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Shasta Travel Trailer
The Shasta Trailer Company started out in 1941 by building mobile home trailers for the US Armed Forces in a Los Angeles, California plant. After WWII, they sold mobile homes under the Cozy Cruiser brand. 1952 was the first year for the Shasta brand to roll off the assembly line in Van Nuys. Models from 14' to 35' were offered. The boom in mobile homes and travel trailers was in full swing and the public couldn't get enough of the Shasta brand. In April of 1958, Shasta opened the Goshen, Indiana plant to keep up with demand.
The distinctive wings were added to the Shasta line in the late 50's and continued on the trailers and even some motorhomes until the early 80's. During this time, the Shasta brand was the best selling trailer brand in the US. That is why, after all this time, “Vintage” Shastas are still so popular and available everywhere.
By early 1963, Shasta had added another production plant in Leola, Pennsylvania and was up to 5 different models of trailer. Later in that same year, the all-new model 1500 was offered to 5-star reviews. Again proving to the public, that the value that was built into the Shasta brand was well worth the low price!
In 1964 came the first of the “square-ish” Shastas with the introduction of the redesigned Compat model. It's leaner, cleaner lines were a sign of things to come and was very well received by the general public. By late 1966, all of the Shasta trailers would be designed with the more modern look. Production plants were also added in Grapevine, Texas and Battle Ground, Washington.
During 1969, the brand new Loflyte was being offered and was a big hit with the RVing public. A sixth plant was added in Columbia, South Carolina as the Shastas were in great demand. And by 1973 there were nearly 500 Shasta dealers throughout the U.S. offering all new models with stylish interiors and all-new exterior styling with bold striping along the sides. The wings were smaller than before, but they were still there!
At some point in time, Shasta trailers were produced by Shasta Industries, a division of the W.R. Grace Company (this information obtained from a 1975 model year owners manual).
Coachman Industries bought the Shasta brand in 1976. They continued making Shasta trailers and motorhomes until as recently as 2004. At one time during the early 1980's, the Shasta name was on nearly every conceivable type of RV…Motorhomes, 5th-wheels, travel trailers, and even some pop-up campers.
The Shasta brand seems to have disappeared with no goodbye and no fanfare. Not really a fitting end to such an amazing part of American history. Until it's disappearance, Shasta had been the longest continuous producer of trailers in the United States.
In the summer of 2000, Shasta cut their model lines down significantly. When I asked why, the staff at the plant in Middlebury, IN said Coachman was looking to reduce the number of models/lines offered. Coachman was bought out by River Forest. In 2009 Forest River made the Shasta Airflyte 12' with a great retro look for one year but discontnued it because it would compete with their small lightweight trailer called the R Pod.
As of late 2010, Shasta is once again producing Travel Trailers and Fifth wheels.The company is a stand alone division of Forest River, and offer Oasis, Revere and Flyte travel trailers and Phoenix fifth wheelsfor the 2013/2014 model years.
We are restoring a 1955 Shasta trailer but I cant'find any that look like ours. It is all alumimum with only one window on the sides that open top & bottom. It has a full stove with 4 burners,ice box on the door side of the trailer. The Shasta also has a heater in it between the stove & sink area. Our trailer has a full bed in back with a hamik on the top a kitchen table in front that folds down to a bed.
If you know anyone that has a 55 Shasta like ours would you send them our e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks you
1941 through 2004.
Early 60s models:
1966 Shasta model 1500 - This is a very typical mid-60's style of Shasta. Beginning in the mid-60's the older rounded style of the 50's was replaced with the more angular style as shown here. This unit had a grooved wood paneling, which replaced the birch ply interiors of the earlier years.
Later Models (Late 60s - Early 70s)
69 1400 rear
69 1400 kitchen
1969 Shasta Stratoflyte 20ft
Annie Croissant, Oregon. 1964 Shasta Continental. In most internet sites it states that the Continental model was made in 1965 but my title states the year as 1964.
Connie, Imperial Beach, CA Year:1969 Model:1400. Don't know what number owner I am but it's in pretty good condition. I'm sure it can use some restoration instead of just decoration, but since nothing major is visible, I'm playing first!
