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NOSTALGIA.
>>MY NAME IS DAN PIPER. >>MY NAME IS DAN PIPER.
I OWN VINTAGE CAMPERS, PERU, I OWN VINTAGE CAMPERS, PERU,
INDIANA. INDIANA.
ś VINTAGE CAMPERS IS AN ś VINTAGE CAMPERS IS AN
OUTGROWTH OF MY PASSION. OUTGROWTH OF MY PASSION.
WHEN I COULD CAMP ON MY OWN, ALL WHEN I COULD CAMP ON MY OWN, ALL
I COULD DO WAS CAM WEAPON AN OLD I COULD DO WAS CAM WEAPON AN OLD
CAMPER. CAMPER.
I RESTORED IT MYSELF AND HAD A I RESTORED IT MYSELF AND HAD A
LOT OF FUN WITH IT. LOT OF FUN WITH IT.
I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY PERSON I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY PERSON
IN THE WORLD WHO WAS AN OLD IN THE WORLD WHO WAS AN OLD
TRAILER NUT AND 17 YEARS AGO I TRAILER NUT AND 17 YEARS AGO I
WAS CAMPING IN MY 1960 SHASTA WAS CAMPING IN MY 1960 SHASTA
AND I GOT TALKING WITH A FELLOW AND I GOT TALKING WITH A FELLOW
CAMPER ABOUT THE OLD TRAILERS. CAMPER ABOUT THE OLD TRAILERS.
I FOUND THAT THERE WERE OTHER I FOUND THAT THERE WERE OTHER
OLD TRAILER NUTS OUT THERE. OLD TRAILER NUTS OUT THERE.
AND I GOT REALLY EXCITED ABOUT AND I GOT REALLY EXCITED ABOUT
IT. IT.
I STARTED BUYING AND SELLING I STARTED BUYING AND SELLING
SOME OF THE VINTAGE CAMPERS ON SOME OF THE VINTAGE CAMPERS ON
MY WEBSITE. MY WEBSITE.
THEN I FOUND THE VINTAGE CAMPERS THEN I FOUND THE VINTAGE CAMPERS
WERE WHERE MY TRUE PASSION WAS. WERE WHERE MY TRUE PASSION WAS.
WE HAVE JUST CONTINUED TO GROW WE HAVE JUST CONTINUED TO GROW
FROM SELLING THEM TO RESTORING FROM SELLING THEM TO RESTORING
THEM AND SELLING PARTS FOR THEM THEM AND SELLING PARTS FOR THEM
AND JUST DOING A FULL SERVICE AND JUST DOING A FULL SERVICE
VINTAGE CAMPER OPERATION. VINTAGE CAMPER OPERATION.
I STARTED IN THE MIDWEST. I STARTED IN THE MIDWEST.
WE WERE PROBABLY THE ONLY ONE WE WERE PROBABLY THE ONLY ONE
THAT DOES THE FULL SERVICE. THAT DOES THE FULL SERVICE.
WE SPECIALIZE IN ’60s AND WE SPECIALIZE IN ’60s AND
OLDER. OLDER.
WE TRY TO DEAL WITH THE TRAILERS WE TRY TO DEAL WITH THE TRAILERS
THAT EMPLOY RI RIVETTED THAT EMPLOY RI RIVETTED
CONSTRUCTION. CONSTRUCTION.
THEY HAVE ALUMINUM SKIN ON THEY HAVE ALUMINUM SKIN ON
OUTSIDE AND IT’S RIVETTED TO OUTSIDE AND IT’S RIVETTED TO
STUDS INSIDE THE WALL, WHICH ARE STUDS INSIDE THE WALL, WHICH ARE
TYPICALLY ALUMINUM. TYPICALLY ALUMINUM.
THE MAIN TREE THAT WE CARRY ARE THE MAIN TREE THAT WE CARRY ARE
SPARTAN, AIR STREAM AND AVIAN, SPARTAN, AIR STREAM AND AVIAN,
BUT THERE ARE LOTS OF OTHER BUT THERE ARE LOTS OF OTHER
TRAILERS THAT WE WOULD CARRY, TRAILERS THAT WE WOULD CARRY,
CURTIS WRIGHT, SILVER STREAK, CURTIS WRIGHT, SILVER STREAK,
STREAMLINE, BULLS ARROW, AND STREAMLINE, BULLS ARROW, AND
WEST CRAFT. WEST CRAFT.
THERE ARE A BUNCH OF THEM OUT THERE ARE A BUNCH OF THEM OUT
THERE. THERE.
THEY ARE NOT NEAR AS COMMON AS THEY ARE NOT NEAR AS COMMON AS
THE AIR STREAM OR THE AVIAN, BUT THE AIR STREAM OR THE AVIAN, BUT
SPARTAN ARE STILL VERY COOL SPARTAN ARE STILL VERY COOL
TRAILERS. TRAILERS.
IT DOESN’T MATTER IF IT’S THE RV IT DOESN’T MATTER IF IT’S THE RV
INDUSTRY, THE BOAT INDUSTRY, THE INDUSTRY, THE BOAT INDUSTRY, THE
HOUSE INDUSTRY, THINGS WERE JUST HOUSE INDUSTRY, THINGS WERE JUST
BUILT BETTER BACK THEN. BUILT BETTER BACK THEN.
PEOPLE TOOK PRIDE IN THEIR PEOPLE TOOK PRIDE IN THEIR
WORKMANSHIP. WORKMANSHIP.
