Are you considering the purchase of a retro camper? These days you don’t have to buy an old camper to get that vintage look you’ve always wanted. There are travel trailer manufacturers that have designed and built that have the retro-styling but with modern features and construction. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Retro Campers that we think you’ll love.
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Our Retro Campers Top Picks
Here is our list of 8 retro campers to check out:
- Happier Camper
- Riverside RV Retro
- Gulfstream Vintage Cruiser
- Heartland Terry Classic
- Barefoot Camper
- Serro Scotty
- Aristocrat Campers
- Dub Box USA Dinky
Below you’ll find more details on each of the 8 retro campers on our list.
Specifications are subject to change, consult the manufacturers or dealers’ website. Prices are based on average prices found on RV trader and may not be what you actually find when you go shopping.
#1 Happier Camper HC1
The Happier Camper is an all fiberglass modern camper with unique retro-styling. It offers an advanced modular interior system that lets you use pre-designed cubes to add functionality to the interior.
The Happier Camper is geared towards the younger generation with its cool styling. You can easily stick a dirt bike, mountain bike, and even a kayak inside. It can easily be towed with smaller SUVs and cars.
There is a lot we like about the Happier Camper. We think the modular system lends itself well to just about any floor layout you might want.
Recently a new Happier Camper retro model was added the HCT. The HCT is the big brother of the HC1. It has two dedicated living spaces, a bathroom and kitchenette. It may look like a retro camper but it has all the modern features you would expect.
The look is reminiscent of the canned ham campers. If you want to upgrade from tent camping to glamping either one might be the one for you.
For Tammy and I if we had to choose one it would be the Happier Camper Traveler. It is a larger more comfortable camper, has an integrated Adaptiv bathroom and kitchenette. They are expensive and nowhere near the price of a used retro camper, but they are built to last.
|Model and/or Floor Plan:||HCT||Sale Price:||$59,000|
|Hitch Weight:||229 lb.||Unloaded Vehicle Weight:||1800 lb.|
|Gross Vehicle Weight Rating:||3,500 lb.||Exterior Length:||14′|
|Exterior Height:||8′||Exterior Width:||6′ 5″|
|Fresh Water:||17 gal.||Gray Water:||17 gal.|
|Black Water:||N/A||Awning Size:||10′|
#2 Riverside RV Retro
The Riverside RV Retro has all the style of classic travel trailers. From the whitewall tires to the red and white color scheme it oozes the 50s and 60s. It’s available in 14-floor plans including a travel trailer toy hauler.
It’s loaded with modern features such as a microwave, Bluetooth radio with inside and outside speakers, birch interior, USB ports, and much more.
Riverside Retro is by far our favorite retro trailer. Not only does it have that beautiful vintage RV camper look it has just about everything you need for a fun adventure.
They make several models of this retro travel trailer and they all have the same beautiful vintage look. They are a bit more than typical campers but we think they are worth it if you are looking for that classic retro camper look.
The Retro 193 is our favorite model from the Riverside RV lineup. We like that is has a walk-around Murphy bed, that converts to a retro-red sofa, the shower and toilet are separate which we also like, and we really like the spacious kitchen and full-size fridge. Here are the specifications on the Retro 193.
|Model and/or Floor Plan:||Retro 193||Sale Price:||$24,700|
|Hitch Weight:||380 lb.||Unloaded Vehicle Weight:||4,260 lb.|
|Cargo Carrying Weight:||3,120 lb.||Exterior Length:||21′ 10″|
|Exterior Height:||10′ 6″||Exterior Width:||8′|
|Fresh Water:||39 gal.||Gray Water:||32 gal.|
|Black Water:||17 gal.||Awning Size:||11′|
#3 Gulfstream Vintage Cruiser
The spirit of the fun-loving ’50s is alive and well in the Gulfstream Vintage Cruiser. It has a laminated wall construction and a one-piece laminated roof. It is very light and aerodynamic. You get state-of-art features in a design that brings back the fun vibe and simple lifestyle of the 1950s.
You’ll also find vintage exterior graphics, moon hubcaps, stainless steel microwave, and a 2-burner stove with cover. Inside you get a classic camper drape package and your choice of 4 interior color combinations.
Tammy and I were able to do a walk-through of a Vintage Cruiser during the 2020 OKC RV and Boat Show. We fell in love with the interior right from the start. You can read our review of the Vintage Cruiser here.
