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Old 04-26-2006, 03:31 PM   #1
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Smile 1952 Spartanette in NY for sale

Just happened to see this on Craigslist and if anyone is interested in a Spartanette classic, go have a look.

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/car/153511648.html
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I guess the aluminum has just bitten me bad, that trailer is too cool. The interior "looks" pretty good, from what we can see. Does anybody know if this was designed to be a "camper" as opposed to a "park" model?
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Old 04-26-2006, 04:57 PM   #3
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A little family history

This last weekend I met my husbands aunt from Jackson Ms. She is in her late 70's in fact I was scoping for her all weekend, they had always had Airstreams so I couldnt wait to talk with her. This is the story she and her husband started Farrar Fairs yes carnies it gets better just listen. When they first started out they had Spartanette's early 50's they had a I thought she said 42 ft they pulled around 2 bedrooms and they pulled it with a packard. She turned it over after leaving a fair one day everything was okay but her St. Bernard ran in a corn field and she said it took hours to find him. She told me she never pulled a trailer again. In the late 50's they switched to Airstreams and traded every year with a dealer in Tampa. In the mid 70's they gave the fair to there daughter and husband and it later went belly up.
The sad story is they had 3 Airstreams stored in a barn left over and 1982 the barn caught on fire and it and everything in it was total loss. She is sending me some old black and whites so we can use them in our trailer.

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Old 04-26-2006, 05:01 PM   #4
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I guess the aluminum has just bitten me bad, that trailer is too cool. The interior "looks" pretty good, from what we can see. Does anybody know if this was designed to be a "camper" as opposed to a "park" model?
I really don't think these big Spartans were designed for camping. I stayed in one at the Shady Dell in Bisbee, AZ. It was very nice, but I can't imagine pulling that big monster all over the place.
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Old 04-26-2006, 06:25 PM   #5
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I grew up in a Spartan

My father was in the Navy. My mom did not like base housing so my dad bought a 36' Spartan trailer which became their home. His last duty station was the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He worked with the ROTC program there for 7 years. From 1957 to 1964 (7 to 14 years old) my family and I lived in the Spartan. My older brother slept on the front couch, I had the upper bunk in the middle of the trailer, my younger sister the lower and mom/dad slept in the double bed in the rear. I still remember my dad always taking the last shower so he could wipe down the stainless wet bath. We had a screened in front porch and an enclosed back porch which was used in the warmer weather. I look back fondly on those times. We didn't have much but it was home. Maybe that's why I ended up with an Airstream...nothing like a good quality, aluminum trailer. I remember when he towed it to SC it was with a 6 cylynder, 1951 Chevy. Bet they didn't have wd hitches with sway control then. Whenever I hear Spartan trailer memories stir, good memories.
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Beck and Gregg, two cool stories. Thanks for the drive down memory lane. Too bad about the barn fire, tho.

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1950 spartan

I bought a 1950 spartanette with most all the windows busted out for 500.00 Original dixie stove and frigidare pretty nice overall except some floors and peneling.Long story short,kinda did an ametuer restoration on it and it is sitting happily up on the Suwanee River.
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I lived in a 1950 30' Spartanette in the late 60's. I pulled it with a '64 Dodge Power Wagon with a 318 V8. with an Eaz-Lift hitch. Those were the days, gas was around $.29 a gallon, some times as low as $.17 when there were price wars.
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I lived in a 1950 30' Spartanette in the late 60's. I pulled it with a '64 Dodge Power Wagon with a 318 V8. with an Eaz-Lift hitch. Those were the days, gas was around $.29 a gallon, some times as low as $.17 when there were price wars.
I can't help but think that life on the road in the late 60's must have been pretty wild
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I lived in a 1950 30' Spartanette in the late 60's. I pulled it with a '64 Dodge Power Wagon with a 318 V8. with an Eaz-Lift hitch. Those were the days, gas was around $.29 a gallon, some times as low as $.17 when there were price wars.
Ahh, those were the days. Remember the term "gas wars"?
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I was born in '77. I can't imagine anybody competing to have the lowest price for gas!
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I was born in '77. I can't imagine anybody competing to have the lowest price for gas!
Yeah, and they gave away maps and checked your oil too!
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Ank, you're just a baby! My Airstream is older than you. Wait a minute, your Airstream is twice as old as you (well, almost). Man, you're not even 30 years old yet. Oh for those days........

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Old 04-26-2006, 09:34 PM   #14
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This one looks like it was designed to travel. Quite different than the one I was looking at in Illinois last year. Not sure what year it was, maybe late 40's. Not bad inside and he wanted $1,000.
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