A virtual vintage travel trailer rally
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.
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
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
My 1959 Dalton
A non-scientific poll - Just curious
Do you have a Vintage Trailer?
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.
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.
- Gage's 56
Most of the pictures here are mine but if you haven't seen enough, there are years of pictures here. Best site of all for vintage trailer and teardrop pictures.
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?