This was a project we restored for a client in Maryland. She had looked for quite
some time for a 1955-57 Shasta, purchased this one on Ebay in Idaho, and had it shipped
directly to us in Colorado. It was complete, but the interior walls looked to be
covered in wallpaper.
The teardown begins... Wow, we soon discovered the wallpaper was actually some sort
of fabric covered paneling that had been overlaid over the entire interior of the
trailer. I have to admit they did a nice job, but somebody did a lot of work to
not really repair anything... the structural damage of the rotted wood remained.
As we pulled the aluminum skin, the trailer simply started falling apart. Even
the floor decking was completely rotted, by the time we got rid of all the rotted
wood all we had left was the steel chassis. We soon had all new floor framing and
decking, including new wheel tubs.
Here is a good example when we work with a client long distance on the design. We
work closely via email, photos and phone calls to come up with a design. In this
case we decided on a yellow and white checkerboard floor, 1956 Chevy Nassua Blue
and white paint, NOS blue boomerang Formica laminate and matching shades of blue
and white vinyl upholstery to end up with a pleasing combination.
After updated wiring, new polyiso insulation the new skin was installed. All the
windows were restored with polish, new gaskets and seals and reinstalled. All new
moldings were installed, as well as all new period correct tail and marker lights.
A new wooden screen door is built, and all new logos and badging finishes it all
Options include new AC and new wide white wall tires (and yes, they are new trailer
Now completed, it is essentially a brand new 1956 Shasta (actually a little better
than new). It's ready for another 50+ years of happy camping. We loaded it up on
a truck and shipped it cross country to it's happy new owner.