The Swanky Shasta

Price, location, and condition will probably determine which lucky camper ends up with me, but I am partial to the Shasta Airflyte. I love its retro toaster look, and it’s a great size (around 14′ and 1300 pounds–I think the Volvo can handle that). Here’s a beautiful one that a savvy baker and business woman in California carts to cater her tasty treats to hungry campers everywhere:

Enjoy Cupcakes' homepage image of camper and cupcakes

Visit Enjoy Cupcakes' vintage Shasta camper and delightful cakery at http://www.enjoycupcakes.com

Here’s a little history about the Shasta Trailer Company (circa 1941): They started out building trailers more for military families than road trip warriors. The mini-homes-on-wheels were lightweight and affordable, so they soon became a hit with American vacationers who had more means to travel after World War II. Those great wings on many models were added in the late 1950s and lasted until shortly after the company was sold to Coachmen RV in 1976. The campers took on a more beige look (both literally and figuratively) in the 80s and 90s, but in 2008, Coachmen began making replicas of the vintage version–but with modern comforts. It’s cute, but it’s missing the charm of those early models, don’t you think?

New model of the Shasta camper

New (but is it improved?) Shasta Camper

Here’s a gorgeous 1962 pre-restoration Shasta that was once owned by this man. Read about its amazing renovation and see an interior photo in this Ottawa Magazine article by Sarah Brown, published on February 9, 2009.

1962 Shasta Airflyte

1962 Shasta Airflyte (It looks pretty great pre-restoration)

So, the Shasta Airflyte is on the top of my ReCamp wish list.

Green and white Shasta camper

I borrowed this photo from a nice blog about one family's six-month cross country trip. Visit them at http://tour.airstreamlife.com/

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3 Responses to The Swanky Shasta

  1. Kim Vance says:

    Just bought a 1958 Shasta Airflyte!! Looking for sink, stove, wings in Texas or nearby! Mine is yellow and white!

  2. blinkpack says:

    Josh here from the BlinkPack blog. I’m the guy who just bought a 1969 Shasta Compact on a complete whim. Good to connect. Cheers!

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