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Old 12-18-2011, 02:49 PM   #1
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What the Heck is This ?

I was at my 90 year old uncle's to winterize the old house he's lived in for the last 55 years and hasn't fixed anything in the last 30 years.
This trailer is about to be killed by a broken tree limb hanging above it.
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The ice storm we had here in Oklahoma a couple years back put the dent in the top corner and broke out the front window.
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Anyone know what it is? Is it worth anything other that a aluminum it's made out of?
Its got a 1956 tag on it and it hasn't been move since then. The heat is a oil fired furnace, full bed in back, regular LP gas refrigerator, and regular gas range. My grandparents pulled it behind a straight 8 Buick (I think) with a castor that the hitch rode on which hooked to the bumper.
I guess the only way I can relate this to motor home is to say I need to work on his drive, and set up a spot to get the 'Silver Bullet' in there this spring to help him with getting his house in some kind of liveable order, and it is a classic!
There! I got Classic and Motor Home in
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Old 12-18-2011, 03:48 PM   #2
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what the heck is this?

I am not terribly familiar with immediate post-WW II era travel trailers, but I believe that it may be a 1950-1954 Spartanette or Royal Spartanette. See this link for some similar appearing coaches.

Good luck with your search for the coach's identity!

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P.S.: The coach pictured in this thread appears to be a near identical twin to the one in your photos.
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Old 12-18-2011, 04:08 PM   #3
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What The Heck Is This?

Heres another link where you may be able to find it.

Atlas Mobile Home Museum; Atlas Mobile Home Museum

Good luck.
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Looks like a Spartanette.
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:23 PM   #5
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Looks like a Spartanette.

Sure does Kevin, way to go!! Here's a photo of a Spartanette 8 x 30.

1951 Spartanette 8x30
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Old 12-18-2011, 07:10 PM   #6
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P.S.: The coach pictured in this thread appears to be a near identical twin to the one in your photos.
The link above is to our trailer!!! The one found is a Royal Spartanette, just like our's. Gee, I wonder what the inside looks like.......
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:24 PM   #7
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So sad to see a Spartan in that shape (I guess a lot are though). To answer your question about it being worth anything...it looks to have some sizable dents, are the insides original? In what condition? I imagine that if this was restored correctly it could bring a handsome amount of money. Spartans were the top of the line in their day. Very pricy for their times. If you put it on the market and waited for someone who knew what the were looking for you might be able to get a decent price for it the way it is. For sure more then the price of the aluminum... plus you would be saving a piece of history.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spartan_Aircraft_Company

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We ran across one several years ago in northern NYS, sad to see them sitting abandoned. A very cool trailer.

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As far as I know the inside hasn't been changed. When my grandfather retired (late '40's) from Shell Oil he bought it. It has a big single rear window that got broke out about the time I was born and a piece of sheet metal was put into replace it. The under pan is mostly rotted away. Has no(never did) holding tanks. I haven't been in it for over 50 years. He wouldn't unlock it for me. I ask if he wanted me to hook onto it and pull it out from under the trees (the tires still have air in them) and he said, "I'll get to it when I feel like it." Trouble is, he can't!
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