New Member Interview – Ed Drane

Can you tell us about how you got into the vintage trailer hobby? 

We got the vintage “bug” while on a family vacation in 2016.  We were traveling from Colorado home by way of Route 66.  We happened upon a motel called the Retro Inn.  In the middle of the courtyard was a restored vintage trailer.  My wife fell in love and that was that.  When we arrived home we began the search for our first project.

What type of trailers have you owned and what do you have now? What is your dream vintage trailer?  

We are still fairly new to hobby.  The first trailer we restored is a 1949 Silver Streak Clipper.  It took us three years and was probably not a project for a newbie.  We just finished a 1970 Airstream Land Yacht Ambassador.  The next project is a 1967 Norris.  My dream vintage trailer is a Boles Aero or a two door Yellowstone. My wife has a couple herself: a Holiday House, or a Spartan Manor.

What do you tow with? 

We tow with a Nissan Armada.

Do you attend rallies and what do you like the most about attending a rally? 

We do attend rallies.  We began by going to rallies near us as visitors.  It inspired ideas and encouraged us to keep going when we got discouraged with our progress.  We finished our Clipper in the spring of 2020 and couldn’t wait to take her to a rally-then Covid hit.  We were able to attend three rallies last fall. This year by the end of October we will have attended 10.  I think the thing we enjoy most is the people we meet and sharing the love of vintage trailers.

Why did you decide to join the Tin Can Tourists? 

We have visited the website many times to look for rallies and watched a couple of the zoom sessions offered.  We had always planned on joining to be a part of this organization and we finally made it happen.

What are your camping plans for this year? 

As stated earlier, we will finish the camping season with 10 rallies under our belt.  We also plan to camp while visiting family and attending a couple of events.

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