LINCOLN (Placer County) -- Paul Lacitinola is standing near a white-and-yellow 1959 Shasta camper trailer. It’s one of about 18 restored trailers he and his wife own.
“I like to say that I’m a collector,” Lacitinola says, “but my wife would tell you that I’m a hoarder. Addiction, hobby -- it is a strange group.”
Lacintinola publishes “Vintage Camper Trailers Magazine,” and is the self-proclaimed “King of Campers.” The camper crowd craves old trailers with brand names like Airstream, Shasta and DeVille. In their day, these little homes on wheels were the very symbol of post-World War II success.
One vintage promotional ad for Airstream plays up “the beautiful contemporary kitchen, complete with range, oven and refrigerator-freezer. No matter where you are you will eat like a gourmet. You can bake biscuits high in the Canadian Rockies. Or enjoy plenty of ice cubes where you're traveling in the desert.”
Maybe. But by today’s standards these “tiny houses” on wheels are cute, but cramped. That doesn’t stop Rachel Harp and her husband, Joel, from collecting and restoring them at their shop in the Placer County town of Lincoln (pop. 46,431).