Relive your childhood with these vintage retro RVs

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By Adi Hed

Is there any American tradition as beloved as the family road trip?  This national pastime is right up there with baseball and 4th of July cookouts. For RVers, road tripping is a way of life.

Lately, however, it’s been less about roughing it as it is taking your home on the road. It’s hard to feel like you’re roughing it when you’re staring at a 60-inch plasma screen.

If you’ve been bitten by the nostalgia bug, check out these retro RV models. The following list includes cherished favorites and old school designs that will transport you back to the time of bell bottoms and the pet rock. Relive your childhood with these super vintage RV models.

Riverside RV Retro

Looking to go retro without sacrificing modern living? Your best bet is the Riverside RV Retro. These lightweight trailers combine 70s style with 21st century living.

The small interior is decked out in hardwood cabinets and doors that beckon memories of woodie station wagons. Plus, you get to enjoy the vintage life while enjoying an updated fridge, oven and BBQ.

RoadRunner Travel Trailer

Even the most diehard RVers might not be familiar with RoadRunners. These small camper trailers were manufactured exclusively in Utah in the 1960s. Though they went extinct in the early 70s, these Southwestern campers are a perfect fixer upper.

They’re equipped with stoves, plumbing and old school cabinetry that’s begging to be renovated. Plus, the oak paneling and distinct vintage look make it perfect for fans of throwback vehicles.

 Aladdin Travel Trailer

You won’t find much extra room inside the Aladdin Travel Trailer. These cozy, vintage trailers were known for their small weight and size. In fact, all of these retro trailer models are under 20 feet.

The compact size and affordable cost make it perfect for nomads on a budget. These tiny trailers are also undeniably 1960s. You can’t miss the “canned ham” design or the bright red, yellow, blue or pink finish.

Pathfinder Travel Trailer

Oh, the 60s. A wonderful time when puke green paint and floral couches were considered fashionable. Case in point: Pathfinder Trailers. Old school Pathfinders might not be the prettiest trailers for modern times, but they’re geared up with a number of useful features.

These nifty trailers include a pull out couch, collapsible dinette table, and two burner stove top. It may look like an old van down by the river, but these trailers are excellent companions for a retro road trip.

Kit Companion Trailer

You might be surprised to learn that the mobile home craze pre-dates power steering. But Kit Manufacturing actually began selling mobile homes all the way back in the 1940s. While I don’t suggest investing in a prehistoric 1940s icebox, a 1960s Kit Companion is a worthy entry to the list.

They fit a dinette, twin size bunk, pull out coach and three burner stove into a snug 16 foot frame. Word to the wise: these trailers don’t have a toilet. Isn’t that what roughing it is all about?

Winnebago Brave

No list of vintage RVs is complete without the Winnebago Brave. This quintessential RV was the de facto class A motorhome during the 60s and 70s. It’s the Rolls Royce of luxury campers, from the king-sized bed to the spacious kitchen and homey interior.

This legendary RV has the perfect balance of old and new. It has the look of a throwback motorhome on the outside, and the feel of a luxury hotel on the inside.

Dodge Travco

The Dodge Travco is a rare but beloved icon from the 1960s. Finding one now is a rare oddity, like spotting a beanie baby or a pet rock. Though they’re on the brink of extinction, the Dodge Travco is about as good as it gets when it comes to retro RVs.

It drives like a Dodge truck but has a comfy 1960s interior. All 20-plus-feet are decked out in 60s style decor, from wood paneling to red leather couches.

The Airstream Trailer

There’s nothing quite like a silver bullet. No, you heathens, I’m not talking about Coors Light. I’m talking about Airstream trailers. These longstanding RVs are known for their sleek aluminum exteriors.

These trailers first popped up in the 1920s and have been a mainstay on U.S. roads ever since. Though newer models include modern upgrades, the iconic look remains remarkably unchanged.

The Volkswagen Bus

The Volkswagen Bus will forever be tied to the 1960s. Just one look at these retro trailers is enough to make you jealous that your grandparents went to Woodstock. The VW Westfalia put an RV twist on a classic cruiser.

These conversion models come with fold-out seats, water storage and electrical hookups. Though discounted decades ago, Volkswagen announced they’re bringing the bus to a new wave of followers as early as 2022.

The Aristocrat Lo-Liner

Picture the most retro RV you can think of, and there’s a good chance it looks like the Aristocrat Lo-Liner. This classic trailer was seemingly everywhere in the 1960s and 1970s thanks largely to the fact that it fit easily in most family garages.

They also fit a queen-size bed, dinette, fridge, stove and ample storage into a compact frame. It’s hard to find original Aristocrat Lo-Liners in good shape, so be ready for some serious renovations.

Shasta Airflyte

Nothing says vintage RV like canned ham. This popular RV design lives on today, thanks largely to the Shasta Airflyte. This model is so famous that Shasta decided to rerelease the 1961 Shasta Airflyte 16SC Travel Trailer in 2015.

The trailer is a near replica of the famous trailer, right down to the checkerboard vinyl flooring. Want to know the best part? You can purchase it in the original matador red, seafoam green or butternut yellow colors. So retro.

Adi Hed

Adi Hed

Adi Hed is a writer and traveling enthusiast. He’s also the co-founder of Tadibrothers, which specializes in backup camera systems and safety equipment for RVs and other vehicles. When he’s not traveling or in the office, he can be found writing on The Tadibrothers blog at www.tadibrothers.com/blog

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