New Member Interview with John Smith

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

I have always liked vintage trailers.  This camper van has been in my life since 1988.  Started as a tailgate machine and then have been on many trips in it since

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

The only trailer I’ve ever own was a 1966 Terry.  Bought it on a whim and later learned what problems it had.  Sold it before ever using it as it had more problems than I could repair myself.  I do not really have a dream trailer as so many are so unique

What do you tow with?

I havent towed anything yet but plan to add a hitch and install an atv package tray into the hitch.  My wife has spinal issues and rides a recumbent tricycle.  I see know other way to bring it along

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

I have attended one rally about 10 years ago in Colorado.  After speaking to so many and learning about what to look for, I “canned” my project as it was too much for me.  I hope to attend a few a year.

Why did you decide to join the Tin Can Tourists?

It looks like a fun group of creative caring people.  We do car shows, why not camper shows?

What are your camping plans for this year?

Hoping to start out with a couple weekend trips a month to see what we like and dislike.  Then maybe venture out further.  Rallies, sure

About this camper.  My good friend bought it new in 1972.  He has traveled the country since and it has been to 42 of the lower 48 states.  In 2006 it was worn out and in need of replacing but he couldnt find a new camper to fit in his garage.  So between the body shop, interior shop, and mechanic shop, he spent $65,000 having it completely stripped and rebuilt.  It was finished in 2008 and was in far better shape than any new camper on the market.  He then became ill and it sat for many years until his health improved.  It has only had 16,000 miles put on it since.  This June, he upgraded to a Mercedes powered Airstream 19 after 49 years in it.  I am grateful to be chosen as its new caretaker. 

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