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CANON CITY, Colo. -- Labor Day is one of the busiest of the year for campgrounds. Most of them were packed this weekend.

And the Starlite Classic Campground near Canon City was no exception. However, that's where the similarities between it and other campsites ends.

Campground stuck in another era

This campground is a blast from the past.

"You get a little taste of everything here," said Sylvia Davids, the campground's owner. "I"m an addict. I've been collecting them. When I see one I can afford I say, 'Oh my God! I can't pass that one up!'"

The campground has nine vintage campers you can rent for anywhere from $79 to $140 a night.

Davids owns the place with her partner Larry Hill. They bought the campground five years ago after they met and fell in love at a vintage trailer rally.

"I had so much fun restoring that trailer that I eventually quit my job and started restoring trailers full time," Hill said.

That hobby evolved into the campground.

Classic car included

Each trailer comes with a classic car out front that still runs, and all of the campers are decorated to the nines to fit the time period and theme.

"This one's got lava lamps and an old phone and the groovy gal in the corner with her headphones," Davids said of a trailer dubbed "Shagadelic Shaggy."

Rusty Yelvington has stayed at the campground 15 times, one of many visitors trading the hustle and bustle of everyday life for life in the "past" lane.

"I guess I have stayed in almost everyone of them actually," he said.

And that's what Davids and Hill say the Starlite Classic Campground is all about. It's a trip down memory lane that leaves you wanting more, and it's a trip you won't forget.

Lasting memories

"What I really like is I want people to stay in these and experience it so when they're on vacation they may stay in a motel somewhere, they won't remember that motel tomorrow. I want them to remember staying in a camper here forever," said Hill.

If you're interested in staying at the Starlite Classic Campground, it's open until the end of September.

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