Westcraft trailers were known for using high-quality building materials and for painting their aluminum shells in bright and bold colors. This 1950 Westcraft Trolley Top is a testament to the color craze of its time. The Trolley Top, also referred to as a Lantern Top, was not only popular due to its exterior but also due to its advanced interior design. The implementation of a raised roof improved not only the headspace of the trailer but also the lighting and ventilation. The Trolley Top marks a significant improvement in trailers’ functionality, making it a favorite of many trailerites to this day.
The owners told us "Our RV collection started many years ago, focusing exclusively on shiny, aluminum trailers. However, the more we studied the history and development of the vintage trailer world, the more we realized that most manufacturers in the early days built trailers out of Masonite. Masonite, a type of engineered wood, does not stand the test of time and is easily eroded by the elements. To give the Masonite any chance of surviving more than a few years, several coats of paint would be applied to the surface to protect it. Unfortunately, the paint was insufficient protection to save most of these trailers in the long run. The toll of weather, mostly rain, was more than the Masonite could stand, thus making this method obsolete in post-WWII construction. However, the quickly retired Masonite-made trailers also became extremely rare."
Post-WWII production found many manufacturers, like Westcraft, using aluminum or metal for the shells of their trailers. This change in design allowed for a sturdier product that could withstand the elements and the test of time. While this was undoubtedly an advancement, Westcraft and other manufacturers wanted to implement color as a selling point. Therefore, they began painting the aluminum exteriors of their products in bold, often two-toned color schemes to stand out from their competitors and differentiate their brands. Bold color schemes became the craze of the 1950s in trailers and automobiles, allowing people to express their style in a multitude of ways in the Mid-Century Modern era.
The Gulley’s collection has early examples of Airfloat, Airstreams, Alma, Covered Wagon, Hammerblow, New Moon, and Home Builts. All have very subdued paint colors and designs compared to the trailers built in the 1950s. David, Mary and their daughter Jennifer are proud to have this painted treasure as part of The Gulley Museum Collection alongside its shiny, vintage relatives.
The Gulley Museum Collection is a private collection in Arkansas. It is not open to the public but the trailers are featured in the Vintage Camper Trailers Magazine.
The 8th Annual Eggs on the Hiawassee Fiberglass Trailer Rally
Hey there vintage camper aficionados! If you're a fan of all things fiberglass and the charm of bygone eras, you won't want to miss the annual pilgrimage to Hiawassee, Georgia. The 8th Annual Eggs on the Hiawassee River Rally at Riverbend Campground promises a weekend filled with molded fiberglass goodness, camaraderie, and a dash of adventure. Mark your calendars because this is an event you won't want to miss.
Booking Your Spot:
This rally is so popular that it books the entire campground in the picturesque northeast Georgia mountains. With over 100 all-molded fiberglass campers each year, it's a gathering that enthusiasts eagerly anticipate. But fear not if you missed the initial wave – there's a waiting list! Full hook-up sites, riverfront spots, and boondocking options are available, catering to every camper's preference. If you're on the waiting list, keep your hopes high; cancellations happen, especially closer to the event.
The Eggs on the Hiawassee Rally isn't just about showcasing vintage beauties; it's a full-blown fiberglass fiesta! Picture this: manufacturers on site with new demo units, seminars tailored specifically to molded fiberglass RVs, a delectable fish fry, a potluck to delight your taste buds, and the prestigious Camper's Choice Awards, highlighting the best in various categories. And if you're feeling competitive, there's a cornhole competition that's sure to add a bit of friendly rivalry to the mix. For a list of fun rally activities visit our Rally Activities page.
Open House Extravaganza:
One of the highlights of this rally is the open house, where you can feast your eyes on both new and vintage models. It's a chance to explore the intricacies of these molded fiberglass wonders, chat with owners, and maybe even find inspiration for your own camper dreams.
Rated as the #1 rally in the US for all molded fiberglass RVs, the Eggs on the Hiawassee Fiberglass Trailer Rally is more than an event – it's a community, a celebration, and a journey back in time. So, pack your bags, rev up your vintage camper, and get ready for a weekend of nostalgia, new friendships, and the unmistakable allure of fiberglass on the Hiawassee River. See you there! (Find rallies in the USA.)
Have you ever attended a rally or show on concrete or asphalt with no way to secure your awning? Gary Moore came up with a way to utilize the weight of water with common items from a home improvement store. Filling a five-gallon bucket with water gives you a 42-pound anchor to secure each awning pole. Water produces a substantial amount of weight you don’t have to transport. Wind can still pull or tip the buckets. Gary engineered four-foot 1x2s with a notch in each end to keep the buckets in place by placing the sticks between the base of the awning pole and the tethering rope where it connects to the bucket handle. (We might add a lid to the buckets and a spring between the rope and handle. If you wanted to be fancy, you could cover the buckets with a burlap sack or another material.)
