Vintage RV

Reflecting on our most popular vintage RV stories

These articles about classic RVs were especially popular with our readers

Man standing beside a vintage RV in yellow
We have enjoyed interviewing a host of vintage RV enthusiasts to learn more about their projects. — Photo courtesy Jodi Slotar

Every so often at RVwest, we take a peek down memory lane and find out which articles were the most popular among our readers. Our vintage enthusiasts have been stepping up to the plate consistently with restorations, inventions and personal stories that we were delighted to hear and share. 

Without further ado, here are some of the favourites:

— Photo courtesy Jeff Crider

5 Tips for vintage RV restoration: Breathing new life into old campers

This article offers five basic tips to start you off when renovating a vintage RV.

Many of our readers are DIY experts, delving into intensive restoration projects and turning worn-out Bolers and other vintage units into stunning works of art. 

- Photo courtesy Jodi Slotar

Inspired by a classic 1960 KenCraft

Jodi Slotar embarked on her first vintage restoration project to remember the good old days during the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The adventure started with the discovery of a 1960 KenCraft RV, and got more interesting from there

- Photo courtesy Terry Roden

Creating the perfect accessory for vintage RV enthusiasts

Terry Roden is a Canadian vintage RV enthusiast with the gift of creativity. He has a 1962 Shasta 16-SCS named Daisy that holds a special place in his heart - and one day he decided to design and create a 3D-printed keychain for it. Roden realized that other RVers would like to have their own custom-made keychains, with their trailer’s logo and other details printed on it - and that inspired him to start his business, Keys to Yesteryear.

- Photo courtesy Randy Welsh

This classic unit is a show-and-shine favourite

Randy Welsh of Cochrane, Alberta is the proud owner of a 1979 GMC Frontier camper van, which has been in his family since it was purchased brand-new. Despite being a vintage unit, it still looks new and runs smoothly. Welsh takes his van to show-and-shines when possible, earning the admiration of other classic RV enthusiasts and connecting with like-minded individuals.

- Photo courtesy Menno Sietzema

Meet Free Range, the restored 1971 Boler

Menno Sietzema and his wife, Marjolein, were camping on a sublime hot day in 2017 when they spied a couple of Bolers and got inspired. They tracked down and restored their own vintage Boler, which they named Free Range and take out on spring and summer adventures. 

- Photo courtesy Vintage Trailer Supply

Top sources for vintage RV parts and supplies

Finding replacement parts for vintage RVs can be a challenge, but these companies can help you restore your classic unit.

They have massive inventories and can order in parts that you may have thought were impossible to source.

- Photo courtesy Stephanie Loya

This 1953 28-foot Platt Trail-a-Home travel trailer is a blast from the past

Kyle Born wrote this article about a newly inherited vintage RV and its elated owner, Stephanie Loya. 

Once used as a guest suite, this 1953 28-foot Platt Trail-a-Home travel trailer has exciting potential and an intriguing history.

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