Little inspires me more than the thought of a cross-country road trip, especially in one of these vintage beauties. But owning a trailer isn't always practical, especially if you need to put a lot of elbow grease into fixing it up only to use it once or twice. Which is why I'm happy to see more companies renting vintage campers, trailers, and buses. Seriously, why hasn't anyone thought of this sooner?
(above) Let's get hitched. Rent the classic "Blue Boler" from Los Angeles-based Happier Camper starting at $115/night.
Sweet wheels. "Honey," a canned-ham style camper is ready to hit the road and sleeps up to four. Rent it from Goodness Travels out of the New York metro area (starting at $104/night).
Get in the van. Go on a West Coast surf vacation in one of these Volkswagen campers from the 1970s and 80s. Rent them from Vintage Surfari Wagons in Los Angeles, California (starting at $115 /night).
Traveling with the band. Four or five people can squeeze into "The Motown Motel," a teardrop-shaped trailer from the 1950s that can be rented out of Grand Rapids, Michigan from Retro Rentals (starting at $125/night).
Reflect on this. It's easy to see yourself in "Norma Jean," a bona-fide Bambi II, an exceptionally rare Airstream model from the 1960s. Australia's Airstream Dreams rents this beauty.
A sure shot. The "Annie Oakley" from Oregon-based Cowgirl Bunkhouse sleeps 1-3 and is quite the charmer (starting at $75/night).
Bed-in-a-box. And last but not least, "Chili Pepper " is a simple but beautiful teardrop camper from Vacations in a Can that sleeps two and can be rented out of Penngrove, California.