Full feature on Gary and Arlette's trailer in issue #70 of the Vintage Camper Trailers Magazine.
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When it comes to hosting a memorable trailer rally, location is key. Some crave the tranquility of a remote camping experience, while others yearn for antique shopping, sightseeing, or dining options nearby. The 2023 Oregon House, CA Trailerfest Rally was nestled about 30 minutes from civilization in a picturesque setting. Surrounded by rolling hills and towering pine trees, this rally offered a natural habitat for deer, squirrels, and turkeys, adding to the charm of the RV park. It was a haven for those seeking a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. More photos of this rally in our Facebook group.
Pismo Beach has been a favorite spot for those who enjoy the coastal breeze. Here, rally-goers venture into town to savor meals at beloved eateries like Jockos, Splash, and Old West Cinnamon Rolls, adding local flavor to their adventures.
Looking ahead to 2024, Trailerfest Rallies has lined up a series of superb locations across California. From the charm of San Dimas and Buellton, Pismo Beach to the scenic wonders of South Lake Tahoe, and our northern most get together in Red Bluff. These premium RV camping sites offer a myriad of nearby activities for all tastes. No ten year rule here!
Trailerfest Rallies are a treasure trove of activities and camaraderie for enthusiasts of all things vintage trailers. From potluck gatherings to engaging workshops and craft sessions, cornhole and horseshoe competitions, delicious pancake breakfasts, and live music performances, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
At Trailerfest Rallies, you're not just camping but immersing yourself in a warm and welcoming community, embracing the nostalgia and spirit of a bygone era.
These rallies offer a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a tight-knit community of like-minded individuals. Picture yourself gathering with friends around crackling campfires, and this experience isn't just for a weekend; it can stretch into a delightful 3-4 days or even longer.
The heart of Trailerfest Rallies lies in the stories shared among kindred spirits. Attendees, passionate about restoration projects and vintage trailers, swap tales about ongoing pursuits and cherished finds. Over the years, many form bonds that resemble family ties, coming together for several extended weekends each year to revel in the essence of mid-century America.
Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, an open house welcomes visitors who want to experience the vintage trailer community firsthand. You might even find a spot to cruise in with your classic car.
Visit www.trailerfestrallies.com for dates, details, and to make a reservation for an unforgettable camping experience. While most sites are dedicated to vintage trailers, there's room for newer RVs in San Dimas, South Lake Tahoe, and Red Bluff. Don't miss the chance to roll into a world of adventure and camaraderie with Trailerfest Rallies.
The new collaboration will provide Vintage Camper Trailers members with a personalized auction experience, exclusive benefits and support
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (August 15, 2023) – Automotive auction platform and enthusiast community Bring a Trailer (BaT) and Vintage Camper Trailers, the leading destination for vintage camper enthusiasts, announce a partnership to provide the Vintage Camper Trailers community with a personalized auction experience. Vintage Camper Trailers members can now submit their vehicles to BaT directly from the Vintage Camper Trailers website for a truly seamless submission process.
The "RVs and campers" auction category continues to gain popularity on BaT, showing an 18% increase in listings in Q1 2023 over Q4 2022. The category features an eclectic mix of travel-ready and project vehicles including vintage RVs, camper vans and travel trailers. This growing interest will provide Vintage Camper Trailers members with access to an extensive new audience of passionate enthusiasts and collectors.
“Vintage Camper Trailers has become the go-to destination for owners, collectors, restorers, and admirers of vintage recreational vehicles. Bring a Trailer stands out for its shared commitment to building an engaged community of enthusiasts,” said Paul Lacitinola of Vintage Camper Trailers. “We’re thrilled to partner with Bring a Trailer and offer our members access to a new audience of fellow enthusiasts and potential buyers.”
Vintage Camper Trailers members will receive several unique benefits when selling their vintage campers, RVs and trailers on Bring a Trailer. These include expanded exposure via a dedicated partner page on the BaT website as well as promotion to other members via the Vintage Camper Trailers website, magazine and more. The submission process will also be streamlined, with the BaT team available to help Vintage Camper Trailers members navigate submitting their vehicles. Once a Vintage Camper Trailers member’s camper is accepted for auction, a specialist at BaT will be assigned to construct a listing based on the information provided. An upgraded listing option will provide a photographer to take photos and videos for a professional-quality listing experience.
