A16 Backpacker's Swapmeet 2019

Posted by Adventure 16 | 04.04.2019

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Come buy, sell or trade gear! This is a fun opportunity to get rid of unused gear, update to new gear and meet other fun lovin' outdoor folks.  We only do this once a year.  Don’t miss it!

• FREE to get in, FREE space to sell or swap!


• Screaming deals on used outdoor gear & clothing 


• Great deals and sale items will also be indoors in A16's retail stores


Vanlife Village

Food Truck breakfast burrito


• Meet manufacturer's Reps (Vendor Village in San Diego)


Saturday, May 18
San Diego  A16
4620 Alvarado Canyon Road
8am – 11am - Swapmeet hours
8am – 6pm - Inside store hours

Saturday, May 18
West L.A. A16
11161 West Pico Blvd.
9am – 11am - Swapmeet hours
9am – 7pm Inside store hours



• Arrive at least 1 hour early to set up your spot in Adventure 16’s parking lot. First come, first serve on the best spaces.

• No vehicles will be allowed in selling area.


 QUESTIONS? Please email us at info@adventure16.com





Join us for a celebration of all things Vanlife.

Our Customers, employees and several RV dealerships will have their converted vans and unique trailers on display for your enjoyment and inspiration.



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#vanlife  #homefree  #roamfree  #homeiswhereyouparkit  #tinyhome  #vanadventures  #homeonwheels  #simpleliving 


vw vans


Learn how to gear up and get out there!  Popular vanlife gear and Vintage VW Vans will be on display (similar to A16's first official "Shop Van"--a 1962 Volkswagen Type 2/T1 bus that was used to schlep products between stores, and other adventures.)  


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Winnebago Revel 4WD Van  |  SylanSport Go Trailer  |  Airstream Basecamp Trailer  |  Johnson Custom Van Solutions






No need to stop for breakfast, save time and eat here at the Food Truck!

Plan to buy breakfast at the swapmeet Food Truck, featuring Breakfast Burritos and more from Epic Eatz (San Diego) and Tacos Super Gallito (West L.A.)


epic eats food truck

Epic Eatz - San Diego: 7:00am - 10:00am



tacos super food truck

Tacos Super Gallito - West L.A.: 8:30am - 11:00am







A Brief History of A16's Swapmeet


In 1973 A16 opened our first "real" retail store in an old log house in El Cajon, CA. (Previously we sold hand-madecustom packs and other gear out of our founder's garage and later, a quonset hut). That same year, we held our first Backpacker's Swapmeet, a community event modeled after the "Mountain Man's Rendezvous"--a real-life historic gathering of hunters, trappers and other outdoor types who would gather once a year to trade goods, party and participate in the lively festivities. Now, 46 years later, we're still embracing that concept of providing a community event where outdoorsy folks can come, swap adventure stories, resupply their outdoor gear and, of course, have fun! 


original A16 store

Gathering around the Adventure 16 cabin for our first Backpacker Swap Meet.



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