1948 Spartanette 24 - $25,500
1680 Golf View Lane
Brainerd, MN 56401
Meet the 1948 Spartanette 24, one of the most elusive vintage travel trailers roaming the planet. And, with a clean-as-a-whistle title and at an honest price.
This single-axle beauty was the most compact model to ever leave Spartan Aircraft’s factory in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Naturally, it was built just like the company’s airplanes, with aviation-grade riveted aluminum construction. Put it up against a modern, similar-sized Airstream costing 2-3 times more and, well, there’s just no comparison to the Spartanette’s craftsmanship.
The lucky new owner of this nimble ‘Ette inherits a completely and beautifully restored time machine that’s ready for adventure. All the original walls, cabinetry, countertops, light fixtures, switches and appointments are impeccably and authentically refinished. The birch is highly figured with plenty of “flame” and burl to delight all who enter.
With its airplane-wing profile and the new drivetrain that was professionally installed underneath, this Spartanette will roll like a dream to your next rally or idyllic camp site.
Here’s a rundown of the restoration.
• New Dexter heavy-duty axle assembly, including new hubs with 12” electric brakes.
• Includes 16” Dexter wheels with premium trailer tires, plus a new spare.
• New interior wiring throughout, including power inlet and breaker fuse.
• All new wiring and junction box for LED taillights, original teardrop markers and brakes.
• New gas lines, tanks and tank rack, professionally installed.
• New R-13 insulation.
• New marine-grade water inlet and water line to the re-built original kitchen faucet.
• The Spartanette 24 did not come with a bath or built-in tanks, and this trailer was restored to that original spec. A skilled trailer professional can certainly install these should you require them.
• The exterior received an extensive “wheel style” polish with Keystone orange wheels and brown cutting rouge, followed by white wheels and fine green rouge. It was polished almost three years ago, so it will be the new owner’s choice to maintain the shine or let it go back to its milled look.
• New, extruded, heavy-duty rub rail, better than original; secured strongly to the skin and into the trailer frame for rigidity.
• Fresh glass and brand new seals in all original Air-O-Lite and Marvel windows
• Both hard-to-find Bargman H20 handles/locksets work great. The keys are not present, but a good locksmith can recreate them. A chrome latch-over lock with keys is on the curbside door for security.
• New curbside stair assembly; the street side features a Bargman grab handle (and porch light!) to assist in entry/exit from that door.
• New, premium Bamboo flooring from CaliBamboo.com.
• All original interior woodwork, except for the ceiling panels which are new birch.
• Period-accurate Preway stove/oven and General Electric refrigerator both work perfectly.
• Custom kitchen backsplash in brushed sheet copper.
• Original bake-lite outlets, fully restored after checking to ensure safe operation.
• Charming original light sconces – cleaned, re-wired and tested for perfect function.
• Overhead cabinet lights have all original bezels and diffusing panels; the fluorescent assemblies were updated with LED rope lighting.
• Front sofa has a timeless design, and in seconds turns into a very comfortable queen bed for guests. Plenty of storage inside it too for bedding and supplies.
• Rear queen bed has a brand new, never-before-slept-on mattress with innovative, breathable memory foam construction. Perfect tuck-under bin storage space underneath.
• The front “Spartanette” badge is a recreated logo mounted to sheet aluminum and mounted with the same 3M VHB tape that automakers use to affix emblems. It serves as both a proud badge and as an ideal bandage to cover a 4-inch cut in the aluminum skin underneath that existed prior to restoration.
• A few other small imperfections in the original exterior were remedied in a similar fashion, by affixing polished, cut-to-fit aluminum skin patches over the small areas using 3M VHB emblem-mounting tape. They blend in wonderfully.
• There are a couple of minor blemishes in the woodwork in the bedroom. During 2019’s slow spring melt of deep snow in Minnesota, where the Spartanette resides, melt water crept in the rear vent and apparently trickled along the internal aluminum skeleton until it reached the street side wall and left minor “halos” where wall meets ceiling. It’s very minor and the problem area for melting snow around the rear ceiling vent has been remedied.