Our Passion

Restoring functional fun!
Feel at home in vintage style!
You can't be Classic!
Vintage brands!
Saving the past through restoration!
Experts in Vintage Campers!
Bring your family around a vintage vacation!
A classic style for everyone!
Blending the modern together with classic!
When even the logos were works of art!
A classic campers are head turners!
Another classic camper with a new lease on life!
No detail is too small!
Bringing a little of the past everywhere you go!

“Restoration & Customization”



About Us

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The who & why

Heintz Designs

Our History

Heintz Designs' Vintage Restoration Team grew from the passion & hobby of its founder, Tim Heintz. For over 20 years Tim has been collecting and restoring vintage RV/trailer coaches and displaying them at various vintage RV shows and museums. Because of our love of vintage trailers Heintz Designs is committed to providing its clients with the same quality restoration that we would provide for a trailer in our own vintage collection. We enjoy and understand the excitement that is felt by a new vintage trailer owner but we also respect and appreciate the love and pride possessed by vintage trailer owners who have had their trailers for many years.

Location

where you can find us

Heintz Designs Vintage Trailer Restorations is centrally located in Panama City, Florida.  Our location in the panhandle of Florida enables us to provide our services throughout the southeast and beyond. We offer custom restorations for a wide variety of venues which include, but are not limited to, Vintage Trailer Coaches, Vintage Travel Trailers, Tear Drop Trailers, Vintage Mobile Homes, Canned Ham Trailers, Vintage Camping Accessories, and Much More. You can also find us attending several of the classic and vintage RV events in the nation!

Learn more

Everyone is talking

Social media savvy? You can learn a lot more about us from interviews, podcasts, and media specials on us. We have even been featured on the Travel Channel's 'Extreme RVs!'

Community

Part of a family

This is a labor of love for us. What keeps the spark alive is the amazing people and organizations in the Classic/Vintage RV community. You won't find a better bunch of people anywhere. It really is a family, and just like with family we are here to help anyway we can to help you restore that love affair with your family through your classic RV!



Sales

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RV Sales & Consignment
  • Ford Model T Automobile Telescoping Apartment


    FOR SALE – Ford Model T Automobile Telescoping Apartment (Vintage Camper) $37,500

    HEINTZ DESIGNS is listing this rig for a local friend and any interested party should contact the owner directly at herb.spies@gmail.com

