Post by soup on Jun 16, 2013 4:57:03 GMT -8
I’m the 21st member to sign up!!! (Figured I’d lurk a bit first)
Wondered over from VSTF.
Been a camper for over 30 years but just got involved with owning and fixing vintage units a little over a year ago, after selling off our Dodge Dart collection. We ONLY drive vintage cars now and thought it only natural we start owning vintage campers to match. Besides they just don't make stuff the way they used to. We hate new stuff!
Right now our daily drivers are a 1979 Dodge Aspen Wagon and a 1964 Dodge Dart. I also have a 1986 Ford F-350 Car hauler that I have found out lately is very convenient to haul vintage campers on top of while pulling a second one behind it!
Love it, can't get enough of it!! LOL
Wife and I have a 63 Shasta Compact that we hope to repair soon.
We are empty nesters now and have gotten out of the 30 foot pull behinds and class A and class C motor homes.
We haven't gotten to camp in a vintage unit yet due to me being too busy fixing them! We also haven't camped sense 2008 before my job loss.
Right now I am in the middle of fixing my 1971 Wildcat 13'. This one makes about half a dozen I have repaired in about a year and I love the work. It reminds me of when I was customizing vans in the late 70's! Besides, with me getting older now I don't have the eyesight and feeling in my fingers anymore to be able to work on classic cars anymore so the repair work on the campers is easier for me with only needing to see a tape measure and working with wood that is bigger than a tiny screw needing to be installed on a classic car in a place you can't even see and have to stand on your head to install it under a dashboard.
I also have scrapped/parted 2 others, a 66 Tag-A-Long and a 67 Franklin. Others I fixed were mostly Shasta but have worked a 66 Swiss Colony too. Now that I have a few under my belt I haven't seen one bad enough to scrap/part anymore, they all look repairable to me now LOL.
The past week or so we have gotten to move a couple units off our property finally and now are down to only owning 4 units now,
1963 Shasta Compact
Late 60's Shasta Compact (orange stripe on side) not sure of year yet. (Haven't started work on it yet)
Late 60's Shasta LoFlyte, not sure of year yet. (Haven't started work on it yet)
1971 Wildcat 13', in process right now of replacing all rotted wood. (See Pic)
It looks as though we prefer earlier than 1980 and under 18 feet.
As we fix and resale we are trying to work our way up to an 18 foot, double axel unit with a bathroom. Don't know what brand it will be. We just haven't found it yet!
I’m looking forward to spending some time here and getting to know everyone.
Would like to be able to find the time to actually camp and meet some of you at the camp grounds in the future.