Glad that you were able to turn up the serial number.
Have you tried the bottom of the sink trick yet? There was a date stamp on the bottom of the sink on some models, indicating the date of manufacture of the sink itself. The earliest the trailer could have ben built was the time the sink was built, so it helps narrow it down pretty well. There were some that had a stamp on the back of the mirror too, but I have yet to find one. Same trick, if the mirror or sink were manufactured in 1964 then it is likely that the trailer was also, but the trailer can't be earlier than the components.
This is the stamp on my sink, it is located on the right hand end of the bottom, and helped me a lot since there was no paper trail on mine.
By the way cannot wait to see the photos of the interior and a tour of the exterior. It sure looks like a great project!
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Post by MapleRiverShasta on Nov 20, 2012 20:13:47 GMT -5
No date on the sink. Tried that already lol. That is a big stamp too so didn't miss it. No mirror in the trailer either. Hopefully I can find out something so I can register it but I have plenty of time for that! I have almost got the interior gutted. Unfortunately the previous owner tore out the bench seats & table so I have my work cut out. Thanks for helping!
It sounds as though you have a project in front of you. Take your time to explore the blogs and photo posts of others that have done this before. I am sure you'll find a lot of great ideas. There is a bunch of different approaches, from the purist viewpoint that try to duplicate original to the resto-mod that adds personal touches till the original all but disappears. The most important result is the one that works for you however. It is yours, you should make it yours.
I am interested to see what Ross turns up for a year, but I went on the Yahoo group and searched a little. By what I found there, yours appears to be a 1964 built in Goshen Indiana. (one of the listings I found there was a '64 Compact, S/N V15417.) I was actually trying to track my own down, and took your number with me too.
I'd also add that you should take plenty of photos...starting as soon as you can, mostly for your own reference as you go along. (Also to share with us nosy basta friendly folks here!) Besides all else it is fun to look back at where you started. It is also good to have a well-kept documentation of the work that you do along the way, for future reference, in case you ever decide to sell.
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Post by MapleRiverShasta on Nov 20, 2012 21:45:21 GMT -5
Hi Chris! Thank you for looking up my VIN! It must be a 1964 then. Just tore off the birch behind the stove and not good news....rotted frame! Looks like I am gutting more than I wanted to but I don't do things half-XXX. Do you know anyone that repairs the Holiday stove/ovens? Cosmetically it's in perfect condition but the burner mechanism stuff is all tore apart. Going to be a while before I can post some pics but taking them as I go to make an album of the restoration. Thanks again.