Classic RV would you buy this edition

Would you buy this? Classic RV edition

Whether you’re a tin can tourist or just a canned ham fanatic, vintage trailers are definitely where it’s at.

Unsurprisingly given the gentle climate, the Southwest has the most surviving gems, followed quickly by Portland, Oregon (insert joke about locally-sourced organic salt here). There are gems to be found all over the country, though, and many have already been restored, putting you that much closer to hitting the open road.

We scoured the classified across the lower 48 to find some of the wildest wagons on the market today. Some here are unidentified: we just call them canned hams.

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1959 Airstream Caravanner 22 – $26,0000

This utterly charming 1959 Airstream was restored from the frame up. The interior has a fresh coat of paint and plenty of cedar in dinette and cabinets. The bathroom and plumbing is all new, including the shower. The kitchen has new gas and electrics.

The Caravanner is a svelte 2,700 pounds, easily pulled behind an SUV.

Located in Dallas, Texas.

22 feet, 2,700 pounds. Link to sale here.

1970 Avion Voyageur 27 – $9,200

This beauty has been restored with a Hawaiian theme, including bamboo floors and a thatch ceiling. The living area has a upholstered quilted leather couch that folds into a queen bed with matching tropical bedding. New formica throughout, stainless steel fridge, and a true ceramic backsplash.

Sale includes absolutely everything including the dishes, towels, and outdoor furniture.

Located in Wildwood, Florida. Link to sale here.

27 feet, 4,300 pounds.

1965 Airstream Caravel – $35,000

This architect-restored Airstream Caravel jumps the fence from RV to tiny home, at least in price.

The highlights of the build include carbonized bamboo flooring and countertop, a modern vessel sink with integrated shower diverter, a composting toilet, new water heater, and ceramic heater as a replacement for the propane unit.

Brakes, bearings, tires, and axle are all new.

Located in Portland, Oregon. Link to sale here.

17 feet, 2,300 pounds.

1958 Catolac DeVille – $18,000

The twelve-foot canned ham was restored in 2008 with a refreshment or occasional replacement of the original birch panelling (most of which was intact), a new floor, upholstery, counters and table top.

The outside has a shiny new coat of automotive paint, leaf springs, awning, and side poles. The seal even comes with the chairs to make porchin’ possible right out of the box.

Catolac built trailers in El Monte, California between 1927 and roughly 1970 under the slogan, “It’s not how many you make, but how Well You Make Them – that’s the Catolac way”

Located in Bakersfield, California: Link to sale here.

Approximately 12 feet long, weight unknown.

1972 Boler – $9500

“Trailer Swift” is ready-made for adventure with lightweight fiberglass construction and a cozy refreshed interior.

Canadian company Boler created its iconic travel trailer by joining a semi-unitized top and bottom, creating an extremely durable and weatherproof shell. The interior was lined with a soft foam for excellent insulation.

Located in Los Angeles, California. Link to sale here.

13 feet long, approximately 1,000 pounds.

1968 Shasta – $8,500

This be-winged 1968 Shasta has been completely redone in Wine Country Chic and is ready to hit the vineyard circuit. The interior has a new floor and barnwood cabinetry, and is ready for dinner service with a fridge and microwave.

The party is completed with full power, air conditioning, and an awning.

Located in New Jersey. Link to sale here.

Approximately 14 feet long, weight unknown.

1962 Giles Fireball – $9,900

The bright and sunny home way from home has a new floor and walls inside. A retro-shabby-chic color scheme is splashed over the new dinette, cushions, mattress, and curtains. New screens are in place to keep the mosquitos from joining the party.

The rig rides on new tires and vintage hubcaps, with new bearings to keep things rolling smoothly. New stabilizer jacks keep things on the level at the campsite.

Located in Maysville, Georgia. Link to sale here.

Approximately 17 feet long, weight unknown.

1971 Aristocrat Lo-Liner – $5,800

This cheery Aristocrat is a garageable model and has remained in excellent condition inside and out. The counters have their coveted original finish and all appliances are in mint condition.

Just 13 feet long, it’s still big enough for a dining area, a three-burner stove, a fridge, and even an oven. The banquette converts to a full bed and there’s a pull-down bunk for additional sleepers.

