Trailer Pickin' Diaries: 1954 Aljoa

Gone trailer pickin'! Yesterday the skies were blue, the grass was green and the vintage trailer gods were looking down on us! We got a lead on a trailer that led us out to Carissa Plains, Ca for this 1954 Aljoa trailer! 

1954 Aljoa Vintage Camper Trailer
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All it took was one glance at the inside of this trailer to be swept off of our feet! From the original flooring with little to no cracks, pristine birchwood with 0 water damage (that alone is like hitting the lottery with these old vintage trailers!) and all original appliances before we were backing up to the hitch and backing the truck up to the hitch... It was used as a hunting cabin the last 30 years so it hasn't moved much!

As pictured below, we had a minor setback when we hit a big bump on a backcountry road and the hitch broke sending the trailer smashing into the back of the truck before coming to a screeching halt on the asphalt. Of all the trailers we've hauled home over the years this was a first for us, but everyday is a new adventure at Tinker Tin Trailer Co... One small hole in the front of the trailer and a couple years off our lives later and we were back on the road headed home! 

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A fun fact about the Aljoa Trailers was that back in 1956 they were sued by a company called Alcoa, for the Aljoa name. As a result of this by 1956 they were forced to drop the A and call the trailers, 'Aljo". On our original 1954 Aljoa we found a logo on the inside above the window with the Aljo spelling, leading us to believe this change may have begun to occur prior to 1956! 

Aljoa Trailer Brochure

This trailers was extra special because we quickly realized we pulled home its sister trailer a few years ago and made it part of our permanent fleet! The titles below showed that Our 1954 Aljoa Camper trailer was manufactured just 3 weeks before this one we pulled home yesterday...

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Here's a photo of the restored 1954 Aljoa Vintage Trailer in our fleet available for rent!  

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Ajoa Vintage Trailer Interior Photo

Stay tuned to find out how the story ends for our newest 1954 Aljoa trailer!

Happy Trails,

Tinker Tin Trailer Co.

Vintage Trailers || Not Just For Camping

At Tinker Tin Trailer Co. we've built a business around unique vintage Trailers! Nothing gives us a thrill like trailer picking' and bringing one of these pieces of history back to life!

A majority of the vintage camper trailers in our fleet have been restored back to their originally glory and continue to serve the purpose they were originally manufactured for: camping. That being said, a lot of the members of our fleet have also been repurposed for different kinds of adventures!

Here's a few of our favorite vintage trailers used for purposes outside of camping throughout history:

1940's Vintage Milk Vending Trailer

Name a better way to enjoy a glass of ice cold milk then on tap from a vintage vending trailer on the back of your pony?! We'll wait....

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1940's Vintage Church Trailer

With this 1950's chapel on wheels you'll never have to choose between camping or missing Sunday morning church service again! Growing up Catholic we've spent a lot of time in churches. We've also spent a lot of time out camping in "God's Country" ... What could possibly get you closer to Jesus than combining the two like this 1950's camper church did?!

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1930s Levis Rodeo Trailer

This one takes us back to the days when marketing was done right. Before "influencers", Instagram and Facebook was how we learned what was cool... All Levi's needed to do was create an amazing, traveling puppet show rodeo trailer and ALL the kids were begging their parents for a new pair of Levis! 

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1930s Western Union Telegraph Vintage Trailer

The original "mobile phone" concept.... As your viewing this blog from your iPhone, we hope you'll take a moment to appreciate the times when "mobile phones" weren't able to fit in your pocket, but had to be pulled by your car instead.

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1930s Salesman Trailer

This one's a mobile show room on wheels for customers to come inside and view new products! 

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1940s Public Library Trailer

This is one of our favorites! There is no excuse not to read when the library can come to you! 

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1930s Vintage Election Campaign Trailer

We don't know who won or lost this election, but it's safe to say they would have had our vote! 

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Here's a few vintage trailers from our fleet we've restored and repurposed for different adventures!

