8 Vintage Trailers That Will Make You Swoon

Finally! An excuse to show you some of my favorite vintage campers that we saw on our #tinyhouseroadtrip.

I typically hate "list" blog posts like this, but I needed a way to show you some of the random cool trailers and campers we saw along the way, in between, and on the road.

All of these photos are mine, I took each one. Enjoy!

SEE ALL THE VINTAGE GOODNESS AFTER THE JUMP!

 

1. The Project Ventura Airstream-turned-Teacher's Lounge

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Matt and I go to Austin every year to teach a 10th grade engineering class at an all-girls school about ecological vintage trailer restoration. This year, we helped them with this Airstream they renovated into a teacher's lounge.

 

2. Pre-Restoration 1960's Trailer

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I love old trailers, before they get all re-painted and buffed up. I love the fading paint, the original nuances, and the worn look. I think this trailer is gorgeous, even though it needs work. This is an ideal restoration candidate!

 

3. 1950's Hand-Built Kit Camper

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This is one of the campers we saw at the Shady Dell Trailer Court in Bisbee, AZ. This one was so cute, it ended up being my favorite. It is a home-built trailer built from a kit on a tiny 8 foot trailer. It's in great condition inside! This is a trailer small enough that I would be comfortable towing it longer distances.

 

4. The Pony, Hicksville Trailer Palace

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The Pony lives in it's little stable at Hicksville Trailer Palace in Joshua Tree, CA. She has a nice shady spot out of the desert sun. I love the whole scene - the horse statue, the swing, the barn - this place is just so cool.

 

5. Home-Built Retro Food Trailer

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I actually don't think this one is vintage, it definitely looked home-built in the vintage style. I still think it's great. The place wasn't open, but it looked awesome! I think it was a coffee shop. This trailer is a really good example of how you could build something from scratch that still had that vintage camper charm.

 

6. Vintage Shasta Compact with wings

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This petite little trailer was camping next to us in Portland, OR while we were there for 4 days, though we never crossed paths with the owners. It's a shame, because I would have loved to see the inside. They did a fantastic job restoring it, the camper was mint from the outside. The smaller the better, in terms of towing and gas mileage!

 

7. A VERY Vintage Caravan

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This amazing antique caravan (or sheep's wagon) was seen in VA. It was snowing out and just such a beautiful scene. Though I'd imagine it would get pretty chilly in there, it did look pretty cozy from the exterior! I love the bright green color. I would love to build one of these someday.

 

8. Vintage Trailer Cut-Aways

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Not only do I LOVE cutaways in general, but I am OBSESSED with this ad. The black and neon colors, the starbursts in the background, and 50s styling just make it so wonderful. I love everything about this vintage ad. These trailers are more like houses (mobile homes), but awesome none the less.