Vintage Trailer Maiden Voyage

Question: Dear Luise: I found your site while doing research on my 1970 BeeLine trailer.  The title shows the model to be a “BEEE” and I have spoken with someone who owns a 1969 Hornet.  Funny name for the line! Anyway, I know that it was manufactured in Elkhart, IN but, I have been able to find only a handful of people that own the trailers however they range in age from mid 1960s to my 1970 so the company was around for at least 6 or 7 years.  I have found a trailer company by the name of BeeLine and if I’m not mistaken their logo looks a lot like the one on the front of my trailer. I’ve read that you say some people do not feel a trailer manufactured after 1969 really qualifies as a vintage trailer but, I figure with each passing year that will change!  Our trailer is after all 39 years young! I was hoping you could provide me some info on this line of trailers.  I have contacted the RV Hall of Fame museum in Elkhart.  Another “BeeLiner” told me they had been able to get only a bit of info from these people.  As you say, my trailer is an “orphan”! Our trailer is nothing close to original.  The upholstery and interior were updated in the 1980s–blue and mauve.  The last owner was a hunter.  He replaced the floor and installed a brand new stove/hood, sink and counter top.  He replaced the propane refrigerator with electric.  He even added a microwave.  At some point someone even replaced all but a few of the windows with new ones that are tinted and have black frames instead of the original aluminum frames.  There isn’t much left of the original trailer but, it still is a bit quirky and owning it and researching its origins has led me to discover the vintage trailer craze.  I do still have a gold-colored toilet.  A color scheme that would have been expected in the 1970s! Anyway, anything you can tell me would be helpful! Your trailer sounds great!  We can’t wait to take ours on the road.  Maiden voyage is this weekend. Thanks, L.

Answer: Dear L. I’m not familiar with the BeeLine but it sounds to me like you are doing an excellent job of researching it. My only suggestion would be to go to http://www.tincantourist.com   I just love that site and the resources it offers.

Yes, there’s something very special about vintage RVs. They seem (to me) to have “heart.” Even when they have lost their original appointments, features and colors…the history…the miles…it’s all so intriguing. You know that saying…”one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” And when we find an old RV that’s been neglected, it’s so much fun “bringing it back to life.”

Some camping clubs are getting picky about older RVs but mine, Port Susan Camping Club, inspects the incoming units for safety and functionality, not age. I like that! Overnight parks are usually more willing to accept anything road-worthy.

Have a great inaugural adventure and Happy Trails! Blessings, Luise

4 Responses to Vintage Trailer Maiden Voyage

  1. David Reitz April 29, 2010 at 7:01 am #

    Im Looking for a 1967 Vacationair trailor if anyone finds one please contact me. It was our familys first camper and i wanna buy one and restore it It would make my dad and I proud !!!!

  2. bill June 3, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    I have owned a 1965 BeeLine for seven years with almost no modifications. It is a great little portable house.

  3. HUNT June 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    1965 beeline whats it worth who to sell to?who to talk to about it

  4. S. July 1, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    I just bought a 1966 Beeliner travel trailer from my sister. I am trying to find out what it weighs(they didn’t know)and what kind/size of vehicle is needed to pull it. Thanks for any info. I should add it’s the Beeliner Wasp TT body style with an overhang on the front. S.

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