10 Impressive Vintage Campers and Travel Trailer Restorations


– [Reacher] Restoring
and rebuilding any camper can be a chore, no matter the
size and scope of the project. These days it’s not just
about functionality, as you’re seeing some diverse
ideas come to fruition. I’m Reacher. Whether it’s a rainy day
project, a need for mobility, or a good ol’ business decision, these 10 vintage and
classic camper restorations are sure to fit the bill. (upbeat music) – Thank you for watching
Mind’s Eye Design. Number 10. – [Reacher] In 2017,
Timeless Travel Trailers collaborated with Austin
based Deep Eddy Vodka on restorations of three 1946 and ’47 Spartan Manor trailers, intended for use in a series of national
marketing campaigns. Each of the 25-foot trailers
were custom designed as mobile bars and lounges, which required them to be outfitted with a reinforced chassis to
accommodate the added weight. The side lowers down to
create a stage or deck area, with a section of the roof that opens gull-wing style above that. Inside is a large wraparound
lounge area at one end, with a semicircular bar at the other. A centrally located product
display case sits opposite dual flat screens that can be watched from both inside and outside. The retro decor on this one
is nothing short of amazing, complemented by the branded wrap on the polished aluminum exterior. (upbeat music) – [Woman] Number nine. – [Reacher] Another one from
the minds at Timeless Travel is this 1964 Airstream Safari. The interior is almost
entirely covered in new and reclaimed hardwoods,
as well as the use of copper sheeting in the end
cap of the lounge area. Running the length of
one side is a countertop that pulls out for use as a desk space, while opposite that is a
kitchenette that includes a glass sink, dual burner cook top, microwave, and a refrigerator. A sliding door with etched
glass closes off the bathroom which has a petrified wood
sink and a stand-up shower. (upbeat music) – [Woman] Number eight. – [Reacher] This fine example
of a 1958 Deville was restored by a gentleman who goes by
the handle of Mobile Tech. A small dinette with bench
seating sits at one end looking like it came straight
out of a ’50s era malt shop. The opposite end holds a queen-size bed with storage underneath. In between is a kitchenette
having a sink with a hand pump and an electric faucet, as well as an under-the-counter fridge, and a triple burner cooktop with an oven. (upbeat music) If you like this mix of
old-school and modern day designs, let me know by giving me a thumbs up and a comment after this video. – [Woman] Number seven. – [Reacher] After a
one-year rebuilding process, this 1969 Bailey Mikado
went from an empty shell that had to be reinforced
just to be moved, to the finished product that you see here. The all-white interior and large windows provide a sense of
openness to a 13-foot space that would seem cramped otherwise. Bench seating spanning
the width of the trailer serves a dual purpose
as both a small dinette and an extra sleeping space. Beside that is a small
kitchenette having a sink, a dual burner cooktop, and stove with a decorative
cutting board cover, and a mini fridge. The front of the trailer houses the bed which has plenty of storage underneath, along with a wardrobe, and
cabinet space beside that. (upbeat music) – [Woman] Number six. – [Reacher] This one from
Canadian-based Sitka Concept was built by the owners for
use as a permanent living space for their family. The entrance opens up to a
surprisingly spacious dining area and kitchen with a triple
burner cooktop and stove, sink, and refrigerator, as
well as a wood-burning stove in what would be considered
the corner of the room. Moving back, you find a narrow hallway flanked on both sides by bunk beds. At the end of the hall is the bathroom, while the main bedroom is
on the other side of that in the rear of the trailer. (upbeat music) – [Woman] Number five. – [Reacher] After
purchasing this 1982 Burro, the owner spent about six
months getting it to the point where they were comfortable using it for local camping trips. The major changes to this one
that I’m personally a fan of involved changing the rear bed
that converted to a dinette, to a permanent bed with a custom mattress. The original couch which
converted to bunk beds was removed and replaced with a small dinette. Additionally, new strip
flooring was installed over a layer of plywood. New carpet replaced the old
along the raised ceiling, as well as new windows with
Velcro attached covers. The kitchenette was spared
