10 Vintage Trailers up For Sale just in time for a Summer Road Trip


16th Apr, 2014

See, you’re just like me– you see a picture of a vintage trailer and you click on it! And that pretty much sums up how I ended up on my latest internet treasure trove, Tin Can Tourists. A true appreciation society for vintage trailers, Tin Can Tourists was actually founded long before the internet came around, at a Florida holiday trailer park no less, in the year 1919. Committed to the celebration of classic RVs, they’ve been organising annual gatherings and information exchange ever since. With summer plans on the mind and road trip wanderlust in the air, I found the website’s classifieds section particular interest. Trailers of all shapes, sizes and budgets are listed for sale here to drive your imagination wild.

Here are my top ten picks from the classifieds…

RV there yet?!

1. A 1947 Ruby Red Shasta Restoration


Asking Price: $21,000. Trailer located in Mariposa, California.

Restoration was done by a master craftsman. This sweet trailer is sure to turn heads and make its owner proud. Absolutely everything functions. Currently registered and title in hand. This is your dream waiting to roll!

Here is what you are buying (outside): Brand new paint job and trim details, new wheels, tires, brakes, surge brake, lights, and an added rear cargo carrier. All windows are original, were removed, polished, and re-installed with new screens, New reproduction canopy with poles.


Here is what you are buying (inside): original wood paneling cleaned and resealed, new trim where needed, new laminate flooring, new pads for the seats, bed and bunk, also features the original propane lamps completely restored and functional.

Find the full listing here.



2. Complete with a time capsule kitchen, a 1950 Spartan Carousel



Asking Price $55,000. Trailer located in Sacramento, CA.

Up for your consideration, this professionally, fully restored, 10’x50′, 1960 Spartan Carousel is the model that Spartan created to showcase the style of a new decade. From it’s newly enlarged exterior to it’s totally re-designed and spacious blond birch panel interior , the Carousel was the epitome of “Mid-Century Modern”. From the enormous window lined living room that merges into an unbelievable tour de force eat in kitchen and bar, to the large and breezy bedroom plus full sized , gorgeous pink and grey bathroom, this unit has been refreshed , refined and restored into one of finest examples of this super rare model!



Find the full listing here.



3. Compact Time Traveling in a 1974 Scotty Gaucho


Asking price: $14,000. Located in Plainwell, Michigan.

Custom Rebuilt Scotty with maple and walnut interior. Everything has been replaced, updated or restored, view photos documenting the restoration process here. This trailer has won multiple best in shows, serious inquiries only. 


Find the full listing here.



4. A 1950s Fixer Upper


Aljo Canned Ham trailer, asking price of $800, located in Wildomar California.

It’s road worthy but needs clearly, this is a serious little project.


For those considering a DIY trailer renovation project such as this, it might be useful to know that there are people out there that manufacture new “skins” for vintage campers (pictured above and below). This seller manufactures and sells new skins for seamless replacement sliding on vintage Shasta and Scotty campers…


Aljo listing / Shasta, Scotty skins 



5. A Super-sized Fixer Upper


There’s a little bit more room to play with here to say the least! Asking price $2,500, located in Sharon Springs, NY.

Awesome restoration candidate! Would make a fantastic studio or guest cottage or jumbo camping trailer! Very solid trailer. Interior partially gutted. Includes original fridge and stove and bathroom. Two new rims and tires. This trailer has really fab 50’s lines, with two doors and porthole windows!  Was under a roof in a campground for most of its life. Currently tarped.


Find the full-listing here.



6. A 1940s Streamline Mobile Bar



1948 Palace Royale, asking price $35,000, located in Prescott, Arizona, seller open to trading it for another trailer.

Easy to tow portable serving bar that will take all your friends breathe away. Very retro,very light and airy. With mood lighting ,a/c, very comfortable, and easy to use. The hit at any event ,party or wedding. 

Find the full listing here.



7. 1960s Shabby Chic


1967 14ft Oasis trailer, asking price $4,500, located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

This is a 1967 14ft beauty of an Oasis trailer. Polished aluminum on her bottom half and sanded/painted up top. Real hardwood floor and tile entry recently installed. Sleeps up to 8 campers with ease. Brand new tires and all working electrical make this girl ready to go. Perfect for campers, traveling boutiques or a groovy little coffee/shaved ice stand on wheels. 



Find the full listing here.



8. Classic 1964 Airstream Bambi II


I couldn’t make this list without an Airstreamer. Here’s one for sale that’s in great condition on the outside but could do with a bit of updating on the inside. Located in Marion, Kansas, the asking price is $19,995. Below is an example of the potential the Bambi II has with a little creativity…


This 1964 Airstream Bambi II 17′ “Betty Jane” was decorated by Kristiana Spaulding, an Airstream enthusiast who renovates vintage trailers and rents them out for events and shoots. You can see the renovation process here and see the Airstreamers available for rent on her website, Silver Trailer.

Ready for your own DIY project? Full listing for the Bambi II for sale here.



9. 1950s Vagabond


1950 Vagabond 30 foot, asking price $20,000, located in Panama City, Florida.

Interior restored to its original condition with only a few upgrades. This trailer won best in show TCT April event NC. The outside needs stripping you pick your color.

(I would definitely stick with the stars and stripes!)



Find the full listing here.



10. 1956 El Jay, simplicity at its best


Professionally restored with an asking price of $18,200, located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

A vintage El Jay advert on Tin Can Tourists claims, “Built for fast travel over rough roads, insulated against New England weather, and time tested by hundreds of users.” This 1956 travel trailer proudly embodied the post-war attitude and workmanship that define products of this era. Production run was only in the hundreds.

See the documented restoration process by Camper Paradise, specialists in vintage trailer restoration.




Find the full listing here.

And before you go, check out these snaps from the Tin Can Tourists historical archive


Vintage trailer enthusiasts, head to Tin Can Tourists.



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