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  1. I have a 1964 Vagabond I bought in a 55+ community in florida….Im told the original owners traveled the country and then parked it here in this park.
    She has been through many big hurricanes without a scratch on her. Still in very good condition. I didnt have to do to much inside but I painted the exterior during the pandemic…I love it!!

  2. I have a 1954 Vagabond mobile home that is looking for someone interested in it. it was used up until the late 1990’s and is in good condition. Pictures are available.

  3. We bought a property in MN and it has an old Vagabond trailer on it. It was love at first sight. I don’t know the year and can’t seem to find it anywhere on the trailer. I’m guessing early 50’s or so. It has 2 bedrooms, one with bunk beds and one full bed. Both bedrooms have built in dressers and there is tons of storage throughout. It needs work but I plan to restore it and use it as a guest house. It has propane and electricity to it but I haven’t yet figured out the water system. The layout is front living room, kitchen, bedroom with bunks, bathroom and then back bedroom. There is an exit in the front room and back bedroom. Any information about this trailer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    1. Hi Marianne (aka one lucky lady)!

      You don’t see too many Vagabonds these days (even at the rally’s they are fairly rare). You may have an Airbnb goldmine on your hands!
      You will probably have a hard time finding much more than brochures and single page ads. There are tons of ads floating around on Google Search. You will definitely want to join a few of the vintage trailer groups on Facebook, that’s where the true experts hang out and they are pretty good about helping newbies understand what they have and how to best restore it. Just search vintage trailer or Vagabond Trailer on Facebook and you’ll find them.

      I’d love to feature it someday so please take lots of pics! Thank you and best of luck!

  4. 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.
    Thanks!

    1. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?!?!
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