Friday, May 22, 2009

1957 Trotwood 20 foot

1960 Holiday House 19 footer

Vintage 1961 Holiday House model 19 Classic Trailer
Vehicle Description
Another survivor found in Oregon! This rare and collectable Holiday House model 19 is rough but restorable. I have two other vintage trailers I'm working on so this one is available to someone else who would like to own a classic piece of mid century design history. It was originally trimmed with mauve and red but someone painted it white. The siding is in good condition but it has leaked and will need a complete restoration including structural framing up front. I towed it 50 miles with no problems but I did use plenty of duct tape on the front corners which are separating due to dry rot. It has the original 14.5" wheels which are rusty with fresh black paint. One tire is brand new and the other is in very good condition and was stored inside the trailer for years. The wheel bearings are in good shape.
The interior is extremely original and I have not tried to conceal or replace anything. With the obvious exceptions of water damaged areas, it is still very attractive inside. There is one small piece of panelling that has been replaced behind the bathroom door and the original linoleum is under the flooring shown. All else is original as far as I can tell. I believe the upholstery is also original since it matches the original brochures and a couple other trailers I've seen. The galley surfaces are in amazingly good shape. The street side dinette booth is missing and the floor there will need to be replaced. There is also some floor/wall separation in the area ahead of the entry door. The rest of the floor seems to be good and solid. Other items missing are the toilet, one jalousie window section on the bathroom window, dinette table, and two kitchen drawers, though I do have the original drawer faces. Both legs are there for the rear gaucho bed but they are not attached. The refrigerator is not original. This unit has an electric water heater in the closet and no black tank. The hitch jack was seized so I took it apart and have the innards, crank, and original steel wheel that goes on the bottom.
I have not tested any exterior lights, electric brakes, appliances, electrical service, plumbing, or propane systems. I have done my best to accurately describe this unit and provide photos that reflect the trailers actual condition. By bidding on this trailer you acknowledge that you are taking on a major restoration project and have been afflicted with the vintage trailer disease, which can cause euphoria, elation, neighbor indigestion, and loss of weight in your wallet. At the polite request of my neighbors, it's sitting out back at work. At the not so polite request of my boss, it's for sale. I don't have to retire off this thing so bid to win! Bring a 2" ball, tow lights, safety chains, duct tape, and drive home proud!
$250 non-refundable deposit via paypal due within 24hrs of auction end. Payment in full due by paypal, cashiers check, or cash within 3 day. No exceptions or it will be re-listed. sold with bill of sale only. Storage for up to 30 days available as a courtesy with buyer assuming all liability. Your bid acknowledges these terms. Thanks!
For vintage brochure pictures and restoration photos of another surviving Holiday House, please search completed listings for "Holiday House".

1936 Hayes Shovel Nose

Behold a rusty bread loaf. Behold a shovel nose. This is the oldest trailer I've seen yet, dating all the way back to 1936. Let me put that into perspective for you. In 1936, if you weren't, say, crushed by the Great Depression and if you happen to get rich capitalizing on New Deal contracts, then you could have hitched this trailer to a brand new Hudson Custom Eight pictured below. With it's extra long chassis, the Hudson Custom Eight is one smooth ride.

Current condition....I think you can get to Narnia inside this trailer. This is definitely a one of kinder, but surprisingly there was not a single bidder at $1500. Aren't there any Hudson owners who are also travel trailer afficiando's left in the world? Ok, how about handyman/gangsters? Well, if you do indeed exist, then you need this trailer.

1936 Hayes Shovel Nose Vintage Travel Trailer **RARE**
Vehicle Description
This is an extremely rare travel trailer. I believe it is a 1936 Hayes. I have never seen another one like it. It is bread-loaf shaped with small shovel nose. The door is very unique. It is arch shaped at the top. Check out the awesome Hayes emblem on the back. This is your chance to have a one-of-a-kind travel trailer. You will be the only one at the rally with one of these. The floor is sound. It does need restoration. Please ask questions. No Reserve!

1961 Shasta Renovation

1961 Shasta travel trailer

Ever wondered what it would look like to take a can opener to one of these sardine cans on wheels? Before I open up my own travel trailer to access the integrity of the walls, I’ve been trying to learn my trailer anatomy by reading restoration blogs. Here is an example of a trailer restoration of a 1961 Shasta. Look closely at the pictures with the skin removed. Looks to me like the aluminum skin’s connected to the plywood. The plywood’s connected to the floorboard. The floorboard’s connected to the steel frame. You get the picture. However, what I’ve noticed in the case of my own trailer is that the plywood underneath has grown spongy in spots causing the aluminum screws to lose their grip and the plywood at the base no longer connects to the floorboards at the front of the trailer. Both the floorboards and walls will need to be replaced in these spots. It’s customary to come up with a name for a trailer before beginning any restoration, but all that comes to mind right now is how it resembles a very large vacuum cleaner, zipping down the road sucking in every bug and particle of dust that comes across our bath. Sneeze central has a nice ring to it. You would not want to sleep in my trailer after a drive down a gravel drive, but with some TLC these little trailers can be given a 2nd life. This Shasta is a predecessor to the winged Shastas that have come to define this make of this trailer. What I like about this trailer is that the person who restored it brought it back to its 1961 glory and stayed true to it's original design.

