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Vintage Shasta Compact Travel Trailer

Get Inside the Iconic Compact Vintage Travel Trailer of the 1960s

Explore a vintage travel trailer icon that brings a wave and thumbs up on every trip; our 1963 Shasta Compact Travel Trailer. 12.5 feet of beautiful birch interiors, packed with amenities and topped with wings. What is more delightful to behold than the little canned ham, its colorful paint combinations and speedy stripe - tripping along a modern highway almost mocking its own lazy pace?

We know; as we've been camping in our little 1963 Compact darling "the Hideaway" with its cheery yellow bottom, white top, silver wings and stripes we notice heads turning on every highway. Come share the ride with us!

1963 Shasta Compact Exterior Photos: Isn't She a Doll of a Trailer?

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Back around to curbside. The louvered windows all work, and the storage cabinet holds the vintage leveling jacks that came with her.Emerging from the barn where she is kept, you'll see her "curb side" entrance and fresh paint job. Original wings sparkle when polished with Mother's. You'd hardly know she's 49 years old!Coming around to the the front you'll see some "road rashes;" the pits and marks of her travels, especially near the lower edge and one dent up near the window. Even the mounted spare has a baby moon hub.Behind the spare is the propane tank for the stove/oven and the Humphrey gas light. They work... but we don't use them... smells gassy.Streetside is where the electric plugs in. You'll also see she's missing some trim around her wheel well. Still pretty though.In the back you'll see the two working tail lights, the license holder with a faux light above it. Perhaps it worked in its early day. Now it just looks pretty.The side storage area fits the chalks, jacks & extension cords. Everything you need to get set up in your camp site!The Shasta compact shows its charming side!Cute and cozy for camping in our driveway. Perfect place for a Saturday night cocktail!
Back around to curbside. The louvered windows all work, and the storage cabinet holds the vintage leveling jacks that came with her.
Back around to curbside. The louvered windows all work, and the storage cabinet holds the vintage leveling jacks that came with her.
Emerging from the barn where she is kept, you'll see her "curb side" entrance and fresh paint job. Original wings sparkle when polished with Mother's. You'd hardly know she's 49 years old!
Emerging from the barn where she is kept, you'll see her "curb side" entrance and fresh paint job. Original wings sparkle when polished with Mother's. You'd hardly know she's 49 years old!
Coming around to the the front you'll see some "road rashes;" the pits and marks of her travels, especially near the lower edge and one dent up near the window. Even the mounted spare has a baby moon hub.
Coming around to the the front you'll see some "road rashes;" the pits and marks of her travels, especially near the lower edge and one dent up near the window. Even the mounted spare has a baby moon hub.
Behind the spare is the propane tank for the stove/oven and the Humphrey gas light. They work... but we don't use them... smells gassy.
Behind the spare is the propane tank for the stove/oven and the Humphrey gas light. They work... but we don't use them... smells gassy.
Streetside is where the electric plugs in. You'll also see she's missing some trim around her wheel well. Still pretty though.
Streetside is where the electric plugs in. You'll also see she's missing some trim around her wheel well. Still pretty though.
In the back you'll see the two working tail lights, the license holder with a faux light above it. Perhaps it worked in its early day. Now it just looks pretty.
In the back you'll see the two working tail lights, the license holder with a faux light above it. Perhaps it worked in its early day. Now it just looks pretty.
The side storage area fits the chalks, jacks & extension cords. Everything you need to get set up in your camp site!
The side storage area fits the chalks, jacks & extension cords. Everything you need to get set up in your camp site!
The Shasta compact shows its charming side!
The Shasta compact shows its charming side!
Cute and cozy for camping in our driveway. Perfect place for a Saturday night cocktail!
Cute and cozy for camping in our driveway. Perfect place for a Saturday night cocktail!

Interiors: The Shasta Sales Pitch

Original Shasta Compact Sales Flyer back. This original sales brochure shows the original interior and fabric - which is still in existence under the slipcovers in my compact - in iconic brown and orange.
Original Shasta Compact Sales Flyer back. This original sales brochure shows the original interior and fabric - which is still in existence under the slipcovers in my compact - in iconic brown and orange.

Canned Ham Campers in History and Pop Culture

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The 1963 Shasta Compact's Cozy Interior - Cook, Eat, Chill, Lounge and Sleep in 66 Square Feet!

