Those that take the time and money to renovate and remodel vintage mobile homes are my favorite kind of people.  Bringing back the past is not an easy thing to do especially if you try to be as original as possible. Those that do this work, that takes the time and money to renovate a vintage mobile home, and bring it back to its glory, are doing us all a favor – we should never forget our past and let’s face it, vintage mobile homes are awesome!

This 1955 Spartan Imperial Mansion was renovated by a contractor in Minnesota that owns his own company called Randal’s Remodeling. You can see more photos of the renovation along with Randal’s notes on his website. He renovated the Spartan as a personal project.

Below is what the Spartan looked like when he first purchased it. He writes that he sent the owner half the money without even laying eyes on the Spartan and while that’s not a recommended way of purchasing anything, it worked out for fine in his case.

The previous owners had painted and wallpapered over the Spartan’s original birch paneling. Luckily for us, Randall wanted to remodel the mobile home as closely as possible back to its original beauty and he did a fine job!

1955 Spartan Imperial Mansion before renovation Randals Hobbies

interior of 1955 Spartan before renovation

After completely gutting the interior and re-wiring he began insulating and adding birch paneling which is what the original Spartan’s had.

renovating a 1955 Spartan

 

during renovation of 1955 Spartan

interior being renovated in 1955 Spartan

interior renovation of 1955 Spartan 2

staining the birch paneling on  Spartan renovation

interior of 1955 Spartan Imerial Mansion after renovation

 

The completed 1955 Spartan Imperial Mansion after the interior remodel:

birch paneling in 1955 Spartan after renovation

 

interior of 1955 Spartan Imperial Mansion after renovation

 

1955 Spartan renovation after

 

The exterior was also refurbished:

1955 Spartan Imperial Mansion exterior renovation

 

1955 Spartan Imperial Mansion exterior

 

Once the Spartan was placed Randall built a screened in porch for the mobile home:

screened in porch being built onto a 1955 Spartan

 

screened in porch on 1955 Spartan renovation

 

porch added to 1955 Spartan

 

1955 exterior renovation of 1955 Spartan

 

Randall did a wonderful job on the renovation and now has a fine vacation or hunting cabin in a beautiful wood setting. He also did us all a favor because there’s one more beautiful vintage mobile home, a 1955 Spartan Imperial Mansion no less, in the world.

As always, thank you for reading Mobile and Manufactured Home Living!


About The Author

Creator/Author

Hello! I'm Crystal, the creator of Mobile Home Living and I appreciate you stopping by! I hope MHL is an inspiring and informative resource for you! Please consider letting me feature your remodels, room makeovers, and home improvement projects. There's not enough inspiration available for manufactured homeowners and I want to change that. Thanks!

Related Posts

8 Responses

  1. Amy Deloria

    Hi Crystal,
    I found a 1955 trailer that I love, and I’m beginning to research what it takes to renovate a vintage trailer. I’m not sure if it is a Spartan. Also wondering if parks will let you put a vintage trailer on a lot? I’m in Michigan and trying to learn as much as I can before taking the leap and buying one.

    Reply
    • Crystal Adkins

      Hi Amy,

      I answered your other comment before I read this. I’ll be honest, you are gonna have a difficult time finding a full-time park that will accept a 1955 mobile home of any make or model. Heck, some campgrounds won’t even let us pull in a vintage camper for just one night!

      The ideal situation for buying and remodeling an older mobile home will be you owning land out of city limits. Otherwise, every change or update you want to do will be legislated and regulated.

      Some states won’t even allow a 1955 mobile home above a certain length to be transported without some serious updates.
      Vintage mobile homes are def not an easy thing to deal with (which is why the smaller towable campers are more popular).

      Best of luck!

      Reply
  2. Randal

    My name is Randal Johnson owner of the 55 spartan. I now own 6 other vintage trailers all of then will be restored. As the 55. Email me.

    Reply
    • Amy Deloria

      Hi Randall,
      What do you know about putting a vintage trailer in a mobile home park?

      Amy

      Reply
      • Crystal Adkins

        Hi Amy,

        Depending on size, installing a vintage mobile home is similar to any other mobile home. You will probably need to have an updated breaker /fuse box and wiring. If the home has aluminum wiring most parks will not accept it. You’ll probably want to update the plumbing, too. You’ll need skirting in most locations.

        In my state, if the home doesn’t meet certain inspection requirements you can’t even transport a vintage mobile home. There are some logistics to it all and you will need to hire a knowledgeable and trustworthy transport company to do it. Each state has different rules.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.