There’s a secret little spot in Joshua Tree, California. It runs on solar power, has a professional recording/film editing studio, and features a saltwater pool. It has a vending machine that would make Dale Watson and Frank Booth proud, serving $2 Lone Star and PBR. Just like summer camp there’s archery, target practice, ping pong, campfires, and an outhouse. But instead of tents and teenagers, Hicksville Trailer Palace is an oasis of throwback tiki touches and inspired vintage campers.
But maybe I’d start with a walk on the wild side. Designed in honor of Lux Interior, The Lux is a tiki bar-meets-punk rock camper that’s decked with a Cramps-filled Jukebox and a black-and-white TV with horror–and only horror–movies. Mean Machine, indeed.
Or maybe I’d choose The Sweet, a 70s-inspired 22′ Airstream with its mirrored ceiling, shag carpet, electric fireplace, record player AND an 8-track deck. It’s like Eric Forman’s basement on wheels!
But I’m also a sucker for Barbie Baroque. Owner Morgan Higby Night compares a night in The Fifi to “being inside a genie bottle,” and I can see why. Plus, Fifi was designed by the owners of one of my favorite shops in New Orleans—Fifi Mahoney’s–(where I bought my first and last pink wig).
I like them all (see more photos below, also from their website). But maybe the coolest thing is that you can rent the whole campground with a few of your besties–and they’ll throw in the tiki bar. (They welcome dogs, too!) Too bad Joshua Tree is quite a jaunt for us East Coast hipsters–looks like we’re stuck with KOA for now…
There are even more photos of Hicksville’s swell trailers on their website, or check out this interview with Higby Night for more dirt on these desert digs.