New Member Interview with Amy Lea Raglin

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

When my father passed away suddenly, I decided to take what I called an almost 2 week “solo soul-journ” to deal with my grief and escape with my memories.  I travelled solo to some wonderful, remote locations as some of my fondest memories with him were camping and fishing and simply being outside.  I stayed in several Airbnb locations, some of which were vintage trailers, and I was hooked!  I felt such a sense of peace and homecoming with them, restored to their original glory and charm.

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

I currently own a 72 Shasta Compact named Pearl.  I’m also a breast cancer survivor, and she is sparkly pink throughout.  I simply adore her.  My Great Grandma Pearl used to travel from Oregon to Texas in their Shasta to visit us on their way to Florida for the winter.  I found my Pearl in Oregon, not far from where she lived, and drove her home to Texas myself.  It was singlehandedly the most challenging thing I’ve done, but I got her home in the middle of a pandemic through 5 states, lol. 

I could never part with Pearl, but I do dream of owning a larger one for both my husband and I to share travels in.  If money and rarity were not an issue, I’d want a 60’s Holiday House (dreamy front window, am I right?!?!).

What do you tow with?

Jeep Grand Cherokee

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

I haven’t been able to attend a rally yet due to Covid, but certainly look forward to doing so soon!  I have taken her out 7 times this year, and deck her out in age-appropriate décor and accessories to show off her charm each trip.  She’s a labor of love, for sure!  I love when fellow campers ask to see her and hear her story.

Why did you decide to join the Tin Can Tourists?

I bought a subscription to a vintage trailer magazine when I was in the process of looking for my trailer but wanted to join now as this group tends to be very supportive and helpful on FB.  I’m a member of two female only groups as well but wanted to get the unique experience this group provides by focusing on vintage, where my heart lies.

What are your camping plans for this year?

To get out as often as possible!  I work remotely now, so I can work from anywhere on occasion, and she’s the perfect little office away from home.  I’d love to attend at least one TCT rally in addition to the two group events already planned.

1 comment

  1. Wonderful story Amy! I love your pictures. Great job and thanks for being an inspiration to others in the club.

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