New Member Interview with Steve Knebel

I was looking for an Airstream as a home base for my fly fishing adventures. That was in the early 90’s and I soon realized that they were out of my price range.

I stumbled across a 1946 Spartan Manor (used for storage) in Vernonia OR around 1993, fell in love and bought it for the asking price of $300. This was my first vintage trailer and will be my last! 

Over the years I have owned 11 vintage trailers in all degrees of distress, and my dream trailer is still my first. I am presently shortening a Westcraft Sequoia (I have had for 18 years) by 42″ so I can tow it behind my 1965 chevy pickup project.

In addition, I am considering building a guest/tree house out of my ’48 Palace. I attended several rallies on the west coast years ago and look forward to getting out again. 

What I like about a rally? …….Probably the people and their trailers and just hooking-up and going!  I joined TCT to see what was going on in the trailer world and found that it was flourishing, which explains the lack of old trailers sitting in fields.

Thanks Steve Knebel


  1. Very nice! My boyfriend has the same trailer and we are just starting to renovate. Would love to chat with you sometime. Once finished we may take ours down to the sea in Mexico near Cabo.

  2. Steve, your Spartan is beautiful! I have a 57 Spartan Royal Manor and I absolutely love her. There is just nothing like them.
    There was just a 75th year Anniversary for these beasties over in Tulsa last fall and yours would have been a show stopper!
    I really like what you did with the dinette in the front at the Hollywood window. Nice work!
    Safe travels to you. Be happy, healthy and safe.

  3. Wow, your first love is wonderful! Much better than an Airstream, which I have, for a fly fishing base.

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