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Old 11-06-2011, 01:35 AM   #1
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Spartan kept me awake

I have turned the corner on my son's and mine 1960 airstream and I can see light at the end of the tunnel. I am looking forward to finishing. Two trailer restorations and I am ready for a break. To my surprise my son who is on a camping trip calls me yesterday to inform me he has stumbled on to a Spartan Royal Mansion and the owner wants to sell. My son says it has no leaks and it is clean on the outside and inside (He sent me pics). It is a classic and the price is better then just great. My son may make an offer on this trailer and if the guy takes it we will have another vintage trailer come into the family. I told my boy I cannot keep it at our house. I should have given him all the reasons he should not buy it. You don't have time to work on it, we can't keep it at the house, We need to finish this 1960, and it is to big. I didn't because there is a part of me that wants to see it as part of the collection.

This has kept me awake all night. It is 2:26 A.M. and I am looking at Spartan restorations on the internet. I could keep it on property I own until the 1960 is done. Do I really want to get involved in another restoration? I saw pics and I wish I did not. This vintage RV stuff is addicting.

I have already planned a third but I was thinking of a much smaller airstream, which is newer in years. I was thinking three total in the family so My son, daughter and my wife and we could all camp together.

What has me going on this thing is the birch looks great. My wife and I have done many restoration furniture pieces over the years. I know we could make that Birch look awesome. I have also learned how to polish these trailers. It is the other stuff that you don't see that has me worried.

OK time to see if I can get some shut eye.


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Old 11-06-2011, 03:22 AM   #2
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Frankly, there's nothing else like a Spartan. While there are better trailers in re road performance and the rest, this is the one that still sets the standard for mobile living.

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Old 11-06-2011, 05:30 AM   #3
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I would consider it Karma and add it to your collection. What it someone else buys it and does not realize what it takes to renovate her and bring her back to life? You know what it takes. Do it.
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Old 11-06-2011, 07:22 AM   #4
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Birch.....birch.....birch......gotta love the birch!! Waiting for the pictures cause you know you're getting it!

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Old 11-06-2011, 07:45 AM   #5
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The addicts eternal struggle...I too was casually looking (just our of curiosity of course) for a 16 footer, maybe a Clipper, and instead I set off tomorrow on a 5k trip to get a mansion sized total rebuild project. And the worst part is I'm still just checking online adds for the Clipper.....
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