“As Bring a Trailer continues to expand its offerings across categories, we’ve seen tremendous interest in vintage campers within our community of over a million account holders and 460,0000 registered bidders. This new partnership with Vintage Camper Trailers will help connect more buyers and sellers of these unique and sought-after vehicles,” said Randy Nonnenberg, co-founder and president of Bring a Trailer.
To learn more about the Vintage Camper Trailers and Bring a Trailer partnership and member benefits, or auction a vehicle, please visit visit the website.
About Bring a Trailer
Bring a Trailer (BaT) is a digital auction platform and enthusiast community founded in 2007 to connect buyers and sellers of classic, collector and enthusiast vehicles. BaT curates vehicles submitted by sellers and helps them craft transparent auction listings that present the vehicles as they are — without superlatives or dubious used-car-lot language. At the end of a successful auction, BaT connects the seller and buyer so they can work together to complete the transaction. BaT's knowledgeable community of more than 1,000,000 registered users vet each listing so potential buyers can bid with confidence. BaT auctions are listed at a flat rate, starting at just $99 with a sell-through rate of 83%. Bring a Trailer Shipping is the company's fully integrated vehicle transport service, available for both BaT auction listings and private vehicles in the contiguous 48 U.S. states. For more information, visit www.bringatrailer.com.
Straight from the pages of the Vintage Camper Trailers Magazine:
When insuring your vintage RV, seeking advice from a licensed agent in your state of residence is crucial. Insurance can be complex, with various policy types, coverages, and valuation considerations. This article will explore the options available to help you choose the best one for you.
Liability Coverage: Protecting Yourself and Others
Liability coverage is a vital aspect of RV insurance, safeguarding you from legal liability for bodily injury and property damage caused to others. It is important to note that liability coverage does not cover injuries to you and your family or damage to your rig.
While liability coverage is legally required in almost every state for drivable RVs, it is not typically mandated for travel trailers that are towed. However, liability coverage for the tow vehicle extends to the towable RV while driving. (This may not be true with classic car insurance. Check with your agent.) The required minimum liability coverage varies by state and is usually expressed as minimum coverage limits in state laws.
It’s essential to understand that state minimum coverages may not provide sufficient protection in the event of an RV accident. Larger RVs have the potential to cause significant bodily injury and property damage, which may exceed the state-required minimums. Opting for coverage limits higher than the minimum requirements is advisable. Some policies may even cover visitors to your trailer at a rally.
Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Protection When Others Fall Short
Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is another critical aspect of insurance for your vintage RV. This coverage protects you and your passengers when someone without insurance or with inadequate insurance coverage hits your RV. While it is required in about half of the states for motorhomes and tow vehicles (not for travel trailers), it is often available as an optional coverage in states where it is not mandatory.
Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage can be obtained for both bodily injury and property damage. It serves as a complement to liability coverage, ensuring that you and your loved ones are protected when someone else is at fault.
Comprehensive Coverage: Protecting Your Vintage RV from Unforeseen Events
Comprehensive coverage offers protection against various types of damage not covered by collision insurance. It covers damage resulting from:
Total Loss Coverages: Protecting Your Investment
For vintage trailers and RVs, total loss coverages are often the best option. These coverages typically encompass most of the previously mentioned events (depending on the specific policy). The two common types of total loss valuation are:
1. Market Value (Actual Cash Value): This is the standard valuation method used by many insurance companies. In the event of a total loss, you would be paid the actual market or cash value of your RV at the time of the loss (minus the deductible). Insurance companies typically use sources such as NADA, Kelly Blue Book, or comparable market data to determine the pre-damage value. However, obtaining accurate market data for vintage trailers/RVs can be challenging, potentially resulting in the insurance company determining the value, regardless of any proof you provide.
2. Agreed Value: This is an upgraded option (often requiring an additional premium) and is particularly beneficial for vintage RVs and travel trailers. With Agreed Value coverage, you and the insurance company agree on a specific value for your rig from the beginning, typically based on a professional vintage RV/trailer appraisal. In the event of a total loss, the insurance company will pay the agreed-upon value, regardless of the current market value. This coverage is advantageous for bus conversions, custom RVs, and vintage RVs/trailers without a standard market value. It is recommended to have an appraisal on file, even if it’s not explicitly required by the insurer, and update it every 4 to 5 years.
By having an Agreed Value policy, you are better protected because you receive the agreed value amount, regardless of any depreciation that may have occurred. This ensures that you can replace your vintage RV/trailer without experiencing financial hardship.
