RV and Camper Renovation!

About MVC

Micro Vintage Campers was born from a combination of the love of restoring vintage campers and the business of glamping.  From complete guts to cosmetic makeovers MVC is the premier source for restoring your RV or camper.  We also sell turn-key restored vintage campers from the 1950’s and 1960’s.  We are located on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin in lake country.  Our mission is to supply professional restoration services and the highest quality refurbished vintage travel trailers.

MVC is an expert in acquiring, transporting, designing, and renovating vintage campers and travel trailers.  Our experienced crew are experts in renovating and updating classic campers.  Please check out our services, brands we typically work on, portfolio of campers for sale and upcoming projects below.  Just looking for someone to help restore your vintage camper?  We do that too!  Please read through our custom renovation process to learn more about our design and renovation process.

Our Services

Micro Vintage Campers employs skilled laborers who specialize in: Carpentry, Welding, Skylights, Window Repair/Replacement, Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, Insulation, Cabinetry, Upholstery, Flooring, Polishing, and Painting and Staining woodwork.  MVC specializes in working with vintage 1950’s – 1960’s campers.  From complete guts to cosmetic makeovers MVC is a source for vintage camper restoration in the Minnesota and Wisconsin area.

Brands Worked On

The company was created by Wally Byam who began building trailers out of Masonite in his backyard in Los Angeles during the late 1920s.  Airstream is easily recognized by the distinctive shape of its rounded and polished aluminum coachwork. This body shape dates back to the 1930s and is based on the Bowlus Road Chief, an earlier all-aluminum travel trailer designed and built by Hawley Bowlus, the same designer and engineer who also oversaw the construction of the Spirit of St. Louis. Airstream trailers and recreational vehicles are manufactured in Jackson Center, Ohio, United States. The company, now a division of Thor Industries, employs more than 800 people, and is the oldest in the industry.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airstream

The Flxible Company, not unlike many other companies, had a modest, but unique beginning. In 1912, Hugo H. Young had an idea for a new type of motorcycle sidecar.  In 1936, it was decided that Flxible would concentrate on inter city coaches, and all its resources were devoted to developing a coach that would be outstanding in this field. In 1939, Flxible introduced its famous 29 passenger Clipper powered by a modified straight-eight Buick engine. Flxible produced a variety of models of one and two level inter city passenger buses through the 1950’s and 1960’s that have since been converted to motor homes.

Source: https://flxibleowners.org/history/

1945-1960 Tulsa, Oklahoma

Born out of the riches of the oil boom by one of the country’s wealthiest The company was started as an aeronautical college and airplane manufacturer by William G Skelly founder of the Skelly Oil Company.  After WWII Spartan shifted to building the “Cadillac” of manufactured housing.  In the late 1930’s Spartan was acquired by the Getty Corporation owned by the billionaire and oil tycoon J. Paul Getty.  Mr. Getty first visited the plant in 1939. He was very impressed with the quality of inventory, and the management of the company.  In 1962 the plant closed and the company went into the insurance and financial business.

Source: https://tincantourists.com/wiki/spartan/

Herbert Mark Reeves Jr. moved to Elkart Indiana in 1952 and founded several area travel trailer companies, including Covered Wagon Travel Trailers, Easy Traveler, Bon-Aire Trailers and DeCamp Trailers. He also took part in founding the RV/Manufacture Hall of Fame.  There were six model floor plans available in the 1960’s.  According to the DeCamp travel trailer ad they had Birch interiors, redwood cabinets, colored appliances with harmonized interior.

Source: https://tincantourists.com/wiki/decamp

Mallard Coach Corporation was founded in 1952 by Sylvester W. “Vesy” Hron and was located in West Bend, Wisconsin. Mallard Coach Corp. initially manufactured travel trailers. During the 1960’s tent campers, truck campers, motor homes and snow mobiles were added to their product line. In keeping with the competition the Canvasback hard top camping trailer was introduced in 1966. It featured an aluminum top with 77 inches of space between the floor and the roof. Sylvester Hron sold Mallard Coach Corp. to The Entwistle Company based out of Providence, R.I. in 1969. He served Mallard as the chairman until he retired from that post in 1971.

Source: https://tincantourists.com/wiki/mallard

Why Add a Glamper to your Vacation Rental Property?

  • Increase the number of beds, nightly rental rate, and occupancy rate by accommodating larger groups.
  • Glamping and camping are more popular than they have ever been.
  • Lower up front investment than major remodel or addition.
  • Tie into your existing mechanical systems and infrastructure.
  • Financing options available through local partners.

Custom Renovation Process

After collecting some basics on the camper and condition we like to start with a 30 minute phone consultation.  Please use the form below to start the conversation.  After the first call and we have all the details we can supply you with a preliminary scope of work and budget estimate range of costs.

Meeting in-person to complete an inspection and test of all systems is required to give an accurate and final estimate.  You can bring your trailer to us in Houlton, WI near the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.  Video call options are available but do not lead to as thorough of estimates.

This stage is where Micro Vintage Campers will complete the final estimate.  Please note that an inspection and test of all systems is required to give an accurate and final estimate.  Each part of the design will be accounted for and priced by line item so you can make decisions on your top priorities.

After agreeing to a scope of work and contract MVC will order the materials and schedule the labor for your renovation.  Some materials are taking up to 12 weeks to arrive which can delay the start of production from 4-8 weeks.

Depending on the scope of work, this can take from 4 to 18 weeks. During the production process, we will keep you up to date with progress reports and photos. At the mechanical rough-in phase and at critical finishing points we walk-through the camper, either in person in our Houlton, WI facility or video call. These meetings will give you a chance to see the work in progress.

You are welcome to visit our facility at any time during the production process.  Once completed, some clients pick up their vehicles at our facility in near the Twin Cities of ; others have it delivered. If you choose to have your vehicle delivered, Timeless will arrange all logistics and transport your vehicle to you by the best, safest, and most economical method possible.

Next, we will start the design and firm up the estimate.  With a Production Space Deposit, we can secure a production slot for your project, and with an executed Design and Planning Contract, we get the ball rolling on the design. This part of the process takes an average of 6 weeks. Here is where our staff of engineers and designers will put the final plans together as well as meet with you to discuss the interior design.

Contact Us

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    1441 7th St, St. Joseph, St. Croix County, WI 54082, Unit 131

    Contact Information

    Loren Schirber
    612-501-0358
    loren@microcdm.com

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