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  1. I have a late 40s or early 50s supreme mobile home it’s 45 ft by 8 ft but I can’t find much about it and wondering if any of your readers might have any information thanks

  2. Hello I have a 1952 or 53*Trailerized home by Midstates Corp. and was wanting to find out some specifications on it weight and otherwise if you could provide that please or let me know where to find it

  3. Hi Russell, I am redoing a 53 Star mobile home very similar to the one in this article. It has lots of layers of paint on the outside. What did you use to get down to the aluminum? I’d love to see photos. My email is synapse4444@aol.com. thanks. Julie C.

  4. I have a 1950 star pull behind camper that I have completely restored. it sat on blocks from 1957 until 2013 in Indiana when I brought it to bowling green ky. I put the original tires and split rim wheels on it, rayon tires with cracks everywhere and made it 200 miles, loosing abour a foot long piece from one tire about 10 miles from home. we camp in it now about every month. i took it back to all aluminum. it has the porthole doors and has a sliding wood door out of the bedroom. 20 ft long on outside. we really love it. I was restoring it for my daughter who passed away in aug. 2014at the age of 40 it is now nThe

    1. Russell,
      Your 1950 star sounds dreamy and I love the story about the tires! Sounds like a situation my father and his croanies would have found themselves in!
      My main reason for this reply is to send condolences on the loss of your daughter..God gives us angels, and sometimes needs them back before we would like them to return to Him. Peace be with you and enjoy your camping!
      Lovingly,
      LeeAnn

  5. Hi!
    Was so thrilled to (finally) find a similar vintage
    home to one I have been trying to place from
    years ago. This Silver Star isn’t quite the same, but maybe you can help me narrow it down from my memory! The mobile I’m looking for is one I lived in in 1964/65, in Albuquerque, NM. Keeping in mind the shape of this Silver Star, it had the purple streak on the outside w/aluminum, two bedroom (one w/full size bed at middle, other at rear w/bunk beds); main door opening ‘between’ living area and kitchen; and oil burning heat stove next to kitchen table across from stove. The most interesting feature was that the ‘doors’ for the closets opened even with the width of the hallway to make private ‘rooms’ (ie: the master bed and the bathroom). The ‘master’ bedroom was next in line from the kitchen, and seems it was raised on a platform that extended (next) to the bathroom that was also raised. Little tub, but otherwise the bathroom complete. Seems there was a pocket door between the bath and rear bedroom, so that the bath could be completely closed off on that end. The rear door was off the end bedroom. There was built-in drawers, vanity, and closet along the outside wall, and the typical
    light wood paneling, tip out windows. I am trying to find a printed floor plan for this layout,
    as well as the make/model/year It was an 8×35, as I recall. Can you help?

  6. My mother-in-law owns a 1956 Silver Star mobile coach located in a campground. We are unable to find the title and are looking to find the serial # – do you have any idea where we might find it?

    Many thanks for your help. Please e-mail me your reply.

    1. Hi Maureen,

      There were no regulations or laws mandating the use of VIN or serial numbers before 1976 so there probably won’t be anything. Every state has a protocol to use for your situation, just contact your local DMV office and they will have the forms and the cash register ready…lol

      Best of luck!

