We have taken the plunge and are jumping in head first to the vintage camping subculture…and have joined the national “Tin Can Tourists” camping club. This group has been around since 1919 and is going strong. There is a northeast chapter who hold rallies and events in Pa, NY and sometimes New England states. This year, there is a one in early June in Forestville NY, not too far from us…and we hope to get there.
Video from a TCT Rally in upstate NY, Seneca Lake area in Sept 2016
The Tin Can Tourist website is a treasure trove of information and their resource list alone of links to vendors, information, how to documents, etc is phenomenal and they also sell some kitchy t-shirts and stuff too on their site.
If you are looking to find vintage camper events across the USA this is one of the best resources to use. Even if you are not a member, but perhaps are considering purchasing a vintage camper, most TCT rallys and events do have some posted public hours where you can come in, tour some of the ones on the open house tours, talk to owners and yes…we see from photos that there are many in fact that may have a for sale sign on them…so you could just end up becoming an “official tin can owner” yourself that day!
Tin Can Tourist membership is open to anyone with a vintage trailer or motorhome. There are lots of Airstreams, Avions, Scotty Campers, VW Van poptops, GMC motorhomes, and all sorts of unusual and rare rigs too. Some events where judging contests (optional if you want to participate) do require the rig be at least 25 years or older….no prob for us….our Pewter Palace is 44 years young this year!
Check out http://www.tincantourists.com for great info!