What is an Open House at a Vintage Camper Rally?

Vintage Trailer Open Houses

At trailer rallies there are often an open house of the Vintage Travel Trailers. This is a chance for the public to see how these vintage working trailers have been restored by their current owners and tour through each of them. It’s also an opportunity for the owner to show off their hard work.

Visitors talking to owners at a Tin Can Tourists vintage trailer rally

What do you need to know about a Vintage Camper Open House

It can be great fun and a wonderful learning opportunity if your interested in:

  • learning about the Vintage Trailer hobby
  • thinking about bringing your own trailer to a rally
  • considering buying a trailer and checking out different brands, different sizes, different layouts, different decades, etc.
  • wanting to get ideas on decorating
  • making contacts with others in the hobby
  • joining a club and learning about their rally schedule
  • asking any questions you might have
  • taking pictures of beautifully restored campers that are completely decorated and picture ready

Julie Theroux, of Framingham, Mass., stands inside her 1964 Aladdin at the Brattleboro North KOA Campground

How to approach a Vintage Camper Open House

Things to remember when coming to an open house and touring trailers:

  • plan to spend a lot of time as there maybe hundreds of vintage trailers and campers
  • wear comfortable shoes and plan on lots of walking, campsites can be spread out a bit and you may need to walk a long distance to see them all
  • look for a display plaque or picture book that some owners provide that will answer many of the easy questions – year, make, model, owner and some basic information. This will save the owner from repeating the same information to thousands of visitors
  • Always ask the owner if you can look inside even if the door is open, this is just being respectful and it’s a great way to start a conversation with the owner
  • On the other hand, if the door is closed or there is a barrier at the door – please respect the owners decision to not show their trailer, take a break to eat lunch, go for a walk, etc.
  • don’t open drawers, closets, sit on couches or beds,  etc. The trailer is not just for show but rather is someones home and being used.
  • if there is a couple or people in the trailer, then wait your turn outside. Trailers are small in size and not made for 10 people to jam in at a time. Don’t turn someones vintage trailer into a clown car.
  • keep pets outside and keep kids at your side (it’s not their little playhouse even if it looks like it)

Beautiful woodwork and colors

Vintage trailer owners can have a love hate relationship with open houses. They love showing their trailer off but all of that can be ruined by someone that disrespects their prized possession. Take the time to understand what an open house is and how to be the best visitor possible so both sides benefit from the experience.


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