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Old 02-19-2012, 04:14 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone ~

You know I really wanted an AS but this was easier, cheaper & way cool. I planned on stripping anything I buy down to replace insulation anyway so this is ready to start on. My son loves it & he's going to help me renovate it. It will be his someday. I know it's a lot of work but I'm really thrilled I can get pass the "looking" phase and start on the "work" phase. Under "body style" the title says "TV". There's only 1 broken window & mostly original windows. The rubber is not in bad shape so maybe it was stored inside for a long time. It is out in the Arizona sun now and I'll be moving it to an indoor space to begin work.

So I wanted to share this here and ask for some feed back. VIN # is 31390

It's a 1950 Schult and it looks like the 40's models also. PO primer grayed it but I want to polish it.

Any advise on if hardware is available ( needs door handles )?

I just started researching so if any of you knowledgeable folks here have any comments, I would appreciate them. : )

Back to researching my new baby.
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:24 PM   #2
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Here's a 1940 Schult.
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Nice trailer, check out these websites:

Welcome to the Vintage Vacations Home Page

http://www.thewallacecollection.net/index.html



I would go for paint on this style of trailer. So many choices and polishing can be a long term maintenance commitment.

Check www.vintagetrailersupply.com for parts.

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Unique trailer. Keep us posted on your efforts. Here's a link to the TCT site that gives some information on the Schult brand.

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Welcome!

Very cool trailer!!

Another great source for parts, including a lot of original old parts, is Dan Piper at Vintage Campers in Peru, Indiana. I've had great luck there.

VintageCampers.com :: Vintage Campers, Vintage Trailers, Vintage Parts, Vintage Restorations

Keep us posted with photos of your progress. You will find tons of info here and lots of friendly folks.

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Oh yeah!! Really Cool. Did it come gutted or did you do that?

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Nice looking trailer, the exterior appears to be in great condition. Looks like a fun(??) project. I hope you enjoy the experience.
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Thanks so much so the links & the words of support. I wondered about polishing as opposed to painting. I think an old patina look like the 40's Schult photo I posted would be a cool look also. Polishing does sound like a lot of work & upkeep so a special thanks for that comment.

I was gutted already. There's wood repair & a bit of cleanup but the plastic original inside window trim is there.

I think they fairly rare & I haven't been able to find much info or history or photos but I found a vintage magazine with this trailer on the cover & a few paragraphs about Schult & the trailer's history. He stopped manufacturing them in the early 50's to go strictly into mobile homes. ( Man - the good old days when we "made" stuff in this country.)

I'll check out the links & post photos of our project as we go.
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silverwoman, Schult is not mentioned but three times here at the forum. There are a few links mixed in the following. Good luck in your research!
Nice trailer -- hope we can be of help.
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I found a few restored 1950 travel trailers. This one is so sweet ~ getting ideas about what I want to do. Good thing my son is a fabricator and we have a large indoor space with several talented guys who will enjoy helping. I'll supply the beer & food. : )

If anyone runs across other restored 1950's OR old photos of original 1950's similar trailers ~ please post for me if possible. I found another dark red with some silver trim also very nice but as much as I like the strong colors, my son said it oxidizes more quickly & it's hotter inside. So I'm leaning toward a period color like mint green but with chocolate trim detailing the curve lines in the back. We'll be doing the body & paint 1st I guess. That's how they did the purple beauty with the white walls.

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Nice trailer, check out these websites:

Welcome to the Vintage Vacations Home Page

http://www.thewallacecollection.net/index.html



I would go for paint on this style of trailer. So many choices and polishing can be a long term maintenance commitment.

Check www.vintagetrailersupply.com for parts.

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This one is amazing!
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This one is amazing!
Yes it is! And even though I posted the Vintage-Vacations website so silverwoman could check out the great vintage colors Craig Dorsey uses on the breadbox style trailers, I wonder if you noticed the exterior of this Airstream is also painted.
The color Purple, on the other hand, should probably remain as the name of a movie and not on a pre war classic.

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I agree Safari - great play on words. The color I want to go for will be a period or pastel light color. I'm going where you just directed me to check out the breadbox style colors. Sorry I missed that!
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Hi Everyone ~
It's a 1950 Schult and it looks like the 40's models also. PO primer grayed it but I want to polish it.
Are Schult skins aluminum or steel? I've not seen many of them, but the ones I have seen are painted...could be because they are steel? If so, they won't polish...not sure, just asking.

Very cool trailer regardless ~

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Are Schult skins aluminum or steel? I've not seen many of them, but the ones I have seen are painted...could be because they are steel? If so, they won't polish...not sure, just asking.

Very cool trailer regardless ~

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That's a good question Shari. I've heard the roof is steel & the sides are aluminum but I will be picking it up this weekend so I'm sure there's a way to test the metal to find out. I plan on painting it but if it is aluminum - I would consider shining up a section of it running length wise. It seems like it's steel since it is very sturdy. I'll let you know what I find out.
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That's a good question Shari. I've heard the roof is steel & the sides are aluminum but I will be picking it up this weekend so I'm sure there's a way to test the metal to find out. I plan on painting it but if it is aluminum - I would consider shining up a section of it running length wise. It seems like it's steel since it is very sturdy. I'll let you know what I find out.
Get a good permanent magnet (i.e. a strong refrigerator magnet or a rare-earth magnet, not some magnetized screwdriver), and see if it is attracted to the metal. Steel will most likely be attracted, with the exception of some stainless grades and some other alloys. Aluminum will not be, just like your soda/beverage can isn't.

Cool trailer. Either way, it would probably look pretty neat with a polished strip down the side. If there is no aluminum on it now, there is nothing to stop you from adding a polished strip for character....
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Congrats on a nice find. Schult is the oldest trailer/mobile home company still in business, and has a rich history. Schult and Covered Wagon were the first to mass manufacture trailers in the 1930's. I have a 1939 Schult in my collection and have quite a few ads and articles from that era but nothing from 1950. The following book has a lot of history on the company, mainly from the early years. A very good read if you're into early trailer manufacturing history. Wheel Estate: The Rise and Decline of Mobile Homes [Book]#.
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Congrats on a nice find. Schult is the oldest trailer/mobile home company still in business, and has a rich history. Schult and Covered Wagon were the first to mass manufacture trailers in the 1930's. I have a 1939 Schult in my collection and have quite a few ads and articles from that era but nothing from 1950. The following book has a lot of history on the company, mainly from the early years. A very good read if you're into early trailer manufacturing history. Wheel Estate: The Rise and Decline of Mobile Homes [Book]#.
Wonderful info! I'll put that book on my wish list. I would love to see photos of your Schult. Have you renovated it?
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I brought the Schult home today. Good thing we didn't have to get on the freeway for the 40 mile trip home. One side pushes in where there's no wood support, we taped the doors closed and drove very slow. It's all steel & there's some surface rust & least 1 roof area rusted all the way through. But it towed well & the axle is good & strong so I've been advised to keep it.
I found some vintage cabinet handles & all the aluminum rain guards & inside window trims are there. Well. I've got my work cut out so I'll check in from time to time if I'm welcome.

My trailer isn't an Airstream or aluminum so I'm not sure about posting here anymore except this is the best trailer forum I've found so far. Everyone is so friendly & helpful. I share your passion for trailers.

Be well - Jayme

I think I need to change my forum name since my trailer didn't turn out to be silver after all.
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