New Member Interview with Jeffrey Simpson

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

Two years ago my wife and I started talking about what we would do when we retired,  we both swapped stories about our camping adventures when we were younger and that’s when we decided to camp cross country. Fast forward to June 2021, while visiting my brother in VA he had a few vintage campers in his wearhouse and offered us the Ace of hearts to take home as a project in preparation for retirement. It’s been a labor of love and a challenge rebuilding that old gem.

What type of trailers have you owned and what do you have now?

My family started out back in the 70’s using a friend’s Winnebago class c I believe doing weekend get aways, many years later I had a pop up which I used for about two years before I stopped camping all together. 30 years later I now own a 1963 Ace of hearts trailer and can not wait for out first trip next year.

What is your dream vintage trailer?
What do you tow with?

We tow with a 2017 dodge ram 1500 Laramie with a heavy duty aftermarket rear suspension. 

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

We have never attended a rally before, after watching many hours of YouTube videos about vintage camper rallies we are both very excited about attending our first one. The camping community is a breed of its own, very down to earth kind and helpful people we look forward to joining that fine group of people. 

Why did you decide to join the Tin Can Tourists?

We joined TCT for a few reasons, its one of the oldest organizations in the country and we’re proud to be apart of that. TCT was highly recommend by a relative and the Facebook community is amazing so joining TCT was a very easy decision for us.

What are your camping plans for this year?

2021 and most of next year will be spent bringing our Ace camper back to life. We will do some small local trips towards the end of 22 just to get our feet wet and learn the ropes so we don’t look like newbies when we go cross country in 23.

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  1. We restored a 65 winnebago travel trailer 6 years ago. After restoring a 2017 forest river 28ckd that was in a flood we regrettably sold the little camper and missed it. So now we are chasing down another one.

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