IF YOU LOOK AT THE NAME TAGS ON IF YOU LOOK AT THE NAME TAGS ON
THESE OLD CAMPERS, IT’S NOT A THESE OLD CAMPERS, IT’S NOT A
LITTLE PLASTIC STICKER OR VINYL LITTLE PLASTIC STICKER OR VINYL
LABEL THAT SAYS THEIR NAME. LABEL THAT SAYS THEIR NAME.
IT’S USUALLY A METAL DECAL THAT IT’S USUALLY A METAL DECAL THAT
THEY PUT SOME MONEY INTO BECAUSE THEY PUT SOME MONEY INTO BECAUSE
THEY WERE PROUD OF IT. THEY WERE PROUD OF IT.
THE OLDER THEY ARE, THE MORE THE OLDER THEY ARE, THE MORE
WEAR AND TEAR AND THE MORE ABUSE WEAR AND TEAR AND THE MORE ABUSE
THEY HAD, AND THE MORE WORK THEY HAD, AND THE MORE WORK
INVOLVED. INVOLVED.
THE OLDER ONES, THERE ARE JUST THE OLDER ONES, THERE ARE JUST
NOT AS MANY OUT THERE. NOT AS MANY OUT THERE.
SO FINDING A GOOD OLD ONE IS A SO FINDING A GOOD OLD ONE IS A
GOOD FIND. GOOD FIND.
MY OWN PERSONAL PREFERENCE IS MY OWN PERSONAL PREFERENCE IS
THE OLDER, THE BETTER. THE OLDER, THE BETTER.
>>AS FAR AS RESTORATION, OUR >>AS FAR AS RESTORATION, OUR
PREFERENCE IS TO RESTORE PREFERENCE IS TO RESTORE
TRAILERS BACK PRETTY MUCH TO HOW TRAILERS BACK PRETTY MUCH TO HOW
THEY WERE WHEN THEY WERE ROLLED THEY WERE WHEN THEY WERE ROLLED
OUT OF THE ASSEMBLY LINE AND THE OUT OF THE ASSEMBLY LINE AND THE
FACTORY. FACTORY.
ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS WE ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS WE
RUN INTO IS WATER DAMAGE. RUN INTO IS WATER DAMAGE.
SO A LOT OF THE EXPENSIVE WORK SO A LOT OF THE EXPENSIVE WORK
ON A RESTORATION IS REPLACING ON A RESTORATION IS REPLACING
THE WOOD WORK IN THE TRAILERS. THE WOOD WORK IN THE TRAILERS.
WE WILL UPGRADE THEM WE WILL UPGRADE THEM
ELECTRICALLY. ELECTRICALLY.
THE PLUMBING, WE USUALLY GO THE PLUMBING, WE USUALLY GO
AHEAD AND REPLACE THE PLUMBING AHEAD AND REPLACE THE PLUMBING
AND THEN ALL THE COSMETIC STUFF, AND THEN ALL THE COSMETIC STUFF,
THE LIGHT FIXTURES AND THE THE LIGHT FIXTURES AND THE
HARDWARE AND SO FORTH, WE HARDWARE AND SO FORTH, WE
LIKE — A LOT OF TIMES THOSE LIKE — A LOT OF TIMES THOSE
PIECES ARE MISSING. PIECES ARE MISSING.
AND SO WE’LL SALVAGE OLD AND SO WE’LL SALVAGE OLD
TRAILERS AND RESCUE THE OLD TRAILERS AND RESCUE THE OLD
PARTS AND PIECES THAT WE CAN USE PARTS AND PIECES THAT WE CAN USE
IF THAT TRAILER IS TOO FAR GONE IF THAT TRAILER IS TOO FAR GONE
TO RESTORE. TO RESTORE.
WE WILL PRETTY MUCH DO ANYTHING WE WILL PRETTY MUCH DO ANYTHING
TO THEM. TO THEM.
SOMEONE ASKED US TO TOTALLY SOMEONE ASKED US TO TOTALLY
BUTCHER AND CHOP UP A NICE, GOOD BUTCHER AND CHOP UP A NICE, GOOD
UNIT, WE WILL SAY NO THANKS. UNIT, WE WILL SAY NO THANKS.
SINCE VINTAGE CAMPERS MY SINCE VINTAGE CAMPERS MY
PASSION, I WOULD LOVE TO KEEP PASSION, I WOULD LOVE TO KEEP
THEM ALL, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, I THEM ALL, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, I
CAN’T DO THAT BECAUSE OF THE CAN’T DO THAT BECAUSE OF THE
ECONOMICS, AND SO I DO HAVE WHAT ECONOMICS, AND SO I DO HAVE WHAT
I CALL MY KEEPERS. I CALL MY KEEPERS.
I WOULD — LIKE I SAY, NOT SELL I WOULD — LIKE I SAY, NOT SELL
ANY OF THEM. ANY OF THEM.
MY LINE IS I SELL VINTAGE MY LINE IS I SELL VINTAGE
CAMPERS TO SUPPORT MY HABIT OF CAMPERS TO SUPPORT MY HABIT OF
KEEPING THEM. KEEPING THEM.
THERE’S A LOT OF TRUTH TO THAT. THERE’S A LOT OF TRUTH TO THAT.
THE VINTAGE CAMPER CULTURE IS THE VINTAGE CAMPER CULTURE IS
GROWING. GROWING.
I THINK A LOT OF THE BABY I THINK A LOT OF THE BABY
BOOMERS MYSELF, GREW UP CAMPING BOOMERS MYSELF, GREW UP CAMPING
AND THEY WANT TO

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