with only minor changes that included changing the
mini-fridge to a dry storage box, and covering its door with an awesome map of the Lake Tahoe area. (upbeat music) – [Woman] Number four. – [Reacher] Known for
building tiny houses, Wind River Tiny Homes does the occasional Airstream restoration. The use of non-traditional
materials includes links of shellacked barnwood running
the center of the ceiling, with white paneling and
corrugated sheet metal along each side. Down below, the flooring
is composed of chipboard covered with a sealant, making it just as gaudy
as it is eye-catching. The almost standard floor
plan includes bench seating in the front that doubles as the bed. Moving back brings you to the kitchen which has all stainless steel appliances, including a corrugated metal
door on the refrigerator. Behind this is another bench with a countertop
workspace sitting opposite. Taking up the rear of the
trailer is the bathroom which features walls of hardwood, a large porcelain sink, and
a stand-up shower that uses a galvanized stock tank as its base. (upbeat music) – [Woman] Number three. – [Reacher] The crew at Flight Camp are top-notch visionaries, as
can be seen from this project and the many others on their website. The front entrance
opens to the lounge area which has a couch sitting opposite, and shelves along the front wall that hold a stowaway fold up coffee table. Moving back you’ll find
the kitchen which utilizes both sides of the trailer, having a large stainless
steel sink on one side, with a matching triple burner stove, oven, and refrigerator on the other. Taking up the rear is an enclosed wet bath with a stainless steel lining, and a bedroom with an east-to-west setup facing another door to the outside. (upbeat music) – [Woman] Number two. – [Reacher] This restoration
wasn’t a fully unfamiliar thing in regard to choosing to
live in a small space. The owner, a lovely down-to-earth lady by the name of Jenna had
already built and roamed around in her own tiny house, blogging about her travels on her website, which I will gladly provide a link to in the video description. She ended up stumbling across
a 1972 Hunter Compact Jr. which seemed to fit the criteria. All told, the trailer offered 60 square feet of usable space. The original stove and sink were kept in, with a fresh coat of
paint on the cabinetry. New custom-made cushions
were added to the dinette which doubles as a full-size bed. Pistons were added to help
raise the pop-top roof, adding a few extra inches to the headroom, while down below the flooring was replaced with a vinyl resembling hardwood. The exterior was given a
new look via a fresh coat of vivid yellow paint with red
stripes accenting the sides. Although it’s complete for the most part, there are details still being added, with the most recent being awnings above the windows and door. (upbeat music) – [Woman] Number one. – [Reacher] I’m gonna be honest with you about this number one choice. Originally, it wasn’t. But in doing the research, I started reading the owner’s blog. Her name is Jessie,
and she started posting about her 1978 Dodge
Commander in August of 2016. One of the changes to the
layout was the removal of the dinette and its
subsequent replacement with a built-in shelf and table combo that has a fold-out extension. Across from this is the galley
which retains the original four burner stove, with an
oven up above instead of below. Moving toward the rear is
the completely remodeled and restructured bathroom
that saw the original wet bath replaced with a full stand-up
shower and a compost toilet. The sleeping accommodations
consist of a platform bed in the rear that raises for storage, and a cab over single bed
that lowers as needed. The outside still has
that ’70s color scheme we all remember so well,
and that bit of originality is the icing on the cake for me. (upbeat music) Now that you’ve seen all
10, are you feeling the urge to go restore a vintage camper yourself? If you’ve worked on a project
or know someone who has, let us know in the comments. We’re always up for a good story. If you’ve still got the
craving for more campers, be sure to check out our playlists. We’ve got a ton of great stuff to watch that’s sure to keep you occupied
till our next camper video. I’m Reacher, and we’ll
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96 Replies to “10 Impressive Vintage Campers and Travel Trailer Restorations

  1. Hahahaha I was literally just re-watching your 10 best gyro-copters video when this came up. 🤣

    Thanks peeps, I love your work!

