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Bellingham Herald: Tacoma woman brings travel trailers from the 1960s to life

From the writers at Bellingham Herald.

The first thing Jayne Barocela wants people to know is, she’s not crazy.

Before March, Barocela had lived a normal life. A Federal Aviation Administration contractor, she lived in Tacoma’s North End with her husband, Shawn Tidd, and sons Jack, 3, and Layne, 18.

They loved snooping through old antique shops in their free time, and they never missed weekend vintage travel trailer shows.

Then, she saw the ad.

“I found it on Craigslist. Someone had purchased a warehouse in Ironwood, Michigan, and on the second floor was a time-capsule trailer manufacturing business,” Barocela said. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I had to make it happen.

“I took a flier on it with no idea what I was getting. I saw the ad one evening, and the next day was in Michigan.”

What she found changed her life.

“There was one nearly completed trailer on a frame and two finished shells,” Barocela said. “And all the equipment to make them. Everything was covered in dust.”

To read the full story in the Bellingham Herald, click here.

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