Vintage Travel Trailers and Vintage Campers

Question: Dear Luise: I have some interest in vintage travel trailers and vintage campers. I know that many ancient RVs all but disintegrate with time but I would kind of like to fix one up and create something special for myself. Have you ever done this or is it pure folly? Regards, Gretel

Answer: Dear Gretel: You are a lady after my own heart. Yes, I have done it and yes, it can be folly. You have to be very, very careful what you start out with, and just as clear about your goals. Old does not necessarily mean vintage. To me, vintage means redeemable, cherished, and maybe unique. Others may not agree but that’s my take.

I have had both successes and failures. The word folly applies to my efforts to resurrect a 1972, Chinook Camper that looked wonderful to me. However, I didn’t go far enough. Up in the overhead, there was dry-rot under the bed and I didn’t remove the mattress and check that out before I bought it. Big mistake. I sold it for a third of what I paid for it because I told prospective buyers about the problem…a hard lesson.

On to happier days. My beloved 1971, Argosy Travel Trailer, made by Airstream, is definitely a win. It was built to last, constructed like an airplane. The original inside finish is still lovely…both the metal walls and the real wood paneling. I have put a ridiculous amount of money into it and I don’t care! It’s still completely road-worthy even though I don’t pull it. I use it as my own personal retreat at the Port Susan Camping Club not far from my home.

Picture glider rockers with footstools, an electric fireplace, braided rugs and curtains trimmed with crewel embroidery. Can you visualize that? A “grandmother’s cottage”! I have a hand made tapestry on the wall, an old fashioned tea kettle on top of the fireplace, coffee mugs hanging from a wrought iron rack and a cuckoo clock that does it’s cheery, (even if totally ridiculous), thing every hour on the hour. I just love it!

So, I would suggest that in pursuing your interest in vintage travel trailers and vintage campers that you look very closely at your budget and your goals. Then find someone you can trust to look at the structure…(like I should have.) Blessings, Luise

139 Responses to Vintage Travel Trailers and Vintage Campers

  1. Lou Bishop May 29, 2006 at 11:46 am #

    I recently purchased a “FAN” Luxury Liner and am looking for some additional information about this brand. Can you help?

  2. Luise May 29, 2006 at 4:55 pm #

    Hi Lou, I found the following information at the website listed below. I hope you get in touch with them. It sounds like you have found something pretty special, if it’s in the RV and Motorhome Hall of Fame!
    Blessings, Luise

    Gift of Lester Sautbine, Portland IN. Early example of MOR/ryde suspension. Restoration by Coachmen Industries and the family of Hall of Fame member Franklin A. Newcomer, founder of FAN Coach:

  3. Suzan Morrison May 31, 2006 at 4:39 pm #

    We just bought a 12′ Fleetwing travel trailer and are looking for any information on the brand and manufacturer. We bought this from an elderly gentleman who was not sure of the year of manufacture and the title and VIN were missing. We believe it was around the mid 1980s.

  4. Luise June 6, 2006 at 4:40 pm #

    Hi Suzan,
    The only information I have on Fleetwing is that they were still being made in 1988. They are now considered “orphan” travel trailers because they are no longer in production. I found a 1988 Fleetling “Eagle” for sale for $3,200. in Ohio. Blessings, Luise

  5. Larson June 30, 2006 at 7:01 pm #

    Hello, I own a very rare (possibly orphan)1955 travel trailer,it says by the front door Viking MFG co Anahiem Ca, yet this is the only trace of evidence of this company, inside the toilet it says 1955, yet their is no stamp on the tow or back of the unit , only by the front door, this company is apparently out of business, when I check for it on the web, it is some magic show company! There is also another Viking which is not the same Viking, they make pop up campers, Who were Viking? where are they now? it is a very well made trailer, i wonder why they did not last? So how do I find this place if they still exist and if not, more importantly how can I find out if this is the “only one” that was ever made, or some pictures of this unit when it was new, or maybe somone else who owned one nof these? Cars have VIN # numbers, for details about a car, yet how about a possble one of a kind trailer. Is there a site on the internet that has lots of pics of several variety of travel trailers older ones like mine 1955 Viking? Thank you for any info or any suggestions would be helpful.

  6. Luise July 19, 2006 at 2:41 pm #

    Answer: Dear Larson. I know about the Viking Tent Trailers, but I don’t know about the company you mention. What you need to do is find a contact that is interested in vintage trailers. It’s possible that one contact can lead to another and you will be able to get some of the answers you seek. I would like to suggest three websites as possible door openers:

    Here’s hoping…Blessings, Luise

  7. Christa July 31, 2006 at 1:06 pm #

    We just bought a restored 1958 “Cardi” have you ever heard of one? We found it on ebay.

    Thanks for your help!

