Vintage travel trailer enthusiasts ‘party like it’s 1960’


On Saturday (April 25, 2009) Craig Fraki of Ojai, Cal., is hosting “A Party from the Past,” the second annual Vintage Travel Trailer Rendezvous at Lake Casitas (between Ventura and Santa Barbara, Cal.

“The block of about 60 lakeside camping sites reserved for the event sold out long ago,” according to an article by Amy Bentley in the Ventura County Sun, “but the public is welcome to stop by on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for an open house, to check out some 70 decked-out and unique old camping trailers — from the 1930s to the ’70s.”

“’It’s a way to let people see the kookiness of it all,’” Fraki said.

“Fraki has refurbished seven old travel trailers and it has cost anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000 in materials to do each one — not counting labor.”

“’It was a lot of work. It was a labor of love,’” he said.

Read the full article here.

And see a great photo gallery here.

Top photo: Craig Fraki of Ojai, Cal., kept everything inside original when he restored his 1963 Shasta Model 500 travel trailer. Source: Ventura County Star. Bottom photo: Retro gear outside Craig Fraki and Marie-Lynne Gleeson’s 1973 Silver Streak includes period camping pieces and a ’70s Schwinn Stingray. Courtesy photo by Richard Wiseman, East Shore RV Park in San Dimas, Cal.

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  • I was trying to find a date for the Lake Casitas Rendezvous, but no luck. I so thoroughly enjoyed viewing the trailers last year, and I told friends they have to go this year. Do you have any rendezvous set for So. Cal. this year?

  • howdy,

    i got the opportunity to swing by the camp on saturday evening and saw some of these beautiful rigs. i own a ’69 shasta so i guess mine would fit in, doncha think?

    is there a way i could get on someone’s mailing list so i can keep up-to-date on this club’s events? i overheard someone say that there’ll be approximately 200 at san luis obispo soon. too kewl



  • Great article about upcoming Rally at Lake Casitas….Wish I could make it to at least one California rally…They are the best in the country….Did send this article to our 500 plus members of ‘Club California’….Its California’s largest online vintage trailer group.

    ……Ron temporary custodian
    for the 50 state vintage trailer clubs.

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