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Old 08-20-2007, 11:11 AM   #15
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Vintage Trailer Emblems in Pat's brother's collection Side A:



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If you need more clarity you can go to photos and enlarge the above pictures or use the links that follow:

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Pat found out recently that her Grandfather worked for "The Covered Wagon" trailer manufacturer in Mt Clemens, Michigan in the 1930's. Top row center emblem Side B.

At the present time Pat's brother and sister-in-law own the 1948 Manor in the above post, also a 1950 M-System, 1949 Palace Royale, 1956 Airstream, and another 1948 Spartanette they intend to restore.
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Old 03-07-2008, 07:12 PM   #16
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Now I would love to own that.
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those old Spartans bring back very special memories for me personally. The Manor and the Royal Manor were my favorites. Spartan also made a lot of custom made units for oil rich Arabs that were shipped over there. Spartan also made fleet units for oil companies/railroad construction. Some had I beam for sledding (no axles/wheels) as they were pulled from site to site with bulldozers in the deserts or on RR flatcars. My dad started with Spartan in '44 as they manufactored aircraft spars/flaps/rudders smaller wings/horizontal stabilizers/etc for the war effort. He stayed throught the transition to Spartan Trailer Coaches (house trailers) and until the end in '60. I graduated in '60 and helped with clearing the old plant out that last summer. The old plant is still in use as Crain Carrier Corporation. Dad worked as a factory serviceman the last 6-7 years. He traveled border to border/coast to coast doing factory warranty work for Spartan. I see many Tulsa built Spartans in rural areas around here as Tulsa is only 50 miles away.
Dad passed away 2 years ago. When I first noticed folks calling the units RVs I showed copied stories off the net to him and he got quite upset as they were the "Caddy" of house trailers (mobilehomes) in their time. Later some were reported to sell for over 100k. That mollified him as it was alright to call them RVs. There are very few old Spartan employees left as most were WW II vets, and older or employees kid like me.
Its great to see those coaches brought back to life and updated to modern RVs. Your brother and sister inlaw has really shown pride in rebuilding them as the original employees took great pride in manufactoring the Cadilac of all house trailer of that era.
Thanks a bunch


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Hi Jim,
Thank you for your post.

My brother-in-law and sister-in-law would like to know if you know of any memorabilia available that they could buy for their trailer room? They purchased a Spartan aircraft company 2 year pin on eBay, which is really neat.

So if you know of any memorabilia available please let us know. I sent you a private message.

Thank you again,
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Pat's Brother Bob and Sister-in-law Doreen Won two awards at the 2008 Tin Can Tourist Spring Rally at Camp Dearborn in Milford, Michigan. They took 1st place for Awesome Interior.

They also took "Best in Show" "Silver Palaces"


With the 1948 Spartan Manor Pictured here.




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Old 09-25-2008, 09:24 PM   #20
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reading this thread has given me renewed vigor towards restoration of my 1970 Travco 270 -- but I am going to "modernize" in many ways as I go-- have allready done a total re-wire adn now have some cosmetics todo as well as some plumbing issues-- oh well it only takes money?!?!?LOL??
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One of the coolest updates that keeps the vintage look is that behind that Original Refrigerator Door is a modern updated RV refrigerator.

Repeat of the updates in the original Spartanette Trailer restoration.


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Just wanted to post some of the description detail for those that are interested,
before ebay removes the ad.