  8. Luise July 31, 2006 at 2:22 pm #

    Answer: Dear Christa: I have no information on the Cardi. I know about Cardinal Trailers and wonder if that is a short version of that name? It may be worth your while to join the Tin Can tourists at:

    Membership is very inexpensive and it may put you in touch with people who can help you with your RVs pedigree. Blessings, Luise

  9. Michelle August 16, 2006 at 3:54 pm #

    I just sold a 1958 Holly Camper made in Holly, Michigan. I was wondering if you have ever heard of this manufacturer before? I can find no information on it what so ever. Thank you!

  10. Luise August 17, 2006 at 11:14 am #

    Dear Michelle: The unit you refer to may be one of the many “orphans”, (RVs no longer being made), out there. I think your best bet is to write to the Holly Chanber of Commerce. They may be able to help you or they may be able to put you in touch with their local historical society, if one exists. Blessings, Luise

  11. JEANETTE August 28, 2006 at 10:03 am #


    Could you help? I was given an Atwood travel trailer – 60’s -70’s. It is nice. The folks gave it to me. Their mother lived in it for years and they are reputable folks who live on an airfield. I went to re-license it and vehicle licensing said need a VIN#, which is found near the ball of the trailer. The number I gave them appeared not to be a VIN. Where else might I find the VIN#? Their mother has memory loss and they cannot locate many things, including the title. There is a license plate but they will not take that alone. Is there maybe a VIN# under the trailer on the frame?

    Any advise helpful. Thank you.

  12. Luise August 28, 2006 at 11:35 am #

    Hi Jeanette, The research I have been able to do for you indicates that the VIN number on RVs can be in several different places. It may be a pain to have to go over your Atwood with a magnifying glass but you may have to. I would also ask if there’s a possibility you could go through the lady’s papers and search for the title there. Your folks might not mind. Below is a website you might want to contact. I think I would also go to a different licensing office to see if you might find a more helpful person. Good luck! Blessings, Luise

    RVHELPNET – Professional RV Appraisal Services since 1976 – Have …Travel Trailers and 5th Wheel VIN numbers can be found on the exterior walls (usually on a decal that fades from sunlight), on the inside of a cabinet door or stamped on the steel tongue .

  13. celine bergeron September 6, 2006 at 11:34 am #

    Dear Luise,
    My husband and I recently purchased a 1975 “Go Tag Along” travel trailer. We just came back from our maiden voyage to VT and had a ball! The owner’s manual is not available and this is our first ever trailer purchase so we have very little information and would love to learn more. Any suggestions or helpful advice?
    Thank you so much!
    Lovely web site.

  14. roy wilson September 7, 2006 at 10:41 am #

    Dear Luise, I just purchased a used viking popup from a man I trusted, now I cant find a vin # on the camper. Also the sticker has been torn off. The viking website says it should be on the a frame. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  15. Luise September 10, 2006 at 8:23 pm #

    Hi Roy,

    Can you get it to a trailer repair shop? That’s the best way I know of to go over the frame carefully. Those guys are usually pretty resourceful. I think it would be worth it to do that. You must live in a state where trailers aren’t licensed or it would be on the title. I take it your “friend” is of no help. The only other idea I have is to go to a Viking dealer and see if they might see you as a future customer and give you a hand. It’s possible.

  16. Luise September 10, 2006 at 8:45 pm #

    Dear Celine: I would join the Escapee’s Club and start to interact with other trailer owners. Read their magazines and newsletters, too. If you find them too slanted toward newer units, joining the would let you get into forums, ask questions and read what others are up to. And is a group that is for owners of vintage RVs. If you have a black water holding tank, that’s the first thing I would conquer. There are a lot of tricks that can keep you out of trouble there. And believe me, the waste water from your toilet is the last place you want problems! Blessings, Luise

  17. carol July 29, 2007 at 2:09 am #

    Hi I just received a 1969 tag along trailer and need to renovate but was wondering what company made these? thanks carol

  18. Luise August 2, 2007 at 4:58 am #

    That trailer was made by the Go-Tag-Along Company.
    They stopped production in 1988.

  19. Heather Mills August 31, 2007 at 5:31 pm #

    Hello, I just bought a 1954 Cardinal Trailer, I have been all over the web to find any info on these, can only find 3 different photos and an old advertisment. Anyone know anything about these cute trailers. We want to restore it ourselves and need some info. Thank you, Heather in San Diego

  20. Mike September 9, 2007 at 1:09 pm #

    I have acquired a Holly made in Holly, Michigan. It has no plate and need info as to where to contact to the records on this trailer. Single axle 18.

  21. matthew November 2, 2007 at 7:12 pm #

    Hello, I have a 1989 Vagabohn travel trailor, wich I love dearly. I have remodled it from top to bottom and to be honest its nicer than my house. How old does a camper “home” need to be before I can list it as vintage? and how would I go about finding out what it is worth if I should decide to sell it so I can do another one,? looks like I have found a new hobby!!!

