Post by 71kcfdcapt on Mar 22, 2014 18:48:04 GMT -8
Just pulled the trigger on the Traveleze. It needs a frame up rebuild but we really like the looks of it. It is complete for the most part, missing a fridge, back window and couple of small things. We wanted a vintage trailer with a bathroom. We pick it up next week. Its 25' overall and almost 8' wide.
Thanks Vikx, once we saw it we had to have it regardless of how much work it needs. Going to need plenty of guidance and information to get this one redone. Can't find much info on these trailers. We have to decide if we want to make it self contained or not. We need to add 12 volt. What kind of fridge to put in it. We have no idea what the dinette looked like or if it had table and chairs. Did it have a built in bed or? We want to keep it close to original but make it work for us. We will add AC and microwave, hidden most likely. Adding fresh, black and grey water tanks is one of my big decisions and can it be done, have to get a good look under the trailer when we get it home. The fresh water tank can go under the bed, possibly use 2 portable tanks? I want to have the plan outlined as much as possible before I take it apart.
Gorgeous! What year is it, or did we miss that? Looking under the trailer may give you clues as to where things were situated. We suspect it had/has a blackwater tank. Also the bed was probably built in and in the rear of the trailer. If you can't find much on these particular trailers, you might want to look at ANY brand of that general length and vintage. There wasn't a huge difference in layouts back then. Good luck and congrats!
Hamlet, it is a 1954, was posted in the for sale section. No tanks underneath. We were planning to build a bed frame for storage and probably the fresh water tank since it has none now. If you notice it has no cargo hatches in back. I think it was set up to be in a trailer park. We would like it to be self contained and then we would sell our Wanderer Wagon.
Hadn't thought about it being a park model. They wouldn't have had tanks, would they? (umm, duh.) Well ,whatever it is, it's gorgeous. Can't wait to see what you do with it. Our goal with Hamlet was to make it work for us, but unless visitors knew what the original layout was, they wouldn't know that it wasn't original. You could probably do something that would make it look that way if you wanted.
Yep. Park models like that had no tanks at all. They had electric water heaters so in it's current configuration it's not set up for dry camping. Too big for that anyways. I love the stretched canned hams.
God grant me the strength to restore the trailers I can, The courage to strip the parts off the ones I can't, And the wisdom to know the difference...
Nice trailer. You can have poly tanks made for both your fresh and black water, they are reasonably priced. The thing that I would caution you on is making sure you keep the trailer in balance, water tanks can add a large amount of weight and cause the trailer to tow miserable. Keep 10% of the total weight of the trailer on the tongue and don't add excessive weight to just one side. This not only pertains to your fresh and black water tanks but everything you add. Also your trailer only has a single axle so you need to weigh it to find its total weight then make sure you can buy tires that are rated to carry the trailer and everything you add plus the things you will carry such as food, clothes, TVs, pots, pans, plus everything else we carry with us. This is why most trailers over 18 or so feet have tandem axles. Also does it have brakes many park model trailers back then didn't,but in todays world you will be required to have them. You have purchased a beautiful unit, when you get it finished it will be a show piece without a doubt and with some excellent planning it will tow well and be very enjoyable. Have fun with it and post pictures as you go. As far as the eight foot wide if you have good mirrors that won't be a problem.
Bigbill, thanks for the info. It does have electric brakes and I have an F-250 diesel with tow package so mirrors and power are not a problem. I will be careful with the weight distribution, have had the wagging tail before. I have a 25' toy hauler so the size is a non issue for me. The single axle is my only concern with it, the axle axle has 4 leaf spring packs, 2 on each side with one set acting as overloads. I have kicked around adding an axle but I hate to change it that much.
If it came down to it is there enough interior space to widen the wheel wells and go to duals on a single axle? Another thought would be a mobile home axle which would allow you to run some E or F rated tires with a lot more load rating. If I was going to pull it much I would want at least a 25% margin on the load and more is better. Some of my friends can't understand why they blow tires all the time on their big rigs and they load them to the max, I try to stay at 50% and never seem to have any problems. I agree that you could add a tandem setup but I like the way it looks now, also.