01-22-2007, 03:01 PM
Join Date: Mar 2005
Restoration Companies and Shops
I have been a member here for almost 2 years trying to learn as much as possible before jumping in and purchasing an AS trailer. I have really learned a lot; This is a great resource made up of great people.
Although I am mechanically inclined, I have learned how much work restoring a trailer is, and I would personally rather shell out the cash and buy something ready to roll, but if I can’t find a shop that I would feel comfortable with, I will probably buy something a year or two old.
I really like some of the pictures I see on the internet of older restored / refurbished trailers. I am not interested in replicating the interior to match a trailer’s model year, but rather create a very comfortable and “visually pleasing” living space. I also like the idea of a "new" vintage AS. That is, totally rebuilt from the ground up, and only reusing an older shell and possibly appliances. All new wheels, disc brakes, axels, frame, tanks, floor, electrical, plumbing, cabinets, etc. (you get the idea). Mr. Google found a few companies doing custom restoration work, and from the pictures I see (although I have not seen many new pictures in over a year), they seem to do a nice job. Some of the names I see are:
Vintage Trailer Crazy – Dayton Taylor
GSM Vehicles – Colin Hyde
Iowa Boys, LLC
If there are other forum members who followed this path, I would love to hear from you. What shop did you use? Where you satisfied with there process and quality of work? Did they seem trustworthy and professional? How long were you told it would take, and how long did it take? etc, etc.
Thank you in advance for any information, and hope to see you all on the road down the road.