Ever fancied staying in a vintage trailer. If yes then try a short stay at Vintages
Before we finally took to leap into living full time in a motorhome we had been interested in reducing the size of our footprint and tiny living. We watched every programme on TV about motorhomes and tiny houses – to the point of being obsessive about it! Some would say! Anyway, one such programme we got hooked on was called “Flippin RVs” a reality TV show based around a company called Flyte Camp, based out of our home town, Bend, Oregon. The plot of the story surrounds the owners of Flyte Camp, Justin and Anna Scribner, and their small team of skilled craftsmen taking wrecked and tired vintage travel trailers and restoring them. We were fascinated by the amazing skills of the team in rebuilding essentially junk trailers to their former prime – and in many cases to being better than new.
Anyway, one of the recurring plot lines was the projects that Flyte Camp undertook for a trailer park called Vintages based outside the small Oregon town of McMinnville. Vintages is a traditional trailer park, but it has acquired several – well actually 35 vintage trailers – that it lets out on a nightly basis. It is effectively a trailer hotel. These trailers are all restored and are quite luxurious inside and include such essentials as heating and air conditioning.
As part of their work for Vintages, Flyte Camp designed and developed a “new” vintage trailer in the style of the traditional canned-ham trailer, which they called the Neutron. So, when I booked us to say at Vintages I made sure that I booked us into the Neutron, Couples edition. It was very compact, cosy and romantic. Somehow, they squeezed in a queen bed, bathroom and a claw foot bath. The bathroom was particularly tight for my six-foot-five frame. But we loved it.
If you prefer something larger (or smaller) – perhaps for a family then there are plenty of other trailers to choose from.
The park itself is located a few miles outside of the town of McMinnville, which is a quaint little town with restaurants and bars. If you are interested in aviation, just down the road is the amazing Evergreen Aviation and Aerospace Museum, home to the giant Spruce Goose seaplane. Well worth the visit. Also, the area is well known for its wine production so you can go to the tasting rooms in McMinnville or head out to the vineyards.
So, if you fancy trying out tiny trailer living book yourself in for a weekend at vintages and escape to a tranquil sample of simpler times past.