The other day a friend of mine, Trudy, called me and said her uncle was visiting with his vintage trailer and asked if I would like to see it.
Charles is retired and travels around a fair amount with his wife Virginia to vintage trailer shows and since he has retired he plays Santa Clause at many events as he has the right look for the part.
I drove down to their house to see the trailer and wow it is a beauty! A 14 foot Scotsman built in 1966 and weighs in around 1,000 pounds. Charles took two years restoring this trailer and has done an excellent job. Located in Fresno, he did the restoration there. The details are phenomenal and the paint job is outstanding. He was towing it with a six cylinder Jeep on this trip, but when he takes it to shows he tows it with a sixties Chevy pickup with the same color scheme.
The trailer has been completely redone on the inside. The only original appliance is the stovetop but he has added an icebox to match. The bed in the back is kept down full time though it can be raised up and put into a coach. There used to be bunk above the bed but he converted it to storage. He has an air conditioner under the table to keep the place cool. Lots of cool little vintage nostalgia is in the trailer. A picture of his father-in-law with their new trailer back in the early 1900s is on the wall.
The one thing this little trailer is missing is a bathroom, so full time living might be a little difficult. Charles and his wife have been on the road for the last four weeks and lived in it the whole time, so I know it is possible for living long term.
Charles will be coming back in a couple of weeks to a Vintage Trailer show in Petaluma and I hope to get down and see many more classics. Hopefully this will inspire you to see vintage trailers as a tiny house option.