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March 10, 2017

Vintage Camper Friday: Shastas!!

By Merlin

 

These little spam cans have their beginnings in WW2.  Shasta started building travel trailers in 1941 for US Armed forces employees.  After the war the camper trailer boom began and Shasta campers became extremely popular.  Shasta expanded their production facilities in 1952, 1958 and 1963.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shasta introduced the iconic wings on their campers in 1958 and these continued on for at least a couple decades.  Shasta offered a wide array of travel trailers in a variety of sizes and options.

  

Shasta styling changed in the mid 1960s with a move from the canned ham/ toaster shape to a more angular design.  The new designs proved quite popular. (Though personally I prefer the older cartoon-like styling)

Shasta was one of the most popular and prolific camper manufacturers through the 1950s and 1960s.  By 1975 the name was sold and Shasta was no longer the manufacturer.

The Shasta name continued on a wide array of campers.  In 2015 there was a reissue of the classic style Shasta.  To celebrate the original production of 1941 the reissue was limited to 1,941 units.  These tend to sell from  $14,000.00 to 17,000.00  I personally would just go with one of the originals as their pricing and even build quality seems better.  Compare the two originals in the listings below with the new one.

1962 Shasta, Columbus, OH. $8,500.00

1961 Shasta, Gulfport, MS. $7,900.00

2015 Shasta, Minneapolis, MN. $16,500.00

And as always see more nationwide vintage camper listings at: Tin Can Campers

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5 Responses to Vintage Camper Friday: Shastas!!

  1. Justin Reply

    March 10, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    I had a reissue it was so awesome looking.. but that was about it.. it was so poorly made that it leaked and has had multiple recalls… the winter of 2015/16 it had filled with water and filled with black mold.. thank god it was under warranty! They didn’t want to but after over a year of fighting with them they replaced the trailer with a better model.. so my lesson to everyone reading buy an original and restore or maintain that.. a brand new reissue has just as many issues! just don’t want anyone to make the mistake i did!

    Justin

    • Merlin H Reply

      March 10, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      Justin, this is what I have been hearing. Thanks for posting about your reissue Shasta.
      -Merlin

  2. Justin Reply

    March 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    your welcome merlin- i just want everyone aware… i don’t want to bring any negativity.. just want to save some heartache 🙂 i would post a picture of it and my cool retro set up i had but I’m not sure how

  3. Onyx Reply

    March 25, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Ohhhh here’s a good one for vintage camper Friday, I just don’t know how to get the info to you to post it. Hope this works!

    http://flytecamp.com/vintage-trailer-sales/item/1956-stewart-double-decker

    • Merlin H Reply

      April 24, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      I only just saw your post,and that double decker is really impressive!

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