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I have a confession to make. It is probably a pipe dream I know. But I want to makeover a vintage trailer. Is it practical? No! But how fun would it be? Let’s check these Vintage Trailer Restoration Ideas.

Making over a vintage trailer probably isn’t something that most of us are going to have a chance to do…but you never know! What I do know is that I love it when I see someone take something old and fix it up to give it a new start at life.  

So, seeing these once-forgotten camping trailers made fresh and pretty just makes me happy! Who knows? Maybe these glammed-up campers will you inspire you to think of creative, new possibilities for something old and worn out that you own.  

Have fun peeking inside these sweet little homes on wheels as I show you 5 Ways to Redo a Vintage Trailer.

1.  Camp in Style

Home Sweet Motorhome featured just about the prettiest interior I’ve ever laid eyes on. The details in this vintage makeover are just lovely.  

Talk about glamping out!

2.  Retro Brights

The before pictures of this camper look really, really bad, but you’d never know, now!

I love the bright, patterned fabrics and yellow and red checkered floor in this trailer at Little Vintage Trailer.

3.  Girls’ Paradise

This tiny trailer at Rose Vine Cottage is filled to the brim with ultra-feminine frills, antiques, and vintage floral linens.  

What a perfect place for a girls’ getaway or even an afternoon tea party!

4.  Fun on the Road

Not only does The Vintage Bag Lady have this super-cute and colorful vintage camper of her own, she likes to share trailer makeovers of friends she meets in her travels!  

Serious vintage eye candy, here, folks.

5.  Farm Fresh

This made-over trailer by The Fancy Farmgirl truly looks good enough to eat!  I adore all the candy-coated colors and gorgeous fabrics.  

And, just to prove that campers aren’t just for summertime anymore, check out how this little mobile home looks all decked out for Christmas.

Aren’t they fun? I’ve recently discovered that people are making over old trailers for more than camping trips. They make great offices, guest cottages, and portable shops, too!  

Have you ever dreamed of owning (and restyling) a vintage camper?

What is considered a vintage trailer?

A vintage trailer typically refers to a recreational vehicle (RV) or camper trailer that was manufactured several decades ago and is no longer in production. While there is no strict definition of how old a trailer must be to be considered vintage, they are generally from the mid-20th century, often dating back to the 1940s through the 1970s. These trailers are sought after for their nostalgic charm, classic designs, and the opportunity to restore and customize them to fit modern needs while preserving their historical value.

The specific criteria for what constitutes a vintage trailer can vary depending on individual preferences, collector communities, and the particular era or style of trailer being discussed. Some enthusiasts may consider trailers from the 1980s or 1990s as vintage, while others might reserve that term for older models.

It’s important to note that vintage trailers are distinct from antique trailers, which are typically even older and may hold more historical significance. Antique trailers are often seen as valuable artifacts, while vintage trailers are appreciated for their aesthetics and practicality, and they are often used for camping and travel.

In summary, a vintage trailer is generally an RV or camper trailer that is several decades old, often from the mid-20th century, known for its classic design and appeal to enthusiasts who appreciate its historical and nostalgic value.

Is it worth restoring a vintage camper?

Restoring a vintage camper can be a rewarding and enjoyable endeavor, but whether it’s worth it depends on your personal preferences, goals, and circumstances. Here are some factors to consider when deciding whether to restore one or not:

If you have a passion for vintage campers, enjoy DIY projects, and appreciate the nostalgia and charm of older trailers, then restoring one can be a fulfilling hobby.

Nostalgia and Aesthetics: 

They have unique and timeless designs that many people find appealing. Restoring one can allow you to bring back its original beauty or customize it to your liking.

Sense of Achievement:

Completing a camper restoration project can provide a sense of accomplishment and pride. It allows you to develop valuable skills in carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, and interior design.

Cost: 

Restoring a vintage camper can be costly, depending on the extent of the work needed. You’ll need to budget for materials, tools, and possibly professional services if you lack specific skills. Be realistic about your budget and whether the cost aligns with your expectations.

Time and Effort: 

Restorations can be time-consuming and require a significant amount of effort. Consider whether you have the time and dedication to commit to the project.