Establishing Your Trailer’s Value: Essential Documentation
To establish the value of your vintage trailer, several pieces of documentation are crucial:
Protecting Your Vintage RV Investment
Insuring your vintage RV is not a decision to be taken lightly. It is crucial to understand the different coverage types, valuations, and appraisal needs to ensure your treasure is adequately protected. By consulting with a licensed insurance agent and considering the information provided in this article, you can make an informed decision and safeguard your vintage RV from potential risks and losses.
The Joy of Living in a Refurbished 1984 Avion Vintage Trailer with a Custom Made Japanese-Style Soaking Tub
In a fast-paced world dominated by modern technology and constant distractions, there's an increasing desire to reconnect with the past and find simplicity in life. Enter the refurbished 1984 Avion vintage trailer – a time capsule that takes us back to a bygone era while offering the perfect blend of nostalgia and luxury. Paired with a custom-made Japanese-style soaking tub, this unique living space creates a sanctuary that beckons us to slow down, unwind, and appreciate life's simple pleasures. Join us on a journey to explore the joy of living in a refurbished vintage trailer and how the addition of a Japanese soaking tub elevates the experience to a whole new level.
The Vintage Trailer: A Nostalgic Haven
The mere sight of a refurbished 1984 Avion vintage trailer invokes a sense of nostalgia and adventure. This one is available for purchase. These classic trailers, renowned for their iconic aluminum bodies and timeless design, capture the essence of a simpler time when road trips were the ultimate form of escape. Lovingly restored to their former glory, these vintage trailers offer a unique opportunity to embrace a nomadic lifestyle without sacrificing comfort.
Living in a vintage trailer transports us back to an era where life moved at a slower pace. The absence of modern-day distractions allows us to be more present and mindful of our surroundings. It encourages us to immerse ourselves in nature and cherish every moment of solitude, fostering a deep sense of contentment.
The Allure of a Custom Made Japanese-Style Soaking Tub
Now, combine the charm of a refurbished vintage trailer with the allure of a custom-made Japanese-style soaking tub, and you have a match made in heaven. The traditional Japanese soaking tub, known as "ofuro," is designed for relaxation and rejuvenation. Crafted from natural materials such as cedar or hinoki wood, it exudes an earthy aroma that enhances the overall bathing experience.
The beauty of a Japanese soaking tub lies in its simplicity. Unlike conventional Western bathtubs, ofuro tubs are deeper, allowing for full-body immersion. The act of soaking in warm water provides numerous health benefits, including stress reduction, improved blood circulation, and relief from muscle tension. It also serves as a meditative practice, a time to disconnect from the digital world and indulge in self-care.
Fostering a Unique Living Experience
Living in a repurposed Avion trailer with a custom-made Japanese-style soaking tub creates a harmonious living experience that embraces both the past and the present. Each day becomes an adventure, as you wake up to the breathtaking beauty of new landscapes and immerse yourself in the simple joys of life.
The compactness of the vintage trailer encourages a minimalist lifestyle, where possessions are carefully chosen and cherished. It's a lesson in appreciating the essentials and finding beauty in the little things. Combining this with the luxury of a Japanese soaking tub creates a haven that rejuvenates the body and mind, promoting overall well-being.
In a world that often seems to be moving too quickly, finding joy in life's simple pleasures is essential for our mental and emotional well-being. A Japanese-style soaking tub offers the perfect escape from the daily hustle and bustle, inviting us to savor the beauty of the past while embracing the modern luxury of self-care.
This unique living experience encourages us to disconnect from the chaos of the digital age and reconnect with nature, ourselves, and those around us. It teaches us to slow down, appreciate the nostalgia of yesteryears, and find contentment in the present moment. So, if you ever find yourself yearning for a simpler, more meaningful way of life, consider the joy of living in a refurbished vintage trailer with a custom-made Japanese soaking tub – an extraordinary journey that promises to leave you feeling refreshed, revitalized, and profoundly content.
Exploring Vintage Camper Trailers and the RV Life
By Dan and Patti Hunt
In a recent episode of the RV Life Podcast, we had the pleasure of chatting with Paul and Caroline, the passionate minds behind Vintage Camper Trailers. The conversation took us on an exciting journey into the world of vintage camper trailers, discussing everything from what it means to be a vintage enthusiast to their upcoming event, the CampNation Expo. Join us as we delve into the highlights of this captivating discussion and discover the charm of these timeless treasures.
Getting Hooked on Vintage Camper Trailers:
Paul and Caroline shared their enchanting story of how they fell in love with vintage camper trailers. It all started with a fascination for the nostalgia and unique aesthetics of these beautifully restored trailers. Their passion for preserving the rich history of vintage campers led them to establish Vintage Camper Trailers Magazine, a platform that showcases stunning restorations, offers maintenance tips, and connects enthusiasts worldwide.
