One of the hippest things happening has been developing over the last decade or so and has come to be known as the “sharing economy”. While the concept is to “share” what you have, it might not be as generous as the name would lead one to believe, since most of the sharing takes place through lucrative rental fees. There are companies that will rent our your RV, boat, or even a car you don’t drive daily, while providing insurance and taking care of the paperwork.
Like a playhouse for grownups, this Yellowstone camper is for rent by the day.
When it comes to RVs, the sharing economy provides a great way to afford a temporary camper for those occasional weekends. While a typical rental will be like new, we found a cool one while perusing the pages of craigslist. Want to play Lucy and Desi for a weekend in the big woods? Rent a vintage trailer like this one and experience all of the joys, without the expensive upkeep and storage, or the hard work of doing a restoration.
Here’s a vintage print spread depicting an original Yellowstone with all its features.
The trailer in question in this case is a vintage Yellowstone camper, available near Boulder Creek, California and the surrounding area for a minimum two night, $180 rental. The owner offers the rentals through Airbnb, a site travelers should know about that allows owners to rent homes, cabins, et cetera for vacation, sometimes at a substantial discount to commercial accommodations.
View from the door, kitchen on left, master bed on right.
The Yellowstone camper has been beautifully restored to its former glory, and other than being “dry” (no toilet or shower) appears to provide very nice accommodations. The exterior boasts a classic green and white paint scheme, while the inside is restored to its original styling. Lots of stained wood, bright black and white checkered floors and country chic bedding create a cozy cabin-like environment. The trailer sleeps up to 6 with a double bed that converts from a dinette to a platform for up to 4 sleeping bags.
A view of the kitchen and spare bed.
The charming space features a small kitchenette with sink, counter and mini fridge, as well as an office desk with computer. Electrical hookup is available, but water comes from your tanks or barrel. A vent fan and window provide ventilation. There is also ample cabinet and closet space to pack for a long weekend.
This looks like a great spot to get some writing done.
Colorful quilts and curtains give the master bed a cozy feel.
Renting an RV is a great way to find out if the lifestyle is a good fit for you and your family, before investing the thousands of dollars typically required to get started. In the case of vintage trailers, it would be highly advisable to find a way of test driving one before going to the expense of buying – or the trouble of restoring – an old trailer. As with most vintage things (including houses, trust me on this) there is some additional sacrifice required to enjoy your classic surroundings.