4 More Cool Trailers

In a day where many recreational vehicles can easily cost six-figures and measure 40-feet or more, some people are returning to basics resulting in the minimalist RV trend gaining momentum.

Numerous vintage trailers, Airstreams, and other cool campers have been featured in Vogel Talks RVing. From modular trailers to bizarre shaped campers here are four that’ll certainly turn heads.

Teal Feather Camper

The Teal Feather Camper
The Teal Feather Camper

There is no other camper on the market quite like the Teal Feather. A modular camper that fits on a utility trailer or pickup bed, the Teal Camper is 8.5 feet long, 6 feet wide, just over 6 feet tall, and weighs a mere 500 pounds, hence its name.

The camper can be put together by one person in 60 minutes by piecing together panels made of polyethylene plastic filled with insulation. Only a Phillips screwdriver is purportedly needed for the job. When taken apart, the camper’s parts occupy a space of 4 feet by 5 feet.

Inside, the camper features a sink with a drain and a bottle to pump water to the faucet. The cabinets look more like a duffel bag—they open with zippers—though they have shelves and panels to support storage of belongings.

Dub Box

Dub Box is a customizable camper manufactured in Oregon.
Dub Box is a customizable camper manufactured in Oregon.

The Dub Box is a fun and creative retro camper with a new twist. The initial design was born from the American vintage trailer, merged with retro styling, and infused with modern conveniences for style and comfort. While it may appear that the company buys up all the Volkswagen camper vans remaining on the planet, Dub Boxes are manufactured from new fiberglass shells.

The initial design was born from the American vintage trailer, merged with retro styling and modern conveniences for style and comfort. And the rest of the design is up to you.

Dub Boxes are light enough to be towed by most vehicles, compact enough to be stored in a garage, the exterior and interior decor is customizable, and the layout can be altered to suit its intended use.

Eggcamper

The Eggcamper: Lightweight molded composite travel trailers
The Eggcamper: Lightweight molded composite travel trailers

As the name suggests, the Eggcamper has a distinct eggshell look.

Distinctly different in design and function, Eggcampers are handmade from nine molded lightweight composites — the entire camper weighs less than 2,000 pounds — and thus is easy to tow.

The entire exterior is intentionally painted an eggshell white color, which obviously helps give the product its name, but also makes it simple to clean and easier to keep cool.

The company also offers a smaller Teardropp trailer that’s based on a shape that was popular in the 1930s and is manufactured using a similar process.

Mehrzeller

Mehrzeller, a multi-cellular caravan
Mehrzeller, a multi-cellular caravan

If you don’t like to follow current trends and prefer to stand out from the crowd then this bizarre shaped caravan trailer with sleek angular lines, the Mehrzeller, may be the recreational vehicle for you.

The multi-cellular caravan  design can be entirely personalized by each customer resulting in an attractive one-of-a-kind trailer. The configuration is generated by a computer using the customer’s inputs, and then the final design is done by parameters from the architects to yield an attractive and practicable result. The caravans are produced using the principles of “mass customization”: this allows both the individual wishes of the customer to be accommodated while producing the caravan with series methods.

Worth Pondering…

All things are possible until they are proved impossible—and even the impossible may only be so, as of now.

—Pearl S. Buck

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The Joys of Retro RVs

In a day where many recreational vehicles can easily cost six-figures and measure 40-feet or more, some people are returning to basics resulting in the retro RV trend gaining momentum.

The 1961 Shasta trailer, formerly owned by Kelle Arvay of LittleVintageTrailer.com, was nicknamed 'Buttercup.' (Credit: Courtesy of Kelle Arvay/LittleVintageTrailer.com)
The 1961 Shasta trailer, formerly owned by Kelle Arvay of LittleVintageTrailer.com, was nicknamed ‘Buttercup.’ (Credit: Courtesy of Kelle Arvay/LittleVintageTrailer.com)

Numerous vintage trailers, Airstreams, and other retro RVs have been featured in Vogel Talks RVing.

The retro RV is making a strong comeback. RVers young and old are investing in either fixing up retro RVs or buying them used. Others are renting a retro RV or staying in a retro at an RV park featuring retro RV rentals.

Some older models, like the Airstream, last for decades. Some Airstream owners have been using their trailer for over four decades.

The Airstream has made a major comeback in recent years—and whether the comeback has fueled a vintage trailer trend or it’s the other way around, one thing is certain: It has become easy to rent a retro trailer for a weekend or extended vacation, whether it’s an Airstream, a teardrop trailer, or retro RV.

Life on the road can be enjoyed in a retro RV in one of four ways:

Restore a retro RV

Depending on your time investment and budget, restoring a RV can be one of the most exciting and adventurous projects you and your family take on. When restoring a RV, you can work on a project-by-project basis. You’ll find locating parts that you need might be a little bit harder than you anticipated, but they’re out there. When tackling a project one-by-one, you can move towards the overall goal of fully restoring a RV to its former glory and then hitting the road.