Exploring Vintage Camper Trailers Magazine:
Vintage Camper Trailers Magazine has become a go-to resource for anyone captivated by the allure of vintage trailers. Each issue is a treasure trove of inspiring stories, stunning photography, and expert advice, making it a must-have for both seasoned enthusiasts and newcomers to the vintage camper community. Paul and Caroline's dedication to curating a diverse range of content ensures that readers always find something to spark their interest.
The CampNation Expo: A Gathering of Camping Enthusiasts:
One exciting topic discussed during the podcast was the upcoming CampNation Expo. Set to take place in August, this highly anticipated event aims to bring together camping and travel enthusiasts from all walks of life. The expo will provide a unique opportunity to connect with fellow outdoor enthusiasts, attend informative workshops, engage in Q&A panels, and explore an expo filled with vendors offering camping gear, parts, and services.
Reliving the Classic: "The Long, Long Trailer":
No conversation about vintage camper trailers would be complete without mentioning the iconic movie "The Long, Long Trailer" starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Paul and Caroline fondly reminisced about this classic film, which not only captured the essence of the vintage trailer lifestyle but also introduced many people to the joys and challenges of traveling with a camper.
Our conversation with Paul and Caroline on the RV Life Podcast was a delightful exploration of the world of vintage camper trailers. Their passion for preserving the beauty and history of these timeless treasures is truly inspiring. Through Vintage Camper Trailers Magazine, Trailerfest Rallies and the upcoming CampNation Expo, they continue to cultivate a vibrant community of vintage enthusiasts. We encourage you to check out their magazine, join the expo, and dive into the enchanting world of vintage camper trailers. Who knows, you might just find yourself falling in love with the charm and nostalgia that these trailers bring to outdoor adventures.
Mid-century modern design has experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Its clean lines, functional yet stylish furniture, and timeless appeal have captured the hearts of design enthusiasts worldwide. If you're looking to infuse your home with the charm of this era, look no further than Make it Mid-Century. With their stunning laminate products, fabrics, and comprehensive free guide to Mid-Century houses, they are your ultimate resource for achieving that perfect retro aesthetic.
Lam Products: Bringing Sparkle to Your Space:
Make it Mid-Century offers a wide range of laminate Sparkle Lam products that instantly transform your home or vintage trailer into a Mid-Century haven. Laminates are a material commonly used in Mid-Century design. Iconic designers like Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen popularized it. Make it Mid-Century's collection includes beautifully crafted perfect for countertops, cabinet doors, and decorative surfaces, all of which capture the essence of the era.
Their laminates are visually appealing, durable, and easy to maintain. You can choose from a variety of vibrant colors that bring life and character to any room. Whether renovating your kitchen, revamping your bathroom, or adding a touch of retro flair to your vintage trailer, Make it Mid Century's products are the perfect choice.
The Free Guide to Mid-Century Houses:
One of the standout features of Make it Mid-Century is their complimentary guide to Mid-Century houses. This comprehensive resource is a must-have for anyone interested in owning, renovating, or appreciating these architectural gems. The guide covers everything from Mid-Century houses' history and architectural elements to tips on identifying and preserving their unique features.
With Make it Mid-Century's free guide, you'll gain insights into the distinct characteristics of Mid-Century houses, including their open floor plans, expansive windows, and integration with nature. You'll also learn how to identify original Mid-Century features, such as exposed beams, clerestory windows, and terrazzo flooring, which will help you make informed decisions during the renovation process.
Embracing Mid-Century Modern: A Timeless Trend:
Mid-Century modern design is more than just a passing trend. Its enduring popularity is a testament to its timelessness and versatility. Whether you live in a Mid-Century home or want to incorporate retro elements into your contemporary space, Make it Mid-Century’s offerings can help you achieve the desired look.
By choosing their products, you'll add a touch of authenticity and vintage charm to your restoration. High-quality craftsmanship and attention to detail make your space feel like it stepped out of the 1950s or 1960s. Combined with the knowledge gained from their free guide, you'll have all the tools you need to create a Mid-Century oasis that reflects your personal style.
Make it Mid-Century is a one-stop destination for anyone passionate about Mid-Century design. With their dazzling laminate products and the invaluable insights shared in their free guide to Mid-Century houses, they empower homeowners and design enthusiasts to create stunning spaces that pay homage to this iconic era. Whether you're looking to renovate, decorate, or simply gather inspiration, Make it Mid-Century.
If you're a fan of vintage trailers and want to stay up to date with the latest online classifieds and blog posts from Vintage Camper Trailers magazine, setting up an RSS feed using feeder.co is a great way to receive daily email updates.
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