Sunday afternoon I was sitting by the pool, doing some reading and writing. I looked up from what I was working on and saw a gaggle of “canned hams” and other adorable little vintage trailers pulling into the park! “Yes!” I thought, “this looks like the cutest RV rally group ever! I can’t wait to casually walk by and leer at these rigs later when they are all set up.”
This really was my lucky day! When I went on my walk, not only did I come across this traveling band of cool travel trailers, but also members of the, famous in the RV world, Sisters on the Fly! You might be wondering what and who this is… But as soon as I saw the logos on some of the trailers I got excited. As both an RV enthusiast and a feminist, this is a group that I have known about and that has been on my radar for a while. They have a book too. And if I didn’t live in an RV, I would buy it for my coffee table.
Sisters on the Fly is an RV and travel club for women, but it is really so much more than that. Sisters on the Fly is the largest women’s outdoor adventure group in the country with over 6,000 members. They meet, they travel together, there is camaraderie and shenanigans. Also, sometimes there is fly-fishing, dude ranching, and philanthropy, as well as woodsy and crafty outings. They are women from all walks of life who are adventurers, fisherwomen and cowgirls on the side. They have a motto, “We have more fun than anyone.” And they only have four rules, “No Men, No Pets, No Kids and Be Nice!”
I was a summer camp kid, a girl’s camp girl. I am passionate about the camp experience and to me this is camp for grownups combined with two of my other passions, vintage restoration and RVing! I love all of it! I want to be a Sister on the Fly with my mom, my sister, my mother-in-law, my two sister in-laws and all of my closest lady friends! I can just imagine the trailers we would refurbish in our own individual styles and the fun we would have on the road.
When I stopped to chat as I was strolling by, I inquired where they were going and how long they would be here and what they were doing? They were leaving at 8:30am for the Ventura Fairgrounds for a huge Sisters on the Fly rally. They boasted that ladies were coming from all over the country and many were caravanning up Route 66. While there were probably between 15 to 25 ladies at our park, they were meeting up with over 250 the next day in Ventura.
It was getting late and the sun was starting to set, so I asked if I could take some camper photos and then I hightailed it to get my camera before I lost anymore light!
Just look at these awesome little trailers! And Pin away if you feel so inclined.
Fishing and Cowgirl themes are popular among the Sisters on the Fly!
Other Sisters go with whimsical Gypsy or garden themes…
One of my favorite things about this rig was the homemade solar chandelier!
I love this vintage turquoise and Boho aesthetic. When I complimented her paint job, the owner of this cutie said, “Oh, thank you, I just used house paint.”
A little extra storage in the back, that hatch flips up….
Some of the ladies stuck to more traditional paint jobs and classic motifs.
They are all super cute and they all had their own special personal touches. You could tell that each woman had spent time creating and crafting the trailer that appealed to them most. How would you paint and decorate yours?
They were also all very excited about this Pendleton Blanket that Sister on the Fly, Kaarin had just scored. I was pretty excited about it too! My mom has taught me to respect the Pendleton as well as other fine wools and textiles. What a great find!
One of the most fun things that these “sisters” showed me was their Merit Badges. I want Big Girl Merit Badges!
They can get merit badges for fly fishing, going to “Cowgirl Camp”, hosting a trip, charity work and a quite a variety of other things. I think my favorite badge is for “running around in the woods naked.” Good times!
If, like me, you just can’t get enough Sisters on the Fly, check out their website! It is chock full of cute vintage camper porn as well as information on how to join the group. Of course, I am not the first person to write about these cool ladies and their rigs, The Tiny House Blog has a great piece about them as well. If you are on Pinterest, these creative little refurbished campers make great boards, check mine out and make your own.