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About this project
Travel should be an adventure. Travel should be affordable. And most of all, travel should be fun!
We are Nathaniel and Sheldon, two Victoria, BC guys who live all of the above; whether exploring the stunning coast of BC in a restored vintage motor launch or road tripping to little-known interior valleys, we truly live for those days of freedom. And, like lots of you, we like to do all of this with vintage flair!
Now we want to go into business bring this experience to everyone, at a truly affordable price (or even free for supporters). We've purchased four adorable but neglected vintage trailers and we're putting our elbow grease and a lot of love into restoring them and getting them on the road as reasonably-priced rentals, so that you and your friends can live the dream too.
All of our trailers are small and light enough to be towed behind basically any car with a trailer hitch. Okay, maybe not a Karmann Ghia! But a Honda Civic, no problem. Unlike big modern trailers, you don't need a pickup truck or SUV.
While these trailers are compact, they're very, very well-designed. These are top-branded trailers for their time, with clever engineering that makes them feel much roomier inside than you might expect. We intend to use our years of experience to make whatever improvements are necessary for comfort and utility, while keeping a cool vintage vibe. Each trailer will have a different interior colour and decorating scheme, one that's just right for that particular trailer.
Our flagship is a 1961 Shasta AIrflyte. This is our largest trailer at 14’ and around 1800lbs, and comes with electric brakes. It’s light enough that most cars can still pull it. This is a classic “canned ham” type of trailer and is very desirable among vintage trailer enthusiasts. We had to go all the way to Moose jaw, Saskatchewan, to score this one. Over all it’s in amazing condition for an unmolested and unrestored trailer of that period, and has all the gorgeous touches, trim and fittings this model came with. The roof needs total replacement as well as some side framing and interior birch panels that have been stained by leaks. The propane fridge needs work, some upholstery needs repair, and the exterior needs paint. As is typical of the period there’s no 12V system to speak of, and needs installation of 12V lights, charger, and battery. It has 2 doubles, one in back and in the folded down dinette up front, and a double cot can be unfolded above the rear bed. The suspension springs and wheel bearings will be replaced.
Risks and challenges
Now, we've been doing this for years as a hobby sideline, buying dumpy old RVs and giving them the Cinderella treatment, then selling them. There's a solid track record here. One of our restoration jobs sold for over $20,000 this summer, just as an example, and you can see more pictures of our talent on our website. We stand by our work and we know that we can do this. If we raise the money needed for the parts and materials, we will do this. It's just that simple. Then we will make our gorgeous vintage gems available to rent, instead of selling them on to new homes as we've always done in the past. This way, we spread the fun to whoever wants it, not just one lucky family.
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We have long-term covered storage for the trailers at a very reasonable price, we have the tools and equipment needed to restore them. We've spent the last year scouring Craigslist for the trailers and bringing them home, now we just need parts and materials to rebuild our trailers from the wheels up. We have a business licence from the city and have registered our company with the provincial government. We have insurance. All the legal "I"s are dotted and the "t"s are crossed, and we just need the funds to restore them and get them on the road.