Classy and cool, vintage campers and travel trailers are in style with all generations of RVers. At vintage RV parks, you’ll find these retro vehicles available to rent for a unique camping experience. This is a great way to try out a vehicle before you buy, or compare models of retro-style RVs (that are actually brand new). For a classic camping trip, RVT is sharing 12 vintage RV parks to visit.
1. Autocamp – California, Massachusetts, and New York
Before you look for new or used Airstreams for sale, consider camping out in one at Autocamp’s vintage RV parks. You’ll find these vehicles decked out in modern decor and conveniently situated near several national parks. Autocamp plans to open their next two locations in the Catskills of New York this summer, and at Zion National Park in Utah next year.
2. The Desert Sands Vintage RV Park – Borrego Springs, California
Desert Sands is as old as its RVs, and has been open for camping since 1960 near Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California. You can camp out in a vintage RV that’s been restored and enjoy the park’s amenities, clubhouse, and the company of fellow RVers. Relax in style in several retro models and get outside with the Park’s recreational activities for campers.
3. El Cosmico – Marfa, Texas
If your ventures take you to the high plains desert of Texas, then you should make a point of it to stay at El Cosmico. This eclectic retreat has small to extra-sized travel trailers retrofitted with today’s commodities. Onsite, you can partake in yoga, karaoke, and more community events, or grab a bite from a food truck and sit back and relax in your RV.
4. Emberglow Outdoor Resort – Mill Spring, North Carolina
Emberglow Outdoor Resort near the Blue Ridge Mountains is an outdoor retreat and treat for RV camping in retro style. While you can stay in a double decker bus, treehouse, trolley, or yurt, it’s the mid-century campers like the Spartan and Airstream you’ll want to check out. While you’re there, enjoy their onsite accommodations for travelers and outdoor activities for outdoorsy fun.
5. JuneBug Retro Resort – Weaverville, North Carolina
If it’s a special occasion or a fun getaway, JuneBug Retro Resort is a classy throwback when it comes to taking a camping trip. Located just outside of Asheville and featuring 50 acres with hiking trails and an organic farm, JuneBug has 10 fully accessorized vintage campers. These timeless RVs are a great launching point for the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
6. Kate’s Lazy Desert – Landers, California
Near Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert, Kate’s Lazy Desert is a collection of mid-century modern Airstreams personally designed by Kate Pierson of The B-52’s rock band. Each vintage trailer has its own eclectic, colorful theme for a one-of-a-kind camping experience. During the day, hike at the nearby park and stay for the night to gaze at the stars out in the desert.
7. Launch Pointe’s Vintage Village – Lake Elsinore, California
Launch Pointe is a vintage village between Los Angeles and San Diego, providing an all-inclusive RV resort for travelers. You can stay in a vintage Boles Aero Ensenada, Palace Royal, Tradewinds, Royal Spartan, or an old school version of a trailer camper. While you’re there, enjoy onsite boating, fishing, and dining, among more fun activities.
8. Luna Mystica – El Prado, New Mexico
One of the most unique camping experiences you’ll find, Luna Mystica is a vintage trailer hotel and starlight campground in the Mesa of Taos in northern New Mexico. Each travel trailer is equipped with modern amenities while retaining its vintage style. In this scenic area, you’ll find nearby attractions, historic sites, hiking, and expansive views of nature and wilderness.
9. Pinecrest Retreat – Julian, California
Situated in Southern California, Pinecrest Retreat has several poolside vintage RVs to kick back and cool off during your stay. The family-owned RV site gives you an outdoor experience in the forests and mountains of San Diego County. In addition to the Retreat’s swimming pool, RVers can enjoy movie nights, potlucks, and more get-togethers.
10. The Shady Dell – Bisbee, Arizona
The Shady Dell gives travelers a break from the hot road in the Arizona Desert. While the vintage RV park has been running the last few decades, this roadside destination off Highway 80 has been a roadtrip stop since 1927. There are many models of classic travel trailers and campers to choose from for your stay, and on the weekends, you can grab a burger and shake at Dot’s Diner while you’re at Shady Dell.
11. The Sou’Wester – Seaview, Washington
The Sou’Wester on the Long Beach Peninsula in Seaview, Washington combines classic with quirky. Along with a fleet of vintage trailers for overnight stays, there’s even a spa and garden trailer and art gallery trailer to check out, showing the park has something for every personality. During your stay, wander along the trails, take in the scenery at the beach, and brush up on local history.
12. The Vintages Trailer Resort – Dayton, Oregon
Check in at The Vintages Trailer Resort for a trip back in time with 36 restored and custom trailers for glamping at its absolute finest. This RV park is a gateway to tasting your way through the local wine and food found in Willamette Valley. Plus, you’ll find tons of onsite amenities, activities, and a community of retro-loving RVers.
These classic RV stays give campers an unforgettable experience with vintage and vintage-style vehicles that never go out of style. It’s also an excellent way to enjoy a summer camping RV trip before you buy a vehicle. And when you’re ready to shop for your next new, used, modern, or vintage RV, be sure to see all the listings online at RVT.com.
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