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Old 05-31-2016, 08:56 PM   #1
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This post is going to be part introduction and part a request for advice. It starts with my grandparents who were small town farmers. During the winter my grandfather sold Christmas trees to bring in extra money. He needed a place to stay while he was in the mountains cutting down the trees and decided to purchase a used 1957 22' Flying Cloud. That was probably close to 50 years ago. My mom grew up going camping in the trailer and then later my siblings and I spent time staying in it as well. I have fond memories of being in that trailer during summers at the county fair. Well, that trailer has been parked on my grandmother's farm, slightly forgotten, for many years. We went to visit 3 years ago and I mentioned to my grandmother how much I adore that trailer and would love to renovate it and she graciously and generously offered me the title. I'm just thrilled and honored to own such a special piece of our family's history.

For the last 3 years we've been dreaming about how to get the trailer from California to our home in Texas. We have two little ones and my husband hasn't been able to take off work to drive out and back. So I think we've just about decided to pull the trigger and pay for it to be towed. We're taking a trip in July to visit my grandmother and plan to spend time inspecting the trailer and possibly doing a little work on it. So here's the request for advice - where should we start with getting it in shape to be towed? What should we look for? And any advice for hiring someone to tow?

Thank you all! I'll share some photos when I figure out how!

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Old 06-01-2016, 01:23 PM   #2
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Here she is. Rough around the edges but lots of potential! (Maybe someone can help me with how to get the photos turned the right direction?)
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Old 06-01-2016, 05:58 PM   #3
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So if your still having it towed is it going on top of something like a flatbed or will they hook up and tow.

If it goes up on a flatbed it likely just need to roll up there and be secured down.

Safety always first and mobility issues also.

Wheels and bearings, brakes, 7 pin plug, tow ball are areas to start.

And make sure all compartments are closed and access doors stay shut and attached. Duct tape helps. Make sure innards wont bounce open or come off. Mirrors, gas lamps can be removed.

Have straps, bars, Jacks chains etc on hand.

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