We've got vintage bar trailers... we've got vintage photo booth trailers... and we've got vintage vending trailers! We've got lounge trailers, tipis, tents and all kinds of other quirky ideas up our sleeve for our next fun vintage trailer to, and we can't wait to share them with you all!

Our 1958 Roll - O - Vend vintage trailer was manufactured in 1958 as a vending trailer for Pepsi Cola to sell sodas out of! We restored it to its original glory to be used as a bar and vending trailer! This vintage trailer can be rented as bar trailer at events but is also available for long term leases for branding and marketing campaigns! 

Our 1958 Roll - O - Vend vintage trailer was manufactured in 1958 as a vending trailer for Pepsi Cola to sell sodas out of! We restored it to its original glory to be used as a bar and vending trailer! This vintage trailer can be rented as bar trailer at events but is also available for long term leases for branding and marketing campaigns! 

Our 1953 Crown vintage photo booth trailer makes every wedding, party, and marketing event more fun! Offering guests a custom takeaway photo strip with your even name or company logo, guests walk away memory from every event we roll it into! 

Our 1953 Crown vintage photo booth trailer makes every wedding, party, and marketing event more fun! Offering guests a custom takeaway photo strip with your even name or company logo, guests walk away memory from every event we roll it into! 

Our 1948 horse trailer bar makes every event more fun! This bar and vending trailer can also be  customized with your company's branding and a styled lounge to create the perfect experiential marketing experience! 

Our 1948 horse trailer bar makes every event more fun! This bar and vending trailer can also be  customized with your company's branding and a styled lounge to create the perfect experiential marketing experience! 

Our Sidecar Shasta bar turns is a head turner.... with its folding window, modern design and sleek paint job - it fits in wherever it goes! We partnered up with our favorite craft cocktail catering company,  Sidecar Cocktail Co.  to make sure that only the best drinks are served out of her window! 

Our Sidecar Shasta bar turns is a head turner.... with its folding window, modern design and sleek paint job - it fits in wherever it goes! We partnered up with our favorite craft cocktail catering company, Sidecar Cocktail Co. to make sure that only the best drinks are served out of her window! 

This rare 1948 Barrel is one of only 3 known to exist! We converted this unique camper into a one-of-a kind "serve yourself" style beer trailer complete with 2 tap handles, holding capacity for 2 full size kegs, built-in ice chest on tongue of trailer for grab-n-go beverages, and drop down shelving on the side of the trailer perfect for placing glassware or drink dispensers!

This rare 1948 Barrel is one of only 3 known to exist! We converted this unique camper into a one-of-a kind "serve yourself" style beer trailer complete with 2 tap handles, holding capacity for 2 full size kegs, built-in ice chest on tongue of trailer for grab-n-go beverages, and drop down shelving on the side of the trailer perfect for placing glassware or drink dispensers!

Meet our Tinker Tin Team Rider: Kathryn Varian

The Next Generation of the American Cowgirl!

Tinker Tin has sponsored this talented cowgirl for two years now, and we couldn't be prouder to have her represent our brand inside and outside of the arena. You might be wondering how Tinker Tin Trailer Co. and a rodeo cowgirl might go hand in hand, so we thought we would just let one of our favorite historical cowgirls do the explaining. In the words of one of Dale Evers,

“Cowgirl is an attitude. Cowgirl is a pioneer spirit, a special American brand of courage. The cowgirl faces life head on, lives by her own lights, and makes no excuses. Cowgirls take stands. They speak up. They defend the things they hold dear. A cowgirl might be a rancher, or a barrel racer, or a bull rider, or an actress. But she’s just as likely to be a checker at the local Winn Dixie, a full-time mother, a banker, an attorney, or an astronaut.”

