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1954 “Two-Story” Vintage Travel Trailer

This is a 1954 “Two-Story” Vintage Travel Trailer that was for sale in Panama City, Florida. It was listed back in 2016 on Craigslist for $15,500. It weighs about 11,000 lbs and is 40′ long, 12′ tall, and 8′ wide.

Inside, it seems to be in pretty good condition with a living area, kitchen, bathroom, and upstairs sleeping nooks. What do you think? Pretty nice, right?

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1954 “Two-Story” Vintage Travel Trailer

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I bought this house 5 months ago from a vintage trailer collector and restoration guy who had more trailers then he had available time to fully restore them all. I am Airstream nut myself that hadn’t seen one of these in just over 20 years. I purchased it with intentions of parking it on our walnut ranch.. building a deck around it, putting some personal touches on it and renting it. What a great idea … Right?
Well I still think so but the wife has made it very clear that she doesn’t want anybody else living on the property.. Just another lost battle of mine over the years!!!
So here it is.. I would bet that it’s the only one in existence.. maybe one more is out there but it’s certainly not for sale. It’s a 1954 Ventoura loft liner Land Yacht (two story), a very rare ultimate vintage tiny house survivor. This trailer was in a mobile home park on a lake for over 40 years and scarcely used as summer home most of its life. This trailer has three bedrooms.. a master back bedroom downstairs with a queen bed, two upstairs bedrooms with king beds, one upstairs bedroom has a closet and a privacy door, other upstairs bedroom has a large storage room. Upstairs there is a storage closet that has the a air unit that vents up through the old heater vent through the roof. New 50 amp service was installed and it has a 100 amp panel, new copper water lines, and a total of three new portable air condition units, 13000 btu in the living room, 7000 btu rear bedroom, 12000 btu upstairs. All new tires and rims. The tail lights and blinkers have new wire and work well, the exterior has a fresh coat of paint. It has an older fridge that works great. This is a portable little home, it has a title as a RV. This trailer is very rare and six months ago was towed 850 miles over the mountains and it towed well. This tiny house would make a great beach or lake lot home, it could sleep 8 with a front living room sofa bed.
It’s a 1954.. So it’s not brand new.. But it is functional and amazing condition for its age.
The trailer is 12 ft tall, 40ft long, 8ft wide. weighs approx. 11000lbs
Upstairs loft height: 6′
Rear bedroom height: 6’6”
Living room height: 7′
No special permits required to move this trailer!

Currently located in Panama City, Florida. If you are local it can be arranged for you to check the trailer out in person. Transport is available to bring it anywhere at competitive pricing.

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  • Joanna Chanin
    April 5, 2016, 1:15 pm

    It’s adorable.

    • Bigfoot
      April 5, 2016, 1:39 pm

      Thanks for posting this. A blast from the past. I remember from my childhood having friends that grew up in very similar setups.
      Then you step back & realize that living tiny isn’t really the new thing, it’s the old thing resurrected. I’m glad somebody took the time to restore this!

  • Dominick Bundy
    April 5, 2016, 1:45 pm

    OMG! What a gem he has,, I’d seriously re think of getting rid of the wife and keeping that trailer… Life is too short to let others dictate to you.. What they want instead of considering what you desire..

  • liz
    April 5, 2016, 1:45 pm

    Perfect! Love it! Started married life in a remodeled 8X35 oldie but goodie many years ago, This would have seemed like a mansion back then.

  • April 5, 2016, 2:33 pm

    11,000 lbs on only two axles?

    Nice vintage rarity though

    • Chris
      April 7, 2016, 7:04 pm

      Hopefully they’re 7500 lb axles. My biggest concern would be the license required to tow that much weight. In my neck of the woods (Canada) a class A (or 1, depending on the province) is required tow anything heavier than 10000 lbs.

