Meet the 1960s “Trailer for the rich”
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It’s not often that those two worlds—campers and
midcentury style—combine, but today is our lucky day. The
Holiday House Geographic is a vintage travel trailer that
boasts all the pizazz of 1960’s home design with one awesome
addition: This beauty can go anywhere you’d like to be.
One of only two in existence, the Holiday House Geographic was
designed by world-renowned industrial engineer Chuck Pelly with a
distinctive futuristic style. Made from aluminum and wood, Pelly
created the Geographic as a super limited production model. It was
dubbed the “Trailer for the rich,” with only seven actually
produced for a 1960s price tag of $8,500—about $71,000 today. The
Holiday House factory burned down in 1962, making this one of the
rarest of vintage trailers.
Oregon-based Flyte Camp
has restored the Geographic, preserving its unique style while
modernizing it with everything you might need. Flyte Camp renovated
the exterior in a two-toned champagne and moss green with bronze
colored pin stripping. New axels, brakes, wheels, and white wall
tires complete the exterior look.
Photo by Hal Thomas, courtesy of Flyte Camp New LED lighting
combines with modern amenities for a sleek, midcentury look.
Inside, the trailer features a black walnut skin that gives it a
dark, cozy feel. The cabinetry and hardwood floors are also black
walnut with custom aluminum detailing and LED strip lighting to add
a bit of glamor. A sleek kitchen includes a stainless two-burner
cooktop, a stainless-steel fridge, and a shiny sink with a built-in
A wrap-around couch makes the living area feel more like a
high-end 1960s apartment than a trailer, and custom moss-colored
upholstery and lined drapery adds to the richness. A bathroom is
divided into two parts; one side serves as a dressing room with
Marmoleum flooring and walnut countertops, while the other features
a toilet area and a stainless steel shower with a teak floor.
Photo by Hal Thomas, courtesy of Flyte Camp A kitchen area
maximizes space with drawers and sleek stainless steel accents.
Four people can sleep in the trailer with ease, either on the
front L-shaped sofa (with pillows removed) or on the gaucho couch
that extends out into the center of the trailer. Storage is found
throughout, with full extension drawers and fancy aluminum trim.
Windows open to provide air flow, and vintage sconces have been
paired with more modern LED lights to provide a spot-on
Because of its rarity and extensive renovation, this 1961
Holiday House Geographic Model X is on the market for
$250,000. That’s comparable to many of today’s more
expensive campers (like this one or this one), but the Geographic
also provides an everlasting—and priceless—dose of midcentury
Photo by Hal Thomas, courtesy of Flyte Camp The dark walnut wood
continues into the dressing and bathroom area.
Photo by Hal Thomas, courtesy of Flyte Camp A bathroom is divided
into two parts; one side serves as a dressing room, while the other
features a toilet area and a stainless steel shower with a teak
Source: FS – All – Architecture 10
Glamorous vintage camper is your midcentury dream home on wheels