Mid-Century RV’s For Sale

Custom RV Renovation & Restoration

About MVC

Micro Vintage Campers was born from a combination of the love of restoring vintage campers and pandemic induced boredom.  MVC renovates and restores mid-century 1950’s and 1960’s campers and RV’s,  From complete guts to cosmetic makeovers MVC is the premier source for high design and high quality restored RV’s and campers.  We are located in Minneapolis, MN.

MVC also buys vintage RV’s for restoration. Our experienced crew are experts in renovating and updating classic towable campers.  Please check out our services, brands we typically work on, portfolio of campers for sale and upcoming projects below.

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 Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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.[3] Byam published a magazine selling “how-to” kits to customers wishing to build their own trailers. In 1936, Byam introduced the “Airstream Clipper”, which was essentially a rebadged 1935 Bowlus Road Chief, with the door relocated from the front to the side. The design cut down on wind resistance and thus improved fuel efficiency. It was the first of the now familiar sausage-shaped, silver aluminum Airstream trailers. In 1936, the first Airstream was introduced. Named the Clipper, after the first trans-Atlantic flying boat. Sold for $1,200 it was able to house four people, had electric lights and a water supply.[4] Of more than 400 travel trailer builders operating in 1936, Airstream was the sole survivor of the Depression.[5]

During World War II, travel became a luxury most could not afford and non-military industries faced an acute aluminum shortage. When World War II ended, the economy boomed, and people’s attention once again turned towards leisure travel. Byam’s company went back into production in 1948. In July 1952, a new facility in Jackson Center, Ohio, was established. 1979 saw the last Airstreams to be manufactured in California.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airstream

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

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/

Holiday Ramblers are often overlooked as the vintage classics they truly are. The Holiday Rambler Company was founded by Richard Klingler in his home town of Wakarusa, ten miles south of Elkhart, Indiana, where he started building trailer parts in a chicken coop and assembling the trailers outdoors in the 1950s. The first Holiday Rambler recreational vehicle was a travel trailer introduced to the public in 1953 by the Klingler Corporation.

Always an industry pioneer, Holiday Rambler was responsible for many firsts; built-in refrigerators, holding tanks, aerodynamic radius-ed corners and originated the 48-inch-wide dinette/bed concept. In 1961, Holiday Rambler’s introduction of aluminum body framing ushered in a new era of lighter, stronger and more durable recreational vehicles (RVs). This aluminum frame (Alumaframe) became the standard for lighter and stronger RVs for 40 years.

Source: https://tincantourists.com/wiki/holiday-rambler/

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

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/

We buy vintage campers!

  • Here is what we are after:
    • 1950’s and 1960’s vintage campers.
    • Looking for small to mid-size 16′ – 24′ lengths.
    • Prefer with original cabinets and finishes.  Less updated is better.
    • Prefer solid wood cabinets (not press board).
    • Prefer plywood paneling (not press board).
    • Water damage OK.
    • Electrical issues OK.
    • Plumbing Issue OK.
    • Frame and body issues OK.
  • We buy Airstream, Spartan, Avion, Silver Streak, Boles Aero, Curtis Wright, Airfloat, Westcraft, and more.
  • Thinking of selling your camper but work is needed?
  • Consign your camper with Micro Vintage Campers.
  • We will make improvements and sell the camper.
  • Contact us through the form below with as many details as possible or email loren@microcdm.com with photos and details.

Sales Tax and RV Purchases

This section was created to explain RV sales tax rules for retailers in Minnesota. Common questions are answered like: Do I have to pay sales tax on a RV purchased in Minnesota? What is the tax rate on a RV purchase in Minnesota? Do I get credit for sales tax paid to another state? Please continue to read on for more information.

General Sales Tax Overview

The State of Minnesota requires sales tax to be collected by businesses selling RVs. Minnesota Sales tax rate on RVs is 7.125%. Minnesota Residents are required to pay sales tax and registration to Micro Vintage Campers for purchases of RVs.  Manufactured homes are not taxable.

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2600 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Contact Information

Loren Schirber

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