This is how I found the Vagabond nestled near a lake in Northern Wisconsin. I could not sleep and saw the ad for it on Craig's List. I copied the info and saved it for the next day. A phone call confirmed it was still for sale and since we were going in that direction to visit our daughter for Thanksgiving we made time to go a little further and see it. This is what we saw when we rounded the corner.
While the front of the trailer showed all the gas hookups the hitch was frozen with rust. The tongue looked solid but we would need to get it off the ground to look under and make sure it was not attached to rust.
This trailer has been docked on this lot since 1974 not only has it sunk in about a foot but it also accounts for the lack of damage to its skin. The only thing bad that has happened to it is a very ugly tan coating over its original blue & white exterior.
Moving inside we were really surprised to find how original it was. The door even has the original pocket screen door. A nice touch is the marbled glass on both the front and rear doors along with a sample of the original blue on the inside of the front door.
When you first come through the door into the living/dining area you are greeted by a wonderful picture window surrounded by jalousie windows covered by their original screens. All the windows work and none of the glass is cracked but you can see below it where the seals have leaked and stained the birch. Some of the birch will sand and re-varnish but some looks like it needs to be replaced.
The trailer had in it some supplies and tools the owner was using to build a cabin on the lot to replace the Vagabond and it also had this very cool, drop leaf table with four matching chairs from the fifties. I have no idea how long it has been with the Vagabond but it sure blends into the retro feel.
The front wall has two large jalousie windows flanked by two large panes that make the front seem light and airy. Below and above the windows are little shelves with the bottom one housing the heating vent and the top one a large mirror. I can see the mirror giving way to a flat screen. I apologize in advance to the purists but I will do no permanent harm.
Looking back toward the kitchen is a wonderful glass door cabinet above and a wall divider below. The lower divider seems to have no purpose but to divide while taking up valuable space. I need to look into this and perhaps build some kind of slide out pantry shelving unit to slip inside it. On the other hand there is a possibility is it might be the fallout shelter, after all it was built during the cold war.