15 VINTAGE CAMPERS THAT WILL TAKE YOU BACK IN TIME


– [Narrator] Undoubtedly, campers have changed through the years, but despite the obvious
modernization of their appearances, it’s quite surprising that the features that are available today
aren’t vastly different than they were 40 to 50 years ago. I’m Reacher, and today we’re bringing you 15 vintage campers that
will take you back in time. (futuristic melody) – [Female Narrator] Number 15. – [Narrator] Custom built
by the Grace Brothers at Birkinhead, South Australia, this camper is truly one of a kind. Dating back almost 60 years, the Highway Palace has all the luxury that the name promises. At just over 42 feet long, the spacious interior
provides plenty of room to move around, but the trade off is that it only houses two single beds. With a large kitchen,
plenty of cupboard space, and a raised wooden panel dining area, restricted sleeping quarters
just might be forgiven, especially as the bathroom
contains its own sunken tub. – [Female Narrator] Number 14. – [Narrator] Not a lot of
information can be found for the 1926 GMC motor home, but it does appear that
this was originally built for a doctor living in New York who used it to drive down
to Florida for the winter. It does look to have a rear deck spanning the width of the vehicle, as well as fold down bunk
beds above the bench seats. – [Female Narrator] Number 13. – [Narrator] Hollywood
cinematographer Jay Roy Hunt spent a lot of time away from home, leading him to build several Hunt cars. But it was the 1937 model onwards that drew the most attention, with its futuristic look. Built on a 1937 Ford truck
chassis and a streamlined body thanks to the use of aircraft engineering, the model is believed to be the first to house a fully functioning
shower and toilet. The interior is quite crowded, though the light wood finish manages to give it an airy feel. Only 50 of these were ever
built in the following decade, making them incredibly rare. – [Female Narrator] Number 12. – [Narrator] The Telescopic Apartment was a nifty addition that attached to the back of a Model T Ford. The apartment had slide out compartments that offered everything you would need while away from the
comforts of your own home, such as a kitchen area
complete with a camp stove, as well as a chest of drawers. A full bed was nestled inside
the body of the apartment, providing privacy and
shelter when sleeping. – [Female Narrator] Number 11. – [Narrator] They say that good things come in small packages, and that’s certainly true
with the Wa Wa Caravan. Weighing in at only 662 pounds, it doesn’t need a powerful
car to tow it around. The whole thing is made of wood, except for the rear window and chassis. The interior contains a small kitchen with a sink and gas cooker, with standing room that can be increased via the pop up roof. Unfortunately, a twin bed is the limit for the sleeping arrangements. And while this may be one
of the smaller caravans, it does boast a custom made tent that attaches to the side and gives some much needed leg room. – [Female Narrator] Number 10. – [Narrator] Restored especially
for the 2017 SEMA show, this 1950 West Craft Coronado
Trailer literally shines. The new aluminum exterior has been professionally painted with complimenting champaign and chocolate colors to maintain the vintage feel. The interior has been fitted
with new wiring and plumbing and the wood finish gives off a warm, cozy feel to
the roomy living space. With a double bed at one end and a relaxing living room at the other, what’s not to love? – [Female Narrator] Number nine. – [Narrator] This Woodsman 4×4 looks more like a tank than a motor home with it’s sharply angled sides, but despite the somewhat unhomely look, it boasts a shower, three
way fridge, and furnace. The 20 foot long behemoth may not be the most attractive of the bunch, but it’s definitely more robust
than the rest on this list. – [Female Narrator] Number eight. – [Narrator] Originally built by the Palace Company in Flint, Michigan, the 1948 Palace Royal sports the company’s trademark round
