Become a Tin Can Tourist Member
Currently we have over 500 members and are growing rapidly. You don't have to attend rallies to join the group. If your currently finding benefit in using the services of the TCT website, you should consider membership.
The Tin Can Tourists, open to everyone, interested in the enjoyment, preservation, and the promotion of vintage trailers and motor coaches. The only age stipulation is for the Concours d'Elegance, held at the Annual Gathering, it is open to trailers 25 years or older and motor coaches 20 years or older.
Membership and yearly renewal dues are $20.00 - Members receive club decal, laminated membership/ID cards, quarterly newsletter, and TCT chronology from 1919 to the present.
Tin Can Tourists' Friendly Campground Program
This program allows select and member referred campgrounds to express their support of vintage trailers and motor coaches by joining TCT and listing their campground as a "Tin Can Tourists’ Friendly" facility.
Tin Can Tourists Powerpoint PresentationTo: Florida Historical Societies and interested parties
From: Forrest and Jeri Bone
RE: Tin Can Tourists Powerpoint Presentation
The Tin Can Tourists, organized in 1919 at Desoto Park in Tampa, was the worlds first Travel Club. The organization flourished through the 1920’s and 30’s, reaching a membership of over 100,000 members. The club’s decline began after World War II, going out of existence in the mid-‘70.
My wife and I renewed the club in 1998 as an all make and model vintage trailer and motor coach club dedicated to the promotion and preservation of vintage RV’s.
While gathering chronological information on the Tin Can Tourists the past 10 years, we have established club rallies in Michigan, Florida, New York, Arizona, Washington, and Vermont. The result of this process is a Powerpoint Presentation that includes images of early autocampers, campsites, TCT conventions and some of the club member’s beautiful restorations.
The following is a recommendation written by Bert Kalet, formerly Vintage Airstream Club’s Region 3 Director:
Using the powerpoint program, Forrest gave a fantastic presentation on the history of the Tin Can Tourist Organization. The collection of historical photographs was wonderful. It was interesting to see the numbers of people that flocked to warmer climes in the winter. By the camping standards of today, they lived in very primitive conditions. Any one interested in camping should see what the early pioneers had to endure. What a determined bunch of people. Forrest did a monumental job of collecting photographs and organizing his presentation. Everyone at the Vintage Railroad Rally enjoyed the presentation.
Bob Muncy, National Leader of the Silver Avion Fellowship, wrote the following after the presentation was given at his group’s rally:
During the annual reunion gathering of the Silver Avion Fellowship at Elkhart in 2004, Forrest Bone gave a presentation on the history of the Tin Can Tourist RV Club. Using projected photos, he covered this very unusual RV group, from it's inception to the present time. He showed photos of the early days of the TCT in Florida, shared newspaper reports of these "early day" snowbirds, and gave an excellent narrative. His presentation was extremely well received by our group. He has our highest recommendation for an interesting and exciting presentation.
We are currently developing a presentation schedule for 2008. If you would like to schedule a presentation or receive additional information, please contact us at:
Or Phone – 941-748-1483 – 4 High Street, Bradenton, Florida 34208
Check out the TCT Calendar
If you have a rally that would be of interest to the Tin Can Tourist group, send an email to email@example.com. Include the event name, dates, location and description. Check out the calendar.
Tin Can Tourist Rallies are the best
The best part of being a Tin Can Tourists is being able to attend a rally and check out all of the wonderfully restored rigs. This is an opportunity that shouldn't be missed. The rallies are well run and always well attended. Look here for the upcoming rallies.
We've got so much history and we make more every year
The Tin Can Tourists were organized at Desoto Park, Tampa, Florida, in 1919. You can't be around for almost 100 years and not have a ton of history. The pictures alone are worth a look. Check out the history page and add to it if you have something to share.