The other Spartan for sale in my local Craigslist area was in Blountstown, FL. I used to drive through there all the time when I worked for FDEP Beaches. It's on the Appalachicola River. It's a nice drive, so I arranged to go see it the next day.
|First look at the second Spartan.|
|After looking at the first Spartan I did some research. These only came with two axles.|
Not sure why the first one only had two wheels. So I was looking at this part more closely.
|I'm curious what is going on underneath. I failed to get this view of the first one. |
|This one has obvious jack points and the frame looks good.|
The skin underneath and insulation is compromised, of course.
It all has to go.
|By comparison to the first Spartan I can see this front ceiling panel is not original.|
They just skinned right over the vent. That's sloppy.
|This delaminated paneling isn't even the original stuff. More brown painted aluminum.|
This sconce isn't as cool as on the other one.
|OK, now they aren't even trying. Dinette trashed in both of them. Good thing I don't care.|
|This roll down window actually worked.|
|The only working window handle out of four in two Spartans.|
|I was so interested in the broken off window handle I didn't notice that the actual window|
was broken and replaced with plexiglass.
|I found the window crank. Turns out to not matter based on what is broken.|
|These switches are intriguing. Why the pull style? More than two positions?|
|The bathroom wall isn't trashed. Can't see through the floor. Bonus.|
|That's the original sink and shower controls. Once again no toilet tank lid. |
|This kitchen light fixture with the switch right next to it makes sense. Brown painted aluminum again. |
|This cabinet looks fine. Why was the one in the first Spartan so disgusting? |
|I guess this is some kind of ventilation system for the stove. I don't think this one was ever used.|
|Look at this oak corner where it transitions from a curve to square. That's lovely.|
|I don't remember where this light is.|
|Here's how the hinge works for the screen door. There was only one screen door between|
the two Spartans that would have had two each originally.
|My research after looking at the first Spartan taught me to look for the serial number|
information inside the front door frame. Same as the vital information on my car.
The middle two numbers are the year. This was built in 1949.
I didn't see it on the first one because I couldn't get the front door open.
I confirmed on SpartanTrailer.com
that this is a Royal Mansion serial number for 1949. Weight 5200 lbs, original price $4681.27, which is $42,345.78 adjusted for inflation to 2010 dollars.
|Decal ghost on this one too, but no graffiti.|
|This one has round rear lights. They look amazing.|
|The gasket around the window is shot. |
|The cool light lens is gone. This one only has 1 out of 4. |
The other has 3 out of 4. It's missing the one this one has.
|This Spartan has a lot of bullet holes. Exit wounds.|
|I can imagine how I could patch this with a single rivet, gutter seal, and two aluminum|
patches, one on the inside, one on the outside.
|The tongue on this one doesn't look as good as the other one. Which is unfortunate.|
Nothing about the first Spartan looked like it is roadworthy.