Vintage Trailer Restoration

Talk about fun. This fellow has taken a 1948 Sportsman trailer, torn it down to its component parts, rebuilt it, redesigned it, and built it back up again into a beautiful camper. Talk about a wonderful project. I’ve had dreams of doing similar, perhaps with a sailboat though, but this his photo-log of all the steps the project went through is fascinating.
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8 thoughts on “Vintage Trailer Restoration

  1. Ooo the tiny trailer.
    I have 4 trailer frames right now…at least 2 of them are in useable condition.
    Part of my desire to learn welding, to work on and build little trailers.
    Did you see the tiny utility trailer I rebuilt last year?
    I think I will go for the Teardrop style (
    when I build a travel trailer..
    But, this one sure is sweet. I like the shiny finish.

  2. What a fabulous way to rebirth a bit of the past. Rob you did a fabulous job. Thanks so much for sharing with us all. I have purchased my first vintage trailer and don’t know where to start but have made some headway in working on it. Thanks for the pics.
    TF in AL

  3. I have a 1971 8′ trailer that is in good condition though the paint is dulled out. I am looking for information as to how to prep and paint it?
    Thanks for any advice.

  4. I have recently restored a 1970 Aristocrat Lo-Liner. I didn’t do a total restoration per budget constraints, but it looks a ton better than it did. Here is my problem. I have not been able to find the original look of the paint job or the decals. Anyone have a clue where I can look. I have tried but never received an email back.

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