All-American Vintage Trailer Rally
July 1st to 7th, 2019
Powerland Heritage Park
Oregon's Largest Vintage Trailer Rally
No reservations required, there is room for everyone
Electric, water, restrooms and showers available
NOTE: If you are attending the rally, either as a camper or visitor, please take the time to read this entire page, it contains important details.
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1. The What:
The All-American rally celebrates Independence Day, great folks, and neat old travel trailers & motorhomes. This is an all-inclusive event not connected to any group or club, all vintage trailer enthusiasts are welcome to attend and join in the fun.
The rally is held at Powerland Heritage Park, located right off I-5 just north of Salem, Oregon. Powerland Heritage Park has numerous on-site museums, an operating antique trolley, and a 1:8 scale railroad that is big enough for the whole family to ride!
Here is a partial list of the on-site museums:
- Northwest Vintage Car & Motorcycle Museum
- Oregon Electric Railway Museum, which operates the on-site trolley you can ride
- Antique Powerland Museum
- Antique Caterpillar Machinery Museum
- Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association
- Model Railroad Display
- Brooks Historical Society
- Vintage Machinery Museum featuring John Deere
- Pacific Northwest Logging Museum
- Antique Implement Society
- Pacific Northwest Truck Museum
- Steam-powered sawmill
- Willow Creek Railroad which operates the 1:8 scale railroad you can ride....and we have a history of loading it with trailer folks and riding it at midnight during the rally
Your camping fee gets you access to all open museums throughout your stay.
For more information on Powerland Heritage Park, clicky-click here
2. The When and the How Much:
July 1st to 7th, 2019
$40 per night per trailer
The official rally dates are Monday July 1st to Sunday July 7th. Thursday is the Independence Day holiday. Don't arrive earlier than 9am Monday, we need the area clear to mow the lawn before that. Everyone needs to be cleared off the park by 4pm on Sunday July 7th. You are welcome to stay for one night or as many as six---or anything in between. You are free to come in or leave whenever works best for you. You are only charged for the nights you stay, at the rate of $40 per night per trailer.
No reservations required, there is room for everyone! There is no pre-registration, if you want in, you are in....just show up. The rally is open to all vintage trailers defined as those built before 1976, or those built later with the same style and spirit of the vintage classics. Homebuilt teardrops are also welcome to attend, and we love vintage motorhomes and conversion buses, bring them out. No worries if your trailer is still a "project in progress", we'd love to see it. No "white boxes" or ugly modern trailers, we want to keep the vintage vibe for everyone's enjoyment. If you are thinking of bringing something newer than 1976, contact us ahead of time for approval, if it isn't ugly it shouldn't be a problem. Contact info is at the bottom of this page.
Cost is $40 per night, per trailer. There is no additional rally-fee so your total cost is the nightly rate multiplied by however many nights you stay. This fee covers camping, event insurance, entrance to the museums, and the typical All-American Rally hijinx.
Pay with cash, or with a check made out to APMA (Antique Powerland Museum Association). There is no paperwork to fill out other than the registration form when you arrive, and there are no other rally fees to pay other than your $40 per night camping cost. Pay upon arrival at the rally.
Important note about visiting the rally: Powerland Heritage Park is an active museum site. Admission to the grounds is $12 per person for any visitors or anyone coming out to tour the vintage trailers (children under 12 are free). We don't have any control over this admission rate. Registered campers do not have to pay this daily fee, it is incorporated into the rally fee. Admission gains you entrance to all the museums, the Civil War reenactments and of course viewing of the awesome old trailers.
3. The Where:
Powerland Heritage Park is located 1/8th mile off Interstate 5 in Brooks, Oregon. This is just a few miles north of Salem and about 35 miles south of Portland. Take exit 263 off I-5 and go west.
The address is: 3995 Brooklake Rd NE in Brooks, Oregon 97303.
This is field-camping. That is, there aren't designated camp spots, it is all willy-nilly on the grass. Park where you want, bring friends, set up in a circle....whatever suits you. There is shade under the trees (it fills in fast), or work on your camp-tan in the sun, or back in along the trolley tracks and wave to the trolley riders as they pass by. It's all first come--first choice on the spots, no "holdies".
Electric (15 amp) and water are available, but it may limit your parking options due to spigot and outlet locations on the grounds. Bring plenty of extension cord, hose and "tee"s. No full hook-ups and no black-water dump station. There is a gray-water dump station, but access is limited to portable tote-style holding tanks. The gray water hole is near the Civil War battlefield at RV site #26, under a trash can lid. Ask the hosts if you need help finding it; it is a bit like finding Alice in Wonderland's rabbit hole.
There are a number of restrooms around the facility, along with showers.
4. The Rules:
As much as we would like this to be an "anything goes" rally, we don't want chaos and our insurance requires some rules. Here are a few guidelines. Abide, or you will be put in charge of a potluck.
- The speed limit on the grounds is 5 mph. Not 6. It is a safety issue. For more information on this click here
- Clean up after your dog.
- No traditional wood-burning campfires allowed, however, propane "campfire in a can" is fine.
