First I have to admit that I know nothing about travel trailers. I have inherited a 1954 Spartan Manor travel trailer. I believe that it is called a 27 footer (to the tongue). It is a tandem wheel trailer and I think the weight is between 5500 and 5800lbs. I need to move it about 10 miles to my home. The trailer spent about 35to 40 years in Arizona and and the rest up in Washington State. It was purchased new by my wife's grandmother, passed down to her dad and not to her. It was being used and towed from Seattle to Palm Springs for several years, up until about 10 years ago, and has been sitting ever since.
Does anyone know if these trailers have electric brakes? If it has electric brakes, how to check that they are working? Would it be safe to tow 10 miles ? Are there replacement axles and hubs and brakes as a package that would just bolt on if I need them? I am going to be doing some restoration on it, and it seems that the running gear is one area that needs to be top notch. Any other questions I should be asking that I am to dumb to know about? Any help and information you can send my way would be greatly appreciated.
Is a 2000 Chevy Silverado 1500 extended cab pickup with a 350 engine good for a tow vehicle?
Where is the HWT? Is all the electrical 120v, or is there some 12v? Where is the electrical panel? The ceiling has buckled in quite a few areas but no rot. Will these have to be replaced, or is it possible that they have come unattached from their support? Original gas stove and heater, anything I should be concerned about there?
I would post pictures, but I have not figured out how to post yet.
Sounds like a very cool Spartan! Yes, a trailer that big will have brakes. They may not be easily replaceable tho. Check the tires that they hold air. For a slow easy crawl 10 miles, you should do OK.
Your truck should tow the trailer just fine; should be rated at 7500lbs depending on running gear. Check online to see your rating. If I were going to tow the Spartan many miles, I would consider a 3/4 ton truck but yours shold be OK for 10 miles.
Any buckled wood has surprises behind. I'm guessing more rot than you think. Spartans are riveted trailers, so they are rebuilt from the inside out. The floor is of particular concern because it is the main attachment to the frame. It MUST be sound and should extend from side to side and be firmly anchored.
Go slowly and take your time. This is a big trailer and you will be addressing a lot of issues. I would start with the floor to see what is needed. You may need to dismantle closets and cabinets to do the work. Also, closely check the frame for cracks and rust thru. If you can, save the Celotex belly material.
Electric is all 110, unless somebody added a 12 volt system. Not likely. In the Spartan I worked on, the box was in the bottom cabinet to the right of the door as you faced the door. Very simple and the trailer had been hard wired to the pedestal. Since your family towed it and camped, your trailer probably has a 30 amp cord with a plug on the end.