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Motel Camper is the Glamping Answer to Your Accommodation Questions

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Listed on Airbnb and featured in Country Living, House Beautiful, and Tiny House Swoon, Motel Camper in Austin may just be the glamping headquarters you need from which to tour the city and its amazing surroundings.

Back in 2015, this 1962 Vintage Beeline Camper was posted on Craigslist. Chris Sawey saw its potential and set out to restore it. Incorporating a number of space-saving features, Sawey turned this 80-square-foot space into a tiny dream home on wheels. Then he rented it out as a popular vacation spot for Texas Hill Country tourists wishing to spend the night in the state capital.

Considerably proud of his work (and rightfully so), Sawey named the project Motel Camper and added amenities such as a fully-functional kitchen, a shower, a twin bed which folds out into a full, and a secret storage basement! In all, he invested $8,000 in the camper renovation. He removed old wood, ripped out floors which were infested with wasps, and added his custom touches to make it the unique sort of place that people would look for when visiting the city that’s known for keeping it weird.

Motel Camper is the Glamping Answer to Your Accommodation Questions in Austin

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The results are astounding, and since then, Sawey has moved on to even more wonderful projects. However, in the meantime, let yourself be mesmerized by this retro trailer and the thoughtful curb appeal with which Sawey injected it. The interior is just as lovely as its rustic exterior, reminiscent of summers gone by when you, perhaps, vacationed with your family in a similar model – only now it’s improved! This eco-friendly project took some time and money out of Sawey’s hands, but the return on investment was far worth it, complete with a rainwater collection system, biodegradable toilet paper, toothpaste, and soap.