Oh, how I love those vintage tin cans. And RV camping in general.
Maybe it's in my blood. My paternal grandparents have had two different motorhomes in my lifetime, and some of my family's best vacation memories were made aboard them. We even drove to my wedding in their motorhome, which was pretty special for me. My great aunt and uncle have a 1978 GMC motorhome, fondly (or not-so-fondly on the days when things are broken! HA!) named Ellie. My maternal grandparents had an itty bitty, teeny weeny trailer camper they parked at the lake. Sooooo many summer nights I spent there, fishing with grandpa, drinking orange creamsicle soda out of a mini can, and watching Ma and Pa Kettle and The Long, Long Trailer on VHS.
THE LIFE, man.
Long story short, I think I've always loved RV camping. Tent camping is growing on me, but there's nothing like having a tiny home on wheels for memory-making. I've been pinning them on Pinterest and imagining what I'd do with one for years. A friend of my dad owns a vintage camper business in my hometown, and I'll periodically drive by his place of business or visit their website just to dream and drool over them. I suppose Kyle and I should buy a real home with a foundation first, but a girl can dream, right?! Right.
(If you're a wanderlust-prone or roadtrip-loving person, go check out Forrest Mankins on Instagram. First of all, he has amazing photos. But he also makes me want to sell all my belongings, buy a Toyota Land Cruiser, and drive across the country. I know, it's a millennial thing.)
Last week, while visiting my family at The Cottage in Florida, I met a lady named Sue. A kindred spirit of campers and all things vintage, I just had to ask her about her little 1962 Airstream trailer parked behind the lagoon, secretly hoping she'd tell me I could come check it out. And she did! And it was so much cooler than I ever expected.
To give you a little visual, they tow THIS trailer...
... with THIS truck...
... and behind the trailer, they tow (DRUM ROLL) THIS little Nash.
Can you even IMAGINE seeing that parade roll down the road?! I'd just die.
This is Sue. She and her husband are members of the Tin Can Tourists. And all the stickers on the door represent places they've ever been to or through with their trailer.
(ALLLLL the heart-eye emojis.)
Tartan plaid. Everywhere.
Which, if you know me, ranks up there with gingham and buffalo check in the things-I-love-the-most category.
^^^ That's Sue and her husband on the cover of RV Business magazine, and that's their trailer on the cover of Airstream Life.
See the little bit of plaid peeking out from the sheet covering the sofa? Now just imagine if the sofa were uncovered. Could there be a more perfect fabric for camping?
I love the pictures they've chosen to hang inside. Theme-appropriate, and they all had a story.
^^^This one is from an old GMC ad, featuring their truck.
Their air conditioning system, according to Sue. :)
Tiny little bathtub. One of my favorite parts.
My first thought: "Oooh! I'd be able to give Charlie a bath!" Which is impossible when tent-camping.
They keep their polishing equipment in this sweet little cooler.
And my goodness, are they meticulous polishers! Just look at the outside!
Have I convinced you to be a Tin Can Tourist yet?
I sure have convinced myself. Now to convince Kyle... :)