New Member Interview with Mark Amft

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

I think it really came together when I saw a 1959 Airstream Bambi at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. That put the idea in my mind that one day I’d like to get a vintage trailer. I didn’t get serious until my friends bought an old Frolic. When a Tagalong came up for sale near my home I came close to buying it, but a neighbor beat me to it. 

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

I have just begun on this journey and I own a 1975 Cox Cadet. I saw a Cadet years ago and was instantly smitten. It’s great for me; anything bigger wouldn’t fit in my garage. I have a couple of dreams. One is to get a fiberglass trailer like a Scamp or a Hunter Compact. There’s a Eriba Puck for sale in Syracuse I’d love to buy. I’ve also often thought about a Spartan, but I’d just plunk it somewhere as a home base rather than trailer it. And of course an unmodified Airstream is still a fantasy, but nowadays they’ve all been revamped.

What do you tow with?

My camping hobby only came to fruition once I retired. Then we only needed one car. So we sold our Impreza and our Prius C specifically to get something bigger. I have a 2018 Subaru Outback. Of course the joke is, the Cox is intended to be towed by anything, even a vintage Beetle.

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

This September will be our first. It’s a little scary because we’ve never been out more than one night and never further from home than a 20-minute drive. I’m looking forward to the pancakes.

Why did you decide to join the Tin Can Tourists?

I figured it would be good to be a part of a community that shares my interest in old trailers. There are lots of Facebook groups and whatnot, but meeting up in person at the rallies will be, I hope, really special.

What are your camping plans for this year? 

We’ll use the Cox out here to camp at the beach at Smith Point County Park and perhaps at another county park in the fall. We still like to stay at lean tos and cottages and we will be up at Half Moon State Park in Vermont in September, and spend a few days  in a lean to at Coolidge in October. I also have two tents—a standard Coleman 2 person and an old accessory tent from a seventies VW bus. That tent was what really got us into vintage trailering. It’s always fun to use it and I hope to bring it out at least once this year.

2 comments

  1. NICE…LOVE THAT OH SO BEAUTIFUL CANVAS POP UP…AHEAD OF IT’S TIME.

  2. The basic design remained unchanged from the early sixties through the seventies. inside, only the cushion material and the linoleum pattern changed. On the outside, only the taillights.

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