  2. Love it. Very fun to see these lovely older campers get a new life. Deville was my favorite. Great job, as always.

  3. Please consider not featuring a camper on the intro clip and not actually presenting it during the video. I wasted about 12 minutes watching this only to discover at the end that you didn't include The Rustic cabin camper. Something to consider as you alienate viewers

  4. At 7:50 the RV on the left is from national lampoons Christmas vacation eddie’s RV and the RV on the right is from spaceballs I’m pretty sure about space balls but I don’t really know

  5. im actually eh on this video. im a fan of your channel. however, i think like 2 were actually "restored". the rest were remodeled. there's a difference.

  6. Hey Reacher, absolutely love the camper restoration shows and the way you present them is most excellent. Your voice is very nice to listen to, and the music is great, your crew must be awesome. Keep up the good work! Your buddy, Kid

  7. No. 1 is the only one for me because of the selection of teas inside. As an Englishman, tea ☕️ = life. 🇬🇧

  8. Love the Spartens Used to have one. The big aistream by the tiny house people is certainly eye-catching but not practical. Keeping that corrugated siding clean would be a headache. Remolding a 2006 Trail Lite 22 foot, not vintage but lots of fun.

  9. I enjoyed the video and I would say the work by Flight Camp is my favorite…I have watched their TV shows which feature their builds, good stuff…thanks for sharing

  10. I turned a Colman pop up into a stay up with hard walls. The rear bunk pullout was widened to accommodate a queen sized bed parallel to the camper. It has solid walls too. The back panel swings up to become the roof of the pullout. the front pullout was replaced by a solid foam nose cone that provides lots of storage. Even though it sleeps only two people. It provides plenty of room to lounge around in if the weather is to bad to go outside.

  11. The trailer on the right is from Spaceballs. I have no idea about the one on the left though. Good video!

  12. My uncle built a motorhome from scratch back in the early 70s. Took him over a year because he worked full time and also fixed up old hot rods.
    It has a dinette/ bed. A bed over the cab and a bed that folded down over the dinette. He took my grandmother, his mom, and I out all over az, Montana and in between the two. Looked like a white shed on the outside but beautiful on the inside. He had to part with it in Montana in the 80s and we don't know what happened to it after that . Probably behind a barn somewhere.

  13. 1968 gm pd4107 from bus to house interrupted by health problems a couple of times but getting there any way more like a tin tent than a full house right now but getting there

  14. I did like number nine number six number four and number three I live in any of those the rest were OK👍👍👍

  15. Love the trivia Reacher. Cousin Eddie’s (Christmas Vacation)1972 Ford Condor 2 Rv is a classic and in 2018 was on display at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Eagle 5 was actually a 1986 Winnebago Chieftain 33. BTW how many do I have to get right before I win tee-shirt?

  16. Thank you for sharing these with us. I am always interested in seeing both new and refurbished RVs and trailers. Not to mention other interesting interior and exterior designs in the architecture and automotive field.

  17. I think the Burro was the best. Easy to hall easy to store. A space better then a tent but still not a portable palace!

  18. I sew a caravan from 1969 but it was in really bad condition along with a rotting floor with a HORRIBLE smell in it, it is definitely screaming for a restoration.

  19. The best vintage camper ever was the VW Van with the Westfala Conversion. It was a daily driver, with a built in motel room, complete with two beds, running water, an ice box (beer cooler), closet, upper and lower storage. I drove this vehicle to work every day, got drunk at night and passed out in lower bunk, took it scuba diving, camping, you name it. This thing was a do all go anywhere party vehicle. Wish I still had it! And you could park it in a standard garage!

  20. I would love to have cousin Eddies motor home, just to see people look at it as you go by. I would even ware a leisure suit .