- Keep the pets on a leash, fenced, in a box or in your trailer. No free-ranging critters. If your dog bites, don't bring it.
- Yes, we know it's July 4th, but our insurance mandates that you leave the fireworks at home. Feel free to celebrate with some red, white & blue cupcakes instead.
- Alcohol is best consumed after 5pm, or at least keep it on the down-low.
- Quieter time after 10pm. Much quieter time after 11pm. Friday and Saturday nights are party nights in the trailer park so music, dancing and socializing might run a bit past 10:30pm.
Scooter and bike rules:
No scooters or bikes. This is not a good venue for them, there is a lot of foot traffic in the park. In the past we have allowed them and it has created too much hassle.
Slow moving three and four wheeled devices are fine, but vehicles that require speed to maintain balance (2-wheeled bikes and scooters) are not. Mobility devices are, of course, permitted.
The Civil War area is limited to foot-traffic, they are trying to stay period-correct, respect that.
- There is a 5mph speed limit everywhere on the grounds.
Our biggest headache each year is enforcing the park's 5 mph speed limit. Please help make it easy on us, we don't want to be the trailer park police.
- Generators are ok, but may limit where you can park. That is, if you bring a generator you better camp away from the crowd where the noise won't bother others.
- No tents (except a small pup-tent for the kids that gets put away during the day). If you have a really awesome vintage tent you'd like to use send me a picture, maybe I'll make an exception.
- Non-vintage tow vehicles, those built after 1976, will be unhitched and parked in the parking lot about 100 yards away. This is to free-up space and to maintain the vintageyness feel. This is a rural area, there has never been a theft from this parking lot. If you have a newer tow vehicle that has a cool factor we'll probably allow it to stay with the trailers. No, your Subaru Outback is not cool.
In general, help us keep the trailer park safe and maintain the vintage vibe.
5. The War:
Step back in time to 1863. Just across the trolley tracks from our camp area will be a twice-daily reenactment of a Civil War battle complete with an artillery demonstration. Fair warning for pet owners: it's loud. This is the only vintage trailer rally that offers an education in the War between the States. A few hundred Civil War reenactors will be camped in a separate area of the grounds and they welcome tours of their camp area (hey, just like us!) and will be offering a period-correct glimpse into the past with Civil War era clothing and goods. This is a well-established group who will be providing a variety of demonstrations each day on subjects from 19th century medical care to cooking. There is even a ladies fashion show. These are great people who are just like us----they love their hobby, love to display their items, and love to talk about it all. They will be passing through our camp area to look at trailers, and we enjoy an evening social dance with them, 1863 style. It's a fun time. Find out more about the Northwest Civil War Council here
6. The Nearby Stuff:
There is a large truck stop for fuel and chrome lug-nuts, and a decent restaurant within walking distance. Just 10 minutes north is a Walmart and for the serious shoppers, the popular Woodburn Premium Outlet Mall. There is a small market about 1/4 mile from the venue and a Safeway five miles away in Keizer. At the next exit south on the freeway is Keizer Station with a variety of restaurants including Hops-n-Drops, Outback Steakhouse, Subway, Taco Bell, McDonalds, Burger King, Gustav's, Panda Express and a brand new In-N-Out Burger. A hidden gem of the Willamette Valley is the Evergreen Aviation Museum which houses the Spruce Goose and if you are feeling adventurous you can take your car across the Willamette River on a ferry boat to get there.
7. The Miscellaneous Stuff:
If you have vintage trailer related items you'd like to sell, that would be great, just put them out near your trailer. Don't over do it, be reasonable i.e. it should be able to fit in a 10x10 foot space.
Powerland Heritage Park is an active museum site and there will be visitors all weekend during their open hours from 9am to 4pm and people will be excited to view the trailers. We will offer basic "open/closed" signs.....or show your creativity and make your own before you arrive. Use these signs to let people know if you are open for visitors or not and close your door when you aren't around. Our advertised "open house" hours are 9-4 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
There won't be any awards, but you can bet every trailer gets a cool rally sticker!
We will try and keep the rally area "vintage pure" by parking the post-1976 tow vehicles in the main parking lot out front. This lot is about 100 yards from the camp area. People enjoy seeing the old trailers without the newer tow vehicles mixed in and it is a minimal inconvenience that adds to the vintage vibe. If you have something that is newer than 1976 but has a cool factor, let us know and we will probably allow it to stay in the trailer area.
If you are looking for a quiet, secluded weekend this is probably not your rally. There's artillery for Gomer's sake! If you'd enjoy a lively, very social time with new and old vintage trailer friends, and lots of neat things to see, come on out and join the fun!
If you are a vendor interested in participating, contact Powerland Heritage Park directly about a vending contract.
The Hostess and the Host: Your rally is hosted by Jacyn & Bob Gallagher. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-999-6626
- "Best darn vintage trailer rally I've seen in four score and seven years" ----President Abraham Lincoln, while eating an Otter-Pop at the All-American Rally
Have a look at the All American Rally video for 2018
Take a look at the All American Rally video for 2017