What Can You Do With An Old Travel Trailer?

Your travel trailer won’t last forever and, in fact, the life expectancy of many travel trailers is around 10 years. 

But what do you do with it, when it’s no longer functioning the way you want it to?

Surprisingly, there are quite a few things you can do with an old travel trailer, before you buy one of our favorite popup campers to replace it, we’ve put together a list of the best ideas below. 


Convert It Into A Portable Bar

Convert It Into A Portable Bar

We’re not joking. Old campers are really good for turning into portable bars, that’s because campers are quite prone to mildew and mold on the canvas sides.

And sadly, it’s not cheap to buy new sides for a travel trailer (to the point where it is often better to buy a new camper than new sides).

However, you can easily remove the sides and convert the trailer into a portable bar, there are, in fact, plenty of converted campers that are used as bars in outdoor food courts and the like.

If you want some ideas on how to do this check out this story of a Mobile Tiki Bar

Use It For A Hunting Shack

Use It For A Hunting Shack

If the issue with your travel trailer is not that the sides are going but that it’s no longer rolling freely down the highways, then it might be time to consider a more static use.

It can be placed in a permanent location easily enough (as long as you own the land or have permission to use the land).

And one great way to use it would be to place it in the woods and then use it as a hunting shack, of course, this would be best done with a smaller trailer not a giant RV. 

Convert It Into A Pop Up Shop

Convert It Into A Pop Up Shop

This isn’t so far removed from using your old travel trailer as a bar. The mobile popup shop has become a big feature in many cities. 

So, why not remove the canvas siding, add a shelf or two and create a mobile store on wheels? 

This was done by a handmade shoe brand, Freda Salvador, with a certain amount of aplomb. 

Make A Food Truck Out Of It

Food Truck

If you’re not into beer and you don’t like the idea of running a mobile store, then why not a mobile burger van or a coffee shop, instead?

Food trucks are really expensive and if you’re just starting out trying to build a restaurant empire, you might not have the money available to buy one but a converted travel trailer?

That’s cheaper and it can have a real eye-catching appeal too.

Use It For Ice Fishing

No joke. In fact, this is a very common use for old travel trailers in certain parts of the country.

All you need is some airbags underneath so that you can lower it down (or you can raise it up on skirting) and then a hole in the floor and you can start fishing in your travel trailer!

Sell It Online

Sell It Online

If it’s not in you to renovate your old travel trailer, you could always sell it to someone who will. 

Craigslist, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, etc. are all good places to get your travel trailer listed and you won’t need to spend a fortune to market it.

If you want to maximize your returns on this and you’ve got time to spare, it’s often more profitable to break a travel trailer down into parts and sell them separately. 

Give It To A Charity

Give It To A Charity

There are a lot of charities out there that would be delighted to receive an old travel trailer, just ask around in your area and see if you can find one that would be interested.

If they are, they’ll usually pick up your travel trailer, help you out with a tax deduction and there are even charities out there that can offer you some vacation vouchers as part of the deal.

That means you help out people in need and get a nice little reward for it. 

Sell It To A Salvage Yard

Salvage Yard

If you can’t sell your travel trailer online, then a scrap or salvage yard will take it off your hands, though prepare to be disappointed with how much they will pay for it.

You could also try a COD automotive buyer which is like a salvage yard, except they pick up the trailer from you. They still don’t pay very much, though. 

See If The Fire Department Wants It

The Fire Department

If you’ve exhausted the other options on this list, then your local fire department might appreciate it. 

They won’t be converting or driving it, mind you, they’ll be setting it on fire so that they can practice putting it out. 

Final Thoughts On Old Travel Trailers

Just because an old travel trailer is past being useful for camping, it doesn’t mean you need to throw it out.

As you can see, there are plenty of great uses for old travel trailers out there. 

Of course once you’ve reused an old travel trailer, you’ll probably also want something to camp in, so why not check out these amazing truck campers, or these cool bike campers or these great camper van brands

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