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Weekends are for wandering Wisconsin. That's what Rick, my guy, and I do. Occasionally we wander during the week, too. Sometimes we just drop in on other people's lives.

This blog is my way of sharing where we've been, neat places and things to do that we've found.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Midwest Vintage Trailer Rally III

This past weekend was the third time we attended the rally. It was the 12th annual event hosted by Kimberly Steiner at the Buffalo Lake Camping Resort in Montello, WI. Once again - a fun time, good weather (except for rain on Sunday, but that was the last day), and best of all...terrific friends!
One of the visitors to our trailer during the Open House on
Saturday was sporting this t-shirt. Our motto!
This year Rick brought an new vintage trailer (well, almost, if you can call a 35-year-old trailer vintage) to the rally - a 1978 Argosy.
An Argosy is essentially a painted Airstream. Rick showed his Scotch
collection again this year.
About 20% of the 45+ participants this year were first timers. Some have been coming for 7 or 8 years. Kimberly told me that 8 participated in her first rally. Hearing that, I was delighted that we had 9 for our first "Birds & Bovines" vintage rally last June. 
Kimberly's 1950s Owosso trailer is on a permanent site with a big deck and plenty
of space on the site for participants to bring chairs to enjoy the programs she puts together.
This year we delighted in a presentation from Al Hesselbart, who has led the growth and development of the RV/Motorhome Hall of Fame museum and library in Elkhart, IN. Al talked about his address in 2010 to RV industry leaders in China. We saw pictures of RVs manufactured by Chinese companies and viewed the budding RV parks in that country. Two years later Al presented to the 1st national China RV Rally in Beijing. Rallies in China are much more formal than ours in the United States. We looked at pictures of opening ceremonies. Our opening ceremony? Usually a progressive cocktail party! 
(Rick says that sometime this winter we're going to have to make a pilgrimage to the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart. Many different brands of trailers were manufactured in Elkhart back in the day.)

Some of the trailers at this year's rally included these.
Our friends, BJ and Norm and Julia from Illinois, shared a site. You'd never
be able to fit two of today's big box trailers on one site.
Even with two vintage trailers on a site, there's still plenty of room.
It's easy to spot a Shasta trailer - look for the wings.
A new trailer with a vintage design.
It always amazes me how roomy even the little trailers are.
This panel truck is even rarer than Rick's 1964 Chevy. What a perfect vehicle
to pull a vintage trailer.
One can't help but chuckle at some of the decor we see in the vintage trailers.

Or outside of the trailers as well.

We've definitely been bitten by the vintage trailer rally bug. We reserved our spot for next year's rally the day we left. And now we're looking forward to the last vintage rally of the season in Woodstock, IL in four weeks.

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful to see and hear about the rally! I didn't know about the museum in Elkhart........and I lived so close for so many years.
    I'm looking forward to your post on the Woodstock Rally.