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These 10 RV Camping Photos Are Older Than Boomers

These 10 RV Camping Photos Are Older Than Boomers

These 10 RV Camping Photos Are Older Than Boomers

The boomer generation makes up the largest percentage of RV travelers today. It makes sense. They’ve worked hard and now they’re playing hard.

But what did RV camping look like when the boomers were just babies? Or, even before the boomers were born?

Today we’re taking a stroll down memory lane as we look upon RV camping of the past.

These 10 photos will surly spark nostalgia!

#1 Is this the first RV ever?

Before RV manufacturers swarmed upon Elkhart, Indiana, many Americans make their own RVs. Is this the first-ever RV, or maybe the first “van conversion“?

#2 Camping & Chill

Long before cellular internet and Netflix, campers simply chilled. Here’s a 1960s photos of two ladies kickin’ it at an RV campground.

#3 RVers Have Always Loved Their Toys

Some things never change. Here’s a group of pop-up campers in the California desert. They’re about to hit the trails on their motorized bikes!

#4 RVs Stuck in the Snow

Truck campers were more popular back in the day (before Class A RVs became all the rage). Here’s a Ford & Chevy. Guess which one gets stuck in the snow?

#5 Sorry Chevy Lovers, This Truck Camper Couldn’t Hang

The Chevy needed a little help from the Ford to get unstuck.

#6 Badlands National Park Looks The Same

Here’s the beauty of National Parks; the government does an amazing job preserving them. In this photo yo can see campers driving the scenic loop. It looks the exact same as it does today!

#7 RV Shows Are Basically Unchanged

Other things that don’t change…RV shows. The fact is, Americans enjoy touring RVs. Here’s what RV shows looked like when Boomers were just wee lads.

#8 Never Feed The Bears

This camp host is setting a bad example. Never feed, play, or get too close to bears at the campsite!

#9 Tin Cans for Days

Along with truck campers, tin can trailers were also very popular. They were light and easy to tow. Here are two looking pretty stylish.

#10 One More Truck Camper for Good Measure

Let us know if your parents traveled in any of these RVs!

Did These Photos Spark Nostalgia?

Did these pics look like your childhood? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments section!

Also, a special thanks to HWY Vintage for sharing some of these images!

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Friday 24th of December 2021

In 1974 my Dad ordered a new truck camper for his 1972 Ford pickup. We travelled an epic trip out west to see his family along the way and I got bitten by the long distance travel bug ever since! To this day, I dream of my next journey to explore the highways and byways, and the taste of being one with the beauty of nature. I have no fear of taking a 4000-6000 mile trip with no plans whatsoever like gas/food/RV parks along the way, I just study a route with no gps and go for it! On a wing and a prayer!🙏


Thursday 14th of January 2021

The first picture in the list. There were a couple of models similar to these built back in the 20’s-30’s. I think they are beautiful. More so than anything today. They are like a mini efficiency apartment on wheels. I don’t recall who built them. I want to say Ford but don’t quote me.

Steven E Anderson

Sunday 20th of December 2020

There are photos (actually prints) of the "first motorhomes". They where modified Fords, model Ts or As, that had Canvas added to them to create the Camper area. Then rolled up onto the Roof for highway use! Remember, years ago, the back doors could open to the rear, to give more space!

Rick Driver

Friday 25th of September 2020

Our first camper was a Happy Times truck camper like the last picture. Great times back in the mid 70's. 4 rv's later still at it in a class A.

Mike Kemp

Thursday 24th of September 2020

My folks bought their first RV at the County fair in LA in 1961. It was a Terry trailer that looked like a cab over camper. Dad pulled it with a 59 Chevy Impala. Us boomers that know what that car looked like can guess what happened the first time Dad turned to tight towing it. Being the oldest I got to sleep in the front over hang. My folks slept in the rear fold out couch. My sister slot in the hammock that folded out over the rear couch. My little brother slept on the table that made into a bed just like RVs do today. It had a hand pump for sink water. Propane stove and heater and no bathroom. First trip was to Death Valley in the winter of 61.

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