At Retro Restoration we have a "boneyard" of trailer projects available. This owner
picked out this poor little Shasta Compact to have us restore it to their choice
of colors and style. A previous owner had started to restore it by stripping the
paint off with the intent of polishing it, lost interest and it sat in his back yard
for years. It had been wrecked in the back, looked like the tail had been dragged
hard over something solid, the ceiling was caving in, and it was missing the upper
cabinets. And the wings were gone! It had new upholstery... too bad it didn't fit
Shasta Compacts are not know for sturdy floors. They have only one long board down
the center of the chassis and short ones along the outside edge along the frames
outriggers, covered only by a thin plywood base. After we cut off and welded in
a new rear crossmember to the chassis to replace the wrecked one, we added a bit
more framing structure. We put down a layer of Celtex, to add some insulation under
the trailer, then new OSB underlayment. Final step was new flooring, this time a
neutral gray/blue, the owners choice.
We refinished the birch interior in amber shellac, the owner liked it better than
the original Shasta blonde finish. We built new "furniture" inside, reassembled
the body, added new wiring, insulation and then all new aluminum skin.
The interior featured new old stock coral boomerang laminate, an orange stovetop
and icebox salvaged from another camper, new polished backsplashes, and a custom
wrap around seating, not the normal Shasta layout. The big table does lay down to
make a king size bed in such a small space. The outside was painted Omaha Orange
to match the theme.
It is now often seen displayed in front of the owners cool architectural salvage
store on Main Street in Florence, CO (the antique capital of Colorado). Great stuff
in the store, stop buy and check it out if you are in the area.
The new owner supplied the new upholstery material, a gray/blue tweed that was actually
NOS airplane fabric from the early 60's.