port windows and steel body. The birch wood interior
gives the living space a homey feel and features
a spacious lounge area, kitchen, and bedroom. With more than enough space
and character to go around, this trailer puts some of the more recent motor homes to shame. – [Female Narrator] Number seven. – [Narrator] This next
entry was launched in 1947 and went on to become
the best selling vehicle of its type in France. With rear wheel drive and an
extremely reliable engine, it was a firm choice for many traders. The designer converted
the van into a motor home and reconfigured the body work and layout, equipping it with a kitchenette, a double bed, and a bathroom, topping it off with a four speed gear box capable of producing a top
speed of 50 miles per hour. – [Female Narrator] Number six. – [Narrator] The 1969 CJ5 Jeep Camper was the result of Kaiser Jeep’s decision to branch out into recreational vehicles. As part of their Great
Jeep Escape campaign, three RVs were introduced. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that it came as a factory option, as the camper was mounted
on the bed of the vehicle, complete with its own axle and brakes. Able to sleep four people by
converting the table into a bed the camper also boasted a
full kitchen and dining area, as well as a bathroom. – [Female Narrator] Number five. – [Narrator] Available in 1976 and 1977, the Blazer Chalet Camper saw
less than 2000 units produced. It was mounted on the
back of a Chevy Blazer with the roof of the cab cut away to allow direct access
to the living quarters. Features included a
dinette area and kitchen, a two burner log stove, and
room to sleep two people. – [Female Narrator] Number four. – [Narrator] Built in
1954, the Royal Windsor toured the country in a traveling circus. A further two were built, with all of them featuring Molly Croft roofs, which allowed natural light into the interior. The original was 37 feet long, but was extended to 42 feet in 1960. In 2012, it was fully restored
to include modern luxuries, such as central heating, a dish washer, a flushing toilet, and a shower. – [Female Narrator] Number three. – [Narrator] Manufactured
during a nine year span starting in 1956, the Century definitely was a flashier fancy. Directly behind the cab is a dinette area with bench seating and
a wall mounted table, while a stainless steel sink with fold down cabinet top covers sits above a mini refrigerator. At the time of its introduction, it was considered the best on the market, going for a price that was equivalent to the cost of two houses. – [Female Narrator] Number two. – [Narrator] This hand built caravan was originally patented in 1952 and saw a healthy production
run that lasted 20 years. Much like the previously
mentioned Wa Wa Caravan, this one was built with economy in mind and the ability to be towed
with less powerful vehicles. The spring loaded opening mechanisms allow almost any person to
set it up single handed. The interior houses a double bed, kitchen, and dining table
that converts to an extra bed. Although it looks small, it offers over six feet of head room when opened. – [Female Narrator] Number one. – [Narrator] Former president
of the Ford Motor Company, Simon Newtson, came up with the idea for the Rec Trans when he joined the White Motor Company in 1971. Built over a three year span, it came with a fridge, water
heater, stove, and furnace. One of the most appealing features of this was the ability of the engine to get over 10 miles per gallon moving a five ton motor home. (upbeat music) Hopefully this list took
you back to a simpler time, or perhaps it gave you some insight into the history of the camper that you might not have known before. While today’s campers,
RVs, and motor homes may look shinier and sleeker, they don’t seem to have
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100 Replies to “15 VINTAGE CAMPERS THAT WILL TAKE YOU BACK IN TIME”