Kevin Davis, NC 1974 Compact 13' 1966 17' SC
Donna Friar, Newaygo, Michigan 1963 Shasta 12'. My husband surprised me with this on Christmas morning several years ago. email@example.com
Scott & Lauren Frymoyer 1969 Shasta Astroflyte. I haven't been able to find any information about this model in 1969, any help would be appreciated. It's in pretty good shape and we're using it as we try to fix and maintain her. firstname.lastname@example.org. With new information I now think it's actually either a 66 or 67. It makes more sense as the general shape of the trailer fits those years.
Dan Hellier Raleigh NC. 16SC and 1400 , unsure exactly what years. Please check out NC RV Soutions at ncrvsolutions.com There is a picture link at the bottom of the web page.
Dave and Debby Looney, Springtown,TX 1971 Shasta Stratoflite We were lucky enough to get the title with the camper. We are doing a complete rebuild. We hope to go back with the walls tomorrow 10-21-07
Gary,Honesdale,PA 1959 AERFLYTE purchased new in 59 by my moms brother James Bryant and was kept in mint condition.I have had it two years and have towed it cross country two times. Gets lots of attention every where we go.I also have a mint 1960 15 ft. Zollinger.
Sam and Michelle Ishihara, Apex, NC, purchased Dan Hellier's fully restored, 1969 Shasta 1400, in the summer of 2007. We affectionately dubbed it “Once in a Blue Moon” and we are having a blast. With 3 college kids at home, we run away every chance we get. We can't stop smiling….:) Dan did a fantastic restoration!
Dave & Pat from Little River, SC, a 1975 RL 1750 manufactured in Leola, PA.
Ryan & Linda frizzell,Toledo, oh., Purchased new 2009 12' shasta airflight while on vacation this year. downsized from 25' white box. We also restore vintage trailers, curent project is a 1967 aristocrat 10'Lil Loafer.
Brad & Tricia Kiekintveld Holland, MI USA, purchased 2001 Shasta Ultraflight new in August, 2000. One of 6 units made in June, 2000 at Middlebury, IN. The ultraflight series lasted only one year, the 2001 model year our trailer was made is not documented. We were told the other 5 trailers went out west to a trailer show. We bought our trailer sight unseen, we were getting ready to order one, but the line was cancelled. To my knowledge, our model (2547 - front dinette, double bed bunks, both bunk beds are double beds) was the only 2001 Shasta trailers built in the Ultraflight series. The trailers had smooth sides, very light weight (3200lbs dry for my 25' trailer) - Our trailer has the 60th anniversary package on it. To bad the production was stopped around 2004, up until then it was the longest manufacturered travel trailer in this country. I will look for the sales brochure and post it on this site.
Carole Rietman, West Olive, Mich [just a stone's throw or so above Holland] bought a vintage in quite good shape - 1961 Shasta ?Aeroflyte from Jane in June of this year. It's now in wonderful shape after a LOT of scrubbing, just needs a little TLC with some minor wood damage inside. Looking to replace the “wings” which did not come with it, unfortunately. FIRST time out camping in it today:-), July 19,2010. Has the registration paperwork and two full tanks of propane even.
Karen & Phil Henderson, South Carolina, 1971 Shasta Stratoflyte, 18'. It has a bathroom and a kitchen and even a closet! We have had to gut it though because a previous owner took the cover off of the vent over the propane refrigerator and it had severe water damage from sitting out in the weather for many years. She is in a covered garage now, so the renovations have begun. We have none of the original paperwork, but from the stickers on the side she was manufactured in Pennsylvania. The stove and oven work, but the refrigerator and water heater are dead. Going with an electric frig and a tankless water heater. Also looking into putting solar panels on her roof and a battery system just in case we decide to go off grid.
Bob and Phyllis in Irmo SC have a 1973 model 1400 and a 1956 model 1500. They can be seen at:http://thisoldcamper.com/
The Vintage Shasta Trailer Forum: http://vintageshasta.proboards.com/
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/Classicshastas/ Classic Shasta Trailer Discussion group. Get your manuals, ads, etc., here.
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/VintageShastaClub/ VintageShastaClub on Yahoo
http://www.freewebs.com/kc8jwa/classicshastas.htm Shasta History, Wings and Paint information, etc.
http://www.freewebs.com/kc8jwa/shastacompact.htm Shasta Compact site
http://www.shastaloflyte.com Shasta LoFlyte Dedicated Info Repository
http://www.engine-decals.com For vintage style Shasta decals, has many colors to choose from.