  7. Hi Crystal; I have been a fan of your site for a long time. You mention Kozy above; I assume you mean Kozy Koaches. Kozy also had a sister model called a Silver Dome. I have a 1947 Silver Dome that we are going to restore. It still has the original lamp shades in the bedroom, glass fronted kitchen cabinets and little tub in the bath room It even has the original refrigerator, that was still working when the trailer was last parked. From looking at other models, it seems the main difference between the Kozy and the Silver dome is the polished aluminum top on all the ‘Domes’.
    We lived in a 40′ (37.5 actual floor space) 1943 2 bdrm for many years. I loved that trailer. It was identical to the long long trailer but had an over sized bathtub, roomy and plentiful metal kitchen cupboards, a built in curio cabinet and beautiful curved wooden valances on the windows.It had a walk through bedroom with closets along the whole wall, then the bath room and a rear master bedroom. The bathroom was set on a raised platform and the water pipes from the kitchen to the bathroom were all inside so they never froze-even when it got well into the minus’s. I have forgotten the model, but the exact same trailer (except it had a rear bathroom) was the trailer used as a dressing room by Marilyn Monroe when making the misfits. Hers had the same valances, curio cabinet and metal kitchen cabinets as ours. It was on display for a number of years in Reno Nevada. The movie was filmed in Stage Coach Nevada, about 40 miles from Reno.
    I am so happy to see you don’t make the mistake so many do in confusing old travel trailers with with old house trailers. House trailers never had holding tanks and rarely had dining booths. Although the very first travel trailers didn’t have holding tanks either, they usually had a dining booth that converted to sleeping and a bed on the ends with a little kitchen in the middle. Then the travel trailers added water tanks with a hand pump, but house trailers never did. They were always designed for a hose hookup and a sewer line. Our old trailer was one of my favorite places to live in.Probably the best organized and useful space I have ever lived in. Unfortunately we bought property where we weren’t allowed to live in it. We parked it, but later we moved to another property and left the old trailer on the property we had vacated but still owned. It was so badly vandalized I doubt we will ever restore it. We currently reside on a remote ranch and our house is a 1963 modular (which means a mobile home that was set on a foundation and the axles were removed) double wide-20 x60 with a 20×30 2 story addition. We didn’t know it was a modular until we had a plumbing leak and crawled underneath and found the metal chassis. This house is so big that I find myself longing to get back into another old 8 wide. The silver dome is really too small-its only 19 feet. However we have another old 40 footer that is in slightly better shape than the vandalized trailer, but not nearly as well designed and appointed. Who knows; maybe one day soon I’ll be sending pictures of our project trailer.

    1. Hi Jeani!

      It’s always a treat to get to hear first hand about a particular model. All the photos in the world can never quite convey what the homes were truly like! I hope to hear from you lots more!

      Thank you so much for contacting me!

  8. So glad I came across your site and information! Not sure why, but I dream about remodeling a large mobile home. I almost purchased a 14′ X 70′ Windsor recently, but decided to wait a bit. The home is still sitting on the lot where I reviewed it. Perhaps some day… Very curious on how you became interested in mobile homes.

    1. Hi Victor!

      We bought a 1978 single wide four years ago. I searched online for remodeling and decorating ideas and didn’t find much so I started this blog. From there I went down the rabbit hole and haven’t quite managed to find my way out! The more I learned, the more obsessed I became…lol.

      Hope you get to remodel a mobile home soon! Best of luck!

  9. Hi Crystal.
    Thank you for answering so quickly to me about routing pex. It was very helpful along with other homework I did. I now know how I will do it.
    I have another question if I may? I bought this trailer for cheap- it needed work and the park had so many other projects. The former tenants thought they had a leak for the hot water heater, so they ripped out floors and walls. That wasn’t it! I guess they found out that it was under the tub so they took out all that plus and gutted the bathroom! Is there someplace or do you have complete directions on how to put another bath tub in? Ty in advance. Jeannie

    1. Hi Jeannie!

      Glad to help! Most mobile home tubs are 2 piece units, one is the tub and the other is the panels that wrap around the wall. If its the regular tub (and not a garden tub) I recommend you purchase a true mobile home size tub (instead of one from Lowe’s). That way you won’t need to deal with moving walls. This link has a bit more information about them: https://www.completemobilehomesupply.com/bath_tubs_and_showers_s/44.htm

      Basically you build a frame, or lip, for the tub edges to rest on, just like you would a site-built home. The only difference is the size really and where your drain may be. Here are some results from Google for replacing a bathtub in a mobile home – that should get you familiar with the process.

      Best of luck!

      1. I have another tub from a mobile home- I just need to know how to install in properly in the same spot. The drains and all are the same. Ty for all your help! – Jeannie