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Old 05-24-2007, 11:23 AM   #1
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New Vintage Owner...Not Airstream

Well, I have been hunting for a 30' aluminum trailer for nearly two years now. '70's Airstreams and '40's Spartan's were my targets of choice.
I finally bought one a couple of weeks ago and found it not 15 miles from home.
It is a 1949 Spartan Mansion (30'). I still plan on contributing here as much as I can, though I don't usually find time to write very much.
All the insights and research on this site that has been available to me has been what I consider priceless. I will still need to use the search function quite regularly for learning what products to install since the trailer is going to go through a complete ground-up remodel/modernization. I plan to use it as a jobsite office and camper for a future family. I figure the project will at least take two years. I don't even have a structure to work on it in, yet.
Thank you all.

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Old 05-24-2007, 11:27 AM   #2
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Congrats on your find, I don't think most of here mind that it is not an AS as long as its aluminum, and in my case vintage. I hope that these forums can help you and perhaps make some things a bit easier.


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Old 05-24-2007, 11:51 AM   #3
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Brent, congratulations on your Spartan and welcome! I would very much like to see pics of your find - those trailers are absolutely beautiful. I'm sure you'll get lots of help and support here with your project. Good luck!
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Old 05-24-2007, 06:15 PM   #4
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Welcome Brent, you lucky devil! Spartan's are one of the coolest of the vintage travel trailers ~ elegant and classic. There are a couple of forum members that either own Spartans or camp with friends that own one. You have got to post some pics sometime, PLEEZE!
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Old 05-24-2007, 07:04 PM   #5
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Brent, If you've been lurking for a couple of years then you know we need pictures!!

Those Spartens are classicly beautifull. I don't blame you a bit for getting it. I hope you'll start a restoration thread and post pics as you go.
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Old 05-25-2007, 11:20 AM   #6
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Thank you all for the words of encouragement.
I am afraid the old girl is not much to look at, yet, but has some of the straitest body panels I have seen.
I found her through the Spartan Trailer Discussion group. I couldn't beleive the thing was practically in my back yard. This all began when I was on this site one day and saw a listing for a free Spartan about an hour's drive from Tampa. Sadly it had been sent to the crusher already. So I decided even though I wasn't ready to buy a trailer I would start looking in earnest in case I found another deal I couldn't refuse.
This one was the right price but needed things like wheels, tires and a hitch.
I managed to get used wheels and new tires, but had to have it towed to my mechanics shop where he will put the hitch on.
I bought it from a construction company. They were clearing a site for a client who told them to demolish the old trailer "out back". The big boss stopped the bull dozer before it was crushed. He decided "someone might want that". He then put it on a flatbed and hauled it to his yard.

Before the tow truck could pull her into the shop, the owner of the body shop across the street called and offered 3-times what I paid for it.

The trailer when finished will serve as a site office for my future architectural business and will double up as the family vacation machine. I plan to modernize the interior so the current condition doesn't bother me.

Here are some pics. I haven't loaded photos before and may have made them too small. If so I will post some in the photos section soon.
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Old 05-25-2007, 11:51 AM   #7
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Bless the construction boss who kept that from being crushed!! It's a diamond in the rough - glad to hear you have great plans for it.
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Old 05-25-2007, 12:09 PM   #8
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Nice trailer.

Here is a link to another thread of what someone did with a Spartan.

Very cool.

It may give you some ideas and show you the potential of what you have.

Good luck and please keep posting as you progress.

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Old 05-25-2007, 01:48 PM   #9
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Fantastic! It's great to see an old trailer like that saved!

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Old 05-25-2007, 07:26 PM   #10
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I speant some time in what I believe was an old Spratan years back. The interior with the abundance of real actually had a small pot belly stove added and with snow on the ground I can tell you cozy and warm..and we did not die from carbon monoxide...Good times by a New Hampshire creek. (He paid $6bucks a MONTH to park it there, but bondocking to the max.
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Old 05-25-2007, 09:20 PM   #11
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Great to see your trailer! It's also great to see another Architect on the board. Welcome!
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Old 05-26-2007, 06:38 AM   #12
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Great find and great rescue story!

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