Buy a retro RV

Flyte Camp retored this 1950 Traveleze vintage travel trailer. (Credit: flytecamp.com)
Flyte Camp retored this 1950 Traveleze vintage travel trailer. (Credit: flytecamp.com)

Restoring vintage trailers is not for the fainthearted. That’s one reason full-service restoration shops such as Flyte Camp are in high demand.

Rescued from curbsides and junkyards, castaway classic campers are getting a new life at Retro Trailer Design.

Custom vintage trailer restorations are also a specialty at Russian River Vintage Travel Trailers; visitors are welcome to view the vintage trailers under restoration as well as admire finished trailers available for sale to the public.

Buy a new RV with a retro flair

Several manufacturers are producing brand new models of travel trailers with retro flair, exposing today’s consumers and their families to unique recreational experiences that create or help to relive a lifetime of memories.

Paradise Coast RV is a manufacturer of brand new models of travel trailers all modeled after the 1940′s, 50′s, and 60′s.

The Dub Box is a fun and creative retro camper with a new twist. The initial design was born from the American vintage trailer, merged with retro styling, and infused with modern conveniences for style and comfort.

Dub Box is a customizable camper manufactured in Oregon. (Source: Dub Box USA)
Dub Box is a customizable camper manufactured in Oregon. (Source: Dub Box USA)

Popular from the 1930s to the ’60s, teardrop trailers are 4 to 6 feet wide, 8 to 10 feet long, and light enough that you can park your car, unhook the trailer, and just pull it into place.

These trailers are making a big comeback now, so much so that teardrop manufacturers are springing up across the country. One such company, Tiny Trailer, offers a single teardrop design that sports the retro look of the 1940s paired with 21st century amenities — a micro-heater, forced-air ventilation, electric lights, and weather-proofing — all handcrafted from modern lightweight, durable materials.

Rent a retro RV

You don’t need to drive a motorhome, travel trailer, or fifth wheel to enjoy the RV park experience.

Ready-to-rent on-site Airstreams are also popping up in a variety of campgrounds. The Autocamp, Santa Barbara’s “boutique Airstream lodging” concept— a downtown pod of five handcrafted fully decked-out vintage trailers— is expanding to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Ventura Beach this year.

Shooting Star Drive-In & Airstream Resort
Shooting Star Drive-In & Airstream Resort

The Shooting Star Drive-In Airstream and RV Park is a one-of-a-kind resort along Utah’s Highway 12 where travelers can stay in restored Airstream travel trailers and sit in vintage convertible cars while they watch a drive-in movie.

Co-owned by B-52s vocalist Kate Pierson, Kate’s Lazy Desert invites visitors to “rocket through the wilderness” in a collection of six vintage Airstreams, the interiors of which riff off the kitsch of the band’s best-known material.

Whether you currently own a retro RV, searching for the perfect one, or just discovering the wonderful world of vintage trailers, The Little Vintage Trailer website may help you to find your own happiness in a retro RV.

Worth Pondering…

One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.

—Edith Wharton

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Dub Box: Multi-Functional Vintage VW Retro-Styled Trailer

In earlier posts on vogeltalksrving.com, we introduced the Dub Box USA retro-style campers.

Dub Box: Multi-Functional Vintage VW Retro-Styled Trailer
Dub Box: Multi-Functional Vintage VW Retro-Styled Trailer

Dub Box USA is a new twist on the tailgate camper, family camper, and food or event cart. While it may appear that the company buys up all the Volkswagen camper vans remaining on the planet, Oregon-based Dub Box USA manufactures campers, food and event carts from new fiberglass shells — so don’t worry, VW lovers, your VW camper van may still be out there.

And as an added bonus, the Dub Box probably floats like a VW.

The initial design was born from the American vintage trailer, merged with retro styling and modern conveniences for style and comfort. And the rest of the design is up to you.

Dub Boxes appeal to a wide range of buyers. They are simple, fun, stylish campers that can be enjoyed traditionally at a destination campground or customized for small business and corporate use.

The food and event cart models are perfect for the entrepreneur looking for an eyecatching independent business on wheels. And, if a business is looking for a portable event cart to strengthen their brand awareness, there is no better marketing tool than a Dub Box.

Dub Boxes are light enough to be towed by most vehicles, compact enough to be stored in a garage, the exterior and interior decor is customizable, and the layout can be altered to suit its intended use.

Dub Box: Multi-Functional Vintage VW Retro-Styled Trailer
Dub Box: Multi-Functional Vintage VW Retro-Styled Trailer

Ideal for weeks away for two people or as extra space for a family of campers, Dub Box has a spacious dining area that easily seat four adults, a converted double bed, and a kitchenette with ample storage.

