Shipped to us from North Carolina is this exceptionally nice 1963 Shasta Airflyte...
At least it was until it was involved in an unfortunate car accident. With the rest
of the trailer in such good condition it is well worth restoring.
This Shasta was built in the Goshin, IN plant. Interesting trivia, eastern built
Shastas have birch interiors with an amber colored stain, west coast typically have
ash interiors with the blond finish. Under the skin the construction varies depending
on which factory they were built in.
Day 1, May 12 (actually the first day of working in the new shop!) We start by pulling
all the windows, doors, and trim, then the old skin comes off. Once all the old
insulation is removed we can inspect the body for water damage. In the twenty or
so Shasta trailers I’ve restored this one is absolutely the most solid one I’ve ever
taken apart, very little water damage. It had the typical damage under the front
side windows, which has to be replaced due to the accident anyway, and some minor
damage around the roof vent. By the end of the day we are ready to start rebuilding.
We replaced all the damaged wood and refinished what was left.. We re-wired the
trailer, installed one of our custom AC units and Retro Frigidaire refrigerators
and of course added all new insulation. At this point it was ready for the new skin
Three and a half weeks later it is ready for another 50 years of camping! Originally
an all white Shasta this time the owners picked out white and Tropical Turquoise
for the colors.