Trailers are having a moment. Even some of the most ardent outdoorsmen and women are falling under the kitschy-cool spell of the vintage charmers. Call it a more “grown-up” way to live in your car or call it nostalgia. Either way, the design creativity that can fit into 100 square feet of metal seems to have no bounds.
It doesn’t appear that the owner of this little turquoise and white number ever intended for it to double as an outdoor getaway. J. Wes Yoder bought his 1962 Shasta camper trailer to use as a backyard writing retreat. He picked it up for a song on eBay, towed it to his yard, and gutted the thing.
White walls, punctuated with classic Pendleton blankets and Le Creuset cookware turn up the charm factor and character at every (curved) corner. The addition of an outdoor shower, a luxurious bathhouse, and a wooden deck complete the backyard escape. Though Yoder originally planned to jump on the camper trend for his own use, he now rents his slice of the American dream for about the same cost as a hotel room.
Photos by Laura Dart
Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.