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Cute, Compact & convenient. The Shasta Compact's kitchen packs a lot in a tiny space. Stove, oven, sink, ice box, 3 drawers and cabinets over and under the sink!The sink has a direct connect to hose option in addition to the built in tank we've never used. Vintage H20? No thanks!The nightlight below the sink works and a Humphrey gas light could offer off-the-grid lighting options. The door leads to the former toilet closet... now the air conditioner closet. The icebox makes good storage.Under the sink you'll have decent storage and access to the gas and water lines... if you are a better plumber than us you could get them all in full working shape!We've boiled coffee water and made some eggs. But gas cooking in the high heat of summer smells and feels pretty brutal. We don't use it... does anyone?From the looks of this stove's interior, no one else used it either... but I have the original cookbook if anyone's interested in vintage stove cooking!The lovely convertible dinette - bed. Dinner and dominos for 4-6. Dinette folds down to sleeps 2 adults, one dog, a toddler and 2 kids could go above in the original canvas bunks... if you're not the claustrophobic type.The original brown & orange cushions shown in the vintage sales manual I got with the trailer are still under the slipcovers I made. More storage is available below the benches.The table slides off when its time to make the beds.The stove, countertop and cabinet panels are all the original funky 60's cool!
Cute, Compact & convenient. The Shasta Compact's kitchen packs a lot in a tiny space. Stove, oven, sink, ice box, 3 drawers and cabinets over and under the sink!
Cute, Compact & convenient. The Shasta Compact's kitchen packs a lot in a tiny space. Stove, oven, sink, ice box, 3 drawers and cabinets over and under the sink!
The sink has a direct connect to hose option in addition to the built in tank we've never used. Vintage H20? No thanks!
The sink has a direct connect to hose option in addition to the built in tank we've never used. Vintage H20? No thanks!
The nightlight below the sink works and a Humphrey gas light could offer off-the-grid lighting options. The door leads to the former toilet closet... now the air conditioner closet. The icebox makes good storage.
The nightlight below the sink works and a Humphrey gas light could offer off-the-grid lighting options. The door leads to the former toilet closet... now the air conditioner closet. The icebox makes good storage.
Under the sink you'll have decent storage and access to the gas and water lines... if you are a better plumber than us you could get them all in full working shape!
Under the sink you'll have decent storage and access to the gas and water lines... if you are a better plumber than us you could get them all in full working shape!
We've boiled coffee water and made some eggs. But gas cooking in the high heat of summer smells and feels pretty brutal. We don't use it... does anyone?
We've boiled coffee water and made some eggs. But gas cooking in the high heat of summer smells and feels pretty brutal. We don't use it... does anyone?
From the looks of this stove's interior, no one else used it either... but I have the original cookbook if anyone's interested in vintage stove cooking!
From the looks of this stove's interior, no one else used it either... but I have the original cookbook if anyone's interested in vintage stove cooking!
The lovely convertible dinette - bed. Dinner and dominos for 4-6. Dinette folds down to sleeps 2 adults, one dog, a toddler and 2 kids could go above in the original canvas bunks... if you're not the claustrophobic type.
The lovely convertible dinette - bed. Dinner and dominos for 4-6. Dinette folds down to sleeps 2 adults, one dog, a toddler and 2 kids could go above in the original canvas bunks... if you're not the claustrophobic type.
The original brown & orange cushions shown in the vintage sales manual I got with the trailer are still under the slipcovers I made. More storage is available below the benches.
The original brown & orange cushions shown in the vintage sales manual I got with the trailer are still under the slipcovers I made. More storage is available below the benches.
The table slides off when its time to make the beds.
The table slides off when its time to make the beds.
The stove, countertop and cabinet panels are all the original funky 60's cool!
The stove, countertop and cabinet panels are all the original funky 60's cool!

The Mighty Compact in a Vintage Shasta Ad

Shasta Model Lineup. Here's a vintage Shasta advertisement of their lineup... because "More people buy Shasta than any other Travel Trailer." I've turned it into a number of different fun customizable Shasta gifts such as tshirts and posters for the
Shasta Model Lineup. Here's a vintage Shasta advertisement of their lineup... because "More people buy Shasta than any other Travel Trailer." I've turned it into a number of different fun customizable Shasta gifts such as tshirts and posters for the

Shasta Compact Specs Flyer: So Many Little Luxuries in This Compact Travel Trailer

Vintage Shasta Models & Specs
Vintage Shasta Models & Specs

This original sales flyer was included with a folder of interesting vintage camping manuals from the original owner. The specs here are close but not exactly those of another vintage sales flyer I've seen, but since this is the one in my camper, I'm going with it.

