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Tin Can Tourists celebrate vintage camping at Interlochen State Park

  • BY SALLY BARBER Special to the Record-Eagle
  • 6 hrs ago


INTERLOCHEN — Interlochen State Park and Tin Can Tourists Vintage Travel Trailer Club are teaming up to bring back the good old days.

The camping club caravan rallies at Michigan’s oldest state park with 65 vintage models in a joint centennial celebration. Their June 22 open house encourages the public to tour models dating from 1915.

The first fifth-wheel camper on display is always a crowd pleaser, said club spokesperson Terry Bone. The 1936 Canadian Curtis-Aerocar travel trailer and custom built 1938 International D15 tow car was made for wealthy campers. Vintage makes and models at the rally also include Airstreams, Spartans, Avions, Shastas and Scottys.

“A vintage trailer event is different than going to a car show,” Bone said. “A vintage trailer can’t be appreciated by walking around it.”

Bone said event trailer and motorcoaches range from original condition to museum quality restorations.

“People are always impressed by the woodworking and craftsmanship and what owners have done,” he said.

Matt and Terri Curtis of Long Lake, Tin Can Tourists since 2008, plan to show off their 1960 Shasta trailer at the Interlochen open house.

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