Most people would think a canned ham is something to eat. To those who’ve been bitten by the classic travel trailer bug, it’s definitely delicious. Envision a trailer that is the shape of a canned ham on its side, and that’s what Rick and many of our neighbors at this year’s Midwest Vintage Trailer Rally in Montello were pulling.
|A teacher, Carol, who dressed in the same colors as her|
trailer, owns this one.
|This "canned ham" is owned by a man from|
Chetek. He has 14 more trailers in his collection.
While some enthusiasts maintain the original essence of a bygone era with their vintage trailers, others personalize their rigs into modern travel units with all the appropriate decorations and accoutrements. Of the 40 vintages trailers at the rally, no two were alike. Nor were their owners. Except everyone knew how to have a good time!
The weekend started on Thursday night with a progressive cocktail party. Even spending 5 or 10 minutes at the 20 or so trailers that came early took us well into the evening. The drinks and hors d’oeuvres offered were just as diverse as the trailers themselves. Camaraderie abounded even though for many of us it was our first time at such a rally. Friday featured burger and jello mold contests. Competition was stiff.
|Anna, from Freeport IL, took home the presentation prize|
for her rainbow jello. She spent HOURS preparing this beauty.
The public was invited to the "Show'n'Shine" on Saturday to look at all the trailers. The owners at Buffalo Lake Campground figured that nearly 250 visitors climbed in and out of our rigs. I had my spiel down pat: “The shutters are a signature of the Trailblazer brand. The ’65 trailer and the ’64 Chevy Panel Truck that pulls it were made in Wisconsin – the trailer in Spencer and the truck in Janesville – both Wisconsin originals.” The adjective used by many who visited our site was “cute.” I couldn’t disagree! We were delighted that my uncle, Oscar, who has a summer home near Pardeeville, and our friends, Gary and Pat from Milwaukee, dropped by.
|Green signs in the area directed visitors to the "Show'n'Shine" on Saturday.|
|A Trailblazer gas stove and a Trailblazer lantern were two accessories|
we "exhibited" with the trailer.
|Norm and Julia from DeKalb IL have Ronald McDonald|
as a guest in their trailer that is painted to look like
|I hope Ronald doesn't notice Big Boy at the table.|
Vintage trailers have become a new way of life, not just for my “vintage” generation, but for those that follow as well. I was surprised by the number of single women and families with younger children who were at the rally. Vintage travel trailers are growing in popularity as witnessed by the many clubs and rallies that flourish across the country.
|A few of the rigs at the campground.|
|And then what should pull in but this '66 Chevy Carry-All|
Suburban. It's like a panel truck with windows! Who knew
that the trailer rally would be such a great car show, too.