This 17-year-old cowgirl fits the Tinker Tin bill to a T with her pioneer spirit and fearless pursuit of success inside the arena and outside of it! Kathryn grew up in Parkfield, Ca. A tiny ranching community with a population of just 18 people. Growing up on her family’s working cattle ranch, the V6, she doesn’t just use her western skills at rodeos but puts them to work on the family ranch as well. In Kathryn's own words, ‘I have been rodeoing since I was three years old and my feet didn't reach past the saddle pad’.

Her years of hard work and dedication for her sport has paid off. Kathryn is currently a junior in high school and has already qualified for the National High School Rodeo Finals twice in pole bending. She has traveled all over the US, competing against the top rodeo athletes in the nation and ended up placing 10th at Nationals two years ago. With that level of talent we’d be willing to bet John Wayne himself probably wouldn’t challenge her on horseback (if he were still with us, God rest his soul)!

Check out the Q&A below to learn more about Kathryn!

Q: What events do you compete in?

A: I compete in every girl event. I do barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping, team roping, and cutting. 

Q: What is your favorite thing about rodeo?

A: My favorite thing about rodeo is the process: from training horses and spending hour after hour in the practice pen to the rush of adrenaline when I rope a calf. I love it when I figure out something that's wrong, even if its slight, because it makes me feel like I'm getting somewhere.

Q: What are your favorite events?

A: I absolutely love pole bending because my mare Mizzy is as good as they get. When she is making a good run, it feels like we're flying. I also really love breakaway because nothing beats the feeling of roping a calf and hearing the snap of your rope as it breaks away. 

Q: Can you tell me about your favorite horse?

A: Mizzy is an incredible 21-year-old mare that has been born and raised on our ranch. My sister Lauren trained her at the age of nine and rode her for her entire high school career. When she graduated, my dad thought I ought to keep her in the rodeo circuit so as a sixth grader I jumped to a whole new level of a horse. Mizzy can do anything. I breakaway rope, goat tie, run poles, and run barrels on her. She also rides out on the trail and is super great to brand on. She's a once in a lifetime kind of horse and I'm very blessed to be able to ride her.

In the eighth grade my incredible mare Mizzy took me to Des Monies, Iowa for the Junior High School Rodeo National Finals in the pole bending. Then freshman year came and I ended up second in the state on her in the poles and went on to be 10th in the nation at the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR). Sophomore year I ended up the state champion pole bender and went back to nationals.

Q:  What are your proudest rodeo accomplishments to date?

A: In the last few years I have had some pretty great successes. My freshman year I was second in the state in the poles, then went on to be 10th in the nation, and then my sophomore year I won the state in poles. I also won the CHSRA District 7 all around in the 8th grade and was WCJRA all around cowgirl in 2013 and 2016. 

 

Q: What has it been like growing up on your family’s working cattle ranch?

A: There is such a huge variety of things I get to do on the ranch. I meet thousands of people a year that come to our ranch for tourism, get to gather cattle with the entire Varian family, have an unlimited amount of land to hike on, and get to spend my days surrounded by horses... every cowgirl's dream. On top of this, I am taught a range of skills that come along with life on a ranch that I could never learn anywhere else.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about the western way of living?

A: The western lifestyle is the only way of living that is a sport, an occupation, and a style. If you're a carpenter, you wouldn't wear your toolbelt to the bar or spend your Sunday building a house just for fun.

Q: How do you plan to keep the western heritage alive? 

A: I want to educate people about the western life through tourism on the ranch. The closer people are to the land and the livestock, like we are, the more people will love and understand it. 

Q: What are some of your hobbies outside of rodeo?

A: I go to high school in Paso Robles and am currently on the Crimson Newsmagazine staff as a journalist. Crimson has taken me across the nation multiple times and has opened up a whole other world to me. It has showed me how powerful the press can be, even if it is just a high school publication.

Q: What makes you proud to be part of team Tinker Tin?

A: Tinker Tin is an inspiration to me because it shows the power of the entrepreneurial spirit. I hope to one day emulate this lifestyle in the western world.  

Stay tuned to see how our favorite cowgirl does this year!