Vintage travel trailers that make you go Canned Ham CRAZY!

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Here’s a look at just some of the great vintage camper trailers and vintage automobiles we saw during open house on the second day.

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This is a 22′ long 1964 Airstream Safari owned by Steve Walker of Sacramento, CA. Love the all-black “Blues Brothers” style car pulling it!

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Renovation not finished? That’s OK, bring it to Trailerfest!

IMG_3290 IMG_3291This is one of the coolest contraptions at the Trailerfest: a 1952 Kom-Pak Sportsman, owned by Bob Sullivan of Carson City, NV. It’s got a Tear-Drop-like utility area in back, and a sleeping area inside, and the roof unclamps to become your fishing boat for the day!!! Very cool, creative idea. Just better make sure all that fish muck is cleaned out before you go to bed that night! Oh, and, hope it doesn’t rain during the day…

IMG_3292Some people really go all out with the matching period and paint-job car and trailer. The trailer is a 12′ 1957 Shasta owned by Kent & Maria of Vacaville/Dixon, CA.

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This is a 1957 Kenskill 16 footer from San Francisco, CA owned by Holly Hitchcock and Rob Biaggi. The matching station wagon is perfectly reminiscent of old time family vacations.

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This is a beautifully painted and restored 1957 Jewel. One of the longer canned hams at 17.5 feet. Chuck and Sharon Taylor brought in this beauty from Sacramento, CA.

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This cutie is also a longer model (16 ft) of a 1962 Shasta owned by Gracie and Jim Lathrop of Paso Robles, CA. Complete with the classic Shasta “wings”!

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A really true 50’s canned ham, this is a 16 foot, 1957 Cardinal owned by Jay and Kathy Bell from right here in Lodi, CA. Interior and exterior both are just immaculate and beautifully preserved. Note the original ice box (no refrigerator compressor in there!) opposite the galley.

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This is an unusual 1965 Mobile Scout, 15′ in length with owner Randy Bonfantini from Rohnert Park, CA (wife, Char, must have been gone checking out the other vintage treasures!) Note the canned-ham style rear left over from the 50’s and the bunk space up front, starting to look like the late 60’s, early 70’s.

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See what I mean? This 19 foot 1967 Shasta Starflyte brought by Laura and Nick from Cloverdale, CA, looks more 70’s than 60’s. The rounded look is gone and the boxyness begins. (We all knew there was something wrong with the 70’s)

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Now this, for us, was a VERY special find: a 1958 13 foot Westerner. This one owned and obviously lovingly taken care of by Howdy Hoover (now that’s a great name!) of Sacramento, CA. What’s so special about this one is that I read somewhere that after two years of operation, La Cabana Trailer Company sold itself to Westerner. Our La Cabana is a 1954, so look at this westerner only four years later! Almost identical, save the louvered kitchen and side dinette windows! Very cool! I love rediscovering the hidden history and similarity in things that reveal a common heritage.

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For instance, look at the similarity in these two Aljoa’s. The green one is a 1954 (Owners: Mike and Kim Archambault from Wilton, CA) and the red one is 1956 (Mary Upham, also from Wilton, CA). Obviously in the second half of the 50’s, that louvered window style came into fashion. (our 1954 doesn’t have them.)

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I couldn’t end this post without a shout-out to our camping neighbor, ex-pilot, and all around cool guy, Christy Bardon of Nevada City, CA who brought his 1966 Ultravan–the Ultimate Burning Man vehicle! My kids called it the wiener-dog mobile.

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Here we are, all set up and chillin’ with Lucky and Tucker.

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The original cabana with all three sides more than doubles the useable space.

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I have to give a huge complement to Paul and Caroline Lacitinola (not pictured here–that’s the folks who made the cupcakes! Thank you guys too!) who did an amazing job of organizing and pulling off such a huge event. Next year is supposed to double in size, filling the entire KOA–Over 250 units!!!

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All packed up and ready to go into storage for another year!


VERY excited about Trailerfest in two weeks! Got the baby out of storage after putting her away almost 9 months ago. The cover I bought held up OK, in the sense that I didn’t see any bad water damage from last winter, but at the same time there were some significant tears from the wind, which I repaired with super sticky red duct tape.

Did a bunch of little painting touch-ups inside and out just to get her in tip top shape, and packed all the camping gear. Looking for vinyl stick-on letters to put on the name plate on the back. Turns out that the original name plate featuring “La Cabana Trailer Co.” from 1954 uses Brush Script Std font, easily duplicated in Microsoft Word today. Since the font was first designed in 1942 and had it’s peak of popularity in the immediate post WWII era, makes sense it was chosen by the company in 1954. Interesting trivia from Wikipedia.

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Photo of Original (Badly Faded) nameplate from camper.

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Re-creation of nameplate using Brush Script Std font in Word.


OK, It’s nine months away, but I’m sitting here on a business trip in the cold rain (At a nice restaurant in Provence, France, so it’s really not so bad…) and I just registered for Trailerfest 2014 in Lodi, CA, and I’m super excited! Why? I don’t really know, honestly. A lot of work has gone into our little baby, I’m proud of it, and I’m excited to show it off. Vintage trailers really aren’t that common, and when we’ve been camping with ours so far we might see one, maybe two vintage trailers in the same campground, AT MOST. And when we do, it’s really fun to meet the owners. Vintage Trailerites are universally friendly (in our experience) and happy to talk about their love, sometimes obession. It’s fun to see such a wide range of models from the past, and there’s just something intangible about owning and bringing into the present, a working, living artifact from another era.

So anyway, can’t wait. There’s a countdown timer on the sidebar for those of you who want to get into the spirit with us!



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