|This 1951 Royal Spartanette was purchased on e-bay in November 2004. It arrived to us from Oswego NY and was destined for Denver CO. Our job was to make it road worthy within a 2 week time frame. No, the Cub Cadet was not the tow vehicle, at least not to Denver.|
|It looked as though the suspension and axles had sat in dirt since new with the springs severely rusted as well as one spring hanger that was completely shot.|
|We replaced the hanger, all springs, shackles, shackle bolts, u-bolts, center equalizer as well as some of the brake wiring. We also greased the wheel bearings, added new seals and we were ready to roll..........almost.|
|The next step was to reinforce the frame and replace the old 1 7/8" coupler. The exterior light and brake wiring ran through the frame and was in good condition.|
|The propane line as well as the wiring was relocated further back on the frame and both sides were plated with 1/4" steel.|
|Lots of torch work and welding.|
|With the addition of a new Reese straight line hitch assembly the trailer made it safe and sound to its new home in Colorado.|
|Next is a 1947 Curtis Wright that had a rather large tree branch go through the roof. This is OK until it rains.|
|I bet this would make anybody say 'Oh s&%t.|
|Off comes the outer skin and the lovely fiberglass insulation.|
|It still amazes me that trailers can be held
together by so little material. Case in point, the ribs are only a bit
thicker than the sheet metal itself and they are far and few between.
More pictures later.
|A friends calls and sez....."Hey I found this little round camper in the middle of the woods, wanna take a look?" Here's what I found. From exhaustive research (about 1/2 hr) I found that this was made in the 40's by a company called 'Tourer'. The prior owner must have needed the frame for something as it was long gone.|
|I've got to believe that there are a bunch of squirrels pretty mad at me for taking their country home, I bet they'll get over it. This thing was covered 4-5" deep inside with all sorts of leaves, pine cones, etc.|
|With a couple truck camper jacks and a trailer frame we had around the shop......|
|TaDaaaaa. Yes, our old Cub Cadet really gets a work out.|
|Fast forward. A good friend thought this would look good behind his Ford Falcon. We strike a deal and next thing you know the trailer is inside our shop, sans floor.|
|Looking better already. It's great working on something that you can turn this way and that.|
|My same friend decides that his old boat trailer frame will work with a few mods. We narrowed the front to accommodate the notches in the front skin of the trailer and shortened the tongue to about three feet. We also added a new 2" coupler.|
|Next it's off to be sandblasted and painted, then back here for new tires, and re-packing of the wheel bearings. Do you think it will fly?|
|No, that's not nice white sand on the ground, it's
snow. There are two seasons here, black flies and snow flies.
Here we see that the little trailer body does indeed fit on an old boat trailer frame, not too bad huh?
|Now it's off to my friends place to get all
The moral here is that you don't need six figures in the bank to get into the vintage trailer scene. All you need is an imagination.
More on this one later...........
|Here's a Shasta that is (was) listed in our 'For Sale' section. Our son and his family were tired of camping in a same old, same old fold down trailer and decided to 'go for the gusto' with the old girl you see here. Good choice.|
|Being that the above mentioned son (Jason) is
a fussy machinist by trade, he refused to take the trailer out in public
without first making it look a bit better. This was his
first attempt at a paint job, pretty darned nice.
|He made his own wings from scratch too.
I told him he's in the wrong line of work, I think he'd do much better restoring old trailers.
Super nice job, congratulations Jay!
|So our good friend and artist Kurt, who did our sign as well as the poster art for the fall Northeast TCT rally, was looking for a trailer. We found this rather unusual Spartan. Unusual as it has radius (rounded) corner front windows, and is a 46 model. Every other 46 model that I've seen or heard about came with mitered corner windows. Anybody have a comment??|
|As with so many of these great old trailers time and humans take their toll. Mostly humans like the little one in the picture........................|
|Without the lovely metal and plastic tarp in the front windows you'd hardly know it's the same trailer.|
|SuperKurt! He single handed gutting the entire trailer without any complaints whatsoever, Genesee cream ale works wonders. With all the nasty stuff out of the way it's time to button it up and make everything water tight.|