New Member Interview with Michael & Kristin Kelly

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

In 2015 we moved from Denver, Colorado to Portland, Oregon and after a while there, noticing all the camper sales lots, we decided that we wanted a camper. After looking at newer ones for a couple of months, my wife expressed the idea of a vintage camper. So, we went to a couple of rallies,  asked a lot of questions, and even stayed at The Vintages in Oregon. We decided to buy something a little rough that we could restore. After a couple of months of searching, we found and bought a 1964 Aloha Travel Trailer and named here Dottie. It was mold and mildew covered, and the inside really smelled, but it had good bones. A year later, it was finished and we were off to some great vintage rallies and campgrounds. In 2019 we moved back to Denver, and after a few months we sold it. However, a year later, due to still hanging out with our camper group in Colorado, we got the bug again.

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

We had a 1964 Aloha Travel Trailer, but sold it in 2019. In 2020 we bought a brand-new Sunset Park, Sun Lite Classic 18RD travel trailer. A month ago, we bought a 1963 Silver Streak Jet, and we’ll be restoring it. The Silver Streak is our dream vintage trailer.

What do you tow with?

We tow it with a 2010 Nissan Xterra.

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

We mostly attend rallies in the Colorado area. We enjoy the comradery of hanging out with likeminded good folks. 

Why did you decide to join the Tin Can Tourists?

It’s a great organization with lots of history that helps the vintage trailer community. 

What are your camping plans for this year?

Salida Co, Grand Lake Co, Fairplay Co, Pagosa Springs Co, Moab UT, Buena Vista Co.

1 comment

  1. We looked at two Silver Streaks but couldn’t accept the exterior dents both had as well as a moldy smell, both were from rainy areas. Yours is in very nice condition, would liked to have seen the dinette area. That can be a make or break situation for some people. Enjoy it.

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