Classic trailers are “the show” at Trailerfest at Tower Park Resort, CA!

'48 Curtis Wright Clipper is a show-stopper; very valuable!

Classic small Airstream with equally classic tow vehicle!

Interior of a 60-something Serro Scotty Sportsman Sr., similar to our trailer we are restoring.

Interesting paint job...I guess!

Classic Polish trailer; missed the year.

Early 60s Ultra Van, powered by a Corvair engine.

German classic Eriba Puck offers standing room, front kitchen and queen bed in 800 compact pound trailer!

Cute decorating ideas!

64 Aloha

56 Shasta

Our '58 Scotty Sportsman, Jr. teardrop, a reproduction, at Jenner, CA.

Recently, almost 250 classic trailers were on display for the fifth annual Trailerfest event, at Tower Park Marina just west of Lodi. We walked through several dozen, particularly admiring and walking through small trailers from the feet up to about 15 feet in length.

The argument for small, classic trailers is large.  They are small (hence, easy to store), offer most of the amenities of the much larger trailers, are lighter so your tow vehicle can be smaller with better gas mileage and can be bought at a reasonable price and resold later for what (or more) than you paid for it! And, you are the “talk of the campground”!

My spouse and I have been retired for three years – we’ve been touring the US and Canada with a small teardrop trailer, a reproduction of a ’58 Scotty Sportsman, Jr.

We’re currently working on a larger ’64 Serro Scotty trailer, a full 13 feet with tongue, offering more room than the teardrop. Hence, we were looking for finish details and decorating ideas. And, we got plenty.

Here are some of our favorite small trailers.  We wanted inspiration – we found it at Trailerfest.

Owners are tickled to show off and offer tours of their little darlings. Keep in mind, late fall and winter are the best times to purchase a classic trailer, for prices drop – and the weather makes for the best time to do remodels or rebuilds.

So, pick your favorite trailer, post a “search” on Craigslist and eBay, and scan classic trailer web sites (like Tin Can Trailers, National Serro Scotty Organization and the like).

Happy travels in the west!

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