  • Bluesgirl
    April 5, 2016, 2:38 pm

    Too bad this rare RV/trailer isn’t in Canada.
    I just posted this to my Pinterest, so maybe there will be someone that
    makes a visit to my P=posts on RV’s will take an interest.
    What a find. I would freshen up the interior to a much lighter palette, redo all that needs tender loving care, as I think it does need some freshening up both interior and exterior…I’d repaint trim to cream color and a darker grey to siding.
    All floors without carpet, new self composting toilet and sinks, full size fridge and microwave plus counter two burners and last but not least a combo washer/dryer.
    Sell it because the market right now on tiny homes is HOT!
    Thanks for sharing your diamond in the ruff…a great fixer upper.

  • Marcy
    April 5, 2016, 3:20 pm

    I have never seen such a thing! Like Bluesgirl, I think a little brightening up (paints cheap) and a little modernizing and this would be great. Wish I lived close enough to check it out in person.

    • Sally
      April 6, 2016, 5:18 pm

      Modernize it? Are you serious? Do you realize how RARE this trailer is? To modernize it would be sacrilegious; they should be preserved in their original state because there are few of these around in this day and age, and to modernize it would actually devalue it. It would be like stripping off the original finish on a Queen Anne highboy or other rare piece; a major NO-NO. I happen to be a vintage trailer aficionado and purist. Such an idea is anathema to me and many other enthusiasts.

      • Debra
        April 9, 2016, 12:21 pm

        I agree! Cleaning it up (Murphy’s Oil Soap for the cabinets), maybe changing the carpeting. Other than that, I wouldn’t touch anything that wasn’t broken!

        • Dominick Bundy
          June 1, 2016, 11:20 pm

          I totally agree !

  • Tommy Coates
    April 5, 2016, 10:27 pm

    The inside height measurements and out measurements don’t add up. Very unique and I like it.

  • Marsha Cowan
    April 5, 2016, 11:19 pm

    Wow! That’s so cool! It’s the first time I have ever seen one like that. Amazing, and very pretty, too…

  • JoLene
    April 6, 2016, 12:08 am

    Thank you Alex for sharing this vintage beauty. It just makes me smile. The kitchen looks like a great place to prepare a hearty breakfast. Wish it was mine to share with family and friends. Best of wishes to the next person or family who adopts this little treasure.

  • Canyon Man
    April 6, 2016, 12:47 am

    Not griping about the price. But I had one very similar I bought in 1978 for $800. Nostalgia and cost can make prices go up.

    • Dick
      April 21, 2016, 5:58 pm

      Hmmm…I was going to add “and inflation”, but $800 in 1978 comes to just under $3000 in 2015, so I imagine nostalgia does enter the mix. This reminds me of a late 1950s 8×40 I rented right after finishing college.

  • Patrick
    April 6, 2016, 5:45 am

    I’ve seen a very similar trailer before, about 2 years ago on Craigslist. So there’s more out there; though probably not many. Very cool design concept. Not quite sure how someone 6′ high or taller would negotiate the trailer’s 2-story area. Is there supposed to be standing room beneath the back bedroom? Curious to know the full layout.

    • Robert Wright
      January 27, 2021, 10:16 pm

      I have one of these but it’s a 2 bedroom both upstairs. The back room is above the one full bathroom downstairs. How they get the walking height for bath and bedroom.is the ceiling for bathroom is the build-in Bedford upstairs. So you have this 3′ high 6’x6′ box that you put your mattress on. There’s a lot of space in this trailer that serves duel purpose. Anyway the back of mine and the roof on mine look totally different. My trailer looks like a modern day Toy House sand buggie hauler. So if there’s anybody out there they can leave me in the right direction to find out exactly what year my name is please email me [email protected]. Thank you.

  • Porcsha Smoody
    April 6, 2016, 6:53 am

    If I were you, there would be no way I would sell this travel trailer or let anyone rent this out! This tiny home is unique, rare and you will probably never find another! I’d update it and get rid of the house and live in this year round. Good luck to you and whatever you decide.

  • Angel
    April 6, 2016, 9:21 am

    I agree with Dominick. Maybe he should get to rid of her instead of this great find. Sounds like he has come out on the losing end of a lot of battles. After living with a dictator (husband) for 27 years I am much happier since he decided to move on and I’m now in the process of building a tiny house. Something he thought was an outlandish idea. And I get to do it by my rules now. I have gotten so many ideas from this site and will put them to the test on my tiny house.

