I’m a Tin Can Tourist

Just about a year ago, I went to the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck New York. Among the vendors were two “Sisters on the Fly”. These are women who have gotten the vintage trailer bug, and have joined together as an adventuresome club, all with vintage trailers. This trailer is what got ME hooked.

The poor husband. I am not a traveler by nature. There was no reason for him to expect it and he was completely blindsided. I said “I am going to need to get one of these.” After many months of research and pouring over Craigslist ads, I found a 1966 Shasta an hour and a half away. The owner, Sharon, had purchased it a year before but had decided that an RV was going to be a better solution for her. Though it had one corner damaged by water, it was in good shape. I didn’t know it at the time, but it was essentially in original condition…. boy was 1966 paneling unattractive.


But after some expert help from my friend and carpenter, David, some sewing and some painting, I’m really liking my little 11′ compact home-for-the-road.


My maiden voyage will be to a tin can tourist rally about an hour away. My friend Jean is going to join me, setting up her tent next to my trailer. There, we’ll be among vintage trailer enthusiasts, and we’ll all spend the weekend visiting each other’s tin cans and making new friends. I have plans for some out-of-the way camping trips too. Good times ahead!

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