1963 Shasta Compact Specs: (from above, and Compact brochure below)

  • Weight: 1,115 pounds
  • Length including the tongue: 12.5ft
  • Length of the camper box: 10ft.
  • Hitch Weight: 130 pounds
  • Width: 6 Ft. 6 In
  • Sleeps 4 in two twins & double upper hammock bunks
  • 16 gallon water tank
  • 6.5 x 13" tires
  • propane stove, cooktop & lamp
  • direct hose hookup
  • 110 electric
  • icebox

Will travel With Nearly any Tow Vehicle

Towing a Vintage Shasta Compact
Towing a Vintage Shasta Compact

One of the biggest benefits of the Shasta Compact's tiny size is its ease of towing (this written by the one who rarely does the towing - take that as it were). Even the sales flyer states it can be hauled by nearly any compact car.

Shasta Compact Towing Specs:

  • Weight of the Compact: 1,125 pounds
  • Length including the tongue: 13ft
  • Length of the camper box: 10ft.
  • Tongue Weight: 174 pounds
  • Width: 6 ft. 6 Inches

These specs allow a wide range of options when it comes to a tow vehicle which is why they are so sought after. For example we are well within the towing capacity of our 2007 Toyota Rav4 small SUV which came with a V6 and tow package.

The other benefit of the Compact's light weight is that we can move it around the campground by hand if we need to using just the hitch wheel it came with.

How Many Does the Shasta Compact Sleep? Dream like a Sardine in a Can(ned Ham)

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Both banquette couches pull out leaving a narrow space in between - just enough to leave the table still standing if you like.We pull a plywood board across the gap and fit the extra cushions into the space allowing our toddler and/or dog to join us in one big king size plus bed.The Shasta's original double canvas bunks pull out above the couches. Great for toddlers or all your gear. Here's the view across them. So.. it sleeps 4-5 total... if you all can stand each other that close!Lounge on the two couches that pull down to two twins.
Both banquette couches pull out leaving a narrow space in between - just enough to leave the table still standing if you like.
Both banquette couches pull out leaving a narrow space in between - just enough to leave the table still standing if you like.
We pull a plywood board across the gap and fit the extra cushions into the space allowing our toddler and/or dog to join us in one big king size plus bed.
We pull a plywood board across the gap and fit the extra cushions into the space allowing our toddler and/or dog to join us in one big king size plus bed.
The Shasta's original double canvas bunks pull out above the couches. Great for toddlers or all your gear. Here's the view across them. So.. it sleeps 4-5 total... if you all can stand each other that close!
The Shasta's original double canvas bunks pull out above the couches. Great for toddlers or all your gear. Here's the view across them. So.. it sleeps 4-5 total... if you all can stand each other that close!
Lounge on the two couches that pull down to two twins.
Lounge on the two couches that pull down to two twins.

Compact Undercarriage Photos - Where Rubber meets the Road

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New Carlisle trailer tires made a big difference in making for smooth towing. Got great advice from the Shasta owners forum on what to buy. New baby moons complete the vintage look.The frame, springs and undercarriage was in great shape when we got it. Had the bearings repacked and new tires added. We're only the third owners.Street side is missing the bottom trim. A little thing I'd love to fix but not sure where to find the trim I need.Trim would help in this area where some wood could use replacing. You can also see the outlet for the old water tank we've never used. Vintage water. Yech.Another shot of the frame which our local trailer shop said looked great.
New Carlisle trailer tires made a big difference in making for smooth towing. Got great advice from the Shasta owners forum on what to buy. New baby moons complete the vintage look.
New Carlisle trailer tires made a big difference in making for smooth towing. Got great advice from the Shasta owners forum on what to buy. New baby moons complete the vintage look.
The frame, springs and undercarriage was in great shape when we got it. Had the bearings repacked and new tires added. We're only the third owners.
The frame, springs and undercarriage was in great shape when we got it. Had the bearings repacked and new tires added. We're only the third owners.
Street side is missing the bottom trim. A little thing I'd love to fix but not sure where to find the trim I need.
Street side is missing the bottom trim. A little thing I'd love to fix but not sure where to find the trim I need.
Trim would help in this area where some wood could use replacing. You can also see the outlet for the old water tank we've never used. Vintage water. Yech.
Trim would help in this area where some wood could use replacing. You can also see the outlet for the old water tank we've never used. Vintage water. Yech.
Another shot of the frame which our local trailer shop said looked great.
Another shot of the frame which our local trailer shop said looked great.

