New Member Interview with Mitchell McDaniel

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

First, I do not consider it a hobby to restore vintage campers. The restoration process is very costly and requires an enormous amount of research and time.

My firm specialized in Historic Restoration of State and Federal buildings , so I felt very comfortable in tackling this project. ( Little did I know).

The process did not start out with a desire or need to restore a camper, just to build a small teardrop for my son , who graduated from college and needed a camper to live in while he was in the backcountry. He’s a wildlife biologists.

Loooong story short, it was not conducive to his needs , (this is what a father does , always going overboard for anything their children’s need).

I purchased what was left of this camper in March 2015, completed a frame off restoration / renovation and by July, drove it to Colorado from Florida to him on July 26, 2015.

This project (hobby) took 4 months of my life , ( labor of love , gone wrong). As mentioned previously, it was not something he could use for the backcountry, but we left it in Colorado for a year for him to use, and then he left the country the next year, so we had to go and bring it back to Florida .

It has been stored and protected in our warehouse for the last 5 years. The past show in Brooksville is the first time it has been in public.
So it has come time to part company and let others enjoy it, rather than storing it in a warehouse.

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

None previously, this one is a 1949 Little Caesar

What is your dream vintage trailer?

As a novice , I really appreciate the Spartans designs.

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

Yes, the rally in Brooksville,

Why did you decide to join the Tin Can Tourists?

Apparently, they require a membership to attend the rally. And it appealed to me, to meet others who have restored campers and to test the waters for the value for trailers such as this one, because we are putting it up for sale ASAP.

What are your camping plans for this year?

I would really like to take this one on the road if it does not sell soon , but no plans at this time, we are putting this up for sale asap.

1 comment

  1. Mitchell has done a fantastic job on this Little Caesar. It is spectacular!

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