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March 31, 2017

Vintage Camper Friday: Texas Finds

By Merlin

This week’s finds hail to us from the great state of Texas.  Both are capable of towing by a medium sized vehicle, no six or eight cylinder behemoths needed to haul these to your campsite of choice.  The first is a 1947 teardrop.  This style has been popular since the 1930s and it seems that everyone and their uncle has manufactured them at some point.

Various magazines like Popular Mechanics published plans to build these on your own.  Many people still make them on their own nowadays as they are small and relatively simple projects.  There are an array of small manufacturers still producing custom teardrops from regular duty to heavy duty off road custom models.

This teardrop was made by Kit Manufacturing company.  They produced these in kit for or fully assembled.  Kit built camper trailers up through 2003.  The price is $7,250.00 which is good considering the restoration and all the extras that come with it (side tent, deep cycle battery, solar charger etc..) The ad is here on Craigslist: https://houston.craigslist.org/rvs/6015369344.html

You can read more about vintage teardrops here on Nick’s Teardrop Page

Our second home away from home is from 1955, but no manufacturer is listed.  The date looks right for the style but I am so curious as to who made it.  What I really like about this one is all the windows..  they really brighten up the wood interior and make it seem less cavelike.


This looks very nicely overhauled and ready to go.  Has the standard style interior found in most of this size travel trailer.  Overall it appears very mid 1950s in its styling, that flooring just needs to go to finish it  off.  The price is quite fair at $5,900.00, someone needs to grab it and go!!  Find it here on Craigslist: https://austin.craigslist.org/rvs/6038521735.html

And there are always more to look at on Tin Can Campers!


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2 Responses to Vintage Camper Friday: Texas Finds

  1. Jonny Reply

    March 31, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    These little antique campers have become quite popular and collectible in the last few years. It wasn’t long ago you could buy similar stuff for $500 or less all day long. It’s nice to see them appreciated now, although I feel like you really have to want one to spend that kind of money on one.

  2. RetroRuth Reply

    April 13, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    That little teardrop camper is so cute!

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