Vintage RVs are increasingly popular on the road. “Nostalgia is a valid motive for purchasing a vintage camper,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance Florida’s largest independent RV insurance company.
Classic campers not only provide a trip down memory lane, but other benefits as well. “Fixer” vintage campers can often save you quite a bit of money. They are less expensive than newer models but not usually decked out with all the latest tech. Investing into a camper that needs some restoration can give you the opportunity to customize your RV to suit your needs.
Before purchasing one of these cool classics consider some of the following factors. How much space do you need? Vintage RVs are smaller than newer models. Also, how much work are you willing to do? Are you up for minor replacements such as a new awning and curtains or are you ready to invest some sweat equity with a wall or floor replacement?
“If DIY is not your thing, maybe you are in the market for a reconditioned vintage camper, or a new trailer with modern conveniences but a vintage look, both are on the market,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance Florida’s top independent RV insurance company.
Keep in mind camping locations. Gorving.com reports not all campgrounds are vintage RV friendly. Some place age restrictions on the type of RV they allow. Likewise, restrictions on length limit can be a problem since many vintage trailers are on the shorter side.
Once taking these points into consideration, where do you start? Try putting up a daily search for “vintage camper” on multiple sources, your local Craigslist, eBay, Facebook Marketplace and classified newspaper pages.
The KOA has some suggestions on making a wise investment when searching for a vintage camper.
- Solid flooring-flooring is not easy to replace
- Water damage-this can be an indicator of a major problem/project
- Whole and unbroken axle- otherwise this is a costly fix
- Original windows and hardware-original windows are difficult to find
- Working electrical system-this is not hard but a time-consuming project
- Bad smells- can be a host of issues, mold, mildew, pet urine
- Properly functioning appliances and propane lines
- Clear title-for proper registration and transfer
One of the benefits to owning a vintage camper is the community. Be sure to find an owners group if you have questions or once you get rolling!