The trailers we seek.

 

If you have a vintage trailer you want to sell, or you have knowledge of someone who has one that may be available, please contact us, as we’re always looking for additions to our collections. Even if you have one that is badly damaged, PLEASE contact us, we may need parts that you consider worthless, but could aid us in restoring another one!


What are these trailers worth?

If you have a trailer with a good straight body, and an original interior, depending on the model, these are worth more.


If you have a body that needs panels replaced from dents, or has a bad chassis, these are also of value, and we can perform necessary repairs to bring them back to life.


The original wood cabinets in perfect shape, as shown are a big plus. This members 1954 was found in a lakeside camp in Northwestern PA. It still has original lights and interior paint.

If you have the original appliances, such as Marvel fridge, or Sunray and Princess stoves, this helps the value. We also look for these appliances in decent shape to purchase, so let us know if you have some.

Various makes and models. Some members like Airstreams, some Silver Streaks, and some Aeroflites or Spartans. Your trailer is sure to find a good home with one of our members who are serious about your type and year of trailer. If you have one that you think is beyond repair, look at some of these photos, and you’ll see that we take on nearly everything and anything!

1930’s Airstream Clipper or kit built- These were the beginning of Airstreams run of trailers, which is still going today, though as a different standard of trailer. The kits were often Masonite, and the Clippers are aluminum. Clippers have a distinctive set of rear windows, and a very slim shape.

Similar to the Clipper, was 1934-36 Hawley Bowlus’ Papoose and Road Chief. Similar because Byam, who started Airstream, worked for Bowlus and copied almost exactly- changing only the door from front to side. Bowlus door is over the tongue.

1946-49 Curtis Wright and 1949-53 Silver Streak Clipper. These were built with Wally Byam on board prior to the re-emergence of Airstream after the war. Torpedo shaped, and easily recognized by the “alien eye” type split windows in front, and usually the same in the rear. These also have the tube type frame, which looks like a long tube that sticks out from both the front where the hitch is, and the back in the center.

1940’s Airstreams- Look for names like Wee Wind, Liner, Whirl Wind, Trail Wind. Similar to the bodies on the above Curtis Wright and Silver Streak, but had a single window on each end, rather than the split windows. Also has the tube type frame, and torpedo shape.



1940’s and 50’s Spartans and Spartanettes- Very distinct shapes, have big windows in front, and a door on each side. The Manors are 26’, Mansions bigger. Spartanette was a flat sided Canned Ham type body. 24’ up to around 35.


Aeroflite and Great Western- about 20’ long, with very distinctive shape. VIN plate hidden in the closet door. All aluminum with aluminum frame. Great Western shares similar body but has a large protruding turret type housing with windows in back. Note the louvers on the front and raised roof.

Early and mid 1950’s Airstreams- Look for the 13 panels that make up the end caps- and the “whale tail” look on the rear (shown at right). Names like Flying Cloud, Bubble, Cruiser, Overlander, Sovereign, Safari, Cruisette, Clipper, Liner, Caravanner, and Wanderer. These had the ladder type steel frame, which is still used today.

Late 1950’s- early 1960’s Airstreams- Fewer panels on the end caps, and names added like Pacer, Traveler, Trade Wind- joined the Flying Cloud, Safari, Overlander, Caravanner and Sovereign in the 1950’s, while the Bambi and Bambi II, Globetrotter, and Caravel came in the early 1960’s


Other brands- such as Airfloat- with the round porthole windows, and flat sides- built from 1930 until the 1950’s.





Look for names such as Vagabond, Streamline, Avion, Airlite, El Rey, Curtiss Aerocar- which is the first 5th wheel trailer, Westcraft, Westwood.

Basically, any of the ones you see that are old- up to 1960’s, and with the riveted aluminum aircraft construction and streamlined bodies.