TCT Member Profile – Meet John Clayton


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.

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