Santa Claus is Coming to Camp 3871

Could that be Old St. Nick driving down the road towing a vintage camper? You bet it could!

Charles and Virginia Diffey, also known as Santa and Mrs. Claus, love to go vintage camping.

Charles and Virginia Diffey (Santa and Mrs. Claus), Fresno, CA

After retiring, they wanted to spend more time on the road and decided to buy a vintage trailer. They found a 1966 Scotsman Travel Trailer. Charles made sure it was road-worthy while Virginia did the decorating.

The trailer, affectionally named “Lottie-Dah,” is now part of the Diffey family and is towed behind Charles’s classic Chevy pickup—painted in matching lemon yellow.

Vintage trailerites love to get together and camp. These organized camping trips are called rallies and are often attended by up to 300 vintage camper trailers. It’s always a great time with lots of fun activities for all to enjoy.

Christmas in the Trailer Park was the theme for the Trailerfest Rally in Lodi, CA. Charles and Virginia were the hit of the rally as dozens of trailerites gathered to get their pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children were excited to know that Santa loves to camp as much as they do.

Glen and Deb Nichols pose with their “Best of Show” trailer at Trailerfest: Christmas in the Trailer Park.

Many rallies offer an open house on Saturday where the public can view the trailers. Vintage Camper Trailers Magazine lists all the vintage rallies that take place in the USA.

Mrs. Claus, Caroline, Santa, and Paul

You better not cry, you better not pout, Santa Claus may be coming to camp with you!

Vintage Camper Trailers is owned by husband and wife Paul and Caroline Lacitinola. They publish a bi-monthly magazine about the hobby and have authored two books on the people that rescue, restore and rally in vintage camper trailers. (The second book is due out in Spring of 2018). They also host the Trailerfest and Boot Camp events. Photos by Paul Lacitinola and Glen Nichols.

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