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Vintage trailer gathering in Cloverdale

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 | Posted by

Nick Uribe and Laura Waterhouse with their 1967 Shasta StarFlyte at the New Years Vintage Trailer gathering in Columbia, CA (Photo: Laura Waterhouse)

Laura Waterhouse and Nick Uribe, owners of Cloverdale’s Yogurtdale Blvd., are hosting a Valentines Gathering of Vintage Camper Trailers during the upcoming Citrus Fair / President’s Day weekend at the Cloverdale KOA Camping Resort on Asti Ridge Road.

Festivities will begin at 1 p.m. Friday with a parade of the vintage trailers through downtown Cloverdale, leaving from Oat Valley Vintage at 31750 N. Redwood Hwy. and traveling south on Cloverdale Blvd. to First Street. Here they will turn left to Asti Road, circle over to Citrus Fair Drive, turn right, come back up to the boulevard and head north. Once they get back to First Street, they will turn right again and head for the KOA.

Waterhouse and Uribe bought their first vintage camping trailer about five years ago on – of all places – eBay. “We decided we were done sleeping in tents and wanted an older, unique and inexpensive trailer,” says Waterhouse.

Unfortunately, the trailer was so water damaged they ended up taking it to the dump instead of restoring it.

Since then, they have bought two more. One is a 12-foot 1968 Shasta LoFlyte they’ve named “Sweet Memories,” which they plan to use for overnight guests.

The other is a newly painted 19-foot 1967 Shasta StarFlyte, complete with a toilet and shower.  This trailer has been named “Summer of Love.”

When they got their first trailer, they didn’t realize how many Trailerites were coming together with their pre 70’s vintage trailers for rallies and gatherings around the country. “We all thought we were the first ones to think of it,” laughs Waterhouse.

The couple likes to go up to the Cloverdale KOA several times a year for weekend getaways, particularly during the off season. “It’s so quiet and peaceful and our host, Pam, is so accommodating. We just love it.”

That’s why they felt it would the perfect spot for the Valentines Gathering of Vintage Camper Trailers group. An added bonus is the indoor kitchen and dining hall they’ll use for their Sweetheart Potluck on Saturday night.

Waterhouse says she’s getting more and more excited as the weekend approaches. She’s making cookies for the Sweetheart Dessert Contest and a friend is sewing some “Sweetheart” pajamas for her to wear at the group’s Sunday morning toast party. Another friend will be coming with her Valentine-themed trailer.

“The trailers are all so nostalgic and it just feels like old fashioned fun,” she says.

Waterhouse especially likes that she and Uribe are connecting with so many great people. “We never would have met them if we hadn’t had this common, yet uncommon, thread of owning a vintage trailer – or ‘Tin Teepees’ as one of our friends calls them.”

Vintage trailer owners who would like to join in the fun this weekend can contact either Waterhouse at 486-9254 or Uribe at 695-1346 for more information. To reserve a campsite, call Pam at KOA, 894-3337.

To learn more about these traveling pieces of camping history and those who love them, visit vintagecampertrailers.com

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Mary Jo Winter is our Cloverdale correspondent.
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