How to Hook up an Air Conditioner in a Shasta Compact - Get out your Duct Tape

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Open up the former water closet and we've replaced the throne with something much more critical to glamour camping... an air conditioner. This portable rolling unit just fits and makes for great sleeping.The electric was updated to accommodate an air conditioner.The air vent to the underside is blocked by a wire grate to keep the larger stowaways out.The air conditioner vents heat and water condensation through the hole in the floor from the toilet we removed. This is no professional install. You'll find a lot of duct tape in this solution. But it works.The plug for the unit is located in the closet.Plug the Shasta into the campground electric, open the door, hit "on" and let the cool blow in!
Open up the former water closet and we've replaced the throne with something much more critical to glamour camping... an air conditioner. This portable rolling unit just fits and makes for great sleeping.
Open up the former water closet and we've replaced the throne with something much more critical to glamour camping... an air conditioner. This portable rolling unit just fits and makes for great sleeping.
The electric was updated to accommodate an air conditioner.
The electric was updated to accommodate an air conditioner.
The air vent to the underside is blocked by a wire grate to keep the larger stowaways out.
The air vent to the underside is blocked by a wire grate to keep the larger stowaways out.
The air conditioner vents heat and water condensation through the hole in the floor from the toilet we removed. This is no professional install. You'll find a lot of duct tape in this solution. But it works.
The air conditioner vents heat and water condensation through the hole in the floor from the toilet we removed. This is no professional install. You'll find a lot of duct tape in this solution. But it works.
The plug for the unit is located in the closet.
The plug for the unit is located in the closet.
Plug the Shasta into the campground electric, open the door, hit "on" and let the cool blow in!
Plug the Shasta into the campground electric, open the door, hit "on" and let the cool blow in!

A Portable Air Conditioner That Works for a Camper

We looked for the smallest window air conditioner we could buy reasonably and found that its about 1" too tall to fit under the bench seats and vent out the side exterior storage compartment. Hmmm... finally we came across our solution; a portable Danby air conditioner (see photo) that could be placed in the closet/bathroom.

The air conditioner needed two external vents: one for the condensation to drip (because in our humid climate the water storage tank fills up too quickly to make it through the night) and one for the hot air to vent. Since we had removed the potty we had a nice round hole in the floor already. This (thanks to a good amount of duct tape which isn't the prettiest thing, but works) vents the hot air. One additional small hole drilled through for the 1/4 inch drip tube and we were up and running. Note; we had already upgraded the electric and placed an outlet in the closet. With just enough slack in the vent lines, the unit can be wheeled into the main room at night to cool us off and wheeled out of the way during the day. It's brought down a 98 degree day in high summer to a lovely 76. It's a win!

The Camper Before and After the DIY "$50 Paint Job" - $100 cost, Priceless results!

Before & After DIY Camper Paint Job
Before & After DIY Camper Paint Job

I was lured in by the price. $50 is a steal for a nice paint job. Our camper was down to bare metal in several spots along the top and estimates from local auto paint shops were for more than what we had paid for the camper!

A couple things we found out through the process.

  1. Tractor paint is the only way to buy oil based paint now in Ohio and Indiana.
  2. There are limited color options in tractor paint.
  3. Frog Tape is worth the extra cost
  4. Polish your metal trim before painting
  5. Spray primer is worth the cost
  6. And the "$50 Paint Job" really costs more like $100.

But what results! Its a year later and still looks amazing. Yes, there is some orange-peel effect to the finish, but step back and admire. Its quite a makeover! Take a look at the Before and After photos from our Vintage Camper paint job!

Shasta's Beautiful Birch Interiors: They Don't Make Them Like This any More

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Shasta Skin and Road Rash—From 49 Years of the Road Less Traveled

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Little dent there next to the window... not so noticeable in the "right light"Some bends and a little tear in the metal at the bottom... darn... that one was our fault... too much of an angle on the back entrance to the barn. Argh.Road rash and ripple.
Little dent there next to the window... not so noticeable in the "right light"
Little dent there next to the window... not so noticeable in the "right light"
Some bends and a little tear in the metal at the bottom... darn... that one was our fault... too much of an angle on the back entrance to the barn. Argh.
Some bends and a little tear in the metal at the bottom... darn... that one was our fault... too much of an angle on the back entrance to the barn. Argh.
Road rash and ripple.
Road rash and ripple.

