Can you tell us about how you got into the vintage trailer hobby?
We became aware of Shady Dell Trailer Park in Bisbee Arizona in the mid 90’s and loved the concept! As fate would have it, we became good friends of owners of a vintage airstream! We went through a journey with them of purchasing a 1947 42 foot Vagabond. We learned a lot about systems and decided our own trailer and renovation was in the future. We found our first Airstream, a 1954 Safari with triple rear windows, while driving down the highway tucked back in a truck yard. Made a deal on the spot and were hooked from that point forward! Next we purchased an Avion in Florida and found this coach to be better built than Airstream! Our friends purchased a campground in the NC mountains and we pulled one trailer and parked the other as a destination. Then we sold everything and moved to Arizona! Found an Avion out here on the TCT classifieds and started a new renovation. Her name was Twiggy and we spent a lot of time in the mountains with her and our grandloves. Now we have a 26 foot Avion from Montana for our future full time adventure!
What type of trailers have you owned and what do you have now? What is your dream vintage trailer?
1954 Airstream Safari 22 foot
1968 Avion 28 foot
1966 Avion S-21
1978 Avion H-26
What do you tow with?
We have towed with a 1992 Suburban and a 2007 Chevy Silverado 1/2 ton, currently looking for a Toyota Tundra.
Do you attend rallies and what do you like the most about attending a rally?
We have not attended rallies in the past due to circumstances of location and timing. They look like fun and we hope to attend in the future!
Why did you decide to join the Tin Can Tourists?
We are previous members of TCT and found so much information and many resources as we were renovating. These connections are so valuable! After finding our “new to us” trailer, we wanted the Tin Can connections again in this wonderful supportive community for all vintage trailers. We have some systems to upgrade and will be looking for advice from the experienced people in the group!
What are your camping plans for this year?
We will spend the next 6 months getting our Avion, Libby, ready for full time living. Retirement is coming soon and we will hit the road. Some of our planned stops are Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio and Maine. We rest easier knowing we are a part of TCT again! Safe travels!