Shasta Travel Trailer
The Shasta Trailer Company started out in by building mobile home trailers for the US Armed Forces in a Los Angeles, California plant. After WWII, they sold mobile homes under the Cozy Cruiser brand. was the first year for the Shasta brand to roll off the assembly line in Van Nuys. Models from 14 to 35 were offered. The boom in mobile homes and travel trailers was in full swing and the public couldnt get enough of the Shasta brand. In April of , Shasta opened the Goshen, Indiana plant to keep up with demand.
The distinctive wings were added to the Shasta line in the late 50s and continued on the trailers and even some motorhomes until the early 80s. During this time, the Shasta brand was the best selling trailer brand in the US. That is why, after all this time, “Vintage” Shastas are still so popular and available everywhere.
By early , Shasta had added another production plant in Leola, Pennsylvania and was up to 5 different models of trailer. Later in that same year, the all-new model was offered to 5-star reviews. Again proving to the public, that the value that was built into the Shasta brand was well worth the low price!
In came the first of the “square-ish” Shastas with the introduction of the redesigned Compat model. Its leaner, cleaner lines were a sign of things to come and was very well received by the general public. By late , all of the Shasta trailers would be designed with the more modern look. Production plants were also added in Grapevine, Texas and Battle Ground, Washington.
During , the brand new Loflyte was being offered and was a big hit with the RVing public. A sixth plant was added in Columbia, South Carolina as the Shastas were in great demand. And by there were nearly Shasta dealers throughout the U.S. offering all new models with stylish interiors and all-new exterior styling with bold striping along the sides. The wings were smaller than before, but they were still there!
At some point in time, Shasta trailers were produced by Shasta Industries, a division of the W.R. Grace Company (this information obtained from a model year owners manual).
Coachman Industries bought the Shasta brand in They continued making Shasta trailers and motorhomes until as recently as At one time during the early s, the Shasta name was on nearly every conceivable type of RV…Motorhomes, 5th-wheels, travel trailers, and even some pop-up campers.
The Shasta brand seems to have disappeared with no goodbye and no fanfare. Not really a fitting end to such an amazing part of American history. Until its disappearance, Shasta had been the longest continuous producer of trailers in the United States.
In the summer of , Shasta cut their model lines down significantly. When I asked why, the staff at the plant in Middlebury, IN said Coachman was looking to reduce the number of models/lines offered. Coachman was bought out by River Forest. In Forest River made the Shasta Airflyte 12 with a great retro look for one year but discontnued it because it would compete with their small lightweight trailer called the R Pod.
As of late , Shasta is once again producing Travel Trailers and Fifth wheels.The company is a stand alone division of Forest River, and offer Oasis, Revere and Flyte travel trailers and Phoenix fifth wheelsfor the / model years.
We are restoring a Shasta trailer but I cantfind any that look like ours. It is all alumimum with only one window on the sides that open top & bottom. It has a full stove with 4 burners,ice box on the door side of the trailer. The Shasta also has a heater in it between the stove & sink area. Our trailer has a full bed in back with a hamik on the top a kitchen table in front that folds down to a bed.
If you know anyone that has a 55 Shasta like ours would you send them our e-mail address [email protected] Thanks you
Shasta travel trailers were recreational vehicles originally built between and Founded by industry pioneer Robert Gray, the firm was originally situated in a small factory in Los Angeles, California to provide housing for members of the US Armed Forces. With the growth in sales over the following 30 years, the home factory in L.A. moved to three steadily larger facilities in Southern California, in addition to six other factories established across the country to better serve the regional markets. At the time of its purchase by the W.R. Grace Company in , Shasta was the largest seller of recreational vehicles in the United States (also including motorhomes in its inventory). Coachmen Industries, Inc. bought the firm from Grace in
The high quality and low price of Shastas made them a favorite with campers all over the United States.
Same Shasta Loflyte Trailer in the Snow in March
The wings on the rear sides were a visible identifier in the s and beyond. The name was sold to Coachmen Industries. Coachmen marketed Shasta branded travel trailers until Only vintage trailers were available until when the brand was reintroduced complete with its identifying wings. The new trailers have updated art deco interiors and are all electric. Their features include stainless steel microwaves, stainless steel sinks and mini blinds, hot plate cooktops, wet baths and entertainment features including a 19 LCD television.