Renovation Costs for our Shasta Compact

Elbow grease and some window dressing: $1,200.

We paid premium for this little gem... mainly because we're not the handiest folks and knew that there would be very little we could do ourselves. When we searched for a Shasta our biggest red flag to avoid was any sign of water damage inside. I'd seen many a video about people's renovation horrors and knew I wasn't up to that level of reconstruction. I can barely find a philips screwdriver in my house.

I have always appreciated this little Compact's warm and gorgeous wood interior, but as time has exposed me to many more Shastas in my travels, I have to say that this little cherry really does have the most gorgeous interior I've seen.

Because of that, my renovation projects were mainly in my sweet spot - decorating. Below is my list of Shasta improvements and their general cost:

  1. A DIY Camper Exterior $50 (now: $100) Paint Job that I'm hugely proud of. The Shasta was a chalky white on the sides and fairly bare of paint on top. We researched, followed advice and did everything by the book. Frog tape, oil based enamel tractor paint, many layers of primer, sponge applicators, days of drying time. What a difference. Cost of the Vintage Camper DIY paint job? Well, the "$50 paint job" is no longer $50... more like $100 but still well worth it.
  2. Add Air Conditioning; $425 - We replaced the toilet in the closet with a portable room air conditioner. We hired out the electrical and plumbing and did the duct taping ourselves... we got what we paid for. $365 for the air conditioner, about $60 of other materials & labor including upgraded electrical outlets.
  3. Three Baby Moon Hubcaps: $75 - from VintageTrailerSupply.com
  4. New Exterior Lights & new License Plate Holder: $40 - from VintageTrailerSupply.com
  5. Humphrey Gas Globe & Parts: $25 - from VintageTrailerSupply.com
  6. New Carlisle Trailer Tires - $250 worth every penny in peace of mind
  7. New Reproduction Barkcloth Fabric for Curtains: $40 From TonicLiving.com
  8. Seven yards of Fabric for cushion covers: $125
  9. Replacement of birch paneling on door: $75 Including carpentry
  10. Reproduction Shasta Decal: $18 Couldn't bring myself to apply it after the paint job... still have it in a drawer
  11. New Mirror: $25

Home Sweet Camper - Queen of the RV Road Print on Zazzle

Getting a vintage camper raises camping to a whole new level.

Get ready to wave, be waved at, be stopped, be asked questions, give tours, be reminisced with and be invited to all sorts of cool gatherings and vintage camper rallies.

The way I look at it, its a great way to meet cool folks at the campground and an easy ice-breaker.

You'll be one of those "RV People" that the other campers actually welcome! Also, your canned ham is a ticket to the vintage camping community of vintage & rehab buffs who will help you, hold your hand, and hear you cry over your restoration challenges. Its good to be a part of this crew. I'll put some of my favorite links below.

Slow Going with The Shasta Compact

This is how I roll. I'm not the most confident driver. Part of my love for the Shasta Compact is that 1) it was within the towing capacity of my small RV (the Toyota Rav4), and 2) its compactness makes towing a bit less intimidating.

Before this travel trailer, I had never towed anything. At under 1,500 pounds and with a smallish profile, the Compact does not overburden our ride. One thing to know however, is that these trailers where built in a time when speed limits didn't exceed 55 mph. Today's highways where people regularly push 80 mph are a whole different ball game. I quickly realized that our travel plans were going to be a bit more limited to closer radius and secondary routes.

There are many people out there with no qualms about dragging a 60-year old trailer top speed on the highway, but knowing her gentle demeanor and construction of time-worn 1' wood framing, I stick to the slow roads. And that is how I roll...

Compact Not Your Style? There is a Vintage Shasta Model for You

In my files, I found a copy of the full 1969 Shasta Travel Trailer Model Lineup Specifications. It lists their lengths, weights, hitch weight and amenities. Very useful as you try to make sense of all the craigslist and eBay listings you are wading through.

As one of the most popular camper brands for offering great value, features and convenience for the price range. I wish the modern camper companies had as much style and value as these old ones. There's a lot to learn from the fact they are still so many around and well loved after all these years! There really is a Shasta model just for you... happy hunting!

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robertzimmerman2 4 years ago from SE Florida, USA

I would prefer something modern but these are definitely cool!


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WerewolfCustoms1 4 years ago

What a great project!!! Love it! I'm a big camping freak, and I admire all the work you've done to this little trailer. Who said you need a big new luxury trailer to camp in style (and comfort) !?

