Originally Posted by summerkid
Neil, did you folks continue to trailer, or were they pretty much done after that?
The 26' Pan American's sole purpose was to get our family to Calif. Dad retired after nearly 30 years of work as a welder for the city of Detroit in 1949. His 'retirement' dream was to own his own country business. We bought a small resort in Boyne City, MI. That's north of Traverse City. The business was failing so in 1952 they had a buyer for the busness and decided to make an even bolder move to get rid of everything and move to California. Both my parents had sibblings that lived here. I guess it was a gamble with a growing children, my brother was 10 and I was 14. To have a temporary 'place' of our own they bought the 1950
model trailer to make the journey and as a place to live while we got settled in a new home which turned out to be in El Cerrito, Ca. which is just north of Berkeley. Before the 1952 summer ended we were settled, dad working again at 51 and my brother and I in new schools. The trailer was sold, too big for just camping. A couple of years later mom and dad bought a smaller self contained trailer. Dad and my brother went fishing with it a few times and he and mom took a long trip to the northwest in it. I was driving by then and had my first car and wasn't interested in 'hanging around' with my parnts and never did camp in it. Dad passed away in 1962
. I was 'reunited' with trailer camping again for good in 1969 when with a small rental to take my bride on our honeymoon to Death Valley. The rest is history....mine.