Vintage Fully restored and modernized 1948 Spartanette. Ready to Travel!
Professionally Appraised at $34,000.
The Spartan Aircraft Company from Tulsa Oklahoma started building trailers shortly after the war in 1946. The entire skin and ribs are made from Aircraft grade aluminum with aircraft riveted construction. No sagging here! This is as early 1948 with the round windows in the doors; most have the later square windows. There is a round window in both the curb and street side doors of this trailer.
The entire interior was removed from this trailer to allow rewiring and new insulation to be added. Every surface was then cleaned and refinished before being reinstalled. As you can see this trailer has also been modernized by adding a flush toilet, bathtub, microwave and air conditioner all out of sight. There is even a new refrigerator with a freezer behind the original "GM" ref. door. Even with all the modern additions, when you enter this trailer you step back into 1948. Nothing modern shows. Be a show winner in you new Vintage travel trailer.
FEATURES AND EQUIPMENT:
New Edison Power Inlet
New 70 amp breaker box and wiring throughout
New Microwave
New 110v receptacles, including 1 exterior
New 6 gallon Water Heater 110v
New 110v SureFlo Water pump and Switch
New Refrigerator with freezer 110v
Pressurized water system using "Pex" System
New Vent fan in hood over stove
Rebuilt Kitchen Faucet
New Drain System
New 18 Gallon Water Tank
New Propane Tank and System
Rebuilt Original Stove, in Working Order
Original Cupboards
New Air conditioner
New Vintage looking Upholstery on Original Divan (folds into a bed) and Curtains
Original Pocket Door separates bedroom from the rest of the trailer
New Bathtub with hand held Shower (under bed)
New Thetford Bravura pedal flush Toilet in toilet room (no holding tank)
All Wood Work has been sanded, re-shellacked and coated with 3 coats of polyurethane
Installed Fold out Table in the Observation Lounge
Original Sink and Counter Tops
New Foam Insulation
New Stainless Steel Screws used throughout
New Deep Brown Cork Floor (very warm and comfortable to the feet)
Rewired Original Interior Lights and new period shades
Rebuilt Screen Doors and window screens (all Bronze)
New Queen size bed and headboard
Rebuilt Original 12v Glass Tail and Running Lights
Rebuilt Original Roof Vents inside and out (2)
Completely rebuilt windows with new rubber seals and glass
Rebuilt Electric Brakes, springs and new bearings
New 15" rims and tires (H 78-15 8 ply rated bias ply) with matching spare
Installed a new 12v Breakaway system for electric brakes
Installed higher, modern Safety brake lights (can be removed after towing)
Restored Original pull-out Entry steps at both doors
Weight approximately 3400 lbs
Question & Answer

Q: what kind of wood? side walls and ceiling and is it all new or redone. thanks ron
A: It is all Birch. Ceiling is all new and EVERYTHING else is original birch (restored). We were able to match the old birch with custom shellac for the new ceiling. All woodwork has been re-finished.
Q: I just wanted to say that looking at what has been done and how it has been done it is in my opinion not asking too much for your reserve. Surely it is worth much more than that. If I remember right they did not have toilets in those days. In any case it is just perfect. What a nice T. trailer! Most likely the smoothest, most improved Spartan of it's kind that I have seen among the thousands of Spartans I have enjoyed throughout the years. Good luck, Regards, Alexander.
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where do you purchase the new window seals??I make old Ford reproduction seals ,vent window seals etc . Chrome parts you name it ..
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where do you purchase the new window seals??
I asked Pat's brother and the reply follows:

"Some came from eBay for the rounded corner seals on the front and back windows. I think the person's eBay id is trailerguy. The rest came from our local glass shop. We took a piece of what we were looking for and had to slightly modify a currently available product. We also got some from JC Whitney's RV catalog. There is also vintage trailer supply www.vintagetrailersupply.com that now has some seals.

Most window seals can be modified and several styles are still available, just improvise."
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Thank you, MonacoMama, for resticking.
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Check this one out, Vintage Restored 1948 Spartan Spartanette Trailer manufactured by Spartan Aircraft Company.



It is on Ebay, Ebay Link
Purrrrrdy....
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Good morning , I live here in St George,UT . In the RV park Where I'm set up there is a spartan trailer ,I believe it's a 38 or 40 ft maner that the owner of the park is going to scrap out.It looks to be in pretty good shape,and was lived In Till last month.I talked to the maneger he said make an offer. Could get it cheep. If any interest let me me know I'll give contact info
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