New Member Interview with Mandi Holmes

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

I’ve *always* wanted a trailer and dreamed of having a vintage one. In 2020 at the top of the pandemic we got some settlement money and were concerned about the future and wanted a way to travel with minimal reliance so it all kind of came together. I really had hoped to restore one myself but I couldn’t argue with one in such good shape at a good price and a friend willing to broker and deliver halfway across the country.

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

This is our first one! And we aren’t sure what make it is but I’m pretty sure it’s an early model 1950’s Rod and Reel. There are no emblems and the title that we got when we bought it lists it as a 1994 Handmade so that’s what it says on our title.

I used to want an Airstream which I think everyone says they want because they are gorgeous and shiny and it’s the name people know. But now I know how many AWESOME other trailers are out there oozing with charm and possibility. So I don’t have my mind set on any particular one, but I am itching to restore one for sure. We don’t have a garage or driveway so I don’t have a place to do too much work yet. I want 500 trailers haha. Really I just want to BUILD 500 trailers. I keep trying to talk friends with garages into getting one so I can restore it for them. I think everyone thinks that I’m joking. I am 100% not!

What do you tow with?

We have two old SUV’s currently, we use the 2000 Toyota 4Runner. It’s bigger and has better AC than the 1999 Ford Explorer Sport.

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

We haven’t been able to attend any rallies yet! And we now have our trailer parked at an awesome campsite spot we lease and I realized that now we really can’t get around to rallies so clearly I need another one that I can!

Why did you decide to join the Tin Can Tourists?

Because it’s such an awesome resource! And I love getting to meet other people that want to talk about vintage trailers!

What are your camping plans for this year?

Our new camp spot is just a touch further than we can do for a regular weekend so every 3 day weekend from our son’s school schedule that we get we’re running down there!

Mandi Moss Holmes


  1. I’d bet money on it that that’s a 1955 mobile scout 14. Maid in McLean Texas. Cause I have one I have a 1960 mobile scout 17

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