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Vintage Trailer Resources & Guides

Whether you are updating and restoring an older trailer, looking to do some research before you buy a vintage trailer for sale, or are an existing owner looking for tips to improve your retro camper, Vintage Trailer Supply has plenty of resources and guides available to get you on the right track.

We cover everything from maintenance techniques to vintage trailer history and information to travel ideas for vintage camper enthusiasts. We strive to make sure we are your go-to resource for vintage trailer tips and advice. If there’s a topic you don’t see covered below, feel free to get in touch with us today!

How to Maintain and Repair a Hehr Vent from 1950s and 1960s Travel Trailers

Hehr aluminum roof vents were used throughout the 1950s and 1960s on travel trailers.  This article will help you maintain your vent with its original actuators or lifters.ROOF CUT OUTIf you are...

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How to Use a Composting Toilet

How to Use a Composting Toilet

Composting toilets are revolutionizing vintage trailer renovations.  What used to be a novelty is quickly becoming mainstream because composting toilets are so easy to install.  And they... Read More ›

We're Having an Event.  Will VTS Contribute Some Door Prizes?

We're Having an Event. Will VTS Contribute Some Door Prizes?

We welcome the opportunity to contribute to rallies and other vintage trailer events sponsored by our customers. Contributing to rallies is a meaningful way for Vintage Trailer Supply to connect w... Read More ›

How to Set Up a Vintage Style Pole & Rope Awning

How to Set Up a Vintage Style Pole & Rope Awning

Pole & rope awnings are the original vintage trailer awning. They were the most common awning used on vintage trailers into the 1970s. They offer many advantages over modern roller style awnings, inc... Read More ›

Buck Riveting Basics: Tools and Techniques

Buck Riveting Basics: Tools and Techniques

Download the PDF by clicking here.Overview Solid rivets, also referred to as buck rivets, have been used as the primary fastener type in the construction of aluminum-framed travel trailers for mo... Read More ›

Vintage Trailers and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Where Do We Go From Here?

Vintage Trailers and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Where Do We Go From Here?

by Steve Hingtgen, President/Founder of Vintage Trailer Supply2020 Disruption and 2021 Restart Obviously 2020 was a hot mess and we saw in our community that we had to clear our calendar for 2020. Wh... Read More ›

Replacing Jalousie Window Glass Holders

Replacing Jalousie Window Glass Holders

Jalousie windows are louvered windows. They, along with awning style windows, are the two most common styles of windows found on vintage trailers. Jalousies (pronounced with the accent on the firs... Read More ›

Measuring your wheels for hubcaps

Measuring your wheels for hubcaps

We get calls almost daily from people who want to know which of our hubcaps will fit their wheels. The first thing to do is compare your wheels to the one below: If your wheels look like the p... Read More ›

How to Care for Your Premium Awning

How to Care for Your Premium Awning

Our premium awnings are a beautiful addition to your vintage trailer. To keep them looking their best and repelling water like new, just do a little periodic cleaning. Regular Maintenance On... Read More ›

Common Vintage Trailer Door Locks

Common Vintage Trailer Door Locks

by Steve Hingtgen, President of Vintage Trailer SupplyOne of the first restoration projects many vintage trailer owners face is replacing or repairing the lock for the front door.  Not only does... Read More ›

The Icebox: Can It Be Saved?

The Icebox: Can It Be Saved?

Article and pictures by David Handke, Campurist LLC The vintage trailer icebox. Some embrace its simplicity, while others turn from ice to propane or electricity for refrigeration. I don’t mind us... Read More ›

How to Polish Aluminum

How to Polish Aluminum

by Steve Hingtgen, Founder of Vintage Trailer Supply Can My Trailer Be Polished? Is Polishing For Me? How to Polish an Airstream Maintenance Re-polishing Frequently Asked Questions... Read More ›

AquaLock makes vintage trailer plumbing much easier

AquaLock makes vintage trailer plumbing much easier

You may know that the best freshwater lines for vintage trailers are made of PEX (crosslinked polyethylene). PEX is much better than copper, CPVC or vinyl tubing. It has fantastic freeze resistance... Read More ›

How Do I know What Size Wheels and/or Tires Will Fit My Trailer?

Wheels and Tires = SafetyThe tires on your trailer should be replaced regularly. Even when not travelling, they age due to UV exposure. What if I can’t find an owners manual for my trailer online? You... Read More ›

Counterweights for Cyclo Polishing Tools

Counterweights for Cyclo Polishing Tools

All Cyclo Polishers built in the last decade include the advanced Vibration Elimination System (VES). VES-equipped Cyclo Dual Head Orbital Polishers require specialized counterweights inserted behind... Read More ›