It was only a few years ago that I desperately wanted a vintage trailer. Like now, I searched high and low, never finding the one I wanted at the price I could afford. I ended up buying a tent and camped as I had prior to our pop-up days.
Yesterday, my fantasy trailer appeared on craigslist, at a more than affordable and reasonable price price!
1966 Aristocrat Lil Loafer
The picture above was lifted from the Aristocrat Travel Trailer website
"Fun Vintage Travel Trailer - $1000 (East Side)
Super cute vintage travel trailer for sale. Sleeps four. Mini kitchen. Tags good through November 2011. I have pulled this with my Ford Explorer."
I emailed the advertiser, immediately, with a few questions. I was hoping that maybe, just maybe, the little trailer was self contained and had a bathroom.
Alas, it was not to be.
"1964 Aristocrat Lil Loafer. Approx. 12' - NOT self-contained. Runs on electric or propane. There is a little fridge. Replaced all upholstered items in approx. '04."
My head and heart seem to always be at odds with each other. My heart says, "We can make this work!" My head says, "We NEED a bathroom and to be able to carry/hold water!"
I've sent the ad to a few friends and hopefully one of them will buy it so I can stop arguing with myself. I've looked at enough of these little vintage trailers to know that this particular little trailer is a bargain. Someone is going to scoop this sweet, little tin can up, in a hurry.
And yes, I often talk about/to myself in the third person. Sometimes I'm referencing me, myself and I. Other times I'm including Stumpy.
UPDATE: I received a note from the owner this morning and this trailer was sold, yesterday. No surprise there!
Margaret, who blogs at 1963 Aristocrat Lil Loafer Restoration, has done a beautiful restoration on a '63. Her work on the trailer is detailed throughout the blog.
And I don't know anyone who hasn't admired the beautiful, vintage trailers belonging to Sisters On The Fly.