Resale Value: 

While some restored vintage campers can fetch a good resale value, it’s important to note that not all restorations result in a profit. The resale value will depend on factors like the make and model of the camper, the quality of the restoration, and the current market demand.

Intended Use: 

Think about how you plan to use the it. If your goal is to have a unique and functional RV for personal use, the restoration can be worthwhile. However, if you’re solely looking for a financial investment, there are no guarantees of a significant return.

Space and Storage: 

Consider where you will store the camper during the restoration process and when it’s not in use. Adequate storage space is essential to protect the camper from the elements.

DIY Skills: 

Assess your DIY skills and whether you are comfortable tackling various aspects of the restoration. If not, you may need to hire professionals, which can increase the overall cost.

In summary, restoring a vintage camper can be worth it if you have a genuine interest in the project, enjoy working on it, and have a realistic understanding of the associated costs, time commitment, and potential resale value. It’s a labor of love for many enthusiasts who appreciate the history and craftsmanship of these classic campers.

How do I find the value of an old trailer?

Determining the value of an old trailer, whether it’s a vintage camper or a used utility trailer, can be a bit challenging because it depends on various factors, including the trailer’s age, condition, make and model, and the current market demand. 

Here are some steps to help you find the value of an old trailer:

Research Online Classifieds: 

Start by browsing online classified websites such as Craigslist, eBay, RV Trader, or specialized vintage trailer forums. Look for trailers that are similar in age, make, and condition to the one you’re trying to value. This can give you a rough idea of what similar trailers are selling for.

Consult Trailer Appraisal Guides: 

There are appraisal guides and pricing resources specific to trailers and RVs. Some popular ones include NADA Guides (National Automobile Dealers Association), RV Trader, and RVT.com. These guides provide estimated values for various types of trailers based on factors like make, model, year, and condition.

Seek Professional Appraisal:

If the trailer is particularly rare, unique, or has historical significance, you might consider hiring a professional appraiser who specializes in trailers or RVs. They can provide a more accurate assessment of the trailer’s value.

Consider the Trailer’s Condition: 

The condition of the trailer plays a significant role in its value. Assess the exterior, interior, mechanical components, and any renovations or restorations that have been done. Be honest about any flaws or needed repairs.

Age and Rarity: 

Older trailers, especially vintage models, can sometimes have higher values due to their rarity and historical appeal. Collectors often seek out these unique models.

Location: 

Keep in mind that trailer values can vary by location and region. What a trailer is worth in one area may differ from its value in another.

Recent Sales Data: 

Try to find recent sales data for similar trailers to get a sense of the current market. Online auction platforms and RV dealer websites can be valuable sources for this information.

Maintenance Records: 

If you have access to maintenance records, they can help establish the trailer’s maintenance history and potentially increase its value.

Modifications and Upgrades: 

Consider any modifications or upgrades that have been made to the trailer. Some upgrades can add value, while others may not have much impact on resale value.

Market Demand: 

Pay attention to the demand for trailers in your area or the broader market. Popular models or those in high demand may command higher prices.

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12 Comments

  1. So cute! Oddly enough, during my years in Portland as a child, my friends and I used a camping trailer as our daily hangout…and during the younger years in the high desert in AZ, I actually had a teeny tiny trailer as my bedroom 9to get away from siblings, parents, pets, etc) lol! Love these!!

  2. Thanks for the kudos, I just loved creating a ‘new’ look in my vintage 1969 Shasta and just got a new paint job on the outside to match, late this summer. I can never get enough of the redos. I see so many as I am part of The Sisters on the Fly. We have so much fun!

  3. oh! I love this “5 Ways to…”. I’ve seen the Fancy Farmgirl trailer and spent way too much time gauking over it and then searching Craigs List to get one of my own. Sounds like a super fun project to undertake!

  4. Awww! Such cute ones. It isn’t as hard as you think if you get the right trailer. We are working on our first one, and I’d say it’ll be be about a months worth of work total, but the time we are done. Super fun! And our reward is fun family camping trips 🙂

  5. Look up Overhauls in Overalls on FB. She has redone several glamping style. Awesome!

  6. We actually live in ours like a cabin on our 10-acre family estate in Tulsa! It’s super cute and we named it the Happy Unicorn House.

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