I currently own a 1979 Boler. It is a 13ft fibreglass egg. It is the iconic Canadian trailer. I removed the appliances as we never used them.
I just bought a 1958 complete and original deluxe Shasta. Tin cans were more popular in the US so I don't know too much about them. I think the small ones are more iconic. I love the layout but I will never use the appliances except for the fridge which I want to upgrade as it is only an icebox. My ideal would be to remove to kitchen. and put in a counter.
I am never going to use the bathroom either so I am planning on removing the bathroom. I am a performer so I would love a place to hang my costumes when I am on the road.
Have any of you made such changes or are you purists? I grew up in tents and am not really attached to the "Shasta" (sorry) especially since it was more of an American thing. It only cost $1500 and the only visible damage is some rot around the back window.
I don't plan on selling it any time soon as it suits all of my needs but would removing above items kill the value? Or should I stick with the original layout as planned and if I sell the new owner can put it back together? I won't be starting until next spring because it is too late where I live.
Pictures or it didn't happen! Welcome to the mayhem. There are a lot of "purists" around...I am sorta one. But the most common advice is always to make it your own. It is most important that it works for you, regardless of how original it is kept. It may be a good idea to keep the parts that you remove, if you can store them. That way they would be available if you do sell it, to the next owner. Don't worry about not knowing about them...there is plenty of help around here.
Better to change it to your liking than have it rot in a field somewhere. I dont own a vintage trailer yet, but if and when I get one, I will likely update the appliances to more modern standards. Also, the electrical would be updated to 45 amps rather than the 15 that they were back then,,,That will keep the wife happy and I can have something vintage...best of both worlds
BTW...lots of Bolers and Trilliums around here....and they go for a good price too
Last Edit: Aug 12, 2014 16:35:02 GMT -8 by poncho62
Do what you want and keep everything you remove. You mentioned rot around the back window. Because water travels in mysterious ways in these trailers, there could be damage in places you CAN'T see. If you are planning on pulling it around on long road trips, please make sure the basic structure is roadworthy before you embark on any work excursions. It'd be awful if you had to cancel a gig because your trailer collapsed on the road. It HAS happened. Good luck!
Oh yeah, like Ten said, "Pictures or it didn't happen."
I am going to completely redo it. My Boler has solar panels and updated electrical and so will this one. I will peel back the skin next spring and start from scratch. I think it is a good idea to just keep the original parts, thanks. I am not changing the layout at all so if someone wanted to put them back in, they could.
Glad I found this group. If a group of "Shasta" people don't think I will burn in vintage trailer hell then I will do it.
Haha! This is an old thread but the conversation cracked me up. I am not too keen on doing everything original on mine either, anything I do to my Compact I just want to not cut corners. It's hard to balance keeping the original aspects and still make it a everything you want sometimes.
Just keep in mind that the cabinets are HALF the structural integrity of the trailer. Without them (and the way they are installed) your box would fall off the frame and down to the asphalt in no time. How they are installed and connected to what parts of the trailer are as important as the cabinets themselves. They are a design feature that serves as storage space and structural integrity. They hold most of your trailer together.
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...
Never got around to the overhaul. My husband used it last winter. That thing just pumps out the heat. It was often turned off in -30c as it was so hot. The stove also works. We are thinking we would like to downsize to 16 or 17ft. Maybe I will get around to it this summer.
Post by vintagebruce on Nov 29, 2015 9:13:18 GMT -8
Since you have not done anything to it yet, and you have $1500 in it...it is currently worth $1500 (to you). Since you are considering "downsizing" to a 16 to 17 footer, and the Shasta brand means little to you, maybe you could advertise the Deluxe indicating your desire to downsize, with lots of photos to show the current condition of your Deluxe, geared toward the "growing family" who is/has outgrown their 15-16 footer, and offer a trade of "equal value"...just don't say an equal value worth the $1500 we paid. Someone wanting to upsize might think your Deluxe is worth $2500 and will be willing to trade a smaller $2500 camper. Now would be a good time to test the waters, since many areas where potential traders are, are not camping at this time. Now might be the best time to negotiate.