  21. Hi people from Minds Eye Design, thanks for providing those dreams over wheels that you share on your videos, i simply love the design of the airstreams, especially when updated the interior with modern resources. Keep sending them!
    I'm Marcelo from Fortaleza, Ceara State, Brazil

  22. Very hard to chose because it is like comparing chalk and cheese. As a solo traveller, I like #5. For the family and permanent residence #4 fits the bill. Craftsmanship in finish would have to go to #3. Comfort of cats would be Jessie, who I had followed prior to watching this video.

  23. I love campers. I have two camper vans both unique. On is a 82 4 cylinder, 4 speed diesel 16 foot. The other is beautiful 1963 Dodge A100 small v8, automatic, hightop, short van in the origional 2 tone oange. I'm going to remodel both Old School Style. One will be for travel and the other for some travel but mostly as a work van (the Dodge). If you are interested in my projects let me know. Thanks for the video.

  24. BTW, do you have any data on these as to how much they now WEIGH, with all the new hardwoods, appliances, stainless steel, etc? Everything you ADD, your vehicle has to PULL!

  25. I'm glad to hear they write out a script…most Video folks seem to just wing it, and it has a lot of mummo jumbo that is not interesting. And a real time waster.

  26. Thank you for making this video! No 3 was my favorite! That front window is the coolest I also like No 4! Airstreams are amazing and the interior makeover with the wood and metal is stunning.

  27. The Volkswagen Bus Yudi Yumos is pretty cool. The 2 RVs not sure, but one looks like from the movie Sneakers starring Robert Redford.

  28. The Spartan rebuild near the end is my choice…My 8th grade teacher had one and more than once I went to her Spartan for help with my English assignments.

  29. I like these videos every bit as much, if not more, then the videos on the new and innovative designs. It is amazing how beautiful some of these designs for the past are.

  30. Spaceballs was the right camper. The left I've seen that but don't now we're from please tell me. But yes ide love to restore a camper be so cool. Thanks guys. God bless

  31. The motorhome on the left is cousin Eddie's and it's a Winnebago. The one on the right is also a Winnebago from the movie SpaceBalls.

  32. I only wish that the currently being built RV's are being built to last as long as all of the ones covered in this video. Some manufacturers are striving to do so while many others just care about the bottom line and how they can make their product attractive enough to dump on unsuspecting buyers. This is why we had our Class-B custom-built and know what to expect when we pick it up.

  33. Cousin Eddie's rig in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and Lone Star's "space ship" in Space Balls.

  34. My brother help this guy restore his old 50's trailer it came out really nice like it rolled right out of the factory that way. The owner and his wife took there time to find all the right stuff to put in it from that era.

    I own a 1964 Shasta trailer in the mid 1990's I was the 2nd owner. It was well taken care of. All I needed to do was have it painted on the out side and have the wings that went on the side put back on.

  35. i liked #6 and #1 ! me and my husband have been remodeling a 1976ish camp trailer. when we bought it, it had a hole in the roof and a bigger one in the floor. and I thought 700$ was too much! We stayed with some original things, like windows, and floor plan lay out. Our camp trailer is a working progress, but we did gut it and replaced many, many things. After watching many of your videos.. we could still add some cool ideas

  36. You should look into the make FAN. It has an interesting history as well a luxurious design inside. Premier that one time. I have one…it is a wonderful guest facility

  37. Love The turquoise trailer, it was the 15 or 17 feet long trailer, I had the 13 feet model. It claimed to sleep 6 people, but you could barely seat 2 at the table. I used mine in Wichita Falls, Texas back in 1970-72. Then I had to sale. Funniest thing about it was the weight. And you had better have a bigger engine than a 6 cylinder. If you met a tractor trailer, the wind took off 80% of your speed. Brahaha! It beat a tent. Mine was a .Scotty brand.Great video, thanks for sharing.

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