  22. Luise November 3, 2007 at 11:54 am #

    Answer: Dear Matthew: Please read the rest of my RV posts. There are some URLs there that may help you in your research. Blessings, Luise

  23. jerry keenan November 10, 2007 at 9:11 pm #

    Check out YAHOO groups for any and most all vintage travel trailer info. I belong to The Vintage Cardinal group…lots of pics and info. Jerry

  24. maggie December 14, 2007 at 3:57 pm #

    I am looking for info on the old fashioned English style rounded top campers. Help

  25. randy schmitt April 5, 2008 at 10:49 am #

    Question: Dear Luise: I just purchased a 1977 Layton RV made by the Skyline corp. I bought it without a title. I cannot find the VIN# I have found the serial number. Did in 1977 they use the serial number as the VIN# ? I scraped and sanded the whole a frame and found no VIN#. Can anybody help me with this? I need a VIN# to get a title. Thanks. R.

  26. Luise April 5, 2008 at 12:13 pm #

    Answer: Dear R.: I don’t know but the last I heard, they were still in business. Contact them for the info you need. If they didn’t issue VIN #s at that time, get proof of that to take to motor vehicles. Anybody got any other ideas? Blessings, Luise

  27. jeh April 25, 2008 at 9:23 pm #

    Hi I know that you have had questions about the Holly camper but I can’t seem to find or get any info on them. I Just recieved one it has no title and he says its 1989 but i don’t think its that young. Do you know if when the company stopped making them. The travel trailer is 16′ has 2 entance/exits and I can almost make out the pat.#. Any info will help. Thanks JEH

  28. Luise April 25, 2008 at 9:33 pm #

    Can anyone help with this? Blessings, Luise

  29. R. July 13, 2008 at 5:06 pm #

    I just purchased a ’52 Owosso Coach, made in Owosso MI. I am restoring it and need a door handle and tail light. Does anyone know of a reailer salavage yard in Michigan?

  30. Luise July 13, 2008 at 5:34 pm #

    Dear R. I’m from Royal Oak in the winters and E. Tawas in the summers but it was too long ago to do you any good. Let’s see if anyone can give you a hand here. Blessings, Luise

  31. Laura July 19, 2008 at 5:00 am #

    We just pirchased a 1968 Pathfinder travel trailer and I would like to locate an Owners Manula for this trailer. We have title and VIN but I have been unable to locate a website for vintage owners manuals.
    Any help would be appreciated. Also where were Pathfinders manufactured?

  32. Luise July 19, 2008 at 7:50 am #

    Can anybody help fill in the blanks for Laura on her “new” Pathfinder? Blessings, Luise

  33. S. July 21, 2008 at 7:58 pm #

    I need help finding the VIN# on a Franklin Travel Trailer, year unknown. Have no idea where to look, the tongue doesn’t seem to have it which would be the most logical place. Can’t register this without some number. Thank, S.

  34. Luise July 21, 2008 at 9:08 pm #

    Anybody out there have a suggestion for S.? Blessings, Luise

  35. A. July 22, 2008 at 12:31 pm #

    I bought a 1963 Gates? The title says it’s maker is Gates. Can’t find anything about these trailers. It’s a 15 ft with a sloped roof that comes to a pointed wind off the back. Any help is much appreciated.

  36. Luise July 22, 2008 at 3:02 pm #

    Anybody? I know these “orphans” are hard to trace. Luise

  37. M. August 2, 2008 at 6:23 pm #

    Hi, We just purchased a Phoenix travel trailer and cant find out the year or vin. Can you please help? Thank you. M.

  38. Luise August 3, 2008 at 1:27 pm #

    Dear M.: The problem of “orphaned” travel trailers is a common one. The manufacturers come and go and some leave no trail behind them, apparently. I have no knowledge regarding Phoenix trailers. Here’s hoping someone sees your question on my site and responds. Blessings, Luise

  39. M. August 6, 2008 at 10:49 am #

    i just found out we have a Pheonix travel camper by HECKAMAN MFG INC am looking for a site that may help me 2 find out what year? M.

  40. Luise August 6, 2008 at 12:14 pm #

    Dear M.: I just heard that that company the makes Phoenix was severely damaged by a storm. (Unless more than one place makes trailers by that name.) Give them a bit to reorganize and then contact them directly. Blessings, Luise

  41. M. August 8, 2008 at 10:51 am #

    Can you please tell me the name of the site so I can thank you very much.

  42. Luise August 8, 2008 at 12:13 pm # and you’re welcome!

  43. M. August 15, 2008 at 6:52 am #

    I enjoyed looking at your website, we recently purchased a 1974 Argosy 26 Ft. with rear bath. I’m hunting a black water tank for it, progress has stopped on restoring until we find tank. Can anyone help us with this problem. M.

  44. marie August 16, 2008 at 8:09 am #

    hi i have been doing some research and found out we have a 1967 pheonix travel camper any more info would be great thank you very much

  45. J. August 17, 2008 at 4:57 pm #

    In reply to Laura and Luise, we also purchased a Pathfinder vintage travel trailer last summer, 11 feet long, and are re-furbishing. On the “Pathfinder” nameplate fixed to the side of the trailer, it states the trailer was manufactured in Spencer, Wisconsin. We do not know the year of our trailer though. We would be very interested in hearing from any other owners of “Pathfinders”! Best wishes from the Wisconsin Northwoods, J.

