Life Outside the Trailer Park: Design + Production with Tinker Tin

We often times get asked, What exactly is Tinker Tin? Seven years into this wild ride we are still trying to find the perfect answer, because we are always growing and evolving!

At our core we are a vintage trailer company. Rescuing vintage trailers, restoring them and then getting the campers back on the road via our vintage trailer rental business will always be the backbone of Tinker Tin! We are passionate about these little pieces of American History, it is who we are, and what we do, it’s the foundation of our business and its what will keep us going until the end.

In the last couple of years though, Tinker Tin has taken a few adventurous new turns! We have our event rental trailers, we’ve added our permanent campground, The Trailer Pond, we just announced the opening of our brand new downtown San Luis Obispo event venue The Penny and we’ve been all over the country with the production + design side of our business (we do everything from festival art installations, movie and commercial set design, backstage lounges, retail store design and builds, merchandising, retail re-design, experiential marketing campaigns and pop-ups, catalog shoots, expo builds, custom retail display rack design and builds and much more)!

Keep scrolling to see pictures from a few designs and builds from this year!

Experiential Marketing Sponsor Pop-Up

Vintage bar trailer custom wrapping with logo and branding for Stagecoach Country Music Festival experiential marketing campaign
Vintage bar trailer custom wrapping with logo and branding for Stagecoach Country Music Festival experiential marketing campaign
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Vintage bar trailer custom wrapped with logo and branding for long term lease experiential marketing campaign
Vintage bar trailer custom wrapped with logo and branding for long term lease experiential marketing campaign

Catalogue Shoots, Commercials, Brand Campaigns & More

Tinker Tin Photo Shoot Styling
Vintage trailer rental for holiday catalogue shoot in Malibu
 
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Western styled catalogue shoot with range tent
Western styled catalogue shoot with range tent
Vintage drive-in theater styled catalogue shoot
Styled catalogue shoot with vintage car rentals
 
Styled catalogue shoot with vintage car rentals
Western boho styled catalogue shoot with lounge + tipi rental
Western boho styled catalogue shoot with lounge + tipi rental
Western boho styled catalogue shoot with lounge + tipi rental

Custom In-Store Retail Displays

Custom in-store retail display for Miranda Lambert’s fashion line, Idyllwind
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Custom in-store retail display for Miranda Lambert’s fashion line, Idyllwind
Custom in-store retail holiday display

Stagecoach Country Music Festival

Custom styled and designed music festival display art activation with vintage trailer rentals and unique western art displays for social engagement
Custom styled and designed music festival display art activation with vintage trailer rentals and unique western art displays for social engagement
 
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Stagecoach Country Music festival vintage trailer art installation by Tinker Tin Trailer Co.
Stagecoach Country Music festival vintage trailer art installation by Tinker Tin Trailer Co.
Stagecoach Country Music festival vintage trailer art installation by Tinker Tin Trailer Co.

Styled Backstage Lounges

 
Styled backstage lounge with vintage trailer rental lounge and photo booth by Tinker Tin Trailer Co.
Styled backstage lounge with vintage trailer rental lounge and photo booth by Tinker Tin Trailer Co.

Expo Builds + Custom Retail Display Racks

Custom built Modern - Southwestern step and repeat wall with presents, neon sign and cactuses for an expo center build out at the National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Christmas
Custom built Modern holiday boot retail display for expo center build out at the National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Christmas
Custom built antler table retail display for expo center build out at the National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Christmas
Custom built Southwestern Ralph Lauren inspired canoe table retail display for expo center build out at the National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Christmas
Southwestern Ralph Lauren inspired custom lounge styled by Tinker Tin Trailer Co. for NFR expo buildout at the Las Vegas Convention Center
Rodeo Quincy booth built and styled by Tinker Tin Trailer Co. for the Cowboy Christmas convention center. Including a modern and unique keyhole entrance.
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Rodeo Quincy expo booth built and styled by Tinker Tin Trailer Co. for Cowboy Christmas at the Las Vegas convention center. Including a modern and unique keyhole entrance.
Houston Rodeo Boot Barn Expo Build

Styled Photoshoots

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Tinker Tin Photo Shoot Stying
Styled Big Sure Tipi Photo Shoot
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Vintage Trailer & Tipi Event Rentals

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Event Styling

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Styled corporate events
 
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Television Work

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Retail Store Re-Design

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Styled Lounge in Boot Barn Nashville Store
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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!