Reminiscing about the 1950s conjures the taste of strawberry milkshakes, the shape of poodle skirts, and the sound of Elvis. But perhaps one of the strongest memories of the 1950s is the whizzing by of the American landscape. According to travel blogger Nomadic Matt, the advent of the highway system in the 1950s led to the rise in the phenomenon known as the great American road trip. From there, the mobile home was popularized.
While road trips are still essential to the American experience, the right vehicle makes all the difference. And neither minivans nor Mini Coopers offer an authentic experience.
The Facebook page for Vintage Camper Trailers posted pictures of a 1950 Glider renovated to be the perfect road trip trailer.
The Tin Can Tourists Wiki explains Glider Trailer Co. built some of the first mobile homes. Named Handy Homes, the motto for the Chicago-based company was "Gives you comfort and distinction." A plan of the No. 17 model shows the trailers had two rooms with two double beds, capable of sleeping up to four people. The Gilder even included a fireplace and gun closet.
The Vintage Camper Trailers website shows photographs of the 1950 Glider before it was restored. The trailer was completely trashed and rusted when Will Ward found it.
Those looking for a taste of the vintage trailer camping experience can rent a 1960s camper parked in the backyard of a Nashville, Tenn., home. The Airbnb advertisement for the 1962 Shasta camper says the 100-square-foot camper has been remodeled to be as spacious as possible. Photographs show an interior of white wood and tasteful decorations with color accents. Other vintage vehicles available for rent on Airbnb include an Airstream trailer, now parked in Malibu, Calif.; a 1954 trailer parked inside a loft in the Arts District of Los Angeles; and a colorful, vintage caravan named The Muffin Mansion in Oakland.
According to Facebook, the Glider trailer was found by Ward in a desolate area of Nevada. Ward restored the trailer, complete with details like wood paneling and midcentury clocks.
Vintage trailers, complete with necessities like beds, stoves, and toilets are the ultimate "glamping" experience.
The trailer is now outfitted with enough sleeping space to accommodate parents and their two children.
A comfy sofa ensures a smooth ride.
The shower may be tight, but at least you'll be clean on your wild ventures.