Customization is another reason why Dub Box stands out from the crowd. Not only can you choose the colors for the upholstery, but also the work tops, cupboards, flooring, and blinds. The entire Dub Box is tailor-made to enhance the camping experience.

The company also offers a model for do-it-yourselfers who want to design and build their own Dub Box.

Dub Box Camper Specifications

Overall length including towing frame 16 feet

Body length including bumpers approx 12 feet 3 inches

Overall width including bumpers approx 5 feet 8 inches

Dub Box: Multi-Functional Vintage VW Retro-Styled Trailer
Dub Box: Multi-Functional Vintage VW Retro-Styled Trailer

Overall height approx 6 feet

Internal head height approx 4 feet 4 inches

lnternal head height with the lift top approx 6 feet 5 inches

Weight including spare tire, battery, and gas bottle approx 1,800 pounds

Maximum personal payload approx 1,000+ pounds

Completed camper price starts at $19,500

Details

Dub Box USA 

Dub Box USA is a new twist on the travel trailer.

Oregon-based Dub Box USA manufactures campers, food and event carts from completely new fiberglass shells—and just a little added bonus….it probably floats! So don’t worry VW lovers, your VW camper van may still be out there.

Dub Box: Multi-Functional Vintage VW Retro-Styled Trailer
Dub Box: Multi-Functional Vintage VW Retro-Styled Trailer

The Dub Box concept is the brainchild Matt Clay, Dub Box Ltd UK.

In February 2012, Dub Box USA started manufacturing operations in Portland, Oregon. The initial design was born from the American vintage trailer, merged with retro styling, and infused with modern conveniences for style and comfort.

And the rest of the design is up to you.

Dub boxes appeal to a wide range of buyers. They are simple, fun, stylish campers that can be enjoyed traditionally at a destination camp ground or customized for small business and corporate use.

Dub boxes are lightweight enough to be towed by many vehicles, compact enough to be stored in a garage, the exterior and interior decor is entirely customizable and the layout can be altered to suit the needs of its intended use.

Address: 13665 Holcomb Blvd., Oregon City, OR 97045

Phone: (971) 2DUB-BOX (238-2269)

Website: dub-box-usa.com

Worth Pondering…

One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.
—Edith Wharton

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Dub Box: Fun & Creative Retro Campers

Heather Gardella was in need of a change when her friend, Shane Medbery, showed her something on the internet that would soon change their lives.

Dub Box is a customizable camper manufactured in Oregon. (Source: Dub Box USA)
Dub Box is a customizable camper manufactured in Oregon. (Source: Dub Box USA)

They found a Dub Box trailer in England for sale and fell in love.

They flew to the U.K., got the North American rights to manufacture the Dub Box concept, and she and her team were off and running, according to a news release from Dub Box USA.

If you love the look of the VW van, this creative and fun trailer is for you.

In February 2012, Dub Box USA began manufacturing campers and food carts in Oregon City, Oregon.

The first Dub Box was made from two Volkswagen camper vans, but they now use a fiberglass mold to make the shells.

Gardella and Medbery both agree that people have an instant visual recognition and a good feeling when they see it.

“Smiles are endless. We can’t go a mile down the road without getting honks and thumbs up,” says Medbery. One year into production and they have sold dozens as campers and as food carts.

Dub Box is a customizable camper manufactured in Oregon. (Source: Dub Box USA)
Dub Box is a customizable camper manufactured in Oregon. (Source: Dub Box USA)

The trailer is made from strong fiberglass and sits on custom chassis with a flex axle and a full breaking system.

The interior and exterior amenities are customizable.

Total weight of the camper is 1,500 pounds and can easily be towed by most small cars.

The camper features custom paint with pin-striping, raised roof at the push of a button, weather and mosquito curtain and awning, outdoor shower, cassette toilet, slide out full + bed, custom interior fabrics and surfaces, refrigerator, two burner stove, hot/cold water, stereo, dinette table, storage, LED lighting.

And, for the sports enthusiast, they offer a roof rack package for bikes, boards or small boats. Dub Box camper specifications include:

  • Overall length including towing frame 16 feet (towing frame can be adjusted to fit into standard size garage)
  • Body length including bumpers approx 12 feet 3 inches
  • Overall width including bumpers approx 5 feet 8 inches
  • Overall height approx 6 feet
  • Internal head height approx 4 feet 4 inches
  • lnternal head height with the lift top approx 6 feet
  • Technically admissible maximum laden mass 1,950 pounds
  • Unladen weight including spare tire, battery, and gas bottle approx 1,323 pounds
  • Maximum personal payload approx 627 pounds

Details

Dub Box USA

Dub Box USA is a new twist on the travel trailer. Oregon-based Dub Box USA manufactures campers, food and event carts from completely new fiberglass shells—and just a little added bonus….it probably floats! So don’t worry VW lovers, your VW camper van may still be out there.