  46. Luise August 17, 2008 at 5:23 pm #

    Dear J. Can you tell us where the VIN number is on your trailer? We have Pathfinder owners looking for that information. Blessings, Luise

  47. Luise August 18, 2008 at 6:06 am #

    Dear M. I got a stock door handle for my vintage Argosy at the Airstream dealer, Great American RV in Milton, WA
    (888)926-2626 You could also try online at: and
    Blessings, Luise

  48. Dusty October 3, 2008 at 7:58 pm #

    I’m looking for information on a camper manufactured in Owosso, Michigan. The company was in business from 1958 to 1962. The campers were made for hunting and ice fishing and the name is Travel Air. My parents purchased this camper in 1960, but was manufactured in 1959. This camper is the ice fishing one. It is made from aluminum and boxey. Once towed to your site, you pull a couple of pins, drop the side supports and slide sideways open, then attach a canvas floor to that side, which has a ice fishing hole in canvas. The interior is plywood. Any help would be a great help. Thank-You

  49. Luise October 7, 2008 at 10:28 am #

    That’s a new one for me. Anybody have an information on this rig?

  50. C. October 25, 2008 at 12:46 pm #

    My husband and I are interested in buying a 1974 Me Too fifth wheel. Its a cute little thing about 16 ft long, but it has some leak damage. It has leaked above the door not to bad but discolored. Also in the front curve there seems to be quite a bit of leakage. The wood next to the front window where the bed is has the top part of the wood where you can peel it off with your hand. If you push on it it seems intact, not spongy. Not sure what works. This person wants $1200. for this. My first question is, how hard are these to restore? And second is this “Vintage”? I personally think this is too high a price but some people think because it is “vintage” you can mark it up. Thanks for any reply. C.

  51. Luise October 25, 2008 at 1:51 pm #

    Dear C. I would pass on it. Not only is the price high but the water damage is probably serious. When you see the kind of water marks that you describe there is often extensive, unseen dry rot. Many water-damaged trailers are trashed every year because repairs would be too extensive and expensive. I have never found much documentation regarding how high the value should go on Vintage units. The exception is the Airstream because it is still being manufactured and they have such a following. My steadfast rule in buying Vintage is that it has to be 100% free of water damage. Certain handyman types buy them, tear them apart and build them back up, almost from scratch, but that takes a lot of expertise, time and money. The best way to go is buy a solid unit, replacing appliances as needed and redecorating as you see fit. Blessings, Luise

  52. S. November 21, 2008 at 8:20 am #

    I am interested in finding out about a Owosso coach aprox. 21 feet long. We have found one in need of rescuing and have never heard of that brand trailer. Were they made good ? Any thing you could tell me would be of help. thank you. S.

  53. Luise November 21, 2008 at 10:23 am #

    Dear S. If memory serves that RV was made in Owosso, Michigan. I would contact their Chamber of Commerce for any information on the company and if they can give you the years it was produced, I’d check the achieves of the
    Owosso newspaper for any ads placed by them. The last thing I would do would be to put an ad in their want ads asking for information from anyone who was around then and involved. Blessings, Luise

  54. K. December 18, 2008 at 8:48 am #

    Hi, this is Kimberly from the vintage owosso travel trailer club…it is sooo nice to see others with Owossos!!! I got mine last year, she is in awesome shape. I also throw a vintage trailer rally every year in WI. This year we will have one in IL as well…join the club and upload some pics! I would love to see other Owosoos! Right now, its just me and another in the group, but then again when I started the Vintage Shasta Trailer club it was like that as well. Tere are a lot more Shastas out there than Owossos. Aluminumly yours, K.
    Oh, btw, mine is a 1951 owosoo 28 ft!

  55. Denise January 5, 2009 at 9:32 pm #

    Hello all! We purchased a 1964 travel trailer but are having lots of trouble trying to find out what exactly it is! The metal tag on the trailer states “Scout 1350” and under that “Cascade Mobile Products” The title states 1964 Casca (I assume for Cascade and TV (I am assuming that means travel) but nothing else about it. We can not under any variation of any of those names find out what it is! Any suggestions, names, help, anything!!??

    Frustrated in Arizona!

  56. Scott Smith February 2, 2009 at 8:41 am #

    Hello all. I just purchased a 50’s Shasta trailer. I’m not sure of the exact year. Where would I find the vin/serial number for this? Its going to need a lot of repair work. Where would I go to find replacement parts? Thanks, Scott from Arkansas

  57. c from tampa bay florida February 4, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    Hello everyone… we just purchased a 1974 18′ Coachmen Travel Trailer… there is no visible plate and it has been restored/painted so we don’t know the model name/number or the vehicle weight. All we know is that it is a 1974 and the title says 18’…. Does anyone know where I can find an owners manual or specs on it?

