Meet Lucille (Our Vintage Camper)

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to introduce you to our newest family member.

Everyone…meet Lucille.

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In case you didn’t know (or you don’t follow me on Pinterest)…I’ve had a love for vintage campers ever since I can remember. Heck, I have a love of all things vintage. Period.

But I’m pretty sure I can trace my camper obsession back to this little gem. Tell me you’ve seen it…

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If you haven’t seen The Long, Long Trailer with Lucille Ball…let me tell you, you’re missing out. From the moment I saw it, I just knew I was meant to travel the country in my very own camper, collecting memories. And rocks. (Watch it, and you’ll get it.)

Then I met my adventurous husband. He, too, has a love for travel. And all things vintage. But most importantly…campers.

It was a match made in heaven.

We always knew we wanted to buy one, to renovate and call our own. And when we found this one on our recent trip to Colorado, it was too good to turn down.

We spotted Lucille from the side of the road in New Mexico, and promptly pulled over to inquire about her. We met Leroy, her owner, who gave us a tour and told us all about her.

We drove away that day, vowing to “think about it.” And when we couldn’t get her off our mind, we made the return trip to bring her home.

We’ve got big plans for little Lucille. I can’t wait to fix her up, and style her out. But most importantly, we have big plans for our little family. Adventures we can’t wait to share with our boys. Camping. Traveling the country. Seeing sights that they’d never see flying from here to there.

It’s a lifelong dream, come to fruition.

I just can’t wait for the memories to begin.

A few details for those who are interested:

She’s a 1958 Play-mor. She sleeps 2 adults and 2 kids (one full bed, and one fold out). She’s got a complete kitchen with a dining nook. No bathroom (which we don’t mind–less to clean).

Here are a few “before” pictures. She’s got a long way to go, but we’re confident we can handle it. Projects like this feed our souls.

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The biggest challenge? Definitely the water damage. It’s practically impossible to find a vintage trailer without water damage these days. So when we poked around and realized her’s was contained and fixable, we decided to take it on. Everything else is strictly cosmetic. The electrical is intact. The gas stove is intact. The ice box (yes, icebox!) is intact. We’ve got original hardware and lighting (be still my heart).

I mean…she makes my giddy, y’all.

Now, if only I could fast forward to the design stage. I’ve known what I want her to look like from the moment I saw her. But patience…I hear patience is a virtue (just one I don’t have).

Can’t wait to keep you updated as we go!

 

6 Responses to “Meet Lucille (Our Vintage Camper)”

  1. Missy Justice-Clicque

    My all time favorite movie!!!!!

  2. Keri Hernandez

    My story is so similar to yours. I too grew up loving the movie. I too grew up loving camping and dreaming of one day having my own camper. I too (I’m certain by fate) came upon a deal too good to pass up – FREE if I hauled it off their property. I too, from the moment I saw that sweet little canned ham, I knew…. she would be named ‘Lucille’. I can’t wait to see what life you bring back to your Lucille. Bless you and your sweet family in what will be an adventure of a lifetime to build memories.

    • Alli Aars

      Thanks, for your sweet comment, Keri! I would love to see pics of your camper! I love the little community these campers create. It’s like we know each other, just by the fact we own one. ;)

  3. RV

    We have the same camper, however mine really need repair. :( Your camper still looks lovely :)

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