When using a public campground
a tuba placed on your picnic table
will keep the campsites on either side vacant.
June 28 (good gravy I'm behind!) I met up with my dad, and my friends Todd and Denise at the Murphey Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California, to drool over some very groovy old examples of "glamping." I don't camp much anymore but I might, if I had an Airstream, Teardrop or Lo Liner!
Check out some of the vintage Grooviness!
This old camper was from 1936! It had a boat theme and so much wonderful woodwork!
1954 Ranger pop up trailer! There were 200 Ranger trailers made, in part because of the 1,500 price tag (a lot of money for a camper in '54.) It was the first pop up camper and is 6 foot 3 inches inside, in height! There is a hand crank that raises the roof with a whole system of pulleys.
Two double beds, sink, ice box, and a formica work surface. Pretty cool set-up!
1962 Airstream Reflections ...
More fun ways to camp!
Nature's way of feeding mosquitoes.
1959 Chevy Alaskan
Love this Shasta, but I missed the year ...
Another fabulous Airstream ... maybe it's that I am attracted to shiny objects, but aren't they just the coolest?
Airstream Land Yacht by Air Stream
Spartan Custom Mansion
I'd never seen one of these before. It was HUGE. I can't imagine trying to get it into a campground but it does have all the amenities! There was nice table, bench chairs, shower, bathroom sink and bedroom area!
This was funky and a lot of fun, but I don't have any idea what it was.
How is it that one match can start a forest fire,
but it takes a whole box of matches to start a campfire?
This groovy one, below, put the beach boys in my head.
And check out the amazing woodwork and vintage stove!!!
Apparently, the gal who bought this gutted it. I think they said it was a chicken coop and she paid 500 bucks for it! Can you imagine the cleaning process? Anyway, it was cute as a button.
Another nice Shasta!
1963 Shasta 1500
This was adorable and she has a blog! MyVintageCamper.blogspot.com !!!
If you're not in New York,
you're camping out.
~Thomas E. Dewey
This is similar to the Lo Liner we had, when I was in Junior High and High school, which we bought from my grandparents. We went up through Central California and the Wine Country in it one summer!
We didn't have ours done Tiki style, but my Mom decorated it and made cute little gingham curtains and pillows. Fun memories. Wish we still had one.
This next trailer was done like an old bordello! Groovy old french music was playing and the gal that was touring her trailer, had on a red satin and black bustier!
Black and white vintage nudie photos, velvet wallpaper ...
And of course, chandeliers!
Love a Teardrop! So cute. I might even be able to pull one behind my new car! (That's another story.)
Here's a shot from about 1982 of our Old Goat (1966 GTO) and the Lo Liner. :)
Here's the site for the Murphy Auto Museum!
It always rains on tents.
Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds
for the opportunity to rain on a tent.
We used to tent camp before the trailer came around and always there were campfire songs, especially when we went up to Bass Lake with my mom's family.
I can't believe I found this full version of this, with Gene Autry!
If you aren't familiar with good ol' Smokey the Bear, and that he started out his journey during WWII, here's a little history. ;)
Blessings and light little Campers!