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Old 03-08-2015, 09:49 PM   #1
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Help! What did I buy?!

Hello, new to this site which looks like a great resource. Wanted to get into working on a restore project so purchased this camper today.
Not being very familiar with vintage I checked through tons of photos. This appears to be about a 70s Shasta Compact Camper. 12' by 7'. No ID I can find.
can anyone help with info as to what it really is, year model, value as is an possible value after fair restoration? Or any additional information.
My wife an I plan to participate in some vintage camper gatherings.
Thanks for any assistance!
Jim
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Old 03-09-2015, 08:37 AM   #2
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That looks like a clean slate. WHat are you going to do with it? Restore, resto-mod or just make what you want?

I'd like to see more pics.
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Old 03-09-2015, 08:55 AM   #3
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yikes!
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Old 03-09-2015, 08:57 AM   #4
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It is almost identical to our 1968 13 ft compact Shasta. yours has a little more room forward of the door. I believe it is the 15 ft. Remember on a trailer you measure the length from the hitch ball receiver to the rear bumper.
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Old 03-09-2015, 07:49 PM   #5
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Other than looking inside cabinets for some sort of placard or other you can look on the inside and bottom of the frame rails, tongue etc. Newer trailers have serial numbers and such hidden on the frame but I am not sure if that practice goes back as far as your trailer. That is going to be a fair amount of work but should be a cool project. Just know going in that you would be very lucky if it's value when completed is half of what you have invested in materials, not to mention your labor.
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Old 03-09-2015, 10:23 PM   #6
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Want to do first time restore. Deciding if to try for original or totally update...
what do you suggest?
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Old 03-09-2015, 10:24 PM   #7
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14 to end of hitch....
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Lol, thats norn for about any project. Thats why decided to start small.
Thanks for your comments!
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Trying to find out original wheel and tire size.
Also where is a source to find replacement metal for the exterior?
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Pretty Cool, Can't help ya on the date or make but if you have a pressure washer I would recommend a product called Mold Armor apply with garden hose wait 10-15 minutes and then take your pressure washer and start taking all the junk off the Outside. You can find it at Home Depot. Works great.
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This is easier to see.

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If the lugs are still on the axle you can use some cardboard & make a pattern. Take that to any salvage yard & should fine the right rims.
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What's the inside look like? If the roof has not leaked I would say you got pretty lucky. Wow, that thing has not been loved but really look forward to the redo pictures. Good luck!
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One thing very interesting I found is the camper has built in propane fueled light fixture.
Still have not been able to ID this camper.
So far it looks closest to a 1966 Shasta Compact. The flat roof, teardrop marker lights, the door has window (maybe been replaced) and no fender cut outs at the wheels is setting it apart enough to still not say for sure anything about the camper.
Nothing really points to the possibility of being homemade.
With no fender cut out I found the frame to be straight along the underside of the outside bottom edge of the camper. So the frame would have to be cut to create a cutout which would expose the wheel and tire better and ease putting wheels and tires on and off. Right now there is only 6.5 inches between the stud ends and the frame rail. Only other way I see is to unbolt the leaf springs and drop the axle enough to put the wheel on then rebolt.
I did find the wheels are 14.5 inch old mobile home type which was (as i understand) on campers in the 60s. So will be looking for a spare wheel. Hate to change out the axle.
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