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Retro Traveler 1200

You may have noticed a couple of new pictures up in the banner since the revamp of the website. One of them is of a retro trailer called the Retro Traveler. Alfred who designed the Little Red Cabin Plans brought this jewel to my attention.

Retro Traveler designs several retro trailers including teardrops and all are fine quality retro trailers. My favorite is the original model the RT1200. It has everything you need in a very small retro style trailer.


Following is a description from the Retro Traveler Website. I have tried to get in contact with them but have not received a response yet. So don’t have any pricing or that type of information.

The 1200 features sleeping space for two, a complete galley with cooktop and refrigerator, full showerbath and of course, some fantastic retro styling. All of this wrapped in a maintenance-free anodized aluminum exterior that never needs polishing. Weight is under 1400 lbs – so towing is a breeze with just about any car.


Hand crafted of select maple hardwood and clear maple plywood finished in lacquer and Danish oil, the interior absolutely glows.  Coupled with the timeless look of satin finished aluminum, we think you’ll agree this is the ultimate compact trailer.

As you enter, the efficient galley is directly across the cabin.  Notice the sleek black AC/DC refrigerator, polished counter edging and upper cabinets with task lighting below. Satin nickel cabinet pulls, self closing hinges, AC and DC outlets are all standard features.


Ready for this?  A FULL BATH.  In a 12′ trailer!  Note the integrated medicine cabinet with mirror door, GFI outlet, separate stainless lav sink (no toothbrushing in the kitchen sink) and the soft glow of the satin finish aluminum wall surfaces.  Storage below the lav is spacious.  The porcelain toilet and black water tank is opposite the vanity.  A draw curtain is included to divide the bath from the living area.

Aft, you’ll find a spacious sofabed stretching full-width across the trailer.  By day, a comfortable seating and conversation area that converts easily to a cozy bed for two.  An operable window and fantastic vent keep a cool breeze moving over the bed for comfortable sleeping.  A large, fixed picture window provides a grand view of your campsite.


A full hanging height wardrobe with separate upper storage locker complete the interior.  Thoughful touches like robe hooks and a key hanger inside the door are not overlooked.

Our quality workmanship does not end at the door.  Many manufacturers of Teardrops and larger trailers alike chose to install a prefabricated, low quality entry door. Our custom, curved top door with generous window and solid maple hardwood casing is just another way we separate ourselves from the crowd. Stainless hinge and fasteners and genuine automotive weatherstripping  means weather resistance now and for years to come.

To learn more and see Retro Travelers other models be sure and visit their website.


by Kent Griswold (Tiny House Blog)

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Christina Nellemann - October 1, 2009 Reply

Thanks Kent! I have been looking at the Retro Travelers for years. I think they have some of the nicest designs out there. However, their website has not been updated for years and I have never received a response to any of my questions. I am curious about their prices too. I wonder if there is anyone in or near Beaufort, SC who knows about them?

Michael - October 1, 2009 Reply

WOW! These trailers are amazing!

When Julia sees this she’s going to want one for sure (me too).

Anne B - October 1, 2009 Reply

There doesn’t appear to be any dinette or table option for eating.

liz goertz - October 2, 2009 Reply

they are beautiful! But there are no prices.

    Kent Griswold - October 2, 2009 Reply

    Hi Liz – give them a call at (843) 470-5005, I think they work on a per order basis and they are built custom for each person so prices change per order…Kent

Brandelic Artistry - October 2, 2009 Reply

Wow looks pretty spacious for a small trailer. My father in law is playing around with making his own teardrop trailer – I’ll have to pass him along. 🙂

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Christina Nellemann - February 4, 2010 Reply

The Retro Traveler website has been down for a few weeks. I’m not sure of the status of it, but you can find the same information and some additional photos of the trailers at the Trailerworks website.

    Kent Griswold - February 4, 2010 Reply

    Thanks Christina, I’ve updated the link in the post.

      Bruce Manchan - October 25, 2016 Reply

      Hi Kent,

      Do you happen to know how many of these trailers were built?


        Kent Griswold - October 25, 2016 Reply

        No Bruce, unfortunately I don’t. I would suggest doing some digging via the internet or try to track down the builder. It’s to bad he quit it was such a neat design!

Jo - April 8, 2010 Reply

I called 3 times and left messages. No one has ever gotten back to me.

Victoria - Ozarks Crescent Mural - September 23, 2011 Reply

Man, this bums me out so bad that they’re out of business. I’ve been eyeing this at the top of Kent’s header for a long time now and I had no idea there was an article on it until I just came across it. Out of all the designs I’ve seen for this style of trailer, this is the one that’s got my heart. What a loss! I’d buy one of these in no time. I guess it’s time to hit the search to see if I can find one for sale. I wonder how many were made.

    Kent Griswold - September 23, 2011 Reply

    That is good news, he told me they were out of business, glad to see them back.

Victoria - Ozarks Crescent Mural - September 23, 2011 Reply

Christina, thanks for that link! Based upon their website, they look like they’re still in business, so that’s good. I really want one of these.

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Alan - May 23, 2013 Reply

I’m trying to find the website. Can someone help for it seems the one here doesn’t work anymore.


    Kent Griswold - May 23, 2013 Reply

    Hi Alan, they are no longer in business, sorry!

      Alan - May 27, 2013 Reply

      Rats! Just my luck!

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