In , Shasta RV re-emerged as a division of Forest River Inc. In March , Mark Lucas became the president and general manager of Shasta RV. The company has grown to include a sales office, multiple production facilities and a finished goods staging area.
In , Lucas introduced the Airflyte re-issue with production limited to 1, units, honoring the companys first year in business. Re-issues were available in foot and foot floorplans and in three two-tone colors: Matador Red, Seafoam Green and Butternut Yellow, all with Polo White. These models included the signature Z stripe and the iconic wings. However, Shasta ended up recalling 1, of the re-issued Trailers for window and tire issues.
Shasta RV currently builds the Oasis, Revere and Flyte lines of travel trailers and the Phoenix line of fifth wheel travel trailers.
One of the most popular lines of trailers is the Shasta. Since the ’s, Shasta trailers have been very popular for their low cost, light weight and large amount of room compared to their compact size. Easily recognized by its distinctive wings and “canned-ham” shape, the Shasta trailer was the best selling travel trailer brand from the ’s to the ’s. Shasta trailers quickly became a favorite of campers all over the United States due to their low price and high quality and old models are still very popular among vintage trailer restorers and collectors today.
Shasta trailers were manufactured from until , then again since
Shasta’s many models offer a variety of interiors, exteriors, and degrees of self-containment which enables you to choose the model which best meets your tastes and needs. With the table below, compare each vintage Shasta trailer model to help find the right one for you.
Vintage Shasta Trailer Models
Symbols: S=Standard Equipment, O=Optional Equipment, a=Optional Fold-out Double Bed, i=Ice, GE=Gas-Electric Refrigerator, b=Gas-Electric Refrigerator Optional, c=Double Bowl Sink, d=Pressurized Water System, e=Optional Portable Chemical Toilet, F=8 sq. ft. LP Gas-Electric Refrigerator Standard, g=30 lb Gas Cylinders, H=4 Burner Cook Stove Standard, L=4 Wheel Brakes Standard, r=Rating
Early 60s models:
Shasta model This is a very typical mids style of Shasta. Beginning in the mids the older rounded style of the 50s was replaced with the more angular style as shown here. This unit had a grooved wood paneling, which replaced the birch ply interiors of the earlier years.
Later Models (Late 60s Early 70s)
Shasta Stratoflyte 20ft
Annie Croissant, Oregon. Shasta Continental. In most internet sites it states that the Continental model was made in but my title states the year as
Connie, Imperial Beach, CA Year Model Dont know what number owner I am but its in pretty good condition. Im sure it can use some restoration instead of just decoration, but since nothing major is visible, Im playing first!
Kevin Davis, NC Compact 13 17 SC
Donna Friar, Newaygo, Michigan Shasta 12. My husband surprised me with this on Christmas morning several years ago. [email protected]
Scott & Lauren Frymoyer Shasta Astroflyte. I havent been able to find any information about this model in , any help would be appreciated. Its in pretty good shape and were using it as we try to fix and maintain her. [email protected] With new information I now think its actually either a 66 or It makes more sense as the general shape of the trailer fits those years.
Dan Hellier Raleigh NC. 16SC and , unsure exactly what years. Please check out NC RV Soutions at ncrvsolutions.com There is a picture link at the bottom of the web page.
Dave and Debby Looney, Springtown,TX Shasta Stratoflite We were lucky enough to get the title with the camper. We are doing a complete rebuild. We hope to go back with the walls tomorrow
Gary,Honesdale,PA AERFLYTE purchased new in 59 by my moms brother James Bryant and was kept in mint condition.I have had it two years and have towed it cross country two times. Gets lots of attention every where we go.I also have a mint 15 ft. Zollinger.
Sam and Michelle Ishihara, Apex, NC, purchased Dan Helliers fully restored, Shasta , in the summer of We affectionately dubbed it “Once in a Blue Moon” and we are having a blast. With 3 college kids at home, we run away every chance we get. We cant stop smiling….:) Dan did a fantastic restoration!
Dave & Pat from Little River, SC, a RL manufactured in Leola, PA.
Ryan & Linda frizzell,Toledo, oh., Purchased new 12 shasta airflight while on vacation this year. downsized from 25 white box. We also restore vintage trailers, curent project is a aristocrat 10Lil Loafer.