Located near Redding, California. Link to sale here.

Length: 13 feet. Weight: approximately 1,300 pounds.

1974 Serro Scotty – $19,900

This brightly-colored oddball is big enough for two beds and has enough room to entertain seven people! All the cushions are memory foam and all the pillows are down-filled. Plenty of lighting and two skylights for natural fill.

Professionally restored to house-like standards, with wood studs every eight inches and high-R insulation to ward off both heat and cold. Original interior walls and cabinetry preserved, but reinforced. Heavy aluminum on the outside.

Located in Ojai, California. Link to sale here.

19 feet, 3,200 pounds.

1953 Aljoa – $28,950

This woody mid-century wagon was completely restored three years ago with new plumbing, gas lines, tanks, and fridge. New drapes and paint, with birch paneling refinished or replaced throughout.

Sleeps four; full bed in rear, click-clack in the front. Comes with a new total enclosure awning for an extra room.

Owned by the same family since new in 1953!

Located in Santa Ana, California. Link to sale here.

19 feet, 3,500 pounds.

1968 Aladdin 16 – $7,350

This lightweight Aladdin was made in Hillsboro, Oregon and is a inexpensive start to tin can tourism!

The counters and table have been updated and cushions reupholstered. Floor, fridge, and stove are new-ish, and on the outside is a custom awning to relax under.

One of the drawbacks to the ol’ Aladdin 16 is that which makes it so lightweight: no toilet. The current owners will throw in portable model.

Located in Portland, Oregon. Link to sale here.

Approximately 16 feet and 2,000 pounds.

Canned Ham – $12,500

The current owner is unsure of the year, make, or model of this boho paradise, but its pure 1960’s California charm isn’t lost on us.

In addition to the “don’t be afraid of color” paint and upholstery, there’s a bamboo floor, new range, cooling box, and sink. Plenty of storage is overhead or underneath the custom banquette, which converts to a queen bed.

The sale includes linens, cookware, and utensils, as well as the patio set, outdoor carpet and custom awning.

No toilet.

Located in Westchester, California. Link to sale here.

Approximately 13 feet long, weight unknown.

1966 Cardinal – $6,500

This perfectly preserved cutie pie has been upgraded throughout with new floors, electrical, insulation, and paint. Though small, it is ready for adventure with a fully functioning refrigerator, stove/oven, sink, toilet & small heater.

While only four Muskokas long, the Cardinal is big enough for a full size bed, a twin bed, and a single-person bunk. The awning overhead is brand new.

Located in Ventura, California. Link to sale here.

13 feet long, 1,200 pounds.

Canned Ham – $7,200

This one is quite probably a Shasta (the awesome wings) and the current owner aspirationally measures it at 18 feet.

The kitchen is uniquely situated in the front with a small stove, oven, fridge, and sink with a working pump. A bunk overhead can be used for sleeping or storage.

The rest of the RV is brightly refreshed and decorated well enough to be an AirBnB. The dining area converts to a full bed, and there’s even a small closet for storage.

Link to sale here.

Length and weight unknown.

1967 Aristocrat Lo-Liner 15 – $7,500

This gorgeous glamper camper had its interior professionally done, and it shows. The revamp includes a cotton candy pink glitter ceiling, custom aqua paint on the range and hood, glittery floral openwork drapes, rhinestones, more glitter, and even sparkly kisses.


This retro-mod RV is even something of a local celebrity.

Located in Portland, Oregon. Link to sale here.

15 feet, 1,800 pounds.

1961 Holiday House Geographic – $250,000

Only two examples of this futuristic masterpiece are known to exist. This one has undergone an extensive rebuild and update by vintage trailer masters Flyte Camp.

Holiday House built the Geographic to be the “trailer for the rich.” The price tag in 1961 was $8,950, at a time when the average house was $13,000.

No expense was spared on this resto-mod, with a interior is finished in black walnut and teak, with stainless and Marmoleum accents (Marmoleum is a mixture of linseed oil, pine rosin, wood flour, limestone, pigments, and jute). The complete AV system consists of surround sound audio, a 32-inch TV, Bluetooth streaming, and even a retro DVD player.

Located in Bend, Oregon. Link to sale here.

Length and weight unknown.

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