Tin Can Tourists Annual Gathering

The 13th Annual Gathering of the Tin Can Tourists, an organization committed to the celebration of classic trailers and motor coaches, will honor the 100th Anniversary of the RV Industry at its Thirteenth Annual Gathering on May 20-23, 2010 at Camp Dearborn in Milford, Michigan.

The event's Open House and expanded Concours, The North American Vintage Trailer and Motor Coach Show, which takes place noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 22, will give everyone an opportunity to view over 150 vintage trailers and motor coaches. This year’s feature will be three rare 1935 Bowlus Road Chief trailers. The Airstream was patterned after the Bowlus.

The day’s activities will culminate with a catered banquet, awards presentation, and a musical performance by the Deepwater Bluegrass group.

Over 160 trailers and motor coaches were displayed during the 2009 Gathering. Some very rare or unusual models will be shown during this year’s Open House and Concours including:

• a 1949 American, full of polished wood and Art Deco curves,
• a 1932 One off Rear Porch Trailer,
• a rare 1937 Curtiss Aerocar towed by a custom built 1938 International Truck,
• a 1949 Airstream Southwind Liner towed by a 1949 Buick Sedanette,
• and shiny 1960s Airstreams, as well as Scotties and Shastas of every description.

Owners and fans of vintage travel trailers are invited to visit, especially during the Open House from 12-4 on Saturday, May 22nd.

Dan Hershberger, RV Historian, will make a presentation on his 1927 Kamp Kar and display artifacts from early Autocar and camping.  

Camp Dearborn is a family friendly recreational facility, owned and operated by the City of Dearborn. It is open to all visitors. The Camp is located in picturesque Milford, approximately 35 miles northwest of Dearborn City Hall, and near the M-59/U.S. 23 interchange. It's conveniently located in close proximity to many of southeastern Michigan’s main attractions, including downtown Detroit.

Camp Dearborn offers a wide range of amenities for outdoor activity; a half-mile swimming beach, acres of shaded picnic sites, fishing, paddle boat rentals, hayrides, Mystic Creek Golf Club with mini golf and opportunities for a choice of camping style.

For RVers, Camp Dearborn offers 190 campsites and, at least according to three people who posted reviews on www.rvparkreviews.com, is a very nice park. "Good paved roads and sites. Full hook-ups available. Sites are large with plenty of room for slides" said a reviewer who stayed there for two weeks last summer.

Other nearby RV Parks include:
Proud Lake Recreation Area (130 sites; reviews),
Waldenwoods Family Recreation Resort (Resorts of Distinction membership required; reviews),
Haas Lake RV Park (487 sites; reviews),
Highland Recreation Area (rustic; 30 sites; reviews).
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My family (wife and three kids, sometimes the dog) and I have been RV campers since 2007. We own a 2000 Trail-Lite B22 Bantam hybrid, our tow vehicle is a 2006 Trailblazer LT EXT (5.3 V8 with 3.73 Rear Axle Ratio), and our setup includes the Equalizer sway controller. Looking to upgrade the camper in the near future, but until then we get out 2-3 times a month in season.