Forrest and Jeri’s Appreciation gift

With the Tin Can Tourists Centennial Celebration approaching in 2019. Members of the club wanted an opportunity to do something special to recognize the club founders, president, royal can opener and first lady – Forrest and Jeri Bone.

Take a moment to think about all of their efforts and the fun they have given all of us:

  • They resurrected a club that was considered dead and is now a thriving community (nearly 40,000 facebook members and 2000+ dues paying members)
  • They organized and coordinated over 500 events in 21 years (53 Official TCT Events in 2017). They personally have been the rally hosts of over 100 events. Think about that for a second. Imagine being responsible for planning and organizing 100 events that are similar to a wedding in terms of participants, entertainment, meals, and logistics and now consider that these events are over 4 days, not just 1.
  • They’ve given us all opportunity to meet and build friendships with others that have lasted over decades. These friendships continue well beyond the rallies!
  • They’ve given opportunities for us to show off our trailers through open houses and awards. They arranged for the trailers to be included in many special events and concours.
  • They’ve taken us on trips around the country by organizing many caravans and have worked with historical societies to connect the trailer community to it’s past.
  • They’ve helped keep the historical information about the club, the impact on the country and the specific trailer brand information available for us to enjoy.
  • They’ve married several couples at rallies and helped bring many couples together. They’ve sadly had to say goodbye to many members over the years and helped celebrate their lives and friendships.
  • They’ve helped build many businesses around the vintage trailer hobby – TV Shows, restoration companies, magazines, other clubs, trailer parts, insurance, campgrounds, t-shirts, jewelry, etc.

What started out as a love for vintage trailers, has evolved into a love for the people that love vintage trailers. For all they done for us, we in turn want to show our appreciation for their efforts in promoting vintage camping and helping all of us in creating new friendships all around the United States and even internationally.

Hardy and Terry Evan’s will be collecting the funds and keeping this secret from the Bone’s.


Donations can be made at the following link: – Please enter “Appreciation gift” in the comments

You can also send a check payable to Terry Evans and mail to Terry Evans, 3020 Philips Ave, Mount Pleasant, WI 53403, note “Appreciation Gift” in the memo section.

In addition to your generous monetary gift,  if you would like to write a congratulatory note to Forrest and Jeri and include some of your TCT experiences along with a picture of you and your trailer, these will be used to create a keepsake for Forrest and Jeri to be presented at the 2019 celebration. You can mail or email these to Hardy or Terry Evans (email address is:  Or you can deliver in person at the spring and fall meet at Camp Dearborn in  Milford, MI.

How will we use the funds?

At one of the big rallies that Forrest organizes in 2019, we will surprise them with a gift depending on the amount collected. Every person that donated money will be recognized with the gift.

Idea’s for the gift:

  • Vacation for 2 to Hawaii (without a trailer)
  • A National Park tour with stays at lodges such as Glacier National east end, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls or Ahwahnee, Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone, El Tovar Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon Lodge etc.
  • Lunch for year in 2020
  • A restored Hudson coupe
  • Retirement watches from Shinola (made in Detroit)

Update on collection and projects

Total money collected as of:

4/13/18: $1780

5/21/18: $2495

Terry Evans is now working on a 12 foot time line to display of the 100 years of TCT. Hundreds of friggin parts…

Doreen Bergman is making quilts from TCT T-Shirt designs

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