New Member Interview with Merrill Walters

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

I can’t say that it’s a hobby with us yet, but more of a bucket-list dream. Both my wife and I love camping though our lifestyle prevents us from being away from the farm for the most part. My grandfather had a nomadic bent which passed on to my mother and dad, so our family took trailer camping vacations every summer when I was growing up. My antique trailer belonged to Grandpa who with his wife travelled many thousands of miles between Sioux Falls SD, Florida, then San Antonio, Texas, for winter-stays, last making the trip in the mid 70s.The trailer passed on to me and I am hoping to finally renovate it this spring so that we can attend vintage trailer camping rallies, etc.

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

This is the first vintage trailer that I have owned. When I was young (1950s) our family owned a Covered Wagon trailer as our first entry into trailer camping. Of course, my dream trailer is the Travelcar that I now own, renovated to be used as soon as possible.

What do you tow with?

Probably will tow the trailer with a Pickup truck. However, I have a photo that shows the Travelcar trailer the first day out from Saginaw Mich., September 22, 1936, being towed with a 1935 Chevrolet 4-door. So I plan to fulfill this dream team as well.

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

We fully intend to attend rallies. We have attended multi-day meets with our horse carriage friends, camping in our gooseneck horse trailer. TCT trailer rallies will be a delightful extension of this pastime.

Why did you decide to join the Tin Can Tourists?

We have an antique trailer, we like camping with friends especially of like interests, so we are looking forward to the benefits of the club.

What are your camping plans for this year?

Hope to have the trailer renovated and take it out for some trial runs this year!

4 comments

  1. Welcome Merrill ! I had the pleasure of meeting you several times at carriage drives and hope to see you again during your travels with your very cool vintage camper !

  2. Hello Dianne; Barb and I met many cool people at MARD with some very cool house trailers, and I’m thinking that that is where we met. Certainly hope to meet you again as we have several similar interests.

  3. Love your little trailer! I live in Saginaw County in Michigan….there must have been a Travelcar dealer in Saginaw. Interesting!

  4. Hello Susan: Thanks for your comments on my trailer. Sorry that I do not have any sales recipes or other that shown a Traveler dealer located in Saginaw, MI. However, the original sales brochure from the Traveler Company show the Detroit address as 19400 West Eight Mile Road, Detroit.

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