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Retro campers that are actually new

Outdoorsy’s favorite old school RVs


Everything old is new again! And whether you want an RV rental or to own — nothing is cooler than the classic look of a vintage camper. These retro rides feature sweet lines, panoramic windows, and insane interiors — which is why they are so popular. 

However, vintage campers, no matter how well you restore them, will always be vintage campers. The solution: a throwback-styled camper that combines those old school design elements with modern features. They’re made with lighter, durable materials, have modern interiors, and better handling on the road. 

Thinking about setting yourself apart from the rest of the camper crowd? Here are a few rigs to check out:

Shasta Airflyte

Shasta Airflyte
Photo courtesy of mountcomfortrv.com.

Shasta RV lovers, this one’s for you. Get your hands on a limited edition replica of the classic 1961 Shasta Airflyte in matador red, seafoam green, or butternut yellow. Fewer than 2,000 have been produced and Mount Comfort RV still has some. Get one before they’re gone!

Gidget Teardrop

Gidget Teardrop
Photo courtesy of riversiderv.net

This teardrop camper is truly one-of-a-kind. Its front slide extends to nearly doubles the cabin space. Plus, there’s a full kitchen on the back, a solar panel, skylight, and much more. An amazing retro find!

White Water Retro

White water retro

Looking for a complete lineup of retro-inspired trailers? Riverside RV in LaGrange, Indiana has everything from teardrop trailers, a hybrid model with a tent slide, and several single and double axle towables. There are tons of RVs to choose from!

Winnebago Brave

Winnebago Brave
Photo by winnebagoind.com.

If a Class A motorhome is more your speed, we’ve found your perfect ride. There’s hardly a more iconic name in road tripping than Winnebago. The new Winnebago Brave maintains that vintage feel perfectly. It comes complete with classic styling on the outside and modern comfort on the inside. Where do we sign?

CH Camper

CH Camper
Photo courtesy of chcamper.com.
Tiny but mighty, this vintage canned ham travel trailer is a great choice. At just 10 feet long and 1200 pounds, this retro rig can be pulled by almost any vehicle. It’s available with and without appliances, leaving you free to customize your camper.

Dub Box

Dub Box
Photo: dub-box-usa.com.
I know what you’re thinking: Please tell me they didn’t cut up a VW bus! Stay calm, campers. No Westys or Vanagons were harmed in the making of this Dub Box. The Dub Box is completely fiberglass, making it lightweight and with plenty of vintage charm. Whether you are looking for a family travel rig or the coolest towable retail business around, the Dub Box is an option you should check out.

T@B Teardrop

Tab Teardrop
Photo: tab-rv.com.
Looking for something compact? Teardrops are fantastic towables that still pack in tons of features. At first glance, you may think this is a barebones camper, but there’s a kitchen, wet bath, convertible bed, air conditioning, and more. How’d they do that? We’re not sure, but don’t count out a teardrop for any of your upcoming adventures. It’s perfect for both a night away or a longer stay!

Happier Camper HC1

Happier Camper
Photo: happiercamper.com.
The name says it all. A fiberglass egg-style camper that just makes you smile. The Happier Camper HC1 has the cool factor of traditional egg campers but is totally modular, allowing for you to stick kayaks, motorcycles and plenty of other gear inside. Pretty cool, right? These rigs are super light (1100 pounds dry weight), so you can easily pull it with a small vehicle.

Airstream Bambi Sport 16′

 Airstream Sport
An iconic Airstream is about as retro as it gets, right? When conjuring up thoughts of camping and travel, many of us imagine pulling one of these aluminum beauties around. Expect nothing less than luxe with this 16′ Sport – everything is designed and crafted perfectly. If you are traveling with two or three people, it doesn’t get much better than the Bambi.

Scamp/Casita/Fiberglass Egg Campers

ROBIN EGG BLUE BIMINI
Photo: eggcamper.com.
All of these retro campers are sort of alike. Some folks love Scamps, others are huge Casita fans. And if you are looking for something that’s easy to tow but still has plenty of comfort, a fiberglass egg camper is the one for you. Their exterior hasn’t changed much over the years, so even new ones retain much of the original retro charm.

Serro Scotty

Serro Scotty
Photo: Kerola’s Campers.

Last, but definitely not least is this charming vintage camper. If you’ve been to a retro show or rally, you’ve more than likely drooled over a Scotty. Guess what? Now, you can get your hands on a brand new one and skip the long restoration project. You know you’d rather be camping, anyway.

If buying one isn’t your thing, we can hook you up with something for your next adventure. Check out www.outdoorsy.com to find the perfect retro rig. Got a favorite vintage camper you’d like to share? Tell us about it in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.

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