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A virtual vintage travel trailer rally

Updated on September 24, 2014
Gary and Niles in our 1959 Dalton
Gary and Niles in our 1959 Dalton | Source

What is a vintage travel trailer and who are these people anyway?

Vintage trailer folks are those who camp in vintage trailers. They forgo the obvious luxury of the newer trailers in favor of the warm wood tones and style that made trailer travel popular at the end of World War 1. The lure of the vintage trailer is unmistakable and once bitten by the bug, the search for the perfect trailer becomes paramount to anything else in life. Each vintage trailer owner has a story to tell and will pull out their album. If you don't want to listen, don't ask because once they have captured you, you are in for the long haul.

The current definition of vintage trailer is that it is older than 25 years old. For motorhome, they must be 20 years or older. Teardrops, new or old are considered vintage since they are all built on the original plans.

Taken in 2004, this is my husband and child at a rally at the Bluegrass Festival in Pioneer, AZ. The trailer is a bit messy and this was just before the boy decided to use my camera as a pull toy. You can see a little of the ice box on the left and the counter on the right. The trailer is a Dalton and was built in 1959.

Snooze Box, International Teardrop Rally
Snooze Box, International Teardrop Rally | Source

Vintage Trailer Rallies

All over the country there are Vintage Trailer Rallies. The first International Teardrop Gathering was held in Minden, Neb. June 23rd through 26th 2005. Teardroppers traveled from all over the country to meet at the Pioneer Village Museum and campground. BTW, the museum is spectacular and a must see if you are in the area.

In October, there is the Spooktacular in Tucson, AZ. A mix or vintage trailers and teardrops, trailers are decorated for Halloween.

There are too many to list but type in vintage trailer rally and an incredible amount of rallies will pop-up.

This is my 1989 Homebuilt Teardrop named the "Snooze Box" at the 1st International Teardrop Gathering.

Come along with me as we visit a Vintage Travel Trailer Rally

Gail's "Big Red" Kenskill - 2004 Pioneer Rally


A must have movie for trailer folks

The Long, Long Trailer [DVD]
The Long, Long Trailer [DVD]

There are very few trailer movies and this one taught us all not to take rocks as souvenirs.


Wayne and Kathy's Arrow - Henry Cowell Redwood State Park


Mostly we sit around in the shade and and look at trailer pictures

Mostly we sit around in the shade and and look at trailer pictures
Mostly we sit around in the shade and and look at trailer pictures | Source

My 1959 Dalton


A non-scientific poll - Just curious

Do you have a Vintage Trailer?

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Craig and Jill's Travelo - 2005 Southwest Rally at Pioneer, Az


2005 Southwest Rally renamed the "Mud Fest" - Pioneer, AZ


This was three days of massive rain and spectacular lightening and thunder. Our group event on Sunday was to pull the 27 trailers out of the mud. This has become legendary.

Vintage Trailer Rally Rule

Vintage trailer folks love to show their trailers. If you attend a rally, you are more than welcome to enter any trailer that has the door open. Feel free to go in and look around. Ask questions, we love to talk about our trailers. If the door is closed, well.. you get it.

Bob and Cindy's ? - The Mud Fest


Not sure what this trailer is. I know it's vintage but it is a little hard to tell with all the tarps. Did I mention that many of the older trailers leak?

Books by Doug Keister

Some of the trailers pictured here are also in these books. Great coffee table books for those of us who, when not camping in our trailers, are looking a pictures.

It's not a vintage trailer event if eating in not part of the adventure - Arizona Roundup, Cottonwood, AZ


Isn't this a beauty. It's a Bowlus and one of the first trailers.

Isn't this a beauty. It's a Bowlus and one of the first trailers.
Isn't this a beauty. It's a Bowlus and one of the first trailers. | Source

Gage and Tayna's '56 Dalton - Spamboree 2007


Yes, there is a "Spam" cookoff!

My favorite Dalton Trailer Picture - Brand new Dalton's right off the assembly line - Probably taken in around 1956 since they are still rounded


2005 Southwest Rally - Bud's teardrop and Bob and Mary's Boler


If you haven't seen enough, here is a link to other rallies and pictures

Many thanks to Gage and Tanya for the years of photo's and friendship.

Yes, it has been confirmed that Vintage Trailer Folk are crazy and that if they have one, they probably have more. Care to join us?

Do you have a soft spot for Vintage Trailers? - Leave a comment

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      mareesha-stearns 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I have one from 1956 and have never been able to find any info about it.

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      visit2goa 4 years ago

      awesome trails.. like to have one..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Chey1997 LM: I have a 1968 Fleetwood 12'. It was modified years ago. Would eventually like to take it back to original.

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      Cynthia Haltom 5 years ago from Diamondhead

      I like vintage trailer and I love to travel so it's the perfect combination, I just need one that is light enough to pull long distances.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Have a tear-drop and a 62 Shasta Astroflyte, both towed by a 56 Ford.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello everyone out there ! Has anyone ever heard of a Gibson trailer made in North Hollywood ? I have purchased a 1955 Gibson that my wife and I want to restore. We have googled are stuff silly and still nothing :( Thanks, Curtis & Andrea

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      CCGAL 5 years ago

      I love Vintage Trailers ~ guess I'm crazy. **smile**

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was wondering if anyone has heard of an Epco trailer. I just purchased a 10ft 1970s model. The title says Epco and I have not been able to find any info on them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      my name is brad i have a 1955 bubble airstream i am restoring love tha old ones

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We have a 1977 13 foot Scamp My husband and boys have went many of hundreds of miles in it. We love it we have a motor home too but we love our Scamp more!!!!!