Brad & Tricia Kiekintveld Holland, MI USA, purchased Shasta Ultraflight new in August, One of 6 units made in June, at Middlebury, IN. The ultraflight series lasted only one year, the model year our trailer was made is not documented. We were told the other 5 trailers went out west to a trailer show. We bought our trailer sight unseen, we were getting ready to order one, but the line was cancelled. To my knowledge, our model ( front dinette, double bed bunks, both bunk beds are double beds) was the only Shasta trailers built in the Ultraflight series. The trailers had smooth sides, very light weight (lbs dry for my 25 trailer) Our trailer has the 60th anniversary package on it. To bad the production was stopped around , up until then it was the longest manufacturered travel trailer in this country. I will look for the sales brochure and post it on this site.
Carole Rietman, West Olive, Mich [just a stones throw or so above Holland] bought a vintage in quite good shape Shasta ?Aeroflyte from Jane in June of this year. Its now in wonderful shape after a LOT of scrubbing, just needs a little TLC with some minor wood damage inside. Looking to replace the “wings” which did not come with it, unfortunately. FIRST time out camping in it today:-), July 19, Has the registration paperwork and two full tanks of propane even.
Karen & Phil Henderson, South Carolina, Shasta Stratoflyte, 18. It has a bathroom and a kitchen and even a closet! We have had to gut it though because a previous owner took the cover off of the vent over the propane refrigerator and it had severe water damage from sitting out in the weather for many years. She is in a covered garage now, so the renovations have begun. We have none of the original paperwork, but from the stickers on the side she was manufactured in Pennsylvania. The stove and oven work, but the refrigerator and water heater are dead. Going with an electric frig and a tankless water heater. Also looking into putting solar panels on her roof and a battery system just in case we decide to go off grid.
Bob and Phyllis in Irmo SC have a model and a model They can be seen at:http://thisoldcamper.com/
A highly popular and sought-after Vintage travel trailer we are reposting for your perusal. Shasta’s Airflyte is still very popular in searches and (hopeful) purchases. Their reissue included lots of current updates that are, 3 years later, still very useful and current enough for most of our current technology as well. Enjoy the original overview and video walk-through at the end by Shasta’s owner.
MSRP: Starting at $15, USD (from )
For , Shasta has created a nearly exact replica of it’s iconic Shasta Airflyte 16SC Travel Trailer complete with the legendary Shasta wings! Shasta started in and to commemorate their 75th anniversary they are producing a limited construction of 1, trailers and will be available in all three original colors; Matador Red, Seafoam Green, and Butternut Yellow.
Shasta has paid close attention to duplicate every small detail down to the original Shasta logo magazine rack. The new Shasta Airflytes will also feature an all-in-one bathroom with a toilet and shower in place of the closet to meet the desires of today’s campers.
The Airflyte “canned ham trailer” has a vintage interior that remains close to the original, but with all modern appliances and plumbing. Some tweaks have been made though: for example, instead of a twin-size bed, the reproduction accommodates more people by allowing for a full bed. A bunk bed option is also available. This will feature the same full bed/dinette and bunks.
It comes with a dog-bone pattern Formica on the counter tops, and birch cabinet doors, as well as LED lighting. Tuck-and-roll pleather matching the exterior color, that looks old, is on the bench seating in the dining area. The floor is also made of black-and-white vinyl.
