Lost in the 60’s old RV travel trailer restored

 Lost in the 60’s old RV travel trailer restored

John and Terry O'Brien love old travel trailers.lostinsixtiesA

From their Silver Springs, FL home, the New York transplants did one up in the style of the Fifties a couple of years ago. It was so unique that the Travel Channel saw it at an RV show they were covering, did a feature on it and as a result, John received an offer he couldn't refuse.

So when they saw an old beat up old 1987 16-foot Casita travel trailer in a junkyard not long afterwards, they knew it was time for another restoration project.

The old trailer they sold was was themed for the fifties. It just made sense – since they were married in 1961 – to make this one Sixties-styled.

The result of their spectacular “Lost in the 60's” restoration.

I caught up with them at the Florida RV Supershow, where they were showing off their creation as part of a group of restoration and old-RV enthusiasts called the “Tin Can Tourists.”

They gave me a nifty little tour of their old trailer. I think you'll agree when you see the video, this one was over the top.

What's next? They want to do an old trailer up in a Parrothead/Margarita theme honoring Jimmy Buffett's contribution to the culture.

How come they are so good at this? John's hobby is restoring antique cars. Terry loves decorating.

If you attend the big RV shows, look for them and the Tin Can Tourist group. You'll enjoy the visit.

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at RVLifestyle.com. He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.


  • Love this video, Mike. Thanks for spotting it and taking the time to show us all. Quite the project!!!

  • Love the little vintage fiberglass trailers. Last year I came across a rally of cute little Boler Trailers. Most of them had been totally customized. It was so cool to see all the different ideas folks had come up with.

  • Sweet! I can almost smell the incense burning…………

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