Dwell’s Top 10 Campers and Trailers of 2019

The allure of #VanLife needs no explanation—take one look at these incredible campers and trailers, and you’ll be tempted to hit the road.

Perhaps it speaks to something intrinsically nomadic within us, but the prospect of living in a well-bedecked van or bus presents a tantalizing alternative to sitting at a desk or being stuck in one place. And as these amazing mobile homes show, you don’t have to leave the comforts of home behind while living your best #VanLife. Our top 10 trailers and campers of 2019 demonstrate the beauty of life on the road: that it’s the journey—rather than the destination—that makes it all worthwhile. 

10. Before & After: A Michigan Couple Turn a School Bus Into an Adventure Mobile

The bus has a seating area, kitchen, and bed propped over the "garage," where the couple stores their gear. Mande did all the sewing herself, using foam from the old seats to make the built-in couches. "This is a space for slowing down, simplifying, and clearing the mind," say the couple.

Having spent 16 years living and working in Africa with trips to the States to visit friends and family every year, Elizabeth J.W. Spencer and her husband wanted a home that could move them coast to coast across America.

Based in South Carolina, Jacqueline and Josh LaDue gave their 31-foot RV a makeover on a budget of just $2,000.

This dynamic duo traveled to some of the world’s most beautiful places while running a successful creative business from the road. Having recently completed their second DIY conversion, Lexi and Cody continue to embrace the trials, tribulations, and joys of van life, giving the concept of an "open office" a whole new meaning. 

While many people might steer clear of old, dilapidated travel trailers, Kerri Cole and Patrick Neely of Colorado Caravan prefer to do just the opposite—which is why we’ve long been fans of their work. Last year, the Denver-based couple shared how they restored a 1969 Airstream Globetrotter on a lean $19,000 budget. Today, they're back to give us the lowdown on their latest revamp: a 1966 Airstream Safari named Margot.

The limited-edition Polydrops trailer is a lightweight, aluminum pod shaped like a geometric teardrop.

Bambi—long a nickname for Airstream’s light, single-axle offerings—launched this year as a family of approachable travel trailers.

After two years at sea with their family of five, a couple continues their tiny house lifestyle by renovating a rundown Airstream.

BORIEN Studio designed and built all of the woodwork from Canadian Ash. "The trees are being decimated by beetles, so we wanted to preserve this beautiful wood within the bus," says Robin, who is pictured at the kitchen.

The Santa Barbara, California–based luxury mobile home company Living Vehicle just launched its 2020 model with more off-grid capabilities in mind. Designed for full-time living—as opposed to vacations or long weekends—this 28-foot trailer is shaking up the recreational vehicle industry.


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