This new travel trailer boasts tons of storage throughout with sleek finishes! The Shasta weights roughly 2, pounds, making it easily tow-able behind most SUVs, sedans, and mini vans. So, enjoy the finer things in life with this Shasta AirFlyte
- Concealed Radio Controls w/ Aux Input
- Hidden Bluetooth stereo
- Dinette w/ two tone, tuck-and-roll pleather wi silver welt
- Dinette makes 54″ x 76″ front bed
- Rear bench makes 39” x 56″ bed
- “Dogbone” pattern Formica counter tops trimmed with aluminum edging
- Bathroom with toilet and shower where the original closet would be
- Birch wood cabinet doors and other interior features
- “Scalloped” cabinet doors with retro “Chevron” handles
- Shasta Logo Magazine Rack
- Black and White checkerboard vinyl flooring
- Interior color scheme to match exterior
- All Interior Lights are LED
- Original Gas Lamp reproduced to look like gas lamp is LED
- Throwback Hehr Jalouise Windows
- 3 Burner Cooktop
- 3 Way ReferSS Micro Oven
- 3-Wat Refrigerator with Freezer
- Hidden flip-down stabilizer jacks
- Hidden outside speakers
- LED exterior lights made like ’61 retro style
- 24″ wide entry door (original 22″)
- Friction hinge door
- LED Lighted Door Handle
- Hidden air condition
- Jalousie windows true to original (except back
- Same 3 Original Colors fire escape window)
- Wings are to Exact Original Dimensions
- Same 3 Original Colors to choose from:
Matador Red (color from GM in )
- Wide Sidewall Radial Tires
- Rope and Pole Awning
- 30 AMP Service
- Original Log Style Aluminum Sliding
SPECS for Shasta Airflyte 16 Reissue Travel Trailer:
|Exterior Length||16′ ″|
|Exterior Width||7′ 0″|
|Interior Height (with A/C)||6′ 4″|
|Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (lbs)||2,|
|Fresh Water Capacity (gals)||25|
|Gray Waste Water Capacity (gals)||18|
|Black Waste Water Capacity (gals)||11|
|Water Heater (gals) Gas/Electric||6|
Shasta Airflyte Reissued in Club https://www.facebook.com/groups/ShastaAirflyteReissuedin
The Vintage Shasta Trailer Forum: http://vintageshasta.proboards.com/
Vintage Shasta specifications
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/Classicshastas/ Classic Shasta Trailer Discussion group. Get your manuals, ads, etc., here.
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/VintageShastaClub/ VintageShastaClub on Yahoo
http://www.freewebs.com/kc8jwa/classicshastas.htm Shasta History, Wings and Paint information, etc.
http://www.freewebs.com/kc8jwa/shastacompact.htm Shasta Compact site
http://www.shastaloflyte.com Shasta LoFlyte Dedicated Info Repository
NC RV Solutions Shasta restoration project
http://www.engine-decals.com For vintage style Shasta decals, has many colors to choose from.
Of the hundreds of different brands of canned ham style travel trailers manufactured during the 40s, 50s and 60s, the classic Shasta Trailer is certainly one of the best known. The polished Shasta Wings jutting off the rear are widely recognized, and are usually the first feature that comes to mind when someone mentions that their family had a Shasta Trailer. This well known company was established in and these rounded beauties were built on Keswick Ave in Van Nuys California then later Northridge California, with another facility in Goshen Indiana. The predecessor to the Shasta, the Cozy Cruiser, began rolling out of the factory in , with the classic canned ham shape. Early Shastas retained this rounded side profile through model year The beloved Shasta Wings first appeared on the models, when the original rounded canned-ham shape was altered with the top frontal area now leaning slightly forward and then angling back inwards toward the bottom. The popular Shasta trailer came with warm natural wood interior paneling and cabinets of Birch or Ash. The kitchen counter and dining table were covered with color-coordinated laminate which was also used for the simple sliding doors on the wood cabinets over the dining table. The single v ac outlet was barely adequate but the butane powered wall lamps cast a warm and cozy light against the golden hue of the interior woodwork (see some great Shasta Interiors here). The classic Shasta canned-ham shape was changed to a more squared-off style, front and back, beginning with the models, but the much-loved Shasta Wings continued intact into the mid s. Whether its the Cozy Cruiser model from the early s, or the Compact, SC, SCS, RK, Astrodome, Starflyte, Airflyte, , , or more modern Loflyte and Stratoflyte models, Shasta travel trailers remain one of the most popular family trailers on the road today.
Shasta Airflyte For Sale
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We are selling our beloved 60 Airflyte. 16 Feet long, 1, lbs. Easy to pull, and always the talk of every campground we have visited. We have kept her indoors since we got her in the Summer of just recently moved to our back yard for cleaning and maintenance. Updated interior framing, electric, A/C unit in closet and shore hookups; Clear, up to date title, a few modern conveniences and a ton of original vintage charm.
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
~ ~ THIS TRAILER IS NOW SOLD ~ ~
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Disclaimer: We (Little Vintage Trailer) do not own this vintage trailer. It is being listed here as a service to the seller. Any transactions are the responsibility of the buyer and seller. Little Vintage Trailer cannot be held liable for any errors in the listing or any transaction of a camper that is listed on this blog that is not solely owned by us. It is up to the buyer to do their due diligence before making a purchase.
