A Vintage Mobile Sportsman Trailer

Information about my vintage 1948 Mobile Sportsman trailer.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

1948 Sportsman


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  • At November 11, 2005 at 7:28 AM, Blogger Dodge said…

    same here. I'm blown away Rob, so fantastic...great job.

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    That was a great read! I am jealous of your skill and your workshop too!

    I have always loved the cozy feeling from those old trailers - but I never imagined such a great restoration could be done!

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    Your trailer is awesome. I gutted my 1983 Shasta and made it into a mobile pet grooming shop. I now need to design the outside and love your look. I have No idea how to start. Do I replace the siding with new aluminum since the old is a mess with paint and such? Any suggestions or recommendations?

  • At October 25, 2009 at 8:56 PM, Blogger Jeanie said…

    We have a older obile trailer then yours,it has a old real ICE BOX,non eletric has lites that used to run off battery,propane stove,and its smaller than yours.I would like to know how you got that aliumium to shine like that?Also our frame is in excellent shape,under neath and all,no logo,do not know what or what year it is,but my daughter calls it old turtle trailer. lol I wish I could contact you and send you a picture of it.BirdMamaT@aol.com email me Rob.

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    besure and email me at that email i left on the other blog,please do not use the one through google,I never use it.thanks Rob.

  • At December 21, 2009 at 12:43 PM, Blogger HomeRoamer said…

    Just found your blog thru a Google search on vintage trailers. I am interested in restoring one with my husband for a fun project, but your restoration just blows me away. What a beautiful job you did! I really enjoyed reading the descriptions and seeing all of your handiwork. You should be very proud.

  • At May 9, 2010 at 10:13 AM, Blogger jon said…

    You have the patient of Jov! Just beautiful work and I could hardly put a spice rack together when in highschool. I have 58 Ajoy but it will never look this good. I have a 42 Blackout Dodge restored and just want to use the old trailer for an extra at shows. Mine will never be as perfect as your but it will be fun just to play around with. Here is my big big toy and its a 78 Bluebird Wanderlodge and I have completly gone through this unit. Not oft frame but just gone through.

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    HI Rob....I'm also from Central Illinois (born in Kankakee, college in Normal and Urbana). I love the results from your restoral; but my sole question is: I see you installed the a/c under the kitchen cabinet. Do you open the door when it is on to let the air flow, and where is the vent for the hot air on the backside? I dont see any opening in the street side of the camper. What btu did you get ? I just bought an 8000 btu window unit to install in my 57 Century (14'). Thanks ~Dave

  • At September 27, 2012 at 3:07 PM, Blogger KPH said…

    This reminds me of Stone Soup. You used the aluminum siding and recreated everything else to fit. There's nothing about the interior that is vintage, either, except the toilet (somehow) with basically an essence of vintage but .. all new. I doubt you use it since it is sitting next to the dining table. I guess the happy couple in 1948 used up everything. I can see tearing everything off of the trailer frame and building new. I can understand starting with a homemade welded new trailer. And *then building everything new. Putting the specific aluminum siding over all this doesnt make it vintage to me! Nice build, tho.

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