Throw Back Thursday – Trailers

The photo below of my mother and her girlfriends was taken in front of my parents’ temporary travel trailer home. I believe it was shot the summer of 1948 in Beaufort, South Carolina.

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Trailer, summer of 1948, Beaufort, South Carolina

Gene, my mother, is the beauty standing on the left. She would have been twenty-one years old, a young mother of a year old daughter.

Bill, my father, back from war was stationed at Parris Island and the trailer park was filled with young Marine couples. After my sister was born at the Naval Hospital in Beaufort, South Carolina, they felt lucky to be able to move into that small trailer.

My parents had started married life with shared quarters, renting a single bedroom in a family home in Beaufort.

Four years after the photo of the women and the trailer was taken, I was born in my father’s home state of Kansas. By that time my father had left the military and began working at Boeing Aircraft Company in Wichita.

Later, my dad switched to working Civil Service with the Air Force and He gained generous vacation time. Each year my parents would wait for their tax return to pay for our camping trip, anywhere from $100 to $300!

Endless ham sandwiches and stopping at every free historical site along the way were the hallmarks of my parent’s method of travel. We camped through about 40 states in the fifties and sixties.

In the early sixties, our family graduated from tent camping out of our yellow Rambler station wagon into a green and white Dreamer truck camper on a white automatic Chevrolet short bed pickup truck.

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Dreamer Camper on ferry across the Mississippi River

During our family trips south to visit my mother’s relatives, a couple of times we veered over to Beaufort, SC to call upon my parents’ first landlord and his family. So, as a school aged child, though the trailer park was gone, I actually got to see the little bedroom my parents had rented as newlyweds.

Little did I know that, about forty years after that picture of the women in front of the trailer, a job would pluck me from Indiana to live for three years in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Vistabule Teardrop Trailer

Vistabule Teardrop Trailer

On April 27, 2017 we became owners of  Vistabule Teardrop Trailer # 126 and named her Lily.

The Minnesota Teardrop Trailer, LLC offers a factory tour and/or delivery of a Vistabule Teardrop Trailer upon request. Potential customers can also see a Vistabule at trade shows or, perhaps, gain an arranged meet-up with a willing owner.

At the time we ordered there were fewer than 100 Vistabules manufactured and we lived half way across the nation from the factory with no opportunity in our area to meet with a private owner.

After a lot of online research and contacts with the friendly helpful team, we ordered a Vistabule sight-unseen. Instead of seeking delivery, we decided it would be more fun to go to the factory to pick-up our new Vistabule Teardrop Trailer.

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Vistabule Brake Lights Check

Everything worked out perfectly. Whew!

During the homeward bound “shake down” trip of over 1,000 miles with Lily the Vistabule, we averaged two tours a day with curious individuals or groups at rest stops and campgrounds. It was a joy to share our enthusiasm for the design and craftsmanship of Lily, our Vistabule Teardrop Trailer.

Our family, scattered across the nation, also wondered about our travels. We, too, wanted a log of our adventures.

We had appreciated the information and inspiration gained from camping and RV travelers online and the sense of community. So, this blog came about because  we hoped to “pay it forward” and  to build connections with other camping, traveling and teardrop trailer enthusiasts.

Who knows where we will travel in the years ahead with Lily our Vistabule Teardrop Trailer, but we are sure to Doze Dine Dawdle along the way!

Wishing you health and happiness!

Colleen and Earl __April, 2017