  58. David and Janice March 10, 2009 at 5:08 am #

    Purchased a 19 foot Tag-along which is a 1973 model. We found that there was considerable water damage to the front end and ceiling. In looking to fix the problem we had to take all the fiber board and insulation off of the end and found that the wood frame structer was all rotted away and that we would have to replace all of this. We are going to rebuild it with stronger material. Looking forward to completing it and taking it camping.

  59. richard garrison March 10, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    Just found a l971 tag a long 18RB (that is a 18 foot rear bath. It has sagging ceiling and some wet rot in ceiling structure. I intend to totally renovate this unit to look like new. The inside will be last, after the roof is removed, side panels taken off, all trim mouldings etc. This is so simple because these were made with screw on panels rather than with rolled seamed aluminum. Needs frame scraped, primed, and painted, a lot of work and I cant wait to get started, it is a winter job.

  60. D. May 11, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    hi everybody I’m in the process in buying a 1969 go tag along model 14 bb. I’m wondering is there a front piece that protects the front glass ? Any info would be a great help or a web site. Thanks, Dan

  61. Dave May 14, 2009 at 3:28 pm #

    Hello my name is Dave and I am in process of buying a 1968 Pathfinder camper ID#23008. Where can I find pictures and information of other campers like mine? Dave

  62. J. June 4, 2009 at 10:36 am #

    Refering back to comment 4919 by Marie on the Phoenix travel trailer. I have a 1967 Phoenix single axle travel trailer I fixed up 3 years ago and was wondering what information you found on it. It’s metal color with a white stripe down the middle, white door and white front and back outside walls. The model is “Callao.” J.

    • Luise June 6, 2009 at 7:55 am #

      Marie…are you out there?

  63. patty ethington June 15, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    I have a 1959 22ft. airstream and would like to know how to get a manual for it as we are restoring it. thank you

    • Luise June 19, 2009 at 9:14 am #

      I contacted my local Airstream dealer when I need help with mime. Some of the dealers are really great at networking. Blessings, Luise

  64. L. June 29, 2009 at 9:32 am #

    Hi, We bought a 1954 Alma travel trailer. It has a Murphy bed in it. We don’t know if it was original to the camper or if the camper was ever restored. We do know it was rewired . We are looking for any information pictures of this camper. We have the original document for the Alma and all the registration paper work for it and the title. It only had 2 owners before us and they were father and son. It was sold to us for $50.00! That’s right…$50.00 and it is as sound as ever. All we had to do is repaint the inside after a really good clean up and fix a few minor things. It still has the original tires as well. The only thing it is missing is the icebox. Someone pulled it out and put in a small fridge when they restored it. Any information you have for us we would be grateful for. We are proud to be the owners of this sweet piece of American history. It was also made in Alma. MI. Thanks, L. and S.

    • Luise July 2, 2009 at 9:09 am #

      Dear L. and S.: How great to hear such respect for your little home-away-from-home. I would contact the Alma Chamber of Commerce to see if they have any history available to you on that company or any contact.

      If the tires are indeed 55 years old…get rid of them!

      I hope someone reading this knows more than I do about the Alma. I have heard the name because I hail from Royal Oak, MI, but I have no experience with it. Blessings, Luise

  65. L. and S. June 29, 2009 at 9:35 am #

    Please email me if you have information on the Alma Travel Trailer. Thanks again, L. and S.

  66. B. July 11, 2009 at 11:49 am #

    I brought a early 60 or 70 late model Shasta 16 ft camper. It has a Rockwood frame under it but I can’t find the VIN# on it, where is it on the frame. I’d like to find it. Can you help me? B.

    • Luise July 12, 2009 at 10:52 am #

      Dear B. Unfortunately that far back there was no standardization. Perhaps someone will read this who has one and can tell you where they found the VIN but many never do locate the VINs on vintage trailers. Blessings, Luise

  67. Danny MILLS August 27, 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    we have a trailer we would like to sale it is a 1963 Pathfinder phone; 480-649-3982 is home cell;is 480-310-2837 Thank you

  68. ed spurgeon August 27, 2009 at 9:35 pm #

    I have recently purchased a 1964 winnibago camp trailer. I have been serching the web for any information, or parts and havent found anything.could you please send me in the right direction?


  69. Donna August 28, 2009 at 8:22 am #

    I have a 1957 Cardinal and need to find out the gross weight for towing purposes. It is a Canned Ham type, no bathroom, approximately 10-12 feet. Anyone know?

  70. P. October 1, 2009 at 1:27 am #

    Please, if anyone knows where I can get information on a 1999 Gulf Stream, YellowStone travel trailer,with 2 slide outs, It just was given to me from my Great Aunt, please help,we can not get the slide outs to move and no paper work was with it after 10 yrs ago I am not sure what I need to do to make them operate. This tag along is in great shape, and we do need, some information. Thanks. P.

