According to the factory, this was the oldest road worthy one that they knew of. In 1955 they only made 15 units and this was the 8th one made. The factory was aware of this trailer when it sat in Colorado in a field. When it got sold and moved to Illinois they lost contact with it. I found it about 20 miles from my house where a lady was using it as a craft room for doing baskets and silk flowers. The entire interior was original including the pink porcelain toilet. The refrigerator was a regular house frig and the stove as a small apartment stove. It all still worked. No 12 or 6 volt at all and the wall switches were the same as what was in a house.
I was going to gut the trailer and put modern RV plumbing and appliances in it but I just could bring myself to taking the old girl apart. Under one of the beds was the original mouse eaten green and white awning. I asked the RV museum if they wanted it but I received mixed messages. Finally a guy showed up at my door who said this trailer was headed for Europe and wrote me a check. I had the original sales brochure which I handed him....now I wished I had kept it.
That's very cool! I think I'd very much enjoy restoring old RV's. Its the one thing RV related that "might" actually return some $$ if done correctly to the correct model.
I wish that were true but unfortunately even fully restored these aren't worth much money. I was looking for a 55 Chevy Nomad or a old truck to pull this trailer to car shows but it never came about. The thing that shocked most people when they looked inside was that it was ALL ORIGINAL. It had never been painted on the inside, still had the original fabric on the beds, dinette and lamp shades. The only interior damage was the wood around the front window had warped because of water getting in through the cracked glass.
I still have a some of the vintage stuff that I had collected to go along with it. My son has been slowly selling it off for me.