Staying at a fancy hotel while on a trip is certainly a wonderful idea. However, we also have to admit that nothing can compare to the thrill that you get out of camping. Or glamping, for that matter. Indeed, modern campervans and trailers have made staying outdoors much more comfortable, not to mention sophisticated. From campervans with a luxury apartment-like interior to camping trailers with built-in party decks, we now introduce you to these retro campers with a detachable roof that doubles as a boat. Just how cool is that!
The American Dream Trailer, going by the name of its Oregon-based company, features a 650-pound fiberglass camper body. Built atop a 4×8-foot steel tube frame, the unique camper includes a removable roof that also serves as a rowboat. This makes it an excellent choice for campers who enjoy going on road trips and fishing at the same time.
“The principle of the trailer company is to help people remove themselves from the ruts of daily life. The idea of keeping things simple, small and smart is the framework for spontaneous vacations from the habitual routines of today’s culture.”
This retro camper revives a classic concept of smartly incorporating a boat into a camper
The boat is secured to the trailer via five hood latches. The trailer also comes with a secondary roof below the boat. So, there’s no need to worry about sun or rain exposure inside when the boat is in use. Designed to carry up to three persons, the detachable boat can also run on a two-horsepower motor.
The trailer can comfortably sleep two adults and carry up to 2,000 pounds. Each unit is custom-built, with basic inclusions like a convertible bed, a cabin side table, and some storage cubbies.
It also comes equipped with a power supply, interior power outlets, Bluetooth stereo and light fixtures. In addition, it includes a tailgate which comes in handy for food preparation and supply storage.
“The Classic American Dream Trailer is a blank canvas ready to be customized, accessorized and recognized. Half the fun of teardrops is making your trailer unique.”
The price starts at a little over $12,000 for each unit of the American Dream Trailer. Depending on the style and inclusions, the price can go high up to $16,000 or more. Other optional customizations include gel coat color, spider hub caps, aluminum roof vent and trailer cover, among others.
While the concept of these retro campers may instantly blow your mind, it’s not entirely new. In fact, campers with boat roof have been around since the 50’s. Among the most popular of which was the 1954 Kom-Pak Sportsman Travel Trailers, designed for the 1954 Ford Courier.
Here are a few images of the original design of the boat-roofed trailer which appeared on different auctions years ago