Vintage Mobile Home Series: 1953 Vagabond Trailer

This 1953 Model 31 Vagabond Trailer has been making a stir within the vintage mobile home groups for good reason, it is gorgeous!

1953 Vagabond Model 31 Exterior


Vagabond Coach Manufacturing Company hailed from New Hudson, Michigan.They built homes that were considered the Cadillac of trailers and were known for high-quality construction using welded steel frames and aluminum bodies, much like the beloved Spartan Mobile Homes.

1953 Vagabond Model 31 Exterior 2

Craigslist Ad 

The Craigslist ad for this 1953 Vagabond describes the extensive restoration performed on the trailer’s exterior:

 The exterior paint is all new 2 tone base coat, clear coat automotive paint. All windows have been removed , resealed and re installed. The Vagabond frame is all steel , so no need to ever worry about wood framed walls. This is one of the highest quality trailers ever built .

1953 Vagabond Model 31 Exterior 3

1953 Vagabond Model 31 Exterior 5

Interior of the 1953 Vagabond

1953 Vagabond Model 31 Interior 2


The interior of this 1953 Vagabond trailer is exquisite and received a complete restoration:

All woodwork has been completely striped and refinished by one of the nations top finishing companies. All cabinets are original and fully refinished. The original click clack couch has been fully restored, the original table and 2 chairs have also been refinished by hand back to original. All appliances are original and have been fully refurbished and repainted. All lights are original art deco style lights and are fully functional. Includes all new curtains also. Full bath with tub and shower has been completely restored and repainted back to original. New period correct flooring thru out.

1953 Vagabond Model 31 Interior Kitchen - Living Room

1953 Vagabond Model 31 Interior - Kitchen

1953 Vagabond Model 31 Interior - Kitchen 2


1953 Vagabond Model 31 Interior -Bedroom

The seller continues their description:

Trailers of this quality and style are getting very hard to find, and in this original refurbished condition, they are impossible to find. These trailers are going up in value every day. They are a piece of American history that time forgot until the recent revival, and are now in very high demand. This is your chance to have the coolest guest house ever!!!!

You can buy this Vagabond for $55,500.

1953 Vagabond Model 31 Interior -Bedroom 2


1953 Vagabond Model 31 Interior -Bathroom


1953 Vagabond Model 31 Interior -Bathroom 2


This vintage Vagabond is a beautiful example of the wonderful workmanship and American pride that went into building these trailers. They are standing the test of time with careful restorations and passionate owners that ensure their timeless beauty continues.

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  1. Dee Darnell says

    I have a 1953 Vagabond that needs to be rebuild/restored. Any idea where I can get my hands on the original plans? I’d like to go back as original as I can.

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Dee,

      You may get lucky in one of the vintage mobile home forums on Tin Can Tourist or one of the Facebook groups for vintage trailers and mobile homes.

      Best of luck! Please take lots of photos of the process – I’d love to share it someday!

  2. Mark says

    When did Vagabond go gout of business?

  3. Joel says

    I have a 1949 or 1950 Vagabond 35ft. Made a deal with the farmer who owned it for a small sum. It had sunk into a pasture and had to be pulled out with a large backhoe. It is in poor shape but it is 90% original. I put some loaner tires, rims and a towing light set on it, pumped the wheel bearings full of grease and towed it down some winding county roads to my farm. The trailer towed like a dream. The frame is indeed steel and Vagabond had one of the first thermostat regulated central heaters. The outer panels are fastened to the frame with flat head screws. The birch wood interior is a mess because the seams leak and the systems all need restoration but to me it is a treasure. One can only marvel at the genius and quality that went into products of that era. It was made by Americans for Americans. Thank You, Mrs Adkins for this site; it brings back many happy memories from my childhood.

  4. Willis Branscomb says

    Each trailer has a unique combination of cooking, dining, sleeping, bathing and recreational features and comes equipped with AC and heater, refrigeration, basic cooking supplies and a radio with wireless iPod connectivity.

  5. Sue says

    OMG, this is fantastic. I could definitely see myself living in that wonderfully beautiful space. What a find!!! What a grrrrreat job in restoration. Period correct?!?!
    Victoria, BC

  6. steve lancaster says

    That sure is nice!

  7. Dianna Wood says

    Love this! Curious as to the inside square footage.

  8. Randi says

    Absolutely love this! Beautiful and solid.

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