Our favorite Vintage Cruiser model is the 19ERD due to the the shower being on one side of the camper and the toilet and vanity across the aisle. The queen bed has space on either side so no more jumping over you spouse to get to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
|Model and/or Floor Plan:||19ERD||Sale Price:||$21,500|
|Hitch Weight:||370 lb.||Unloaded Vehicle Weight:||3,090 lb.|
|Cargo Carrying Weight:||1,294 lb.||Exterior Length:||23′ 2″|
|Exterior Height:||10′ 2″||Exterior Width:||7′ 6″|
|Fresh Water:||27 gal.||Gray Water:||33 gal.|
|Black Water:||33 gal.||Awning Size:||10′|
#4 Heartland Terry Classic
The last year of production I can find on the Heartland Terry Classic is the 2019 model, which means it came out the latter part of 2018. I’ve not seen anything for a 2020 model so there is a possibility it is not being built anymore.
When it comes to looks I’m torn between seeing it as a retro camper or a really messed up futuristic camper.
There is a lot of shiny aluminum and a boxy exterior reminiscent of a vintage camper however the big Airstream type panoramic front window throws things off for me.
The exterior is obviously an old camper style, however, the interior is all modern. This is a very nice retro camper. The huge front bay window is exceptionally nice and adds a cool 50’s retro look to the entire camper.
The TE V21 is the floor plan in the video above. Here are the specification for it.
|Model and/or Floor Plan:||TE-V21||Sale Price:||$20,000|
|Hitch Weight:||780 lb.||Unloaded Vehicle Weight:||4,460 lb.|
|GVWR:||5,150 lb.||Exterior Length:||21′|
|Exterior Height:||11′||Exterior Width:||8′|
|Fresh Water:||41 gal.||Gray Water:||44 gal.|
|Black Water:||27 gal.||Awning Size (estimated):||10′|
#5 Barefoot Camper
The Barefoot Camper is a modern camper with retro styling. It is has a hand-built fiberglass shell and comes in a range of colors.
The interior can be customized to your liking and includes a kitchen, bathroom, sofa, wardrobes, and storage.
Since it is lightweight, slim, and aerodynamic it is super easy to tow. Barefoot Caravan recently announced that nuCampRV will be bringing the Barefoot to the US in 2020.
#6 Serro Scotty
The Serro Scotty has a long history dating back to 1956 when John Serro built a 16 1/2′ trailer in his garage. Unfortunately, no one would buy his first model.
The next year Serro introduced a 10′ teardrop travel trailer called the Sportsman. In 1960 the teardrop shape was replaced in favor of the tear-drop “swoosh” shaped wheel well opening. In 1995 they even added motorhomes to their lineup.
In 1997 the Serro manufacturing plant burns down and they stop making travel trailers. Scotty is still in business making Police and Fire Safety trailers. in 2016 Litte Guy Worldwide well-known for their teardrops campers announced they will be building retro “Serro Scottys” in 2017. From what I can find they build one model.
#7 Aristocrat Campers
Aristocrat campers were first built in 1956 by Irving Perch. The last unit rolled out in 1974. One of the first models was the Lo Liner because it could easily fit in a residential garage if you purchased the optional metal wheels.
The Lo Liner was positioned in the market as a versatile vacation trailer designed for year-round use. It included all the essential features such as a bed, dining table, refrigerator, since and sofa. Aristocrat had 10 models available.
#8 Dub Box USA Dinky
I love the look of the Dinky Sleepers by Dub Box USA. The Dinky is their version of a teardrop trailer with modern features but with a unique vintage, VW look. The Dinky includes a custom made Queen mattress if you want an outdoor kitchen you can get that as well.
Lots of options are available such as privacy window shutters, roof rack, A/C heater combo, portable cooler, and much more. They even make an empty Dinky suitable as a toy hauler or for business merchandise.
Retro Campers Summary
Who says you can’t have a nice selection of retro campers with modern construction techniques and features? These days there appears to be a desire to go back to the “good ole days” of RVing and these vintage-inspired campers will take you there.
Most of these campers are going to cost more than typical travel trailers so be prepared for that when you start looking around for one. However, we think the cost is well worth it when you consider the unique styling, the retro look, and the modern amenities.
If shopping for used retro campers or one of the much older vintage travel trailers note that it may require extensive renovations. There are some excellent resources on the web showing how to renovate a vintage camper. There are also only stores that cater to vintage camper renovations and stock parts and in some cased custom manufacturer parts as well. Vintage Trailer Supply is one of the vendors that come to mind.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who makes retro travel trailers?
Riverside RV is one company that makes retro or vintage style travel trailers. You get the vintage look with modern features.
Where can I find vintage campers for sale?
There are several well-known sites such as TinCan Tourist, Vintage Campers, and Craigslist.
Where are Riverside retro trailers made?
Riverside manufactures its classic campers in LeGrange Indiana. They have been around for about 10 years.
Who makes the White Water Retro?
The White Water Retro is built by Riverside RV in LeGrange, Indiana.