Vintage Shasta Camper Travel Trailer, canned ham
Vehicle Description
Up for auction is Blue Heaven. A 1961 Shasta travel trailer that has undergone extensive renovation, bringing it back to all of its original glory. The exterior has been professionally painted with automobile paint in the original color scheme, and the body is really straight, but does retain the small dents and dings a vintage trailer is bound to have. I call 'em character!
This little beauty has a super cool and unique interior design, with a sofa across the front end that lies down into a bed. This is a really great place to hang out and read a magazine (which you can keep in the original rack near the front door!), cuz it is surrounded by windows behind and on either side. It feels really open, and when it's time to eat, tables on either side fold down to create a dinette area! There is another sofa at the left rear of the cabin, which also folds down to a bed, and has a built in nightstand. The front bed is 78" x 44" and the rear is 74"x 46".
The sofa cushions are all new materials, in black and gray vinyl, as the originals were missing. They match the new linoleum flooring, which also has tiny cobalt blue specks throughout. The original powder blue with gold sparkle tables and counter tops needed to be replaced cuz they were too damaged (DANG!), and a formica powder blue boomerang pattern was used, staying with the original scheme that sported a white backsplash. Interior storage slider doors also need fixin', and were re done in the original white scheme.
I tried to keep everything as original as possible. Original Morphy Richards "Astral" refrigerator works perfectly, is super clean inside and out and has all grates and door rails. There are some cracks, and some damage where the racks insert, which I have pictured. The Princess stove/oven combo also works perfectly and is in very good condition inside and out. All cabinetry is original with original pulls and hinges, though some of the catches were broken and needed to be replaced. All windows are also original and work fine. Windows have all been removed, polished and re installed with putty tape. Also removed and re installed with new putty tape are all drip guards, storage/access doors, new roof vent, all running, tail and brake lights, as well as the external corner trim (which contains the awning rail) from front to rear entirely. Heck, even the emblems, door handle and grab handle have been installed with putty tape at the screw holes. No leaks here, folks. All windows have new screen, with the exception of the rear closet, which is still in decent shape.
The rear closet was formerly a bathroom with a bi-fold door and spring loaded hinges at the seam, but the toilet was removed, the floor was rebuilt, and now is an empty space with plenty of room for a porta potty, or just to be used as a closet (the original T.P. roller is there, just in case. wink wink.) The humphrey propane lamp works perfectly, as do the 110v kitchen and sconce lights. The rear "cone" light is not original, but is an original 1960's Shasta light. Each sconce has an outlet to plug in whatever you need to plug in, and there is also a standard outlet located under the upper right kitchen cabinet. A breaker box is also located there, and a new external power inlet has been installed. A new municipal water inlet has also been installed, along with all new lines to the original faucet and sink.
Tires are in excellent condition with original hubcaps, wheel bearings have been packed and the break mechanisms have been removed as they are not necessary in a trailer this light, and I have had them lock up on me on a previous trailer. The propane bottle is new and full, the hold down is original. There is a flat 4 plug, and all running, tail and brake lights work. Original Bargman license plate light has a red glass lens. All storage doors and the front door have keys.
As I said at the beginning, this was an extensive renovation. The entire front end was removed below the front and curb side windows to the front door and re framed with fresh wood, and rotted wood was replaced near the door and front end. The roof vent leaked, and so old wood was removed and the roof was re framed. The rear end also had water damage and though not as bad as the front, was also re framed. All repaired areas were covered with fresh birch and coated with amber shellac to give it that "glow" these old crumpets are known for, and all original wood got a fresh coat, too!! I have posted a couple of "in progress" pictures so you can really get an idea of just how solid a trailer this really is.
If you've been looking for just the right vintage trailer to come along, this is it. No leaks, No hassle, No smells, No WORRIES!! Also no title. Just a bill of sale.


Who knew they made a hippy trailer to outfit the VW bus? Like it's owner, perhaps, this puppy needs a shower and shave. Otherwise, I've got to say that this is such an inspired design, a matching trailer and truck. I'm feeling something like "free love" for this trailer. It's no crime to love many, many trailers! How could you not? It's like a canvas on wheels, just waiting for flower power symbols and decals. I'd very much like to own one some day, just for possibility of decorating it in fabulous 60's decor and colors, of course with a lean towards the minimalist 60's rather than the walled carpets 60's decor that thank God grew moldy and died. I picture a built in stereo system with a record player that blows the pop-top off this baby, something to showcase a collection of psychedelic garage rock records from Aquarius Records, such as the Yodeling Astrologer. Far out, friends.

Vehicle Description


1963 Shasta Aqua

some updates as you can see.

this is a 1963 Shasta camper.

this camper does have a clear title and I have it.

Installed all new marker and tail lights and reflectors and installed new trailer wire and plug(which is now a flat 4 connector), installed wide 2 inch vintage style white wall simulator tires all the way around with outside chrome trim rings, packed wheel bearings, caulked and sealed all outside roof areas to avoid leak damage, repaired drop deck floor and recovered it with laminate flooring, has original 3 burner cooktop oven and sink top, and counter top, all windows installed puddy tape and silicone around all windows and door, as you can tell the door is the original.

The inside upholstery has been replaced with custom made vinyl material in a heavy duty material in a rich color.

I did install a window AC unit in rear, I do have all the glass and things to put back to origonal.

Also included in this sell we have all inside accessories such as the matching dishes, forks, spoons, knives, cookware, and place mats ect.

this camper is in good condition for its age, showing slight dings and dents thru out the outside aluminum construction.(see pictures) some small hall damage nothing major just small dings and dents and scuffs..

This camper weights approx. 1100 pounds , and would require a 2” ball on your vehicle.