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Of course, we reserved our spot for 2015 before even leaving the campground last year. We loved the people, we loved the location, and couldn’t wait to see more and a wider variety of vintage camper trailers! This year they sold out the ENTIRE KOA! Over 250 spots. And the event lived up to all our expectations. Here’s a look at some of the new and cool stuff we saw:




This all-custom 1950 Starcraft owned by Bob & Jacyn Gallagher of Keizer, OR was an amazing, truly one-of-a-kind piece! Yes, it had a second story! Stairs inside led to a loft-like double bed with it’s own little airy windows. Also very cool and very retro, was the delta-wing star-burst step used at the doorway!


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Now this 1961 Lil’ Loafer owned by the Harrison Family of Hughson, CA is the SMALLEST and the CUTEST thing we’ve ever seen. It’s literally 6.5 feet long (and probably about six feet wide and tall as well!) Quite a unique vintage camper.


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This is a 1953 Terry Rambler, fourteen footer–very similar to our ’54 La Cabana except that they have two rear side windows on account of a built in hammock/bunk over the rear bed. I just loved that they named it The Pickle. Yup, seems right. The Pickle is owned by Julie and Rick Coe of Reno, NV.

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This we thought was a very unusual camper–almost a tear-drop, almost a pop-up. Very cool design! It’s a 1949 Kamp Master. Ten foot long, it’s owned by John & Mary Blackard of Capay Valley, CA. Check out the cute little couch in the fore!


The lilliputians have come to tow away their giant camper! Hook ’em up boys! She’s ours!

I love the humor and joy people take at this event…

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What a great vintage Chevy truck! Complete with the windshield visor and this funny contraption coming out of the passenger side window. I took a closer look and wow! it’s a vintage air-conditioner! The Firestone Car Cooler! Evidently scoops air while driving, turns it around and blows it in the side window. I bet it was quite the luxury item of its time.

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And here we are again in the same spot as last year. New additions are the white picket fence, and the awesome lotus-leaf vintage kitch-lights we got at the open house garage sale!


We collected vintage items all year at other garage sales, mostly just to sell them here at a loss! Totally fun and our daughter made a few bucks running it.


Lucky sports his new, vintage-style outfit.


Yes, we have to pack up and leave even if the teenager won’t get out of bed.


New cover on, (the old one got completely torn by high winds at our old storage place) I thought our little La Cabana made a funny contrast with the massive type-A parked next door. How could people nowadays want all that SPACE without the TASTE!


The¬†Trailerfest hosts and volunteers once again did an amazing job pulling this all off with apparent ease. (I’m sure it wasn’t!) And OF COURSE, we signed up on the spot to come back in 2016. How will they top this year? We’ll have to wait and see.


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!

My apologies, If you read the short non-fiction story “A Chance Encounter” here in the last few weeks, I’ve moved it to a new blog called

I’m going to publish my first fiction novellette very soon, and I’ve started a whole new blog to concentrate on just writing and self-publishing. CannedHamCrazy will remain dedicated to our love of our little vintage travel trailer.

By the way, driving down Route 101 with our La Cabana in tow this last November 2013 for Thanksgiving, I noticed a little red sedan in the passing lane speeding by us, (Cars towing anything can not exceed 55 mph in California, no matter what the posted speed limit is) but then slowing down, backing off and matching our speed. Then the driver backed off a little more moving behind us.

“What is going on,” I thought. Then looking out my window, I saw a woman in the passenger seat snap a photo of our awesome vintage camper right then on the highway! Booya! I gave my wife a high five inside the car and said, “That’s our first official Camper Compliment (CC) of the trip.”

Several more CCs would come from strangers at the campground wondering about various details. We also met a lovely couple in a vintage Airstream Bambi. What a great little compact touring trailer! They preferred to keep the bed always made up, foregoing their dinette and just eat outside each night. We got a full tour and they were quite sweet.

By way of a preview for my readers, I am very anxious to attend the Vintage Camper Trailer Rally in Lodi this year. The La Cabana is more than ready for it, and imagine the people we’ll meet and the stories we’ll come home with! Gotta do it.


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