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      Linda Pogue 6 years ago from Missouri

      I do! Wish I had one.Blessings!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I get 'em so old I just fix 'em up my own way, usually with a woodstove & new floorplan...just finishing up a '56 (or '57 } Corvette trailer.Next I want to build a teardrop from (my own) plans. I built a teardrop (sort of) out of a Dodge colt...sawed off the front end & put in a mattress...lived in horsetrailers & campers all my life but now am lodged in a semi-trailer with stainedd glass windows, marble floors & (of course) a big woodstove

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      glenbrook 6 years ago

      My dad is giving me a 62 Ford F100 to fix up this summer. Hope to get a small vintage trailer to go behind it so I can take my family on lots of camping trips. Very nicely done lens.

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      glenbrook 6 years ago

      My dad is giving me a 62 Ford F100 to fix up this summer. Hope to get a small vintage trailer to go behind it so I can take my family on lots of camping trips. Very nicely done lens.

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      CrazyIM 6 years ago

      Excellent lens. And you know what? I dreamed about travel around North America with a travel trailer.

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      Jennifer Nein 6 years ago from Houston

      My father built Fleetwood travel trailers for many many years love them!

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      Looks like fun. Nice lens.

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      hntrssthmpsn 6 years ago

      I love your vintage trailer lenses... you have a knack for including your readers as if we were right there with you!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love how you include us all in your vintage trailer travels....I always end up smiling...blessed!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love them! Just got our first canned ham! A 60s Arrow

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      A_D_Solutions 6 years ago

      Very awesome lens! We loved it!

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      Frischy 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Would LOVE to join you! If I ever find one in my price range, we will be there!

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      These are fantastic. Amazing collection.

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      Karnel 6 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      These are awesome, I love anything that is vintage...We are actually looking for a trailer for next years camping season and after seeing this I think we should go vintage too...

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      sammittal 6 years ago

      Amazing collection. I love it.

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      I love the vintage trailors, but never owned one. My uncle had one that he restored and it looked great! Nice lens.

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      hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Teardrops are sure cute! I love all of your photos actually!

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      LizRobertson 6 years ago

      Love your site, and my 1963 Shasta Compact. Happy Camping!

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      RGebbiePhoto 7 years ago

      Beautiful, great lens, thanks for sharing.

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      Lorelei Cohen 7 years ago from Canada this is a redneck type lens. Well done.

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      kimark421 7 years ago

      Great lens! If the standard for Vintage is 25 years, and I am 50, what does that make me? (just old?). Anyway, I don't own a trailer, but enjoyed the pics and lens. Thanks!

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      Thanks for this great insight into the wonderful world of vintage trailer rallies!

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      LouisaDembul 7 years ago

      I used to be so jealous of people having a trailer because we always had to sleep on the floor in a tent and they had beds!

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      I had no idea!

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      Melody Lassalle 7 years ago from California

      This looks like so much fun. It reminded me of that old Lucille Ball movie where they are going on vacation and she's trying to cook in the back of the trailer.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a fun group of people! So not my cup of tea, but I smile when I see one on the road.

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      This was so enjoyable to read. I really got the message that people with vintage trailers just love to talk about and show their trailers. Great photos!

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      rlivermore 7 years ago

      Thanks so much for sharing this part of your life with us. This was very interesting.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      There are some old trailers. Wonderful lens.

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      I remember seeing a lot of these trailers (before they were vintage) in my many years of camping. This article brought back some of those memories.

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      'Vikk Simmons 7 years ago from Houston

      I love this page. Great photos and I really enjoyed reading your comments. I love the title of the first paragraph: Who are these people anyway....Made me smile.

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      TeacherSerenia 7 years ago

      Back home in New Zealand where I grew up - these trailers are called CARAVANS. We even used to have one when I was a kid. (This was in the early to mid 1970s). I can still remember lifting up the back of the couch to make a top bunk that I got to sleep in while my sister slept on the couch seat underneath. That was a lot of fun.

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      hayleylou lm 7 years ago

      It does sound like fun, but I do enjoy my home comforts

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      Julia M S Pearce 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I think I would love a vintage trailer,for a day or two! Sounds like fun!

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      hsschulte 7 years ago

      What a unique and wonderful lens. ~Blessed

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      Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      What fun! Don't know that I'll own a vntage trailer, but sure would enjoy visiting a vintage travel trailer rally.

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      TheresaMarkham 7 years ago

      My family traveled around the USA in '76 in a VW Bus - and loved it!. So, while we didn't have a trailer, I can certainly appreciate your love for them! Very cool lens - and great pix!

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I think "cute" would describe those teardrop trailers. We point out vintage trailers when we are traveling, but don't think we would ever get one.


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