Karen and Kenny Campbell are looking forward to showing off a few of their vintage trailers this weekend at the Second Annual Trailer Trash Bash in Cedar Crest, Ariz.
“I’m a trailer head!” said Karen, 52, while stepping up into her latest project, a 1948 Aero Flite – only one of 10 in the country – that she bought in Espanola.
According to the Albuquerque Tribune, die-hard vintage camper enthusiasts will gather for three days at the Turquoise Trail Campground to display their Shastas and Spartans and Oddballs and Airstreams at the event – and share their common passions for camping out and staying young.
“You could say I’m living in the past,” said Larry Hill, 50, who rebuilds vintage trailers through his business Retro Restoration. “A lot of us are reliving our childhood memories.”
Hill’s certainly not alone. About 170 people around the country and in Canada have joined the Southwest Vintage Camper Association, which Hill and the Campbells founded two years ago – the first organization in the United States, Hill says, dedicated to supporting trailer heads.
A few of the trailers that will be at the bash this weekend:
• Hill’s 1962 turquoise-and-white Tepee, decked out in pink flamingo kitsch.
• Vickie Ashcraft’s seafoam-green 1956 Teardrop, pulled behind a 1947 Hudson of the same color.
• The Campbells’ 1957 Mobile Scout, which Karen has decorated with a Western cowgirl theme.
Ashcraft, a 49-year-old divorcee, said she enjoys the freedom she gets driving around the country with her 4-by-8-foot Teardrop – her first trailer – behind her. All the Teardrop consists of is a 5-foot mattress inside and a fold-up kitchenette in the trunk. But Ashcraft has turned it into a lifestyle she plans to build on. She just upgraded to a 1950s Vakashunette, which has a stove, dinette and bathroom.
“I’ll actually be able to stand up and get dressed,” she says.
Ashcraft, who owns the Enchanted Trails RV Park on Nine-Mile Hill, is also thinking of putting a few vintage trailers on the lot and renting them out to campers.
“This campground was built in the 1940s, and it would be a real throwback to that time,” she says.