We love the retro styling of older campers, but like many, we don’t want to do a huge remodel or live with old appliances to get it. Manufacturers have caught on, and several brands now make retro-themed campers. Just because you like the retro look doesn’t mean you can’t have modern luxuries too.
Let’s tour eight stylish retro campers that will take you back to the days of classic RV camping.
What Is a Retro Camper?
A retro camper is an RV that looks vintage but has modern features. You might find curved exteriors, bright aqua-colored accents, and baby moon wheels alongside solar panels, power awnings, and 12V refrigerators. Although they have the aesthetics of a 70-year-old camper, they were built in the 21st century.
What Are the Hallmarks of a Retro Camper?
Retro campers are known for their aesthetics. You can find paint schemes that include aqua, red, or even seafoam green, something not all RVs can pull off. However, the bright colors aren’t all that make these RVs unique; their sleek curves will have you second-guessing what decade you’re camping in.
Some manufacturers take it a step further and include black and white checkerboard flooring, like what you’d expect in a 1950s diner. Additionally, you’ll find simple layouts and bright wood colors in many models.
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8 Modern Campers With a Stylish Retro Twist
Whether you want a unique RV that will stand out at the campground or want to relive the simple days of camping, we’ve got some travel trailers for you. Below, you’ll find eight modern campers with a retro twist we think you’ll love.
1. Retro by Riverside RV
About the Retro RV: The Retro by Riverside RV comes in a 1950s style. Riverside RV offers 10 different floor plans and provides everything from micro campers to 28-foot bunkhouses in the Retro lineup.
They’re all incredibly light, and a half-ton pickup can even tow the largest models. Riverside RV takes pride in allowing you to pick and choose options for your RV to help ensure that you love the finished product.
Our Favorite Features: We love that Riverside RV includes the black and white checkered flooring in all of its retro models. If the elegant shape and exterior colors didn’t communicate it, the floors leave no question that you’ve got a retro RV.
2. Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser
About the Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser: The Vintage Cruiser line by Gulf Stream captures the 1950s vibe like no other. Gulf Stream includes bright exterior graphics, a painted bumper, and matching rims as a part of their standard vintage package.
Additionally, the interior’s drapes and diner-style booth seating will have you craving a burger, fries, and a milkshake. You’ll want to crank the swing music and jitterbug the night away.
Our Favorite Features: We appreciate how this RV communicates the vintage feel inside and out. You might get a few turned eyes from fellow campers catching a glimpse of the bright colors. Just make sure you have them wipe their feet before you invite them in and show off the diner-style seating.
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3. Shasta Airflyte Retro Camper
About the Shasta Airflyte: Shasta is one of the most recognized brands of vintage campers. As they were one of the original RV manufacturers, they don’t replicate or copy designs from others.
The company reissued the Airflyte between 2015 and 2016 to give the people what they wanted, a well-built retro camper. Both the colors and floorplans are reminiscent of the original styles from the 1960s. However, the additions of an RV microwave, air conditioner, and large refrigerator remind you we’re in the 21st century.
Our Favorite Features: The Shasta Airflyte has a fabric awning that extends out to provide shade and cover over the entry. The awning acts as the perfect place to string a set of lights to complete the retro vibe at your campsite.
We love that a company with a great reputation for quality campers delivered this beautiful retro RV to the market. It’s a blast from the past that a new generation of young campers will get to appreciate.
4. Scamp Trailer
About the Scamp: Scamp trailers are another retro-style RV with many modern features. They make everything from 13-foot standard trailers to 19-foot deluxe models. Their units have a fiberglass construction, plus the curves found on many retro campers.
With wood panel cabinet doors and 4-inch cushions, it looks and feels like the good old days. One step inside any of these models, and you’ll see why thousands of Scamp owners have logged millions of miles while adventuring.
Our Favorite Features: We love the look and feel of the Scamp trailers. The all-fiberglass design separates them from the pack and insulates the interior from both hot and cold weather.
We also love how the larger model can sleep up to six people between queen-sized and convertible beds. They pack an impressive amount into a tiny space.
5. Airstream Bambi
About the Airstream Bambi: You can’t discuss retro campers and not mention an Airstream. The smallest Airstream, the Airstream Bambi, offers four floorplans, ranging in length from 16 feet to 22 feet. All layouts include a restroom.
The curved aluminum design makes a statement when pulling into a campground or going down the highway. The Airstream Bambi may have a classic look, but it also helps owners step into the future with a solar pre-wire kit.
Our Favorite Features: We can’t get enough of the massive panoramic windows at the front of these RVs. The landscapes look better through an Airstream window no matter where you park. Add in the fact that Airstream pre-wires these units for solar off-grid camping, and what’s not to love?
Pro Tip: New Airstreams are pricey! If you’re not quite ready to invest in an expensive retro camper, consider renting an Airstream instead.
6. Dub Box
About the Dub Box: The Dub Box is a retro camper inspired by the classic VW camper vans. They come in two sizes: the larger 17-foot Adventure Camper and the smaller 9-foot Dinky Dub.
These campers have pop-up roofs that lift via a hand crank. Whether you want a simple sleeper trailer or an RV with a kitchenette, Dub Box has it. Neither model has a bathroom. However, you can add a portable toilet and outdoor shower as an option on the Adventure Camper.
Our Favorite Features: This towable retro camper looks and feels like a vintage bus. While the standard color options (dove blue, turquoise, and white) are gorgeous, we appreciate having the option to upgrade to a custom paint color. Pair this camping trailer with a renovated Volkswagen van, and you’ll be the talk of the campground.
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7. Happier Camper HC1
About the Happier Camper HC1: The Happier Camper HC1 is the camper for anyone tired of cookie-cutter RVs. A grooved honeycomb floor makes it easy to move around components to create a custom layout specific to your individual needs.
It has panels for a table base and D-rings to tie down other items. However, unlike most RVs, this retro-style RV also includes a front drain to make it easy to clean up even the largest messes in your RV.
Our Favorite Features: It’s nice to see an RV that can change as your needs change. We also love that the RV is so incredibly compact that the unit itself can fit into a single parking space.
Finally, it’s almost impossible not to mention the massive rear hatch door that can maximize your epic views when camping.
8. nuCamp Barefoot
About the nuCamp Barefoot: nuCamp is known for producing high-quality, modern teardrop and truck campers. Now, they’ve added a retro camper to their RV lineup called the Barefoot. This fiberglass travel trailer is only 16 feet 7 inches long, yet still manages to house a wet bath, kitchen, and spacious dinette that converts to a sleeping space for two people.
Its sea glass coloring, unique egg shape, and baby moon wheels give it a retro feel. While features like the Alde heating system, solar port, 12V fridge, and portable Bluetooth speaker keep you grounded in the here and now.
Our Favorite Features: We appreciate nuCamp’s attention to detail with the Barefoot. Retro graphics on the exterior, butcher block countertops, and a 3-bottle wine rack make this camper stand out.
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Retro Campers for New Experiences
A retro camper can transport your entire campsite back to the 1950s. Whether you want to pass on camping memories to a new generation or relive your favorite ones, these vintage-looking travel trailers will enhance your camping experiences. Can you envision yourself in a retro camper?
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