The Vintage Camper Fad is Awesome!

There’s a new fad that has hit the internet wide open. The masses have found out about our long held secret called…get ready for it……camping. Yep, camping in a vintage camper.
Tear drops and canned hams are 2 types of the most popular vintage campers, called such because of their shape. Don’t get them confused with the actual manufactures name: AirStream, Shasta, Cardinals, Serro Scotty, HiLo, Trotwood, Spartan, etc. They are detached RV’s that are pulled behind a vehicle (very much like something else we all know and love!)
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As you may know, I love vintage mobile homes and to me, campers are simply smaller mobile homes. Both sides of my grandparents loved camping and I was lucky enough to get to go camping just about every summer weekend growing up. My paternal side preferred motor homes and my maternal side preferred pull behinds so I am well versed in both. My father has always owned one type or the other and I have been slowly saving up for a couple years for one of my own to carry on the tradition. Camping is fun and a great way to get away from it all. It’s an escape to nature and a perfect way to spend time with your family.

This new fad is great news for those of us that have always hated the stereotype and stigma associated with mobile homes. I thinks it’s going to open the conversation up and allow those that have never been around mobile homes to learn a bit more about them. That, in turn, will educate them and disassociate the stereotype. Perfect!

Nowadays, weddings with a vintage camper themes are all the rage. This is a good thing, in my humble opionion, because it is helping to introduce our wheeled wonders to the masses. If they can accept the awesomeness that is a camper then they essentially become more familiar with mobile homes as well. It’s a win-win for everyone!

I love that something SO close to mobile homes is becoming so popular!

People are using campers as shops and food stands as well and that’s just as great. There’s no better way to grab a potential customers attention than to have a gorgeous vintage camper showcasing your goods. It’s opening the conversation for even more people to become familiar with mobile homes and manufactured homes.

Do you think the new camper fad will help mobile homes to become more accepted and break the stereotyping? I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts.

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  1. Ronell says

    What I really want to see is a mobile home park for beautiful vintage homes. The age restriction would be for the homes. I can just see it. Lovely Vintage Living ~ only homes 1968 and older allowed & pink flamingos welcome. Am I dreaming?

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      That would be awesome! I’ve heard of some parks that have a majority of vintage mobile homes but I’m not sure where they are (I suspect on the West Coast). I’ve also seen campgrounds that rent out vintage mobile homes and campers. There’s one being developed that Flyte is restoring the trailers.

  2. Christy says

    I agree! I love seeing all the pictures of vintage campers. Hubby and I just bought our 1st travel trailer. It is not vintage but it is used and we plan to do some remodeling to it to make it “ours”. In the early 80s my grandparents took a few of us grandchildren on an epic camping trip out west from Florida. They had a van that had a bed, bathroom, etc. Us kiddos camped out in a tent while our grandparents slept in the van. It’s been in my blood ever since to travel and camp. I have the tent we used on that trip and hubby and I even camped in it recently. Glad to have found this site. We are very excited to a part of the RV community!

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Christy! It’s great to have you here!

      I love to camp too! Both sets of my grandparents were big campers so I had lots of great summer memories too (though we never went cross country!). My grandfather had an older Winnebago that he called ‘Ole Betsy’ and he would take off to FL in it every summer (from WV) – he loved it!! If you haven’t found Tin Can Tourist yet, you’ll love it – they focus entirely on campers and it’s a great community of very knowledgeable people that can tell you anything you could ever want to know! Here’s the link:

      Hope to hear from you more!!

  3. CrystalMHL says

    I would love to see it when you get finished. My next big purchase isgoing to be an older camper to refurbish, then I want to travel thecountry going from flea market to yard have BIG dreams!Thanks so much Diana, I appreciate you commenting very much!

  4. Nana Diana says

    How cute! We are currently remodeling a 1976 GMC motor home. It is about half done. xo Diana

  5. CrystalMHL says

    Hi Shirlee,I completely understand. My father has the newer ones and I swear Icould live in them! There is a comfort in the amenities that a vintagejust can't replace. I do want a vintage but I have every intention inadding some modern technology to it. Oh the dreams I dream, one day Imay be able to get one. Till then I will keep dreaming. You are a veryluck lady to have had all the different kinds of recreationalvehicles!Thanks so much for commenting, I love hearing from you!

  6. Shirlee says

    My husband is always pointing out the old canned hams. He loves vintage trailers and motorhomes. We had a 1974 FMC Motorcoach which was pretty high end in it's day. We did a lot of work on it and sold it last year. I think he wanted to keep it, but we have a travel trailer and the motorcoach still needed some interior work. I'm just too comfortable in my modern travel trailer to consider camping in a vintage one.