Maybe you already have an RV restoration side hussle or business you'd like to grow?
Learn the ins and outs from a business owner with a thriving west coast vintage trailer restoration business. Whether you are building vans, Airstreams, overlanders rigs or business billboards like the Cremo Vintage Barbershop-the business principals are the same.
Two NEW Boot Camp Workshops
Denny Stone – Bio
Denny is the owner and chief designer at So Cal Vintage Trailer. With a style that merges mid-mod with tech and a bit of old school, Denny and the So Cal team has have been designing and building some of the country’s most sophisticated vintage trailers for nearly 15 years. So Cal Vintage has been featured in the Washington Post, New York Business Daily Insider, Vintage Camper Trailers Magazine and on numerous industry podcasts.
Denny grew up in a family of builders and designers, studied art and business, and spent a long career in business development and marketing. With a life-long love of modern furniture and architecture, Denny and the So Cal team of experienced craftsmen have built a business and brand that helps clients find, design and build their vintage trailer dream. One of Denny's goals for client projects is to create a look and feel that could have come out of a New York or Milan design studio in the ’50s or ’60s embedded with stealthy tech, materials, safety, and efficiency upgrades to support modern lifestyles and sensibilities.
Denny will be presenting these Boot Camp Workshops at the CampNation Expo August 11 and 12, 2023.
What if you didn’t have to plumb a toilet and black water tank into your next build but still had all of the convenience and cleanliness of a standard flush toilet? The Laveo portable electric toilet is waterless, odorless, chemical-free, low-maintenance, and compact.
When done, users push the flush button as they would with a traditional toilet. However, instead of requiring water, extensive plumbing, or expensive chemicals, the proprietary Laveo double-layered barrier bag automatically encloses urine and stool in a spill-resistant, odorless way. The dispenser automatically brings in new, clean barrier bag material for the next flush. Every time you flush, the barrier material lining the bowl is collapsed and twisted, essentially sealing the waste and compressing it into the bottom of the container. This patented process of sealing the waste in the barrier material ensures that there is nothing to see or smell. The Laveo™ by Dry Flush is an innovative and practical way to add a highly sanitary toilet to campsites, trailers, vans, and RVs without messy hook-ups.
We Welcome Laveo to the CampNation Expo!
Safe towing is a combination of the right components, regular maintenance, and an experienced or conscientious driver. Investing in the correct parts and upkeep before you travel will minimize issues while towing. When safe towing practices are brought up, we consider the trailer tires, bearings, and brakes. These are essential aspects of safe travel, but what about the tow vehicle?
When it comes to your tow vehicle, many items, like tires and brakes, need the same attention and upkeep as your trailer to function correctly. Your vehicle towing capacity is also critical to your ability to travel safely. A weight distribution system and sway control will help, but what can you do to your vehicle to make it more tow-worthy?
We looked into improving our ride in our 2017 RAM 2500 when we noticed unwanted sway when we had our Capri Camper on the truck. A washboard road would create a speed wobble that, at times a little scary. The truck has more than enough capacity for the lightweight camper. Most of the time, we also tow a vintage trailer or our 24’ enclosed events trailer. We didn’t like being worried about the speed wobble phenomenon on road trips, so we looked into our options to rectify it.
Better-than-stock shock absorbers and sway bars were the typical answers we found. These were not bad ideas, but we also found SumoSprings. They seemed to be explicitly designed to address what we were experiencing. They also seemed like a quick fix that I could do myself. Our truck has coil springs, but Super Springs International makes components for almost any application.
SumoSprings are not made from rubber. They are a progressive spring with a very soft initial engagement. As more weight is added, the harder they get and the more resistance they give. They provide support and control when you need it without affecting the factory ride when not you’re not loaded. I replaced the factory bump stops with the SumoSprings in about an hour with a few basic tools. (SSI also makes sumo springs for your trailer to reduce vibration and create a smoother ride.)
This one change to our suspension completely eliminated the issues we were experiencing. We can travel on washboard highways without slowing down to stop a wobble because the SumoSprings prevent the wobble/sway from even starting. This single improvement changed our ride. I ordered The SSI Super Coils to provide additional load support when we tow our bigger trailers.
This is probably the only improvement I have ever made to a tow vehicle. I am so impressed with how it changed our towing experience that I’m not opposed to investing in a sway bar or better shock absorbers. If those little SumoSprings can make that much of a difference, how much better can I make the ride by upgrading other components? I’ll keep you posted.
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