Post by bw on Nov 15, 2017 1:11:19 GMT -8
I came across this 1949 Prairie Schooner on CL. This is about 30 miles from my home and I'm considering taking a closer look. My wife would likely kill me as I have barely started on my current trailer restoration. However, I've gotten the bug to peruse what is out there, and this seems real intriguing.
Does anyone know anything about these trailers? What might be the value of something like this completely restored?
The current owner wants $2800, but looks like he will deal somewhat. I copied the CL post below these (2) pictures:
This postwar "breadbox" style of camper harkens back to an era of streamlined glamour! Built in the era after WWII, using the same techniques that were used to build the bombers, these trailers often served as a "home away from home" for servicemen across the US.
The Prairie Schooner Tourister is not a common make, overshadowed by Airstream, Avion, and Albion of course, but still notable in it's breadbox shape and aluminum skin.
I got this trailer with the intent of gutting it completely and building a travelling shop for my wife to take to shows and sales- but I don't have the time to do the full frame-off rebuild that is necessary. Yes, this trailer has a great frame and skin- but someone left it in the woods with the kitchen door open, and a branch fell on the roof, cracking a wood brace and creating a leak. So the floor and ceiling of the front half is a total gut. At that point, might has well lift the whole thing off the frame, Coroseal or POR15 the frame, and build a whole new floor and internal skeleton, using what is there as a pattern.
There are some great parts- original Bargman locks (I found the key hidden on a shelf inside) and one of the wooden screen doors is intact, good for a pattern to rebuild. Preway oven and Marvel refrigerator for vintage touches. Non-original oil heater. And to top it off, a factory option STAINLESS STEEL BATHTUB encased in a wood frame, that sits under the box spring and mattress. It's like a time capsule, with 1950's newspapers lining the shelves and souvenirs from Yellowstone.
Yes, it's a lot of work. It's a perfect winter project! But once you get done, you won't be glamping in a spam can with pink flamingo curtains (I hope!) You'll be glitzing it up in style, 1940s style!
You can get a lot of helpful pointers from the experts on TinCanTourists or BasketCaseTrailers on Facebook. I also got all of the factory info on CD that was available from the trailer expert in Germany, Juergen Eichermueller. And a bunch of "time capsule" goodies that come along with the trailer.
Will tow home fine- I brought it home from an hour north of Duluth, three hours behind my F150 and I barely noticed it was there. Has heavy duty tires with tubes inside on it right now for safety, should eventually have trailer spec tires put on it.
Asking for $2800- but make me an offer. I'm willing to trade for a vintage tractor- like a Ferguson, Allison, or Massey with a three-point hitch and a brush hog, or a 99+ Volkswagen commuter car.
Or maybe something I haven't thought of. Feel free to make me an offer