New Member Interview with Deb Walters

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

My first camper was a tent, then an ’87 VW Vanagon Westy. I’m a search and rescue K9 handler, and the camper van was a great “72 hour pack” including a place to lay my head on searches. After her engine caught on fire and she burned to the ground I build out the back of a pick-up truck under a topper. I couldn’t shake the VW van bug, so got a Eurovan. The Winnie conversion in the Eurovan is not as functional as the Westy conversion in the Vanagon!

The Eurovan ended up being inconvenient as a daily driver in Atlanta, she couldn’t fit in the downtown parking garages.

My next camper was a 2013 Casita. Loved that Casita! I could travel for work and lived out of her for months at a time.

A new cat, however, did not like living in such tight quarters with my dog – so I bought a GulfStream with bunks so she could have high place to hang out. The Gulfstream was functional, but not cool!

That led me to Pearl, my current camper. She’s a 1969 Bailey Mikado. She might be the only Bailey Mikado in the states.

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

Guess I answered this above!

What do you tow with?

2013 Honda Pilot. Totally un-cool vehicle that I bought to tow the Gulfstream. I’m thinking about getting another Eurovan to tow with, and then I’ll have guest quarters for when other people camp with me!

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

I’ll be attending my first rally in November. I’m hoping to get some good ideas and pick people’s brains regarding things I’d like to do to Pearl.

Why did you decide to join the Tin Can Tourists?

I follow the TCT FB page, get lots of great tips and love looking at the other campers. I joined so I can attend rallies.

What are your camping plans for this year?

I don’t plan much in advance, I sort of go on a whim when I can swing some days off from work.

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