A Photo Tour of the Vintage Shasta Compact Travel Trailer
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Get Inside the Iconic Compact Vintage Travel Trailer of the s
Explore a vintage travel-trailer icon that brings a wave and a thumbs-up on every tripour Shasta Compact Travel Trailer. feet of beautiful birch interiors, packed with amenities and topped with wings. What is more delightful to behold than the little canned ham, with its colorful paint combinations and speedy stripe, tripping along a modern highway almost mocking its own lazy pace?
We know; as we've been camping in our little Compact darling "the Hideaway" with its cheery yellow bottom, white top, silver wings and stripeswe notice heads turning on every highway. Come share the ride with us!
Interiors: The Shasta Sales Pitch
Canned Ham Campers in History and Pop Culture
The Mighty Compact in a Vintage Shasta Ad
Shasta Compact Specs Flyer: So Many Little Luxuries in This Compact Travel Trailer
This original sales flyer was included with a folder of interesting vintage camping manuals from the original owner. The specs here are close but not exactly those of another vintage sales flyer I've seen, but since this is the one in my camper, I'm going with it.
Shasta Compact Specs: (from above, and Compact brochure below)
- Weight: 1, pounds
- Length (Including the Tongue): ft
- Length of the Camper Box: 10ft.
- Hitch Weight: pounds
- Width: 6 Ft. 6 In
- Accommodation: Sleeps 4 in two twins and double upper-hammock bunks
- Water: gallon water tank
- Tires: x 13" tires
- Cooking Area: propane stove, cooktop, icebox and lamp
- Hookup Style: direct hose hookup
- Amps: electric
Will Travel With Nearly Any Tow Vehicle
One of the biggest benefits of the Shasta Compact's tiny size is its ease of towing (this written by the one who rarely does the towing, take that as it were). Even the sales flyer states it can be hauled by nearly any compact car.
Shasta Compact Towing Specs:
- Weight of the Compact: 1, pounds
- Length (Including the Tongue): 13ft
- Length of the Camper Box: 10ft.
- Tongue Weight: pounds
- Width: 6 ft. 6 Inches
These specs allow a wide range of options when it comes to a tow vehicle, which is why they are so sought after. For example, we are well within the towing capacity of our Toyota Rav4 small SUV which came with a V6 and tow package.
The other benefit of the Compact's light weight is that we can move it around the campground by hand if we need to using just the hitch wheel it came with.
A Portable Air Conditioner That Works for a Camper
We looked for the smallest window air conditioner we could buy reasonably and found that it was about 1" too tall to fit under the bench seats and vent out the side exterior storage compartment. Hmmm finally we came across our solution; a portable Danby air conditioner (see photo) that could be placed in the closet/bathroom.
The air conditioner needed two external vents: one for the condensation to drip (because in our humid climate the water storage tank fills up too quickly to make it through the night) and one for the hot air to vent. Since we had removed the potty we had a nice round hole in the floor already. This (thanks to a good amount of duct tape which isn't the prettiest thing, but works) vents the hot air. One additional small hole drilled through for the 1/4 inch drip tube and we were up and running. Note; we had already upgraded the electric and placed an outlet in the closet. With just enough slack in the vent lines, the unit can be wheeled into the main room at night to cool us off and wheeled out of the way during the day. It's brought down a 98 degree day in high summer to a lovely It's a win!
The Camper Before and After the DIY "$50 Paint Job" $ cost, Priceless Results!
I was lured in by the price. $50 is a steal for a nice paint job. Our camper was down to bare metal in several spots along the top and estimates from local auto paint shops were for more than what we had paid for the camper!
A couple things we found out through the process.
- Tractor paint is the only way to buy oil based paint now in Ohio and Indiana.
- There are limited color options in tractor paint.
- Frog Tape is worth the extra cost
- Polish your metal trim before painting
- Spray primer is worth the cost
- And the "$50 Paint Job" really costs more like $
But what results! Its a year later and still looks amazing. Yes, there is some orange-peel effect to the finish, but step back and admire. Its quite a makeover! Take a look at the Before and After photos from our Vintage Camper paint job!
Shasta's Beautiful Birch Interiors: They Don't Make Them Like This any More
Shasta camper 1960
.Vintage 1961 Shasta Airflyte Shasta Camper Trailer Tour
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