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10 Impressive Vintage Campers and Travel Trailer Restorations


– [Reacher] Restoring
and rebuilding any camper can be a chore, no matter the
size and scope of the project. These days it’s not just
about functionality, as you’re seeing some diverse
ideas come to fruition. I’m Reacher. Whether it’s a rainy day
project, a need for mobility, or a good ol’ business decision, these 10 vintage and
classic camper restorations are sure to fit the bill. (upbeat music) – Thank you for watching
Mind’s Eye Design. Number 10. – [Reacher] In 2017,
Timeless Travel Trailers collaborated with Austin
based Deep Eddy Vodka on restorations of three 1946 and ’47 Spartan Manor trailers, intended for use in a series of national
marketing campaigns. Each of the 25-foot trailers
were custom designed as mobile bars and lounges, which required them to be outfitted with a reinforced chassis to
accommodate the added weight. The side lowers down to
create a stage or deck area, with a section of the roof that opens gull-wing style above that. Inside is a large wraparound
lounge area at one end, with a semicircular bar at the other. A centrally located product
display case sits opposite dual flat screens that can be watched from both inside and outside. The retro decor on this one
is nothing short of amazing, complemented by the branded wrap on the polished aluminum exterior. (upbeat music) – [Woman] Number nine. – [Reacher] Another one from
the minds at Timeless Travel is this 1964 Airstream Safari. The interior is almost
entirely covered in new and reclaimed hardwoods,
as well as the use of copper sheeting in the end
cap of the lounge area. Running the length of
one side is a countertop that pulls out for use as a desk space, while opposite that is a
kitchenette that includes a glass sink, dual burner cook top, microwave, and a refrigerator. A sliding door with etched
glass closes off the bathroom which has a petrified wood
sink and a stand-up shower. (upbeat music) – [Woman] Number eight. – [Reacher] This fine example
of a 1958 Deville was restored by a gentleman who goes by
the handle of Mobile Tech. A small dinette with bench
seating sits at one end looking like it came straight
out of a ’50s era malt shop. The opposite end holds a queen-size bed with storage underneath. In between is a kitchenette
having a sink with a hand pump and an electric faucet, as well as an under-the-counter fridge, and a triple burner cooktop with an oven. (upbeat music) If you like this mix of
old-school and modern day designs, let me know by giving me a thumbs up and a comment after this video. – [Woman] Number seven. – [Reacher] After a
one-year rebuilding process, this 1969 Bailey Mikado
went from an empty shell that had to be reinforced
just to be moved, to the finished product that you see here. The all-white interior and large windows provide a sense of
openness to a 13-foot space that would seem cramped otherwise. Bench seating spanning
the width of the trailer serves a dual purpose
as both a small dinette and an extra sleeping space. Beside that is a small
kitchenette having a sink, a dual burner cooktop, and stove with a decorative
cutting board cover, and a mini fridge. The front of the trailer houses the bed which has plenty of storage underneath, along with a wardrobe, and
cabinet space beside that. (upbeat music) – [Woman] Number six. – [Reacher] This one from
Canadian-based Sitka Concept was built by the owners for
use as a permanent living space for their family. The entrance opens up to a
surprisingly spacious dining area and kitchen with a triple
burner cooktop and stove, sink, and refrigerator, as
well as a wood-burning stove in what would be considered
the corner of the room. Moving back, you find a narrow hallway flanked on both sides by bunk beds. At the end of the hall is the bathroom, while the main bedroom is
on the other side of that in the rear of the trailer. (upbeat music) – [Woman] Number five. – [Reacher] After
purchasing this 1982 Burro, the owner spent about six
months getting it to the point where they were comfortable using it for local camping trips. The major changes to this one
that I’m personally a fan of involved changing the rear bed
that converted to a dinette, to a permanent bed with a custom mattress. The original couch which
converted to bunk beds was removed and replaced with a small dinette. Additionally, new strip
flooring was installed over a layer of plywood. New carpet replaced the old
along the raised ceiling, as well as new windows with
Velcro attached covers. The kitchenette was spared