Dub Box is a customizable camper manufactured in Oregon. (Source: Dub Box USA)
Dub Box is a customizable camper manufactured in Oregon. (Source: Dub Box USA)

The Dub Box concept is the brainchild Matt Clay, Dub Box Ltd UK.

In February 2012, Dub Box USA started manufacturing operations in Portland, Oregon.

The initial design was born from the American vintage trailer, merged with retro styling, and infused with modern conveniences for style and comfort. And the rest of the design is up to you.

Dub boxes appeal to a wide range of buyers. They are simple, fun, stylish campers that can be enjoyed traditionally at a destination camp ground or customized for small business and corporate use.

Dub boxes are lightweight enough to be towed by many vehicles, compact enough to be stored in a garage, the exterior and interior decor is entirely customizable and the layout can be altered to suit the needs of its intended use.

Address: 311 B Avenue, Suite 0, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034

Phone: (971) 2DUB-BOX (238-2269)

Website: dub-box-usa.com

Worth Pondering…

One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.

—Edith Wharton

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Dub Box USA Introduces Retro Campers

When longtime friends and business partners Heather Bauccio and Shane Medbery learned about the Dub Box, a retro-style camper created in the United Kingdom, they saw an opportunity.

After connecting with Dub Box developer Matt Clay, the pair decided to bring the 12-foot-long fiberglass campers to Oregon.

In February, Dub Box USA began manufacturing campers and food carts in Oregon City, according to an oregonlive.com report.

“I thought there was an opportunity to be one of the few offering something that is fun, gets people outside, and encourages family time, camping, and doing sporting events,” Bauccio said.

“One of the great things about the Dub Box is it doesn’t require a gas-guzzling SUV to haul it. It’s really light. It provides an opportunity for people with small cars to be able to enjoy (it.)”

The Dub Box resembles the Volkswagen trailer and weighs around 1,300 pounds.

Dub Box is a customizable camper now manufactured in Oregon. (Source: Dub Box USA)
Dub Box is a customizable camper now manufactured in Oregon. (Source: Dub Box USA)

They come in a variety of layouts, from a camper with a double bed starting at around $18,000 to a do-it-yourself rolling food cart shell for nearly $9,000. The standard comes with a gas burner, sink, and retro refrigerator.

The first Dub Box was made from two Volkswagen camper vans, but Bauccio is quick to mention they now use a fiberglass mold to make the shells.

“It’s very important the Volkswagen lovers know we’re not buying up all the camper vans and chopping them up,” she said.

Bauccio said the amount of interest from the food industry, in particular, has surprised her.

She’s heard suggestions of putting them on college campuses or in food cart pods in Portland.

Bauccio and Medbery recently moved from an office in Lake Oswego to Oregon City, near their manufacturing facility on Beavercreek Road.

Next, they hope to find a showroom to display models.

Dub Box Camper Specifications

Dub Box camper specifications include:

  • Overall length including towing frame 16 feet (towing frame can be adjusted to fit into standard size garage)
  • Body length including bumpers approx 12 feet 3 inches
  • Overall width including bumpers approx 5 feet 8 inches
  • Overall height approx 6 feet
  • Internal head height approx 4 feet 4 inches
  • lnternal head height with the lift top approx 6 feet
  • Technically admissible maximum laden mass 1,950 pounds
  • Unladen weight including spare tire, battery, and gas bottle approx 1,323 pounds
  • Maximum personal payload approx 627 pounds
  • Completed camper price starts at $17,990

Details

Dub Box USA

Ideal for weeks away for two, or extra space for a family of campers, Dub box has all you need. (Source: Dub Box USA)

Dub Box USA is a new twist on the travel trailer.

Oregon-based Dub Box USA manufactures campers, food and event carts from completely new fiberglass shells—and just a little added bonus….it probably floats! So don’t worry VW lovers, your VW camper van may still be out there.

The Dub Box concept is the brainchild Matt Clay, Dub Box Ltd UK.

In February 2012, Dub Box USA started manufacturing operations in Portland, Oregon. The initial design was born from the American vintage trailer, merged with retro styling, and infused with modern conveniences for style and comfort.

And the rest of the design is up to you.

Dub boxes appeal to a wide range of buyers. They are simple, fun, stylish campers that can be enjoyed traditionally at a destination camp ground or customized for small business and corporate use.

Dub boxes are lightweight enough to be towed by many vehicles, compact enough to be stored in a garage, the exterior and interior decor is entirely customizable and the layout can be altered to suit the needs of its intended use.

Address: 311 B Avenue, Suite 0, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034

Phone: (971) 2DUB-BOX (238-2269)

Internet: dub-box-usa.com

Worth Pondering…

One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.
—Edith Wharton

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