VCT Magazine Issue #35
- Artistic Airstreams
- 1953 Fleetwood
- The Camper Chef
- Vintage Trailer Mash Rally
- The Future of Vintage Trailers
- Trailer Tree House
- Breadloaf Trailers Abound in the East
- Truck Campers- Homebuilt vs. Avion
- Teardrop Tourists
- Before They Were Vintage
- Laminate Countertops and Trim
- Hitched on Stitching
- Storing Cushions, A subscribers Solution
- USA Rally Calendar
By Paul Lacitinola
A new year is here, and we are more excited than ever about the vintage camper trailer hobby! Not long ago someone asked me, “How long will you be able to maintain your enthusiasm about the hobby?” At the time, I thought it was a legitimate question. I don’t think you could do what we do in the hobby if you were not immersed in it. Fortunately, the hobby has taken on so many directions for us we won’t be getting bored with it anytime soon.
This winter we have been restoring a couple of trailers that we will be showing this year. While we do as much of our own restorations as possible, we do rely on friends and other craftsman for help. I have learned that there are more qualified professionals that will save me time and do a better job than I could myself for some things. We have relied on John Green, Tim and Linda Brown and Harps RV to keep our 1955 Spartan Mid-Century Mobile Museum on track. The 28’ Spartan will be making its debut in February 2018 at the Exposure Shows in Oregon.
The Spartan project started as a gutted shell that Justin and Anna had at Flyte Camp. The trailer had been abandoned by the previous owner, but was exactly what we were looking for. The fact that it was completely gutted meant we could do whatever we wanted! Ultimately, we decided that what we really wanted was to build was a 1955 Spartan with essentially the same layout that it came with originally! Although gutted to the studs, most of the contents like the cabinets and trim were inside of the trailer. We re-wired the trailer (for 12v and 110v), insulated everything with foam core and installed a new birch ceiling and wall panels. We re-purposed the originally cabinetry and trim (leaving some patina) to give the trailer a “vintage feel”.
The trailer will be our camper, office and museum as we travel to rallies and other events. We used new materials in the build to make it comfortable. Wilsonart Laminates, Forbo Marmolium Flooring, Dometic Air Conditioning and a Parallax Power Supply. The final touch will be blinds from www.blinds.com.
We hope to see you at an event so you can see our new build. The trailer will have hundreds of pieces of vintage camping gear on board and be a fun look-back at the vintage artifacts that were used during the mid-century. We will feature photos of the finished trailer in the next issue of the VCT Magazine.
We have rescued a couple of more barn fresh Masonite trailers that we hope to clean-up and share soon. This summer, we will be announcing a special, one-of-a-kind trailer that is a part of trailering history. It is our next project and we need to get it done to stay on schedule. Participating in so many aspects of the hobby we don’t have time to get burned out! See you at a Trailerfest, Boot Camp or another rally!