Tin Can Tourists Rally supports J Bar J Youth Services


The Bend Classic Vintage Trailer Rally will be at J Bar J Ranch Wednesday through Aug. 13 in support of the ranch’s youth programs. Trailer enthusiasts of all ages are invited to come out for a few days of fun and nostalgia.


“I think it’s kind of a multigenerational thing,” said Dal Smilie, the Wagon Master, or host, of the rally. “A lot of the baby boomers remember camping and so it brings back some memories for them … you get a whole range of people who are playing with their trailers.”

There is a $50 camping and registration fee for those who want to bring their trailers. There will be an open house on Aug. 13 starting at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public.

The rally is the same weekend as the Flashback Cruz Car Show being held in Drake Park and car enthusiasts are invited to come out to both events.

“It’s kind of a complementary thing to Flashback Cruz,” Smilie said. “We kind of get a crossover (of attendees).”

Local royalty of the trailer world will be in attendance, including Justin and Anna Scribner of Flyte Camp and hosts of Flippin RV, a national television program that features vintage trailer restoration.

“It’s fun to see all the different ideas, colors, shapes, types and brands of the old trailers,” Smilie said. “That’s fun, that’s always fun to see.”

For more information, contact Dal Smilie at dalsmilie@aol.com or at 406-461-3714.

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