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Vintage Trailer Christmas Tree

Updated on October 2, 2014

I bet you're wondering what to put on a Vintage Trailer Christmas Tree

There are lots and lots of things to go on this tree. It's not just about the trailers or motorhomes, it's about the journey in our vintage trailers. So lets start with a story.

For twenty years we tent camped all over the country with our trusty tent. One day, when we were setting up the tent in rain and sleet, a truck and camper pulled in across from us. The couple got out, climbed into the camper and 20 minutes later climbed back out with steaming cups of hot coffee. We looked at each other and had a camper the next week.

The camper was vintage but we didn't know about the vintage stuff. Not long after that, we found a 1959 Dalton. It was small, 15' from hitch to bumper. While not better than the camper, it was a different experience. Soon we were hooked. We finally ended up with a 1974 fiberglass trailer called the Perris Pacer and our one-of-a-kind teardrop trailer. It's sort of addicting.

So what goes on a vintage trailer Christmas tree? The journey of course. Every vintage trailer camper has a story but it always starts at the beginning.

More photo's of the tree

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Another photo of the treeCloseup of some of the ornaments not to mention my vintage trailer toys.
Another photo of the tree
Another photo of the tree
Closeup of some of the ornaments not to mention my vintage trailer toys.
Closeup of some of the ornaments not to mention my vintage trailer toys.

The Journey begins

The journey started in a tent. For 20 years, the tent went everywhere from Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon. We still use this tent today when the trailers just don't seem to be appropriate for the journey. We have to pay tribute to that time with camping items on our tree.

Tent camping ornaments

Everyone needs a lantern. Two ornaments are shown here because you either prefer a lantern with mantles (which are brighter) or the propane lantern. There must be a tent and a sleeping bag.

The truck and the camper

For the record, vintage is 25 years or older for a trailer and 20 years for a motorhome. Campers are considered in the trailer group. Teardrops are always considered vintage regardless of age as they as built on the old plans. Oh, and by the way, a truck camper, also called a slide-in, is still called a camper.

The road trip in the camper took us from California to Maine. It was a three week trip and an amazing journey.


OK, so I just had to have this. You can see it on my tree.

Truck Camper RV Ornament
Truck Camper RV Ornament

Who knew that there was an ornament for a camper. This is way too cute!


I created this to show off my vintage trailer Christmas tree. However, as new ornaments are added and other sell out, it is continually updated as is my tree. The camper and teardrop are new, discovered when this lens was updated. I just found a new flamingo ornament that I do not have. You can bet that it will be on the tree soon. While it is a traditional tree in our home, it changes as we find new things. It's so much fun!

The 1959 Dalton

From the camper we moved up to the Dalton. This is a comfortable trailer with a stove and an ice box. Not a lot of amenities but comfortable.

Never miss a chance to show off my trailer

Every time we leave town and head out on Hwy 10, we pass the dinosaurs at Cabazon, Ca. It is now a family tradition to stop and eat at the Wheel Inn and then take a picture of whatever trailer we have at the time being threatened by the dinosaurs.

The flamingo on my tree


What do flamingos have to do with vintage trailers?

For whatever reason, probably has to do with trailer parks, no self-respecting vintage trailerite is without a flamingo. They may not display it but I will bet they have one somewhere. So let's look at Flamingo ornaments.

I have several on the tree, this is my favorite.

Flamingo lights

Kurt Adler UL0763 Flamingo Light Set, 10 Light
Kurt Adler UL0763 Flamingo Light Set, 10 Light

You may not want to overdo the lights but a string of flamingos is never inappropriate. After all, these are trailers.


Palm tree ornaments and lights

Vintage trailer folks would not overlook the palm tree. After all, what does the flamingo stand under? If you find palm tree ornaments and lights, it's not necessary to overdo it but come on, you need at least one.

The Teardrop

Notice a theme here. We are at the Wheel Inn eating breakfast while the dinosaur threatens our teardrop. This teardrop is a one of a kind and took us to Nebraska to the International Teardrop Gathering. We don't always take the Dalton. The teardrop is just as comfortable and completely self-contained.

My latest finds

Just had to have these!
Just had to have these! | Source

Really, a teardrop ornament? - How cool is that?

Vintage Camper Ornament
Vintage Camper Ornament

This page is constantly changing because I keep finding more items for my tree. The teardrop is the latest ornament to grace my vintage trailer tree.



Traveling in a trailer means that you are heading to some sort of destination. There are ornaments for those too. Pictured here is Mount Rushmore. We traveled there in the teardrop.

Landmark Ornaments

Collect them as you go. Anytime you see a destination ornament at a place you have been, add it to the collection. We have been to a lot of places. My luggage always seems to have a carefully wrapped glass ornament to bring back.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Merry Christmas! Very much enjoyed my visit. :)

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      Cash4now 5 years ago

      Loved your stories...but most of all love the camping trailers. Not to many vintage trailers around anymore. Keep camping and here's a 'samore' toast to your travels.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      peace, love and all that good stuff. If you like to browse lens like I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      Positivevibestechnician 6 years ago

      Road trip!!! looks like fun

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      I've been attempting to persuade my husband that this is what we should do after the kids are gone. So far he isn't hearing me, but I'm slowing wearing him down. Thoroughly enjoyed my visit with you.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens so much. We have a vintage GMC motor home and are hoping to take a few trips next year. I love your Christmas ornament selections. We have friends who live in their motor home year-round and yes, they have flamingoes. Happy new year!

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      This was a fun read! :)

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Several fun ideas to remember and commemorate your camping adventures - Both the photos from the Wheel Inn and the ornaments. Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I gave up tent camping a few years ago but I think I could dig trailer travels. Now to convince the hubby ... and upgrade from a 4-cylinder truck to something that can haul more weight. Happy Holidays - love your ornaments and the stories behind 'em.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      You know you made me smile this morning ... first of all, I am thinking of that dinosaur building on Rt. 19 in Spring Hill ... and now I am thinking about the Christmas tree that I got for mom's fifth wheel -- it sits in the middle of the floor, the tree NOT the fifth wheel, and it is a lit palm tree. Ho HO HO! Merry Christmas.

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      desilegend 6 years ago

      Very unusual ornaments! Well done!

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      @Virginia Allain: Virginia, you are a genius! Great idea that I did not think of.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Love the vintage trailer ornaments!

      If you want souvenirs on a budget, pick up a drink coaster from restaurants along the way. Punch a hole in it and hang it on the tree.