  • turtle
    April 6, 2016, 11:40 am

    I had a trailer like this in 83. I towed from NY to NC on an old 58 fire truck. The roof line on mine looker like a 5 th wheel but the frame droped down in the front where the first floor bed room was. There were 2 more bed rooms up. When you are up you were standing on the dresers an the mastres was on the celing. This where I got the ida to put the bath room under the bed in the tiny house we are building so we could stand up and walk a round the bed.

  • Joyce Davenport
    April 6, 2016, 1:45 pm

    Great, and reasonable. I wonder about mold or mildew after all these years in Florida.

  • Dhamphir
    April 9, 2016, 2:37 am

    This is what the floorplan looks like for anyone that’s curious.


    • Patrick
      April 10, 2016, 9:44 pm

      Thanks for providing the link to the floor plan. Always wondered how this type trailer was laid-out. Now I know!

  • Dick
    April 19, 2016, 12:48 am

    I love it! Reminds me of the 8’x40′ mobile I rented right after finishing college. I lived in that one for around six months before buying a 10’x46′ M System mobile. There was only one problem–storage. The eight-footer had more than the ten-footer due to the smart use of overhead bins (“check to see that your baggage has not shifted…”). Still, I was out of college for twenty years before we moved into a house that didn’t qualify as “tiny” or “small”. This home makes me nostalgic, to say the least.

  • Frank
    June 29, 2016, 12:25 am

    $5, or 8 with delivery to Reno

  • john hayes
    November 30, 2017, 8:38 am

    I want one of these, if you know of any for sale, let me know! We need to save them!!!

  • Sue
    March 18, 2018, 4:43 pm

    How much is the two story vintage

  • Daniel Buck
    October 28, 2020, 9:57 pm

    I just purchased a similar trailer that’s been at an RV park in the southern California desert. It’s a 1954 40′ Ventoura Homes trailer. It’s very similar to this one but the two story end is also the f front or “hitch” end. I’m very curious to know more about it if anyone can point me in the right direction. I have some photos that is be happy to share with you.

    • Steven
      December 23, 2020, 10:11 pm

      Would love to see your photos ! I am in Palm Springs

      • Daniel Buck
        May 13, 2022, 11:48 am

        Hello Steven,
        I don’t know how I’m just seeing your comment almost two years later. I can’t figure out how to post pictures of it here but if you’re on Facebook you can look me up and I can send you some pictures on Messenger. We have enjoyed the trailer since buying it in October 2020. It’s amazing how well these were made back then compared to the complete junk that is currently produced.

  • Steven Gustafson
    December 23, 2020, 10:09 pm

    Hello, first,I have to say how excited I am to see one of these still in existence. When I was a boy in Arizona I saw my first one. It was much longer, and at the back upstairs it had an incredible covered deck. There was a wet bar, and built in lounge chairs like you might see on a boat. I recall it being in pristine condition. The owner had just purchased it and brought it to the mobile home park my family was temporarily living in while we were having a home built. The owner wanted to check out the systems by connecting it to electric and water. Everything seemed to work. Sadly Arizona has summer monsoons that can whip up heavy winds very quickly. A storm came in that evening with high wind. It blew the trailer over onto its side. I think it landed gently on its side, and when I got home from school it had been righted and moved out of the park. I never forgot that incredible mobile home, and have looked for another every since. This featured unit is very close to what I saw, but smaller and does not have the upstairs deck. This home belongs in a museum. I hope it is only restored and NOT modernized.I would purchase it myself, but I am in Palm Springs and not sure it would make the trip. How much is it being offered for $?

    • Natalie C. McKee
      December 28, 2020, 9:44 am

      Hi Steven, I’m so sorry to hear that story! I’m afraid this home was for sale four years ago, so I don’t think it’s still available.

  • Hazel Oliver
    May 12, 2022, 11:31 pm

    I bought a used one in 1964. Lived in it four years with husband and three kids. Outgrew it and traded it in on a new Topper. Wish I still had it. I keep looking.

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