SPECIAL GUESTS: Christy, Michel and Florence the Freightliner!
World famous show and House Truck will be joining us this year at Boot Camp! As seen in issue #27 of the Vintage Camper Trailers magazine, you will be entertained by their fabulous storytelling with a Hot Iron Twist. The Gypsy Time Travelers make sparks fly and history ring in your ears. Stories from the rich lore and legends of blacksmithing, the king of all crafts. Michel Olson, one of the last real Master Blacksmiths left in America, will display his craft. There will be a show Friday night and two more on Saturday. In between the shows there are 20 interactive Museum displays at the ready and Michel and Christy available for questions and answers etc… Also Michel will probably smash on iron between shows! www.gypsytimetravelers.com
Hoop Chi Yoga at Saturday and Sunday at 7 am – we provide space and music and the adult sized hula hoops for low impact Aerobic work outs. Bring your yoga mat!
Presenters and Class Outlines
Each day there will be two "classrooms" presenting classes.
You can choose any of the classes that you would like to attend.
Paul and Caroline Lacitinola
Publishers of the Vintage Camper Trailers Magazine and authors the Vintage Camper Trailers Book, the Lacitinolas are collectors and have restored their own vintage trailers since 2006. They host several rallies per year including Trailerfest, Boot Camp and Rally at the Ranch. Paul will tell you how he finds, markets and flips trailers no matter what condition they are in.
Caroline will share what it takes to host a simple rally. Vintage trailerites love to get together and you may be just the one to plan a camping trip and create some memories. Caroline can help you keep it simple, avoid problems and make being the wagon master a fun and rewarding role.
Tim and Linda Brown
Tim and Linda are painting contractors that have added trailer restorations to their repertoire that includes custom home painting and traditional hot rod builds. The Browns specialize in complete custom trailer builds but will also make you a custom wooden screen door or curved windows for your restoration project. The Brown’s years of painting and staining experience makes them the authority with one of the most intimidating aspects of trailer restorations…the natural wood interiors! Tim and Linda will present classes on everything from repairing rotten frame work to how they go about repairing and replacing interior panels. Finally, you will see how to finish wood to match existing panels and some tools and tricks that Tim and Linda have developed to restore old trailers.
Justin and Anna Scribner
Owners of Flyte Camp in Bend, Oregon and hosts of the TV show Flippin RV’s, the Scribner’s are respected authorities when it comes to making old trailers new again. Justin will share finishing techniques that you may have seen on the TV show.
Owner and Master Technician at R and D Motorsports in Santa Cruz, CA, Rick knows his way around both cars and trailers. Rick's attention to detail makes him a perfectionist when it comes to diagnosing problems with everything from Porsches to classic Chryslers. Rick recently set-up his 1966 Chrysler Town & Country wagon to tow his 1958 Yellowstone trailer. Rick’s Boot Camp Classes will cover what you can do to set up your tow vehicle to be as safe and efficient as possible. Rick will also cover trailer brakes and bearings to make sure your trailer is roadworthy and safe wherever you tow it.
State Farm agent Frank Lewis will be doing a workshop during lunch on Saturday regarding vintage trailers and options that he has for insuring them. Frank Lewis and his wife Tamitha are fellow vintage trailer owners and enthusiasts. Frank also has a State Farm Agency in Auburn and has been in the insurance industry for 37 years. He insures many vintage trailers and classic cars and is passionate about people protecting these collectible assets that are both dear to their hearts and difficult (if not impossible) to replace. During the presentation you will learn the ins and outs of insuring your vintage trailer including: !) Replacement value vs. stated value. 2) Protecting your risk of liability during a rally or event. 3) Understanding why it is in your best interest to insure your tow vehicle and trailer with the same company. 4) What you will need to provide to get your trailer insured.
Mel and Jenny Davis
Mel works for Ace Propane as a Licensed Service Technician / Propane Delivery Driver and holds certifications for cylinder re-qualification and appliance repair. Mel's class touches on the restoration of your gas system and refurbishing gas appliances and lights. This year Mel will be re-certifying propane cylinders on-site for $20.00. Propane cylinders that are portable, must be re-qualified after 12 years from date of manufacture and every 5 years thereafter. This includes a visual inspection for corrosion, damage and a valve pressure check.
