10 Vintage Campers Restorations That’ll Take you back in Time

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 old business decision, these 10 vintage, and classic camper
restorations are sure to fit the bill. Number Ten. In 2017, Timeless Travel Trailers collaborated
with Austin based “Deep Eddy Vodka” on restorations of three 1946 & ’47 Spartan Manor trailers,
intended for use in a series of national marketing campaigns. Each of the 25-foot trailers was custom-designed
as mobile bars & lounges which required them to 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 wrap-around lounge area
at one end with a semi-circular 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 complimented by the branded wrap on the polished aluminum exterior. Number Nine. 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 endcap 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 cooktop, 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. Number Eight. This excellent example of a 1958 Deville was
restored by a gentleman who goes by the handle of Mobiltec. 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. 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! Number Seven. 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. Number Six. 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. Number Five. After purchasing this 1982 Burro, the owners
spent about six months getting it to the point where they were comfortable using it for local
camping trips. The significant 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. Number Four. Known more for building tiny houses, Wind
River Tiny Homes does the occasional Airstream restoration. The use of non-traditional materials includes
lengths 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. Number Three. The crew at Flyte 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 holds a stow-away
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 set-up facing another
door to the outside. Number Two. This restoration wasn’t an entirely unfamiliar
thing with 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 awning above the windows and
door. Number One. I’m going to 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 cabover 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. Now that you’ve seen all ten, 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 ’til our next camper video! I’m Reacher…we’ll see you on the next one! Hi everyone and thank you for watching. I’m Chandni with Minds Eye Design. Hi guys, this is Cassie. I hope you guys enjoyed this video.

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