New Member Interview with John O’Neill

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

We got into the vintage trailer hobby 20+ years ago. While tent camping in the Florida Keys another couple showed us a vintage Airstream that they had restored .   We  were immediately  hooked on the idea of restoring  a vintage  Airstream  because  at this point in time we had had enough of sleeping on the ground and wet camping gear.  Less than a year later we got an Airstream.

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

We currently own three vintage trailers,  a 1963 Airstream Globetrotter that we purchased in a charity auction 20 years ago and restored ourselves  , a  1973  Hunter Compact II that we restored , and a 1966 Shasta Starflyte.  The ’63 Globetrotter was and remains our dream trailer and we have traveled extensively with it. The Compact is used  by me on fishing trips. The Shasta is in my shop undergoing a restoration. It should have been a parts trailer but the wife named it  and said with my skill set and well equipped shop it was only right that it should have new life back on the road.

What do you tow with?

I have always towed with Ram 2500 (gas)  trucks . We do own a  very low milage original 1970  Olds Cutlass wagon that I am thinking about putting a hitch on so we could take  a  trailer with to local car shows.

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

The only rallies we have attended are a number of TCT spring and fall gatherings. Like a lot of  Airstream owners we’re partial to long road trips but the TCT gatherings are an exception.  Between the people, trailers , food, and events you could not ask for a better time.

Why did you decide to join the Tin Can Tourists?

We joined Tin Can Tourists because it’s open to everyone and every type RV.

What are your camping plans for this year?

Our camping plans for the rest of the year  include a trip to Door County , Wisconsin , the TCT Fall Gathering , and a lengthy road trip that  will depend on where the best weather is in early September

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