Vintage camper trailer is your midcentury dream home on wheels
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It’s not often that those two worlds—campers and midcentury style—combine, but today is our lucky day. The Holiday House Geographic is a vintage travel trailer that boasts all the pizazz of 1960’s home design with one awesome addition: This beauty can go anywhere you’d like to be.
One of only two in existence, the Holiday House Geographic was designed by world-renowned industrial engineer Chuck Pelly with a distinctive futuristic style. Made from aluminum and wood, Pelly created the Geographic as a super limited production model. It was dubbed the “Trailer for the rich,” with only seven actually produced for a 1960s price tag of $8,500—about $71,000 today. The Holiday House factory burned down in 1962, making this one of the rarest of vintage trailers.
Oregon-based Flyte Camp has restored the Geographic, preserving its unique style while modernizing it with everything you might need. Flyte Camp renovated the exterior in a two-toned champagne and moss green with bronze colored pin stripping. New axels, brakes, wheels, and white wall tires complete the exterior look.
Inside, the trailer features a black walnut skin that gives it a dark, cozy feel. The cabinetry and hardwood floors are also black walnut with custom aluminum detailing and LED strip lighting to add a bit of glamor. A sleek kitchen includes a stainless two-burner cooktop, a stainless-steel fridge, and a shiny sink with a built-in drain board.
A wrap-around couch makes the living area feel more like a high-end 1960s apartment than a trailer, and custom moss-colored upholstery and lined drapery adds to the richness. A bathroom is divided into two parts; one side serves as a dressing room with Marmoleum flooring and walnut countertops, while the other features a toilet area and a stainless steel shower with a teak floor.
Four people can sleep in the trailer with ease, either on the front L-shaped sofa (with pillows removed) or on the gaucho couch that extends out into the center of the trailer. Storage is found throughout, with full extension drawers and fancy aluminum trim. Windows open to provide air flow, and vintage sconces have been paired with more modern LED lights to provide a spot-on ambiance.
Because of its rarity and extensive renovation, this 1961 Holiday House Geographic Model X is on the market for $250,000. That’s comparable to many of today’s more expensive campers (like this one or this one), but the Geographic also provides an everlasting—and priceless—dose of midcentury style.