Vintage trailer rally rolls into Felton

FELTON — In the widening world of vintage trailers, it’s hip to be old, pampered and rounded at the edges. And any shade of green seems to be good.

Vintage trailer owners from throughout California gathered at Smithwoods RV Park off Highway 9 in Felton this weekend for the third annual Trailers in the Trees to show off their decades-old recreational trailers.

Wayne and Kathy Ferguson brought their 1957 apple-green and white Arrowhead, its interior wood gleaming with care and its little table like one from a 1950s diner. Just 12 feet long, the trailer is home-away-from-home for them and his guide dog, a yellow lab named Wiley.

They found the trailer in Santa Maria, rotting and showing its age, and Wayne Ferguson spent two years restoring it. Ferguson, a 54-year-old retired car buff, turned to trailers when he began to lose his eyesight, calling it a new life.

But his trailer history goes back to age 5, when his grandmother would let him sleep in the 1955 Mercury Travel Trailer. But only if he wasn’t too much of a rascal.

“I fell in love with them and I’ve been in love ever since,” he said. “They have that sense of Americana that is few and far between these days.”

Rally organizer Penny Cotter-Nienow said she and her husband get a lot of friendly honks pulling their 1962 Shasta Airflyte down the road, and have a lot of fun at the rallies.



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