Man and woman playing cards at a table inside one of the Argosy trailers in Coshocton (photo courtesy of Ben Croghan)
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Book a Stay in a Vintage Argosy Trailer

Coshocton’s KOA Holiday campground offers a way for couples to kick back in style at one of two retro travel trailers built by Ohio-based Airstream.

Living the RV life with all the comforts of home looks cozy from all the Instagram posts we’ve seen. But it also looks like a lot of work — driving hundreds of miles from campsite to campsite and always glancing behind you to make sure your mobile home hasn’t slipped the hitch. The Coshocton KOA Holiday campground offers the chance to test the waters with its two Argosy trailers, which are permanently parked at campsites complete with a fire pit and patio.

“The Argosys are an experiential stay,” says KOA Holiday campground owner Ryan McPeek. “It gives people the chance to try out an RV and experience vintage camping.”

Made by Ohio-based recreational vehicle manufacturer Airstream in the 1970s, the 24- and 30-foot-long Argosy trailers are rich in amenities, including a full bathroom and shower, kitchen and sleeping space for up to four. The 30-foot 1979-built Argosy, which McPeek rehabbed with the help of his mother, father and wife, Camille, has a retro-modern feel with dark wood countertops and white tile backsplash in the kitchen.

Meanwhile, stepping into the smaller, 1975-built trailer transports you back in time. The original interior’s vintage stylings include lime-green countertops and upholstery that could’ve belonged to your grandmother. While the trailers were made decades ago, their classic Airstream design cues stand the test of time.

“Compared to a modern RV, the windows let a lot more light in, which makes a small space feel bigger,” says McPeek, who notes the Argosys are available to book from mid-April through mid-November. “They’re a neat item for our campground and something most places don’t have.” 24688 County Rd. 10, Coshocton 43812, 740/502-9245, koa.com/campgrounds/coshocton