Vagabond trailers were elegant, high-quality, very homey mobile homes, offered in a variety of sizes (both length and width) and layouts. The “bread box” shape became an instantly recognizable Vagabond feature, much like the Airstream became famous for its shiny aluminum exterior. Inside, they offered the comforts of home (away from home), including full kitchen, bedroom, living that could double as a guest room, and bathroom, with features like forced-air underfloor heating and quality finishes.
This Vagabond trailer has been around for more than 7 decades, but doesn’t look its age. It doesn’t look like a Vagabond either, but it is still a superb example of upcycling and what you can do in terms of breathing new life into a forgotten classic. It’s aptly called The Hudson and it is the work of Ron and Shayna from Georgia-based Darlin’ Trailers.
Everything is done in-house over a period of 10 to 15 weeks, with Ron and Shayna handling each project. They say that The Hudson, which was completed in the summer of 2021 and has since left the shop with a new owner, was one of their most challenging to date. When the 1948 Vagabond trailer reached them, it was completely gutted – and not even the shell was much to look at. It was rotten and in bad shape, so work had to start with repairing the frame before they could even think about the interior.
It was well-worth the effort: The Hudson has been turned into a proper tiny home and is a very tasteful example of upcycling. It can sleep up to four people in two separate areas, has a full kitchen, and a full bathroom, in addition to plenty of storage and space to move around. Styling is consistent throughout, elegant and homey without feeling like it’s too much of a show-off, as you might have noticed in other tinies.
That’s because the focus was always on practicality, Ron explains in one of the videos available at the bottom of the page. You can make a trailer or a tiny home a gorgeous one, but good looks mean nothing if there’s no functionality to them. So, he strove to turn this old 23-foot (7-meter) trailer into a proper livable space.
The bedroom is separated from the rest of the house with thick curtains, and sits on an elevated platform that integrates more storage. Opposite the large bed is a wardrobe, so you get additional room for all your clothes. The bathroom is at the rear end, and includes a large washbasin with vanity, a toilet, and a penny tile shower with bench seating – a very fancy touch for any type of wheeled home of this size.
Darlin’ Trailers never disclosed a price for The Hudson, but those who find it to their liking can replicate the look of it through a guide that they sell online. Basically, they’re making money both off trailer renovations and from the interior design they create for them. #Vanlife #inspo and all that. Even if you’re only window-shopping, you have to admit that The Hudson makes quite an impression, especially for a trailer this old.