    Using today’s terminology, the best way to describe this vehicle is that it is like a truck with a pickup camper that has a slide out compartment on each side of the camper. But this is not a modern vehicle. This vehicle is a Ford Model T, that is 96 years old and the “pickup camper” design with the slide outs is even older. It is very rare in that it only two campers like this exist in the USA today.
    In 1916 Gustav De Bretteville of San Francisco invented and advertised an Automobile Telescope Apartment for sale in many magazines like Popular Science and Popular Mechanics. Thanks to Google’s scanning of many library collections these magazines are still accessible on the internet. (Search for TELESCOPE APARTMENT in Google Books or look at the Model T forum link at the bottom of this page)
    De Bretteville was advertising an “Apartment” or camper that could be easily affixed to the back of a Model T Ford roadster once the trunk was removed. The intriguing thing about his device was that it “telescoped out” to a cabin twice as long and 3 times as wide in the back telescoped section. Mr. De Bretteville didn’t call the telescoping sections “slide-outs” but this was the the world’s first slide out camper. In fact, this device had a patent issued in 1916 for its novel telescoping action. De Bretteville then offered this camper for sale at the price of $100 in 1916, FOB San Francisco, California. An original 16-page brochure about the Telescope Apartment will be included with the vehicle.
    Only one Telescoping Apartment has survived, and it was found in California by David Woodworth, a noted collector of vintage RVs. Much of his collection was sold to the RV/MH museum in Elkhart IN and the surviving Telescoping Apartment is there in the museum today.
    In 2009, I started a project to reproduce another Telescoping Apartment. A trip to the RV museum produced the necessary measurements, photographs and knowledge of how the device worked. At first it wasn’t obvious how the sliding compartments worked, but a hands-on inspection cleared up the mystery of how the slide outs worked.
    I then found a suitable Model T roadster and completed a frame off restoration on it. Then over the next few years I built the 4 compartments that make up the Telescoping Apartment. There is a main front cabin, a sliding rear cabin and a left and right cabinet that each slide out of the rear cabin. The left slide out cabinet contains all that is required for an outside kitchen and the right cabinet has 4 drawers for storage.
    The Model T Ford Roadster or Runabout is a 1924 model. It has a clean Florida title. I restored it in the 2009/2010-time frame. It was totally disassembled, cleaned to bare metal, epoxy primed and painted with PPG Concept Acrylic Urethane. The driveline was taken apart and restored. The engine was disassembled and found to be in good condition except for the magneto. The Model T had a distributor which was reused. Texas T disk brakes were added to handle the increased weight of the vehicle and the camper stops good. The car runs well now and has been driven about 500 miles since restoration. It is always trailered to events.
    This camper vehicle which would have been, called a “house car” back in the day, has been furnished with period accessories and has a fully equipped kitchen to include a Coleman Stove and Lantern, pots and pans, enamelware dishes, a enamelware coffee pot, silverware, a display of canned supplies, a first aid kit, a tire patch kit, a folding table, 2 folding chairs, a running board cooler, and even a kitchen sink. All accessories are included and pack up inside the main cabin after all the telescoping cabinets are returned into the traveling position. The cooler is mounted on the running board for easy access.
    When the apartment is fully open, the cabin is long enough to have a twin sized mattress, 2 windows for ventilation, a back door that can be closed for protection, a bookrack and electric lights just as advertised in the original brochure. The back door is hinged from the top and can be held in a horizontal position to form a roof over the rear opening to the sleeping area. Around this, there is a curtain that can be snapped in place to make a dressing room at the rear of the camper.
    We have taken it to numerous automobile or camping events each year. It always draws a crowd and people will line up to discuss the vehicle because they haven’t seen a vehicle like it. It’s really amazing for the interest it draws and is always a hit at a show, be it a local event, or a national car show.
    Notable events the camper has been invited to be shown at and won awards include:
    Hilton Head Concours De Elegance (Palmetto Award) , Lake Mirror Concours in Lakeland FL, Edison and Ford Winter Estate Antique Car Show in Ft Myers, FL (Best in Show), the Plains Georgia Car Show where it was judged by President Carter and won a best of award, the Tin Can Tourists Winter Convention in FL (Best in Show) and Caffeine and Octane at the Beach Show on Jekyll Island GA (Best of Show).
    BTW, a best of show award at the Caffeine and Octane show for a Model T is quite an honor at a show featuring million-dollar custom and exotic cars.
    This link is to a Model T forum thread that provides more in-depth information about the camper.
    http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/257047/259005.html
    The Ford Model T Telescoping Apartment (camper) is located near Destin FL and is priced at $37,500.
    Please note that while the car is a restored Ford Model T the Telescoping Apartment is a replica of a camper made in 1916 and the camper was not a Ford product.

     

  • 1949 Spartanette 24′


    1949 Spartanette model ’24’

    REDUCED! 2020 New Year Special 20% of original asking price.  $̶4̶8̶,̶9̶0̶0̶.̶0̶0̶  $39,120.00

    This Spartanette is 24′ in overall length and weighs approximately 3,680 pounds per original factory specs. The exterior of the trailer is in excellent condition with only one minor dent located behind the front-end TCT emblem. The exterior has also been professionally painted in a two tone silver color with window frames all being polished aluminum. Running gear is in great condition including the trailer brakes and the trailer tires (including the spare) were purchased new Spring 2019.  Front hitch has a modern break-away system with battery as well as the factory original single propane tank in working condition. There has also been a $500+ Andersen Anti-sway/Weight Distribution system installed that is included with the trailer.  Interior of the trailer retains the original floor plan with a front living room that includes a ‘click clack’ style sofa bed, and a small concealed flat screen TV. Center kitchen has hot/cold water with a small 6 gallon electric water heater, vintage stove/oven combo, and a modern electric only refrigerator. Rear private bedroom has two twin size beds as well as a street side entry door with wooden screen door. Trailer has custom TCT details in the closet venting screens as well as the large vinyl decal on the side of the trailer celebrating the 100th anniversary (2019) of the Tin Can Tourists, an international camping organization founded in 1919. This trailer belonged to the TCT president and was used to promote / attended  the official  year long anniversary events.  This 1949 Spartanette is ready to roll and can be used fully once purchased!  Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment to see the trailer today!

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  • 1951 Spartan Custom Mansion 5th Wheel


    Florida
    No
    Clear Florida Title 
    For Sale! Custom 5th wheel conversion from a 1951 Spartan Mansion


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