Editor's note: Last year we visited Camp Dearborn during a Tin Can Tourist rally, and it was absolutely awesome (The video above is from that trip). There were so many vintage campers we didn't even get a chance to see them all, and we were there for hours. It wasn't that we didn't want to, it was because nearly every camper had an owner or two who was as friendly as could be, and were more than willing to share their story – they found their vintage camper in a barn, or out in a field, or whatever, and the love and pampering it took to bring them back to life.
Seriously, go to Muskegon and take a walk around. It'll be your favorite thing you did this year.
Campers and day visitors are invited to walk the wooded campsites and tour trailers from the 1930s to the 1980s and get a firsthand look at the evolution of camping. There will be more than 90 vintage campers and RVs spending the weekend in the park, such as Airstream, Spartan, Vagabond, Shasta, Holiday Rambler, Serro Scotty and many other models on display. This year’s gathering will feature a campgroundwide potluck and live entertainment open to all campers.
"Join us on the first weekend in June as we relive some of those fond memories with the Vintage Camper and RV Gathering at Hoffmaster," said Melissa VanderVelde, unit supervisor at Hoffmaster State Park. "Whether you are visiting during the open house or spending the weekend camping alongside these beautifully restored camping trailers, we hope to see you there."
To check camping availability and make a reservation, visit www.midnrreservations.com or call 1-800-44PARKS (1-800-447-2757). Owners of vintage campers are encouraged to make reservations and camp in or near sites 133 through 231.
P.J. Hoffmaster State Park features over 3 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, a 297-site modern campground, towering Lake Michigan dunes and the Gillette Visitor Center. Miles of hiking and skiing trails offer stunning views of Lake Michigan. Visit www.michigan.gov/hoffmaster to learn more.