms and check. Rally fee for 3 nights is $ 135.00, Sedona is expensive, but you can park and ride the shuttle for most of your sightseeing and shopping.

Contact person: Karen Campbell your SW TCT rep. Home: 505-294-6000 or karencampbellwithrt66@hotmail.com

Forrest & Jeri Bone
Tin Can Tourists
Winter Address:
4 High Street, Bradenton, Florida 34208

 Posted by at 10:23 am
Nov 052009

The Sac Auto show has requested six vintage camper trailers for display at the show Nov. 13-15th at cal-expo. http://sacautoshow.com/

If you would like to show one of your collection let me know ASAP. The trailers will be housed indoors. We only have room for six (and possibly your vintage tow vehicle). You will get a parking pass and an admission pass to the event. I believe you get a pass for each day but I will need to confirm that.

Contact me ASAP and I’ll reserve your spot and get you the form to get your passes.

Paul Lacitinola Jr.


American, Trailerist

775-721-8197 cell


 Posted by at 8:24 am
Jul 072009

Enchanted Encampment, a TCT rally review

Albuquerque, NM


July 2 ’09, we checked in with the office, parked our Silver Streak, towed by our ‘67 F-,250, set up all the 1960’s décor and the lava lamp then checked on who else had arrived. There were two other trailers from Arizona set up and four more rolled in before the 6:30 meet and greet. Kenny went home to hook up and tow out 1957 shinny Mobile Scout and he had that set up for viewing, in no time.

Around 6 PM, I started to pull out the frozen margarita buckets, limes, chips and salsa. The club house was cool inside compared to the 90 degrees outside, so everyone enjoyed a refreshing adult beverages while introducing ourselves. Kenny and I found time afterwards to enjoy the pool and hot tub before calling it a night around 10.

July 3, the morning weather was dry, but humid after our midnight rain shower. I spruce up the trailers, getting them ready for open house while Kenny greeted our newly arrived guest. Trailer tour was organized with everyone sharing details and stories about their acquisition and fix up. We toured all the 14 trailers, and then socialized with campers and visitors. Pot luck time arrived and everyone brought into the club house, great dishes that we munched down. The weather looked a little threatening as we keep our fingers crossed that it would blow over and we could have our outdoor movie. While waiting for dusk, I gave away about 12 door prizes with the grand price an outdoor recliner going to our first timer campers from Pine, Arizona. As luck would have it, the storm blew away and we watched the old Elvis classic: Jail House Rock under the stars, on a 16‘ screen.

July 4-Independence day, the weather was good so many campers decided to go explore our area.  Late in the afternoon, Dj Dennis from A+ Productions, and independent Film producer,  showed up interviewed everyone for a  possiable future production, they have in the works.   After that we started our 5:30 dinner, and everyone loved the bar b q chicken, beans, rolls, slaw and two sheet cakes we ate for desert. Along with our TCT campers, dinner was attended by the monthly campers of the park, a Western gun fighter, craft people, Vickie the park owner and her staff. After dinner Beverly, showed us her trailer earrings and greeting cards she had for sale. We cleaned up the kitchen and headed over to Don and Kathy’s trailer for some guitar playing, story telling and sing along time. Quiet time came to quickly so we called it a night, thinking about the new friends and good times we have had.

July 5, we woke up early, so did, Roy, Tom and Barbara and we headed for the kitchen to cook sausage and flip pancakes for everyone. Think we made about 80 pancakes or more; feed everyone that showed up. After breakfast, I went around and said good by to new and old friends, that were packing up and heading home. We hooked up too, thanked the Vickie for having us, and headed home until next time we get out our long Silver Steak. 

I think for my first Tin Can Tourist rally, it was a good start. The turn out was light, perhaps the 4th is not  a good weekend, or bad advertising on my part, or we need a fresh location, but we had a low key no stress, went as planned rally. What did I learn ? Well, it is possible to have a rally with no Shasta trailers, and four Silver Streaks, and that it might not rain as predicted. I am thankful for the good friends and members of our local club that supported this event and my husband that is always ready to go camping. Thanks to everyone that attended and I hope next year we have a Shasta or two also attending the Enchanted Encampment II Rally.

Karen Campbell


1975 Silver Streak & 1957 Mobile Scout