Vintage enthusiasts visit Rock Island

Story courtesy of Lisa Hobbs, reporter for Southern Standard

Rock Island State Park was visited by vintage camper enthusiasts over the weekend.

A group called Vintage Inn Campers held a cruise-in at the state park June 26-28. In attendance were approximately 60 vintage campers.

“I started Vintage Inn Campers in January 2017,” said Leslee Nelius, who says she wanted to connect with like-minded individuals. “I love my vintage camper, and I wanted to meet other enthusiasts. The group rallied for the first time in June 2017. This was our seventh cruise-in. We have cruise-ins twice a year.”

Nelius, a Murfreesboro resident, selects different parks. This was the group’s first trip to Rock Island State Park.

“We had attendees from Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky,” said Nelius. “Rock Island State Park is beautiful. We enjoyed our time there. I’m sure we’ll be back.”

Vacationers were treated to a marshmallow meet-and-greet the first night, followed by a Saturday morning swap and shop with camper crafts and vintage parts/camper items. In the afternoon, a Tour of Tin was offered where they gathered for a potluck dinner, Bingo and door prizes. 

Additionally, participants voted for their favorite camper. Recipient of the June 2020 Vintage Inn Campers cruise-in “The Greatest Glamper” Award went to Tom and Linda Peer of Tullahoma. The couple renovated a 1972 Shasta 1400 and named it “Flo Mingo.”

Local vintage camper enthusiasts can join the group on Facebook at Vintage Inn Campers or by email at

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