Post by John Palmer on Jun 10, 2014 9:12:23 GMT -8
OK, I have a question to any one of the many "Shasta Cult" members on this site. What's the big deal with Shasta's?
I understand that more Shasta's were built, and sold "back in the day" than any other travel trailer, by a factor of something like "ten to one". I'm sure we are all trying to relive our youth, and since more of you grew up in your family Shasta trailer or camper as a kid, it might be a logical reason why they command crazy money today. If I were a trailer "flipper", I would never pass up buying a run down Shasta, because they are so easy to sell, and they always sell for much more than they are logically worth.
The current popularity can not be based on quality. They were the cheapest built trailer back in the day, and you can easily still see some of the price cuts that the factory made today. They have almost no windows, or at least they are much smaller, or in some cases just cheap and leaking plastic "fixed/stationary" windows. This had to be done to cut the selling prices when they were new. It could only be a low price point issue, it could not have been a sales feature, to have "less ventilation". I have read entire threads on this site of Shasta Owners commenting (complaining) on how many flaws you have found in factory construction during your restorations. If you believe in supply shortages causing high demand in the market place, it would also seem to me that more Shasta's should exist today because many more were built originally, which should actually lower the price because they are so common. Maybe they all fell apart, and you are surprised to find one that has survived today, hard to say.
I just don't get it, most people save or collect, the things they could not afford when they grew up. For me, it's Schwinn Black Phantoms, and Schwinn built Excelsior tank model bicycles. Maybe the original Schwinn Krate models, or hand built Schwinn Paramount bicycles from the 1940's and 50's. I never had a nice Hot Rod back in the day because all my salary went for the family, but I have one today in the garage.
Help me out Shasta Cult, what is it?
Any Shasta leads appreciated, so I can make some extra money before The Cult comes to their senses. LOL