  71. A. December 13, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    Hello…. we just purchased a 1977 Royal International pull along. This is our first experience with travel trailers and if anyone has ANY information on this brand please contact us. We would be glad to buy a owners manual or where to buy replacement items. Thanks. A.

  72. A. December 26, 2009 at 4:52 pm #

    Anyone that has any information on a Royals International 1977. We desperately need information or owner manual.

  73. S. January 14, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    We just purchased a 1959 Comet from Oklahoma with a bill of sale only. We’re from Texas and they require a Title. The previous owner did not have a title but the DMV is telling me to contact him and ask him to do a search on the VIN number to come up with a previous owner. I’m wondering if anyone out there knows how I can search myself rather than bothering him with this.
    Thanks in advance!S.

    • Luise January 15, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

      Someone wrote that they found the VIN by removing the paint from the tongue of the trailer and then sanding it lightly until he found it impressed into the metal.

  74. L. February 16, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    I have an 1968 14ft., single-axel, Pathfinder travel trailer and was wanting to know how much they weigh? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!, L.

    • Luise February 19, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

      Where I live, Washington State, USA, we just pull into a State Police Weigh Station to get our trailer weight. Blessings, Luise

  75. Terry & Michele Fleming March 14, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

    Luise, Your site is a wealth of information. I am so happy to have found it. I have a 1974 Argosy 26 with the rear bath and my daughter has a 1970 Go Tag A Long 17 ft with a rear toilet. We are both new to this hobby, but have been camping for many years. We belong to The Tin Can Tourist group and have found much info from other members. We are looking forward to our first Summer National camp-out this May at Camp Dearborn in Milford MI. Please keep up the good work we look forward to seeing more comments and answers. God Bless You,T. and M.

    • Luise March 15, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

      Great to have you on board! I love the Tin Can gang! Have fun at your camp-out! Blessings, Luise

  76. shelly james April 17, 2010 at 11:52 pm #

    we just bought a 5th wheel trailer which was is listed on title a 1963 adams: vin att1442. I haven’t been able to find anything on this. I will check the links you have provided, however any additional information I would be extremely grateful.

  77. Stephanie April 23, 2010 at 7:54 pm #

    Looking for parts, owners manual, information (Pics?)
    for 1972 Terry Travel trailer by Fleetwood.

  78. Wayne Tomlinson April 30, 2010 at 11:17 am #

    I have a 1957 Royal 30FT need imfo. on if u please…

  79. Angela May 4, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

    Hello Luise!
    I have a 1974 Coachmen pop up in pretty good condition. The only drawback is that tent trailers, of course, don’t have bathrooms with showers. Having four kids, this can cause quite a “stink,” so to speak. So my question is, how feasible is it to put in one of the new folding toilet/bath/shower combos in an old pop-up trailer? And where do I even begin to look for one of them? I’ve tried google searches but still have nothing!
    Thanks for any info and help you can give…

    • Luise May 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

      I think I would get one of those outdoor solar showers and and also an outdoor toilet with a curtain. Or pass on the tent trail if that won’t work and move up a notch.

  80. D. July 6, 2010 at 7:29 am #

    I have a Shasta teardrop compact travel trailer. Somewhere between 1958 and 1964. It was behind a house sitting for rot. the door handle was off and there were plenty of mice, birds and cats that had taken it as home. My husband is fixing it up and to my surprise there wasn’t much rot. He is doing very well with it. The problem I now have is that I can’t get tags for it because I don’t have a title. The people that owned it have passed away. The people that bought there house was just going to haul the camper to the dump. So there is no title to it. How do I go about getting one?

  81. D. July 6, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    My husband sanded the tongue of the trailer and located the vin number. D.

  82. Aly July 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    Hello, I was just given a 1976 24′ Ideal travel Trailer, I’m having difficulty locating a manual, or any information for that matter. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks Aly

    • Luise July 20, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

      Anyone have a manual for Aly?

  83. Tom Kelly July 28, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    My parents had several FAN trailers when I was growing up. We also belonged to the FAN trailer club. The Luxary Liner was the top of the line and was built very well. You should have a more-ride suspension. Depending on the year there are “rubber shoes” on the suspension that may have to be replaced (pre 1968) You probably have a chef king range, Domatic refig, and Herr windows. Tom

  84. B. August 7, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

    We’re looking at a 13 ft. 1966 Cardinal — seems in really good condition. How smart (or otherwise) are we to buy something that old? What “red flags” should we look for? Thanks! B.

    • Luise August 8, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

      Leaks are the most serious thing. Dry rot follows. A good RV parts store may know someone who will go over it with a fine-tooth comb and let you know if is OK or not. Having to replace a furnace would cost more that it’s worth, for instance. Now is the time to get a knowledgeable person to look at it very carefully. Blessings, Luise

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  86. Jackie August 30, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    I have a 1963 Nomad camper. I have just discovered the underside metal frame of the tongue has rusted through. Any ideas how much it may cost to replace the tongue. My best guess is a welder will cut it off where it meets the trailer and have a new one fabricated. Or can a sleeve over this area repair the damage. I am hoping not to have to replace the entire metal frame.