with only minor changes that included changing the
mini-fridge to a dry storage box, and covering its door with an awesome map of the Lake Tahoe area. (upbeat music) – [Woman] Number four. – [Reacher] Known for
building tiny houses, Wind River Tiny Homes does the occasional Airstream restoration. The use of non-traditional
materials includes links of shellacked barnwood running
the center of the ceiling, with white paneling and
corrugated sheet metal along each side. Down below, the flooring
is composed of chipboard covered with a sealant, making it just as gaudy
as it is eye-catching. The almost standard floor
plan includes bench seating in the front that doubles as the bed. Moving back brings you to the kitchen which has all stainless steel appliances, including a corrugated metal
door on the refrigerator. Behind this is another bench with a countertop
workspace sitting opposite. Taking up the rear of the
trailer is the bathroom which features walls of hardwood, a large porcelain sink, and
a stand-up shower that uses a galvanized stock tank as its base. (upbeat music) – [Woman] Number three. – [Reacher] The crew at Flight Camp are top-notch visionaries, as
can be seen from this project and the many others on their website. The front entrance
opens to the lounge area which has a couch sitting opposite, and shelves along the front wall that hold a stowaway fold up coffee table. Moving back you’ll find
the kitchen which utilizes both sides of the trailer, having a large stainless
steel sink on one side, with a matching triple burner stove, oven, and refrigerator on the other. Taking up the rear is an enclosed wet bath with a stainless steel lining, and a bedroom with an east-to-west setup facing another door to the outside. (upbeat music) – [Woman] Number two. – [Reacher] This restoration
wasn’t a fully unfamiliar thing in regard to choosing to
live in a small space. The owner, a lovely down-to-earth lady by the name of Jenna had
already built and roamed around in her own tiny house, blogging about her travels on her website, which I will gladly provide a link to in the video description. She ended up stumbling across
a 1972 Hunter Compact Jr. which seemed to fit the criteria. All told, the trailer offered 60 square feet of usable space. The original stove and sink were kept in, with a fresh coat of
paint on the cabinetry. New custom-made cushions
were added to the dinette which doubles as a full-size bed. Pistons were added to help
raise the pop-top roof, adding a few extra inches to the headroom, while down below the flooring was replaced with a vinyl resembling hardwood. The exterior was given a
new look via a fresh coat of vivid yellow paint with red
stripes accenting the sides. Although it’s complete for the most part, there are details still being added, with the most recent being awnings above the windows and door. (upbeat music) – [Woman] Number one. – [Reacher] I’m gonna be honest with you about this number one choice. Originally, it wasn’t. But in doing the research, I started reading the owner’s blog. Her name is Jessie,
and she started posting about her 1978 Dodge
Commander in August of 2016. One of the changes to the
layout was the removal of the dinette and its
subsequent replacement with a built-in shelf and table combo that has a fold-out extension. Across from this is the galley
which retains the original four burner stove, with an
oven up above instead of below. Moving toward the rear is
the completely remodeled and restructured bathroom
that saw the original wet bath replaced with a full stand-up
shower and a compost toilet. The sleeping accommodations
consist of a platform bed in the rear that raises for storage, and a cab over single bed
that lowers as needed. The outside still has
that ’70s color scheme we all remember so well,
and that bit of originality is the icing on the cake for me. (upbeat music) Now that you’ve seen all
10, are you feeling the urge to go restore a vintage camper yourself? If you’ve worked on a project
or know someone who has, let us know in the comments. We’re always up for a good story. If you’ve still got the
craving for more campers, be sure to check out our playlists. We’ve got a ton of great stuff to watch that’s sure to keep you occupied
till our next camper video. I’m Reacher, and we’ll
see you on the next one. – Hi, everyone, and
thank you for watching. I’m Char Nee with Mind’s Eye Design. – Hey, guys, this is Cassie. I hope you guys enjoy this video. – We’d love to hear your feedback, so please leave some comments
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