Vintage Shasta Sits Poolside

Larry Fletcher, a welding supply salesman, spotted the Shasta near Longview, Texas.

It was just the sort of vintage travel trailer his wife, Sherry, wanted to park poolside as a cabana at their home in Richardson, north of Dallas.

After Fletcher bought the trailer, he took his time sprucing it up keeping everything close to original. He added new upholstery and polished the original birch wood interior.

“I kept it a secret for four months, and every time I went through the Longview area, I’d stop to check on the progress,” Fletcher told Dallas Morning News.

Shasta started making trailers to house members of the military in 1941 and later produced travel trailers. Originally constructed in a factory in Los Angeles, their high quality and low price made them a favorite with campers all over the western United States.

In 1958, Shasta built a production facility in Goshen, Indiana. At some point in time, Shasta trailers were produced by Shasta Industries, a division of the W.R. Grace Company. The “wings” on the rear sides were a visible identifier in the 1960s and beyond.

The name was sold to Coachmen Industries in 1976. Coachman marketed Shasta branded travel trailers until 2004. Only vintage trailers were available until 2008 when the brand was reintroduced complete with its identifying wings.

Larry Fletcher and his wife, Sherry, share memories in their renovated 1963 10-foot Shasta travel trailer. (Source: Ben Torres, Dallas Morning News)

The new trailers have updated art deco interiors and are all electric. Their features include stainless steel microwaves, stainless steel sinks, and mini blinds, hot plate cook-tops, wet baths, and cutting edge entertainment features including a 19-inch LCD television.

The vintage models are often coveted today.

Then, one Christmas night, Larry showed up at home with the 1963 10-foot travel trailer in tow.

The family heard the trailer pulling up, and everyone in the house ran outside cheering. No one was more excited than Sherry. Larry had, one more time in their marriage, made her dreams come true, Dallas Morning News reported.

Larry welcomed everyone into the petite rolling digs filled with glorious vintage details and “Coppertone Brown” mini-appliances. The Shasta was christened with a Champagne toast.

“I had the Shasta all lit up and Dean Martin’s ‘That’s Amore’ playing,” Larry said.

“I was so surprised,” Sherry stated. “It was the best surprise ever.”

The Fletchers love to entertain. Their collection of antique and neon signs and memorabilia surrounds the decks and pool.

Sherry is an outside sales manufacturer’s representative and owns the Pink Flamingo, a vintage clothing shop in McKinney. Her creative talents are seen in the Shasta décor.

Scalloped shelves in the trailerette are lined with flamingos and turquoise treasures to carry out the retro tropical color scheme.

1962 Shasta Airflyte (Source: vintageshasta.net)

Sitting side by side inside the Shasta with the birch wood table popped up, talking about all of the good times related to this little party shack on wheels, it’s easy to see that life is only as fun as the wagons, friends, romance and memories that you hitch up, concluded Dallas Morning News.

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Worth Pondering…
That’s Amore

When the moon hits your eye
Like a big-a pizza pie
That’s amore
When the world seems to shine
Like you’ve had too much wine
That’s amore

When the stars make you drool
Joost-a like pasta fazool
That’s amore

Lucky fella

—lyrics by Jack Brooks and Harry Warren; sung by Dean Martin

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