    • Luise September 2, 2010 at 8:17 am #

      There are RV Junk Yards where a new tongue might be found or advice might be available. Price welding first and compare. Blessings, Luise

  87. Nancy Zane August 31, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi there, I have inherited what I believe is a 1953 Terry Playmate trailer. I don’t have any more information than that and would love to find a book on the trailer as my family and I are thinking about restoring her to her original beauty.

  88. Roy B. Dennison Jr. September 26, 2010 at 7:02 am #

    My neighbor recently lost her husband to cancer, She has a Fan Travel trailer – 1967 – #AD39142 – 26 foot?? – New york State inspected 2009 – Lagrange , IN. She is trying to sell it . Needs some help with this , so that is why I am doing this. Trailer is in good to better condition. If some how anyone has interest in this trailer please e-mail me at: and I will give my neighbor the contact information . Thank – You. Roy

  89. scott October 31, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    Just purchased 1966 Pathfinder 18ft.very good condition. Need to find manual and what colors were original for that make and model.Camper made in Spencer,WI.Camper needs some TLC, have already slept in over night, loved it..Would appreciate any help. Thanks Deb & Scott

  90. jodie January 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    We just purchased a 1963 Yellowstone, can you please tell me the tongue weight on these? And any info about these campers? Thank you

  91. Sherri February 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    I just purchased a 1969 pull behind. it says “concord” and “Traveler” under that. Then it says Elkhart, In….Can anyone help? I am NEW to this and could really use any info anyone has

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  93. Brandon March 5, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    I own a 68 cardnial dlx. I have just purchased it and am looking for a manual or any info I can get about it. It is in wonderful condition, just a few things I dont understand about it. Any info would help!B.

    • Luise March 6, 2011 at 9:59 am #

      Here’s hoping someone will share theirs with you.

  94. Abigail Blue March 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    I have a 1964 Pathfinder and am wondering the weight of it because my van isn’t supposed to pull anything over 4100 lbs. It’s pretty much all original. Is the way the old one’s lean hard on the trailer hitch since it has only one set of tires (not tandem axle) a problem on a 1998 GMC Safari Van? Have to take a long trip and don’t want to have trouble with car or trailer. Please help.
    Thanks, Abigail

    • Luise March 17, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

      Someone reading your post may know and respond. I hope so.

  95. rich s April 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    hello, we have a 1966 pathfinder that we redid interior on,it turned out pretty sharp. The question I have is with the furnace.I get a good flame when pilot is lit but when I turn it to ON the flame goes out.Just replaced the thermo cuppler but it did not help. Also how can I find serial # for the furnace? thanks

  96. Burl Webnar April 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    I am currently restoring a 1960 Fan 12 or 13 foot travel trailer and am pretty close to finishing it. One thing baffles me and I need some help. The sink drain just has the fitting under the sink and the pipe is rusted off and is gone. I have no idea where it was supposed to go and find nowhere in the vacinity a graywater tank or a hole big enough for the pipe. Can anyone tell me what the sink of this vintage emptied into?

  97. Raeann April 26, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    Does anyone know where I can find an owners manual for a 1968 Manorette Travel Trailer?

  98. K. June 5, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    I am really hoping you can shed some light for me. This vintage thing is rough territory. I have an opportunity to purchase a 1963 Kencraft trailer. It is immaculate on the inside. This is off pictures so far. I have to drive a hour to view it in person. The outside looks good too. This is a realtor that has inherited this through a property and is offloading it at a killer deal as he knows nothing of trailers. This was used as a guest house. Let me tell you…the pics are amazing on the inside. Clean and looks like original appliances or 70s. He said the tires are in good condition but again knows nothing about it being road worthy etc. What do you know of this brand and what should I look for besides leaks, rust and the seams on the outside? My husband and I are not handyman people but can do small things or hire people to do it. I’m hoping this works out, because she just looks so my type. I would like to keep her style true to her era. what about parts etc? I also heard about older trailers having axles/rims that were all-in-one, meaning dent the rim, replace the whole axle. is that true?

    Thanks K.

  99. D. June 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    I just got a 1969 trailer, it reads it’s a miricle trailer. Is this a real company? Do you have any information that could help me in getting this restored to condition. D.

  100. Thomas W. Rogers August 15, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    Regarding Phoenix Travel Trailers: My late parents owned a Phoenix Travel Trailer from mid 1960’s Torquoise Blue and White with front Dinning, 18ft Single Axle. I would welcome any information on any of these Travel Trailers that still exist.
    Tom Rogers 309-620-6071 or stillwatersranch @ If you find this post while researching please,contact me if you have any information.

