Seeing the potential

Picking up on the trailer story…
Nathan, myself, and my dad went to his friends place to look at this poor little abandoned trailer for ourselves. I mentally prepared myself for the worst. Nathan said he was ready to tackle the project.

First view of her

 I knew I wanted to take her home the moment I saw her in a text message picture. But seeing her in person sealed the deal and imprinted her little vintage trailer self on my heart. She needed us. As you can see by the following pictures.

Dirt, water damage, and mouse turds…OH. MY.

Original ice box and propane heater.

Bed and canvas hammock.

The view from the door. Lovin the oven!

Baby got back 😉

Hubby falls in love with things like vintage taillights…I admit, those are awesome.

Her trailer brand!

 We looked around for about 10 minutes or so. I was fully expecting Nathan to say “well, this looks like way more work then I’m willing to put in just to make you enjoy camping more.” So I finally worked up the nerve to ask “So, what do you think? Needs a lot of work huh?” He looked at me with a twinkle in his eye and said “Yeah. But we can do it. And it’s free!” I wanted to make sure…”So you are ok bringing this home? It’s going to take up a lot of time.” His answer remained the same. Yes. We want it. I can’t even put my excitement into words.

We have big plans for you!

We weren’t able to take her home that day, she needed new tires and a few things had to be moved out of her way first. So we went home and did what anyone acquiring something so awesome would do in 2013…we Googled, Pinned, researched, YouTubed, and anything else we could think of to try and find out anything we could. Having no title, owner’s manual, or VIN it’s hard to know what you’re looking for. Here’s what we found: She’s a 1956 Aloha Trailer coach. Before 1959(ish), the Aloha’s were manufactured in Aloha, OR, and then moved the company to Beaverton, OR at the end of the decade. The Aloha’s slogan was “Made in the Northwest, for the Northwest” boasting more substantial rain trays to put up with the “wetter” Northwest weather. If you are needing vintage trailer info yourself, I suggest visiting oldtrailer.com/, http://www.tincantourists.com/, http://www.internationalglampingweekend.com/ or joining a facebook group of other vintage trailer owners.

July 1st was the day she came home. It was 108 that evening. Nathan and our dads worked hard and fast to get her ready to come home. Nathan knows more of the specifics of how they got her home…(and if you ever have questions for him, please comment and I will ask anything you want to know about anything we do with the trailer. He’s the brains and hands behind this project. I’m just the helper/blogger/decorator!) Here’s the text picture I got when they were done hitching her up:

She was parked in our backyard alongside the garage…ready for work to begin!

Since it doesn’t seem there is a ton of info out there on vintage trailers, we hope you find this blog helpful if you are fixing up a trailer of your own. (Or even if you hope to one day!) I will try to be as specific as possible and not leave out things we had to do to get her road/camping worthy. Just know that I am in no way shape or form “handy”…that’s my husband. So some posts may be in his words. Chassis, packing bearings, propane fuel line, fuse box….these are all topics I know NOTHING about.

We’re ready to work, so let’s get ta gettin’!

Press on!
Jaimi

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