Blessed!


anonymous 3 years ago

I am looking for information on a 1969 phoenix


anonymous 3 years ago

Loved reading all the info you have posted!!! I am just starting my remodel... however, I am having someone else do the work, as I have NO skills nor does the hubby... at any rate, my baby was taken down to the frame and it now has pressure treated wood frame, he added a little more ironwork underneath... it is going to be a TOTAL rebuild ... will NOT have a penny left for paint... so, PLEASE share with me how you managed to get yours done for $100... if you can share details, that'd be awesome. I love the a/c idea.. during my rebuild, I am going to take out that closet, extend the counter space, but keep half the closet for a pantry... will have to save room for the a/c... that will definitely pay off. how long ago did you buy? I am going to search this week... my remodel is going to be closer to $4,000... but will have all the dry rot replaced (there was a bunch due to leaks)... take care ... appreciate any more info :o) Rita


tonyleather 3 years ago

How claustrophobic is that thing? No thanks!


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LizRobertson 3 years ago Author

@tonyleather: Camping is not for everyone that is for sure. But in my mind, this thing is a palace compared to tent camping. Up off the dirt, nice mattress, all my amenities, makes me feel like the queen of the campground!


emmagerl 2 years ago

I bought my 1966 Shasta Compact for $300 last spring...........she as had no leaks as yet, and being that I currently live in upstate NY and it has been a particularly polar winter I have not been able to do much with her. Soon though, very soon...I look forward to cleaning her up and getting her prepped and set up and livable as that is the plan............I intend to load her and my little doggie and my scaled down belongings and head west to Utah before the end of the summer and we will live in our camper. So I have a few months to get her exterior painted with the same DIY $100 paint job you did, get my stuff packed in and hook her up to my little tracker and hit that open road!!! I can't wait - I'm so excited. I've always had a little bit of nomad in me and my dream from childhood was to be Lucille Ball in the long, long trailer but I never wanted anything bigger than a Bambi and I couldn't pass up this cute little Shasta when I found her!!! She still needs new tires and I have to license her and all that jazz but where else will I find a portable home for that price? Seriously I can move wherever and I have my own bed with me!! It doesn't get any better than that!! And, in my opinion, a huge improvement over the pop up camper I had with my former husband - I detested camping then because it was more work than staying home. With this gem I can hook up to water and electric and I will have a luggable loo and portable shower but will be looking for year round rv parks with facilities for those needs. But good to have those for the just in case situations.

I have been reading many blogs and looking at utube videos and just doing general small rv living searches for over a year now and I believe I am up to the challenge - in fact, I'm looking forward to it!

Yes, 60 square feet of living space is not a lot of room but it's just me and My Precious - this way I have to cure myself of my hoarding tendencies. lol


emmagerl 2 years ago

No I don't think I would consider myself a glamper - have never really been much of a girly girl.

I have a 1966 Shasta Compact that I intend to live in.

I have lived many places - currently live in upstate NY where I grew up and never liked and can't wait to get out of here again!!!

Hurricane, Utah is my ultimate ideal place to live - I love it there and my desire is to be there before the end of summer 2014!!!


Shasta1114 2 years ago

If there's room in the budget, is there any reason NOT to install a small roof mounted air conditioner like a modern RV? What is the most common way to install on AC?


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LizRobertson 2 years ago Author

@Shasta1114: Yes. The framing on these vintage campers is very light and due to age, could be brittle. They are definitely NOT designed to support the weight of a top-mount air conditioner. I imagine it would also really affect the towing dynamic.


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LizRobertson 2 years ago Author

@LizRobertson: Most people find a way to either put a portable airconditioner in a pre-existing window or vent a portable unit through a pre-existing hole. The skin of these old models are contributors to the camper's structural integrity so its best not to add any holes if possible!


Connie 15 months ago

I just inherited by fathers 1960 Shasta it looks very similar to yours. I am looking at reupholstering the cushions for the bed/sitting but have not found a good way or how to do it. Any suggestions?

bling1818@hotmail.com


Karen 7 months ago

Are you selling this camper?


Mary 5 months ago

I just bought one of these and was trying to figure out how to dress it up! Thank you for this article!!


laura 3 months ago

I wished you lived by me its going to be a surprise (I hope) for my husbancd, Stage 4 cancer. We have a couple years so wish me luck. Thank you for all your advise.

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