I discovered a fun group of vintage trailer/RV fans a few days ago.
A colleague posted a notice on Facebook announcing the first ever vintage trailer show and shine in the village of Warkworth, Ontario. Seeing the photos of the charming retro trailers decorated in coordinated vintage colours and themes, made me eager to check the event out.
In 35 degree Celsius (95F) heat and high humidity, I spent the day on Warkworth’s main street chatting with the ladies who owned these trailers and gleaning many ideas for the future restoration of our 1975 Dodge Travco.
One idea I’m definitely looking into is downsizing my kitchen appliances. One of the trailer owners had taken out the oven/stove combo and replaced it with a half-size Dometic refrigerator with a microwave over top where a cupboard often is located. It makes a lot of sense to me, as I can’t think of any time I need a full size oven while camping. I do like the convenience of a gas cook top, especially when boondocking, but with the generator in the Travco I could make do with an electric frying pan or griddle.
The show and shine was organized by Raquilda van Zoeren. She is the owner of The Village Pantry kitchen shop in Warkworth. She is also a member of a very interesting and fun camping group called Girl Camp Canada.
Girl Camp Canada is for Canadian Women who enjoy the hunt for that perfect vintage camper-trailer. The GCC girl decides what Vintage is, and has the freedom to fix it up just the way they want. The group of Canadian Women is one of fun, friendship and being able to enjoy the safety and fun of vintage-trailer camping together, with or without the family tagging along.
The group organizes camping weekends across Canada. They recently held an event in Nova Scotia. Raquilda hopes to make the Warkworth show an annual event with more and more vintage trailers each year.
The event was fun and very valuable information and contacts-wise for me, but a bit depressing too. It makes me miss camping this year even more. Must get that Travco on the road!