Tuesday, August 16, 2022


Shady Dell where vintage trailers shine

Julianne G. Crane at Shady Dell. (Jimmy W. Smith)

The Shady Dell, in mile-high Bisbee, Ariz., is a place where “midcentury Modernism is alive and well.”

There are nine completely restored vintage aluminum travel trailers and you’re invited to stay in any one of them.

“Our sleek collection of vintage travel trailers are all perfectly restored to combine mid-century Americana kitsch with the comforts of home in a way that only the 1950s were capable of,” according to the Web site.

Vintage Airstream trailers. (Julianne G. Crane)

The collection includes a 1949 Airstream, 1950 Spartanette, 1957 El Ray and 1951 Royal Mansion.

In addition to the period trailers, there is a classic 1947 Chris-Craft yacht permanently dry docked. The 38-foot pleasure boat sleeps two and is said to be popular with newlyweds.

Source: Dot’s Diner

For eating in vintage style, there is Dot’s Diner,  a 1957 Valentine model that has been restored in art deco style. Built in Wichita Kansas, the authentic diner was originally delivered to the corner of Ventura and Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Los Angeles. It was run by Dot Bozeman, chief cook and bottle washer until 1999. 

Nowadays, the 10-stool diner serves breakfast and lunch. We had Dot’s Dog (comes with bag of chips) for under $5 and milk shake with real ice cream for $4.

Bisbee is captivating and full of historic buildings, museums, art galleries, antique shops, hidden walkways and plenty of ghosts. Its close proximity to the Chiricahua National Forest, Cochise Stronghold, and the Ramsey Canyon Nature Conservancy, provides many opportunities for bird watching, rock hunting, biking, hiking or just leisurely explorations of the wonders of southern Arizona’s  high desert area.

For more information:
The Shady Dell RV Park
1 Douglas Road, Bisbee, AZ 85603
Phone: [520] 432-1112

Bisbee is southeast of Tucson on Hwy 80 near the Mexico border.

Julianne G. Crane  

To read more articles on the RV lifestyle go to www.RVWheelLife.com.

Photos: Top: Julianne G. Crane in front of Shady Dell sign. (Jimmy W. Smith). Bottom: Six of the vintage aluminum travel trailers. (Julianne G. Crane).


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