  1. Still see a few of number 2 around now every so often in town. Mum said hello Mr Reacher thank you very interesting (stone)

  2. Sorry to say but # 1 was pretty much a Chrysler corp front end not a ford. I am driving a 77 dodge Pass van and it has the same grill headlights and dash and steering wheel

  3. Good job!
    Next time take a look at the Pierce Arrow camper in the Nethercutt Museum, Los Angeles CA. was made to go with the matching 36? Pierce Arrow Sedan.

  4. Commentary is awful, narrator clearly hasn’t got a clue what he’s talking about. Shut the sound off and it’s a nice video.

  5. i've seen the royal windsor its a beautiful wagon built for ronnie smart, billy smart's son of billy smarts circus fame its now owned by showman joby carter of carters steam fair

  6. I would enjoy this video more if better pics were shown. Taken from the entrance you could give us a better idea of what it looks like as a whole.

  7. I love the CJ Jeep Camperd…I had a 79 CJ hardtop with a 6 cylinder 3 speed, it was an awsome get away vehicle.

  8. I really miss my mom's cosy coach so well built, I saw a site abut 7,8 years ago where a gentleman restored one that had been sitting for years and did a fabulous Reno on it, thanks for posting these vintage gems.

  9. In case anyone is wondering–the first trailer shown (from Australia) has what appears to be a 1939 Fargo tractor–Fargo was the name Dodge put on its export trucks

  10. The "Highway Palace" is a piece of work I could have fun in, it looks like a home inside, and outside . . . it's got an "Australian outback" persona all over it! Thanks Cassie, and the entire crew!!

  11. Give Molly a "Milk-bone", or whatever her treat is for me . . . and then a nice scratch on the belly, got to keep her happy! 😉

  12. Thank you for making this cool video of these classic campers. I bought a 1964 Shasta camper back in 1990 I bought it off the original owner they took very good care of it I paid $800.00 for it today in 2019 something like that in worse condition would cost thousands of filler I seen them asking 3,000 for the same thing I owned.

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  14. I see RAR 129 at shows here in South Australia regularly. Even has a massive bathroom with a bathtub sunk into the floor. Bedroom at rear, kitchen at the front with a booth style dining table up above the turntable. Bloody beautiful build.

  15. There is one motorhome I did not see here,it sold well for the 5 years of production,,,The GMC Motorhome 1973-78,,one memorable craftmanship

  16. These are so cool💞. I met a nice woman on June 19 2018 that was a beautiful Red Head and she was so kind to me she told me she lived in an old rv motor home. When I saw this made me think of her. Hope she still drinking her pumpkin coffee.

  17. Thanks, enjoyed your video!
    I had a '53 Airstream & a '53 Ideal trailer years ago, lived in them both, had em parked together on a gorgeous property in the Santa Cruz mountains. Fond memories💕

  18. I owned the #1 Rectrans Discoverer new in 71. At 55 MPH it would get 12 MPG but went way down at 70. It drove great.

  19. Wawa Caravan? Where were they built and used? Does that have anything to do with the Ojibwe (Native American tribe) word for goose?

  20. How about the GMC MOTORHOME from 1972 to 1982. It also looked futuristic and is ahead of it time. A pneumatic self leveling rear suspension and a full house except fo a washer and dryer was intended to be a house o wheels. A rear queen size bed that turned into a rear sitting room, a full sized freezer and a front wheel drive taken from the Cadillac El Dorado, it was built by the GMC Motorcoach Division, the same area where buses where built. Because it had started to have many competitors, GM just dropped it. It had full headroom and could lower the rear suspension to make an easy entrance.

  21. Hey when I was a kid we had a kangaroo camper. It sat on the back tailgate of a station wagon and attached to the roof. It opened up like an Acordian in the back and you could sleep on a bed on top and in the station wagon as well. It had a small kitchenette. One major problem it was very heavy and used to blow out sidewalks of tires.

  22. "While today's campers, RVs, and motor homes may look shinier and sleeker…"

    Umm… actually, that's one of the problems today's motor homes, for the most part, do not look shiner and sleeker. Most of them are boring white or beige boxes with "tribal tattoos" for exterior decoration.

  23. My first camper war an empty refrigerator cardboard box duct taped down to the bed of my pick up truck. Though short on amenities, it was very economical.

  24. I have seen No.2 at the Powerhouse Museum annex at Castlehill in Sydney, Australia. A lot of folding CamperTrailers exist in Australia

  25. some photos where incorrect… also if your showing things with an interior it would he nice to see said interior!

  26. I would take ANY of these, because much more care in building, design, and functionality were of a different time… People mattered! Over profit!

  27. They could probably start making and selling the Propert Folder today. If the price was right, it would take over the teardrop and mini-camper market. I'd be interested for sure.

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