Jenny has an online fabric supply business and will be showing some fabric options that are popular in vintage trailers. Jenny can help you with some popular and simple ways most anyone can create their own trailer window coverings.
Josh is no stranger to the trailer business having done repair and maintenance on coaches for over 15 years. Currently one of the team at Artistic Airstreams, Josh can diagnose and repair common trailer appliances issues. If you have a refrigerator that doesn’t work or if you don’t know a thermocouple from a thermostat, Josh might be able to help you. Learn to recognize the usual symptoms of a faulty appliance and how to repair them with the minimal effort and expense.
From the early days working on trailers out of his garage in Benicia, CA, Adam found a new passion with trailers. Right from the start, when he brought the very first trailer home, many neighbors and passersby would stop, tell him about their old trailer or a relative that had one growing up. It was not long before Adam had to move to a shop for more space. Since then, Avalon RV has not stopped growing. Many years later there are four employees, one traveling designer, and an incredible creative atmosphere that makes working at Avalon RV a daily adventure. The shop can tackle most any repair but at Boot Camp Adam will share the makings of a solar powered system for your trailer. Adam built a “solar show and tell display piece” that helps you understand the components and layout of a solar system. These guys are pro’s and the information you will receive will make you wonder why you don’t already have solar power charging your system.
The owner of Hemet Valley RV, Steve, will be a Boot Camp to help you with re-siding your vintage trailer. If you are re-siding just part of the trailer or the whole thing, Steve will help you measure correctly to maximize the use of material and minimize costs. Hemet Valley RV is our choice for aluminum siding and is the leading supplier of roll forms and siding options. A trusted purveyor in the industry, Hemet Valley is the ideal source for parts and siding for most RVs and campers. Located in Hemet, California, they offer a wide variety of RV siding and camper siding for a variety of vintage trailers. Hemet Valley RV guarantees to deliver the results that you expect from an industry leader. Unique RV aluminum siding patterns and designs are what separates Hemet Valley RVs ability to service the vintage hobbyist.
Joel and Rachel Harp
The Harps have been in the RV business since vintage trailers were almost new! Decades of experience in all facets of repair and restoration is why there is a two-month waiting list to get in their shop in Lincoln. Willing to share their knowledge, they take their time to teach at many RV gatherings including Boot Camp. This year they are covering everything from tires, axels and springs to converters and inverters. If you’ve got something you can’t do yourself, maybe Rachel can get you on their calendar to give you a hand. Bring your questions, these guys have the answers!
Now retired, Gary Warner brings his years of experience of teaching electrical classes to those of us restorers that want to do it ALL ourselves! Gary uses life size demos and gets you hands-on with understanding not only 12 volt but also 120 volt electrical systems. Gary will make wiring make sense even if you are a beginner. If you are planning on rewiring a trailer or just adding some receptacles, Gary’s classes will give you the confidence you need to get started.
Award winning custom motorcycle builder and painter Jimmy Evans will entertain and inform you with his no BS approach to prepping and painting your own trailer. A professional paint job may be within your reach after a couple of hours of instruction from Jimmy. If you have always wanted to try to do your own paint job, these classes will point you at some of the products and tools that you will need to “do-it-yourself.” Jimmy shares his years of experience so you don’t have to make the same mistakes that he has.
Scotty and Vanessa Williams
Owners of Artistic Airstreams (in the Bay Area), the Williams bring their trailer restoration skills and some EXTRA fun to Boot Camp this year. Scotty grew up in the world of home building, working with both his grandfather and step-dad from a very early age. Scotty has been in construction for over 25 years and had his own custom home building company before he discovered his passion for old Airstreams. After a life changing event, Scotty followed his passion and began Artistic Airstreams.
With his own restoration business backed-up with customer projects, Scotty still made time to teach exterior aluminum panel replacement, riveting and polishing at Boot Camp this year. His knowledge of custom metal work and finishing will help you restore an Airstream or just about any aluminum trailer.
Vanessa has danced for over 29 years and has studied various forms of dance including; Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip-hop, Modern, Contemporary, Musical theatre and Afro-Jazz. Vanessa has taught dance in the East Bay for over 13 years and will be instructing Boot Camp in Swing Dance lessons on Saturday night!