Waving goodbye to 2016!

“Never get so busy making a living, that you forget to make a life."

 -Dolly Parton

It’s no secret here at Tinker Tin that Dolly Parton means a lot more to us than just a blonde busty little pistol with one hell of a voice. We like to consider her more, as our unofficial life coach. This year and every year we try to follow her words of wisdom, or Dolly-isms! The quote above is one of our favorites- and we used it to continually check ourselves throughout the year.

We love what we do, so it’s hard to always call it work, but even we need to be reminded to take a break from our trailer projects & to hit the road and camp in these little pieces of American history… the way they were meant to be enjoyed!!

2016 has been a year filled with new (well… new for us) trailers, lots of new friends & exciting new adventures (cough cough The Trailer Pond cough cough)! Before we head on down the road to 2017 we wanted to stop & share a few of our favorite Tinker Tin adventures from 2016...

A long time dream of ours has been to open a campsite venue and this year after a lot of blood, sweat and tears that dream came true! Welcome to The Trailer Pond at Alta Colina!

A long time dream of ours has been to open a campsite venue and this year after a lot of blood, sweat and tears that dream came true! Welcome to The Trailer Pond at Alta Colina!

The official Tinker Tin Trailer Park at Stagecoach Country Music Festival 2016! 

The official Tinker Tin Trailer Park at Stagecoach Country Music Festival 2016! 

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The 9th Annual Pismo Vintage Trailer Rally in Pismo Beach, California is the biggest vintage trailer rally in the world! It's our most favorite time of year -  getting to camp with fellow trailer-ites, geek out over trailers and history, meet new friends & more! Come down and check it out this next year on May 20th, 2017! 

The 9th Annual Pismo Vintage Trailer Rally in Pismo Beach, California is the biggest vintage trailer rally in the world! It's our most favorite time of year -  getting to camp with fellow trailer-ites, geek out over trailers and history, meet new friends & more! Come down and check it out this next year on May 20th, 2017! 

Yosemite National Park

We delivered a couple vintage trailers into the Yosemite foothills this summer, then headed straight into the park! The above left photo was taken at Stoneman Meadow in the Yosemite Valley in 1929, the photo to the right we took in the same place on our trip in 2016! Almost 100 years later how lucky are we to be able to enjoy these same incredible views that will forever be preserved!

We took the 1956 Jewel on our Eastern Sierra campout! It's always so exciting hitting the road with these old campers!

We took the 1956 Jewel on our Eastern Sierra campout! It's always so exciting hitting the road with these old campers!

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Dolly Parton floatin' up on stage like the little angel that she is! All our dreams came true this year when we finally got to see Dolly live in our own home town at Vina Robles!!

Trailer life after 5:00! A whole lot of trailers + trail rides + cocktails!

Trailer life after 5:00! A whole lot of trailers + trail rides + cocktails!

Sprucing up the 1958 Kenskill! 

Sprucing up the 1958 Kenskill! 

Rare Vintage Trailers
"There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep rolling under the stars." - Jack Kerouac

"There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep rolling under the stars." - Jack Kerouac

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Horse camping at Lake San Antonio in the Spring! 

Horse camping at Lake San Antonio in the Spring! 

Photoshoot for Rodeo Quincy & Barrel Horse News in Cayucos, featuring our 1953 Crown vintage trailer and bell tent! It was such a privilege spending the day with our rodeo team girls + Quincy Freeman & Kathryn Barks! Those are some talented lady bosses right there! 

Photoshoot for Rodeo Quincy & Barrel Horse News in Cayucos, featuring our 1953 Crown vintage trailer and bell tent! It was such a privilege spending the day with our rodeo team girls + Quincy Freeman & Kathryn Barks! Those are some talented lady bosses right there! 

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Good times were had by all at the 2016 Ocean Mesa Vintage Trailer Rally! 

Good times were had by all at the 2016 Ocean Mesa Vintage Trailer Rally! 

For the last 7 years Tinker Tin has headed out to Texas for the junk shows! Here's a recap of our 2016 Spring visit! 

For the last 7 years Tinker Tin has headed out to Texas for the junk shows! Here's a recap of our 2016 Spring visit! 

A few of our favorite things....

A few of our favorite things....

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Our feet were sore & our hearts were full after dancing the night away at our 3rd annual Tinker Tin Trailer Prom at BarrelHouse Brewery in Templeton, CA! Trailer Prom was inspired by Junk Gypsy prom in Texas & all the old Texas honky tonks, that we fell in love with years ago on our 1st trip to Texas!! We LoVe loved how the JG Prom brought all the old junkers + junk lovers, plus friends old and new together under the stars for 1 magical night a couple times a year! We wanted to recreate that for the Vintage Trailer community here on the west coast- so Trailer Prom was born! One special night a year, Californian's can now 2 step the night away with fellow junkers, history lovers, and most importantly trailer enthusiasts!!

Our feet were sore & our hearts were full after dancing the night away at our 3rd annual Tinker Tin Trailer Prom at BarrelHouse Brewery in Templeton, CA! Trailer Prom was inspired by Junk Gypsy prom in Texas & all the old Texas honky tonks, that we fell in love with years ago on our 1st trip to Texas!! We LoVe loved how the JG Prom brought all the old junkers + junk lovers, plus friends old and new together under the stars for 1 magical night a couple times a year! We wanted to recreate that for the Vintage Trailer community here on the west coast- so Trailer Prom was born! One special night a year, Californian's can now 2 step the night away with fellow junkers, history lovers, and most importantly trailer enthusiasts!!

The King & Queen of Trailer Prom!

The King & Queen of Trailer Prom!

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To end this little blog, we wanted to say thank you to every ramblin’ soul that has been a small or large part of our adventure this year. We love you and couldn’t do this without you!!

Happy Trails,

Tinker Tin Trailer Co.

Happy New Year!

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain