Aluminum gets in your blood. Funny thing is my parents never camped. Dad took Mom to FL in a 5th wheel borrowed from me. I was bitten with the camping bug when I had graduated from high school. I borrowed money, bought a 1964 Shasta 16 SCS and the rest is history. I have owned more than 40 travel trailers, tent campers, motorhomes, and even tents, since 1979. Aluminum is addictive, and I hope for my sake, there is never a cure.
I grew up in a family business. It was Dad's business operating a trucking company. We hauled milk from the dairy farms to the processing plants. I drove a truck from the time I was 18 years old and got my chauffeur's license. Now, the license is better known as CDL. I drove for 28 years before closing our family business in 2006.
I bought my first camper when I was 18. It was a Shasta 16 SCS. A high school buddy and I were planning a beach trip. I had never owned a camper. Mom and Dad didn't camp either. So, where did my interest in camping come from? I dunno...................What do I know about a camper?..........What if I have problems?..........Can't afford to have it fixed by a dealer..........Maybe I can take it apart and fix it myself......Couldn't be that difficult, could it?.......Propane?......Plumbing?........Electrical?........Waste tanks?...........Brake Controls?........Weight Distributing Hitch?.....Sway control?..........I'll figure it out......
For the most part, I became a pretty good backyard trailer mechanic. With Dad's help and guidance, I thought there was nothing that I could not figure out. I added to this knowledge by attending Camping World Recreational Vehicle Institute in Bowling Green, Kentucky and graduating in November 2002. Shortly after returning home I began operating Roving RV Repair, a mobile RV service. I became affiliated with a local dealer and handle their mobile service.
Fast forward to NOW. The year of 2009 is beginning, as I launch Riveted Restorations. Riveted Restorations will encompass riveted trailers of painted, polished, and anodized aluminum, as well as other unique travel trailers. The "canned ham" variety will always hold a special place in my heart.