Considering purchasing a 1948 Spartan Manor. Restored by a reputable shop. Husband is concerned about the age, upkeep, etc. how much is involved in maintaining a vintage trailer? Are the metal frames structurally sound considering the age? Newbie. Sorry these may sound like dumb questions. Thanks.
Upkeep is basic; watch for leaks, keep the battery(s) charged, clean the skins, etc. All trailers need these things. I keep all my vintage trailers under cover to prevent winter weather damage. (freeze thaw cycle, excess rain and wind, etc)
As far as the frame is concerned, you should have it inspected VERY closely by a reputable shop not affliated with the seller's shop. The frame can be great or in need of lots of work. Get under the trailer and inspect yourself as well. Any inlets/outlets thru the floor should be well sealed and air vents protected from critter entrance.
If the Spartan is polished, that is a lot of work: repolish at least every 2 years with regular maintenance in between. I would not want to keep a polished trailer "pretty".
Finally, the longer Spartans are not generally towed as camping trailers. They are parked in one place and used as "cabins" at lake and woodsy properties. They are harder to tow, need a beefy vehicle and some campgrounds won't allow the long ones on their grounds.The popular Spartans for camping are usually no longer than 26 feet.
I'm assuming the Spartan is expensive. Does it come with any kind of warranty? Does everything work? Are the appliances original? The more original the trailer is, the more it is worth. Hope this helps.
This is a Flyte camp build. Many restoration photos were provided. We have not seen it in person yet. My husband think he sees rust on the metal frame in some photos. Not sure if it is. Can’t imagine they would build over a rusted frame. Could it be a coating of some sort? I emailed and haven’t heard back yet. I plan on calling tomorrow. Thanks.
Welcome. From my vantage point, if you have a trailer being restored by Flyte Camp, you shouldn't have anything to worry about. To me, anyway, they are the pinnacle of commercial vintage trailer restoration. I can't see them cutting corners. If you have a question, they will have an answer for you.
I hope you will share your experience as it evolves. I am excited for you. Flyte Camp interiors are beautiful.
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