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Oregon RV Restorer Loves to Recreate History

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August 27, 2012 by   Leave a Comment

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt of a feature from the Standard Examiner, Ogden, Ore., profiling Orbie Mungall, who specializes in the restoration of vintage travel trailers. To read the entire article click here.

Spend a few miles of road time following this vintage travel trailer and you’ll soon see why it’s nicknamed “The Shiny Hiney.”

The glare off that silver aluminum exterior is nearly blinding. “It’s like traveling behind a mirror,” explains Orbie Mungall, the fellow who spent untold hours polishing the 1947 Boles Aero to its glowing state.

“The Spud” is another moniker Mungall uses for his old-style round-shaped trailer, or even more fittingly, “The Canned Ham.”

Whatever they’re called, classic trailers from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s are rolling back into popularity.

“They’re more artsy than your new trailers now … they have a character, a style,” says Mungall, a Willard resident who has restored more than half a dozen of these vintage boxes on wheels.

Finding one of these old beauties before it’s sent off to the junkyard makes Mungall one happy camper. He likes nothing better than to clean the trailers out, shine them up and get them back on the road again.

“No telling how many camping stories have been told in all these trailers — probably 2 or 3 tons worth,” Mungall says in his soft South Carolina drawl as he shows off his collection.

And the trailers themselves tell their own stories, in the stickers plastered on the windows of places they’ve been, or in the small mementos left inside, like a 1957 Lagoon amusement park ticket, a turquoise dish rack, or some hand-carved coat hooks made of tree branches collected at campsites.

To read the entire article click here.

 

 

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