New Member Interview with Melissa Stasi-Thomas

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

I have wanted a travel trailer for as long as I can remember. Growing up in the 70’s-80’s the variety we would see on road trips always fascinated me. Life got in the way and after completing raising our blended family and my husband’s retirement from the US Army we decided to make “my dream” come true.

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

We purchased a 2021 Riverside Retro 179 last June and immediately started planning our trip schedule. Shortly after we bought our “Golden Ticket” we were gifted a 1983 Coleman Columbia pop-up from one of my husbands Army buddies. We needed to gut it to the studs and our plan is to convert it into a teardrop. And once you have 2 a friend of a friend needed to “get rid” of her 1993 Colman Sequoia pop-up. When it rains it pours. Our youngest daughter quickly inherited this pop-up and is happy not to be tent camping any longer. Finally who doesn’t want/need an Airstream?! So in September I was lucky enough that a friend of my hair dresser wanted his gutted 1963 Safari out of his yard as he was selling his home. BINGO! She is in my yard awaiting a quote for her restoration. So when all is said and done we will have the Golden Ticket, a cute little teardrop and the Airstream dream trailer.

What do you tow with?

We tow with our 2018 Toyota Sequoia.

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

We attended the Vintage Camper Rally at the Cider house Event and Campground in Madison NY this August. It was our first and let me tell you it was better than Disney for me! I enjoyed so much be able to tour the campers and everyone was friendly and knowledgeable.

Why did you decide to join the Tin Can Tourists?

After attending the Vintage Camper Rally and finding out that we COULD join owning a “new” 2021 Vintage trailer we decided to join.

What are your camping plans for this year?

This year we have returned to Madison to attend an Antique Show. We Boondocker on a friends farm nearby. Then camped out in my cousins yard in Lake George. We will be camping in Hershey and attending the RV show in September. The first week of October we will be camping up in Aurora NY, I am a vendor at the Mackenzie-Child Artisan Fair. Mid-late October we will be making our big trip of the year from home on Long Island to Florida to visit my sister with stops in VA, GA and SC to see more family. We enjoy campsite camping but are fortunate to have friends all over the country that are happy to “throw us a plug-in”.

1 comment

  1. WElcome to the Airstream world. There is lots of information out there about restoring an Airstream. I hope your friend saved all the parts to the Airstream.

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