Vintage Camper Rental. Go camping in style in a fully restored retro travel trailer!

What's the big idea?

Vintage travel trailers have a huge following and “glamping” is rising in popularity.  Travel back in time at RetroRentals!  We want to offer a unique and affordable camping experience in a fully restored, vintage camper!  Each camper will have it’s own theme such as the Motown Motel, a ‘55 Detroiter; My Blue Heaven, a ‘58 Tour-A-Home; and the Travelin’ Tortoise, a 1940-something Teardrop. 
Become a tin can tourist in a RetroRental.  Be the talk of the campground.  Be a canned-ham fanatic.

Describe the nearest player in your field.

There are no companies that rent vintage campers that can be pulled to your destination.  Cruise America, a nationwide rental company or General RV, a West Michigan trailer dealership are rental companies that only rent pop-up campers and newer travel trailers.

How are you different from that player?

We are different in that we would rent vintage campers.  We offer a unique experience in camping with a very different niche in the rental business.

How does this idea scale into a big business?

We hope to restore and rent 10-20 different campers and also offer them for sale.  We can also restore campers people may already own.  We also would like to expand to other states eventually.

Why are you the one to run with this idea?

We already own a mobile RV repair service, Happy Camper Mobile RV Service LLC, therefore we can do our own restorations and repairs to keep the costs down.  We have already purchased some campers to start restorations on.  We have rented out a couple pop-ups in the past and found there is a demand.

What is a $5,000 experiment you can do to move your idea forward?

It would help us get a website up and running and offer some income to get started on the restorations of the campers we current own.  It will also help with some advertising to help kick off our grand opening this spring.

There have been 18 replies to this page

  1. Shelley Bard Austin


    Please sign in to startgarden and Endorse our idea!

  2. Joy Buchner Streeter

    Great idea! Would love to rent one with my family!!

  3. Angela Specter

    Sounds like a very fun idea, especially for those of us who are not camping fanatics!  It might encourage us to stay out of a hotel room for a few nights :).  What a fun excuse for a family weekend getaway!

  4. Stephanie Rookus Umfleet

    Click the link or go to and endorse RetroRentals!!! It’s my cousin’s business.

  5. Lynne Vriesman

    Sounds like a blast! Love the old style campers!

  6. Barbara Wellman Buchner

    Great Idea!!!

  7. Sonya Murtland Girdley

    I love camping and the old time campers, I think it’s an awesome idea! I’d rather rent or buy a used unique cool camper than one everyone else is cruising in! Great idea, good luck!

  8. Alice Schroeder

    Great idea, Shelley and Steve.  Hope your new venture is a huge success!

  9. Janet Felling

    This sounds like an awesome idea!  Keep us updated on your future success!

  10. Shelley Bard Austin


    Thanks so much for all the support!  You can like us on Facebook at Happy Camper Mobile RV Service and stay updates in our progress!

  11. Gregory A. Bugbee

    Sounds great to me!!!!!!!

  12. Vonnie Bodnar

    Most interesting idea!

  13. Don TenHoeve

    Sounds great, keep working at it!

  14. Shelley Bard Austin


    Thanks so much!  Please be sure you’re all actually hitting the ENDORSE button and not just the “like” button - only ENDORSEMENTS count!!!

  15. Marcia Rookus Bard

    sign into Start garden and ENDORSE… hurry, time is running out

  16. Shelley Bard Austin


    Make sure it says you’ve endorsed successfully!  Thanks to everyone for their votes!!!

  17. Mindy 'barton' Peterson

    congratulations on being funded!!!!  my husband and i have always wanted someone to do this idea!!!  we would totally rent a swanky camper from you!  :)

  18. Peggy Rowland Leven

    This is a GREAT idea!!!

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This idea was funded by public endorsement on January 31, 2013.