WHAT IS THE NATIONAL TRUCK-IN® ?

 

For the uninitiated, the National Truck-In ® is an event exclusively for vans, and panel trucks, on a national scale.  

What goes on at the Nationals?

There is a judged van show, games and activities for both kids and adults, live music, seminars, vendors and more. The vanners will come in for up to a week and camp. Some just in their van, some with camp trailers and some in tents. All attendees to the National Truck-In ® all have a van or panel truck. Most would be considered to be a custom van, to some degree. The custom van has been described as being part hot rod and part RV. Some vans are more hot-rod than RV and some vans are more RV than hot rod, but nearly all have some aspects of both. The custom van originally grew out of the 70's hippie movement and became very popular with the younger crowd.

From the first National Truck-In ® held at Tiger Run Colorado in 1973 to this year, the Nationals event has been the signature celebration of everything Vanning. With a dedicated group of volunteers working together for 50 years with the goal to make this the best van event every year. What goes on at a Nats? It spans four exhilarating days jam packed with Vans, Fun and Friends. It's a totally unique camping experience. There is Vendor’s row with Food trucks and various van related sellers. Fun and wacky games for adults and the kids. Nightly entertainment with live Bands. The Light ’n Bright Show has vans displaying their ways to light them up at night. The largest Van show in the world. And lastly the people. It is a time and place to share stories and make new ones. There are hundreds of friends you have not met - yet. The National Truck-In ® is the most fun you will have all year!

HARD CORE VANNERS

Hard Core Vanners is a nonprofit van club and group of custom van enthusiasts who joined together decades ago to promote vanning and provide information on vanning events. Hard Core has taken on the work of hosting the 50th National Truck-In ® (Van Nationals or Nats). Several other vanners from other clubs have joined in this effort and all are striving to put on a Nationals that you will always remember back in Colorado where it all started!

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