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  1. Can you please what kind of insulation a 1955 Imperial mansion Spartan has. I want to start a renovation on ours. It is in really good condition but does have some water damage at a couple of windows and new flooring. I want to put new insulation in it but would like to know what the insulation is. We have ours in Colorado where it does get cold in winter.

    1. Hello,

      I love Spartans! If I recall correctly, they had 2″ wool batting on the sidewalls and then the regular ole 1955 era Kimsul fiberglass on the top and bottom. You can use a 4″ insulation broken down into two 2″ batts (I remember reading about someone doing that during their restoration project but I don’t know where I read it) or use spray foam.

      Best of luck!

  2. 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.

    1. 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!

  3. 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.

      1. 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.