By Ken Masden (TOWline25, teardrops.org)
This was our first vintage rally where we actually showed a vintage trailer. It was the 1935 Masterbilt being towed by our 1936 Oldsmobile convertible sedan. Of course Marty and I were just glad to be there basking in the glow of our trailer being shown (having just completed the trailer the day before leaving for Deming and having a few car problems on the way up). There was a steady stream of folks through the trailer with lots of favorable comments. Everyone was amazed by the bathtub. Most everyone took a look through the scrap book Trudy Glassett so kindly made for us and were amazed as to how bad the trailer looked when we drug it home, then when Rod Glassett tore it completely apart and then how nice it came back together. Rod really did most of the “back together” part. Then my friend and neighbor Alan Whitney and I did a lot of work on windows and other details. Ed Kelson did the beautiful exterior paint job and Doug Cronn did the interior paint (which also turned out great). Marty’s friend Carol made our curtains for the final touch. Doug Keister sent us eight great photos he took of the car and trailer at the rally that will be added to the scrap book. The weather was hot and muggy, but everyone was having fun. The speakers did great. Doug Keister’s presentation was superb. Doug autographed his new book Teardrops and Tiny Trailers for everyone. Forrest Bone with TCT did a fine presentation also. The potluck went well with plenty for everyone. The desert potluck went fine also. Pat Ewing, our host, said he was more relaxed than ever before and thus able to enjoy the rally this year. The car died (or almost died) about five times on way to the rally. I think the fuel pump may be weak. After the first time, I figured out that I could hit the electric fuel pump switch and hold it long enough to climb hills and/or accelerate. I also learned how much gas I could give it before it conked out.
During the rally, I took a couple of guys into town. The car died, but Bob Johnson was with me. He had us going again after (hopefully) fixing it for good. Del Little was along also and helped diagnose the electrical problem that we had (not just the weak fuel pump issue this time).
We had no car problems on the way home. This time the Birleys and Jacobsons followed us down the highway. Just to be safe!
I thought this was the best meet that Pat and Joanne have ever hosted. We spent most of the time showing our Masterbilt. Gary and Sally Lodholm’s trailer was beautiful and big crowd draw also. There may have been more trailers than ever before and such a variety too.. So many beautiful ones, we didn’t know where to start looking. We loved the beautiful wood interiors on a lot of trailers. Many were as beautiful as one would see in a fine yacht. It was a great rally – fun to get together with old friends and make new friends. Thanks to Pat and Joanne Ewing (and the many volunteers who helped them make the rally a great success)! A good time was had by all!