  101. Nancy August 18, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    I have purchased a 1976 Franklin trailer, the accept for ceiling and floor, the cabinets and everything are in good shape, the only problem is the booth or sofa has been removed and would like to know where they were or what was in camper so I can put back together as best I can. It is 30 ft

  102. P. September 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    Dear Luise, I have a 1954 30′ vintage Viking trailer that was made in Anaheim, CA and the company no longer exists. The original toilet is not in it, and I want to know what was there. W/o the company to contact, I was wondering if you had any ideas. I want to get a more ‘house’like toilet rather than a plastic one, but I’m finding that the hole to hook it to in the floor is very close to the wall only about 8 inches away or so….

    Any ideas? Thanks. I’m making this sweet ol’ gal who has been in my life over 30 years, a respite for folks to come and stay in (friends, acquaintances only) and it is such a fun place to hang out. I love it! I will await your reply… P.

    • Luise October 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

      P. I would go to a RV parts store, maybe more than one, and outline the issue with them. Many are very creative when it comes to problem solving.

  103. Angie October 17, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    Hi, we just purchased a 1979 Winnebago pull behind 25 ft long. Used it this past weekend, kids loved it. I have not been able to find replacement parts or any other information on it. Just making do or making other parts work that need to be replaced. Your website was somewhat helpful as I got some other links to check out. Thanks again for your efforts.

  104. Jackie October 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    Looking for an Owosso Travel Trailer to purchase-any condition!J.

    • mike April 28, 2012 at 11:10 am #

      I have a 1951 owwoso in excellent condition for sale!

    • RJ April 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

      Hi Jackie… Hope this email is still good for you. I am curious… why an Owosso specifically? Did you find one? Will explain when we can “talk” via email. I have an Owosso but it’s just the shell. Cool “body” though… really like ’em. Looking forward to more info 🙂 Have a blessed day! RJ

    • Wendy November 14, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

      Did you ever find an Owosso travel trailer? I just bought a 1954. I would like to learn more about this brand but can not find much info about them. I was wondering if you might have some background history.

      • Luise Volta November 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

        I know it is a town in Michigan but that’s about all. Does anyone else have any input on the Owosso? Thanks!

      • H. November 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

        No, don’t have any information. You should just give it to his brother! H.

      • Lila November 27, 2013 at 10:05 am #

        this is to Wendy with the Owosoo trailer. do you have pix of the trailer your purchased. I would like to see if it looks anything like ours. not sure if ours is a Owosso so this is the reason I would appreciate seeing your pix. especially of the front and rear of the outside trailer.
        thank you

  105. E. November 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    I have found a 1973 Caveman trailer–it looks to be in pretty good shape with everything working, sound roof, no rusting out areas. The interior looks as though it has not been remodeled but has been very well taken care of, as it looks like 1973-style cupboards, etc. The party selling it is asking $2200 – what do you think a ballpark amount would be to pay for the trailer? I have been searching online but haven’t found anywhere where I could get pricing information. Thank you!E.

    • Luise November 11, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

      E. – There is no pricing available for trailers 40 years old that I know of. It is very rare to find one in the condition you describe. I would pay what they are asking in a minute, if I were looking.

  106. Brian Bosma November 22, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    We purchased a 1948 King Trailer (Canned Ham). 12 feet. The Company (King Trailers) was based in Torrance California and produced trailers for 10-12 years. Would you have any information on them? thanks. B.

    • Luise November 22, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

      B. – I don’t have anything to offer but I will post your request for information. There’s always a chance you will get an answer here.

  107. M. December 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    Have just purchased a 1963 Chinook 14′ travel trailer. Need to fix roof leaks, of course but the cabinets are in beautiful shape! Has 2 large closets, one has a portapotti but used to be for something else. Any ideas where I could get a floor plan for it? M.

    • Luise Volta December 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

      I’m publishing your request. Hope someone posts here with an answer.

  108. L. April 1, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    We own a 1957 pathfinder. Happened to be on a lot we purchased. Its in pretty good shape. Husband is thinking of gutting it just to update the wiring and plumbing. Now that we realize it’s an antique do you have suggestions on what we should or should not do? Thanks. L.

  109. Ronda Powell June 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    We bought a 15′ Utopia in fairly good condition, needs new ceiling cover and cushions for benches as well as table. We are currently sanding to find the vin number and are looking for any information we can find to figure out what year it is and the model #. The serial # is on a plate by the door, but we can not locate any other info. Do you have any Ideas? Would also like to see what it might have looked like back in the day. Thank you for any help you can provide, we are really new to this.

    • Tom hammond January 13, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

      We have a 21 foot utopia. Title says it is a 1968. The camper has the panoramic windows and raised roof in front. We think it is a 1958. I have a picture of it on Facebook and tin can tourist. Could I see a picture of yours?
      Tom Hammond

  110. M. November 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    I am looking for information on a trailer that we bought 14 yrs ago. I have a few pictures that look similar to ours, but cannot get back the the trailer to take any right now due to the park being closed.
    is there anywhere I can forward the pix I have and get some info on it
    thank you. M.

  111. bonnie parrett October 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    Does anyone have pix, floor plan or booklets for 1963 or 1964 Cardinal cab over? I’m finding they are rare and little info. Thank you for your help. Happy traveling.

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