1950 Spartan Royal Spartanette
The tiny house on the hill in the mountains
Spartan trailers, built from the end of WWII through the late 1950s, were a response to two main trends in American culture: the need for housing in the post-war era, and the growing desire of the population to travel the country in comfort and luxury. In the first few years of production, most Spartans were built for travel, ranging in length from 25 to 35 feet. In the mid-1950s, Spartan began to offer more models at the larger end of the spectrum, 40 to 50 feet long, which were meant to be towed by a large truck to a destination, set up on the site permanently, and used as a house.
This Royal Spartanette, at 35 feet in length, was one of the company's largest models for the 1950 model year. We found it in the New Mexico desert in fairly good condition, but like most trailers that have not been used in several decades, it is going to need a lot of detailed finish restoration work.
We have set it up at the top of the hill at our base camp in Jemez Springs, New Mexico, near the edge of the forested part of the land. Our plan is to restore it and place it next to a small, permanent home and use it as a guest house. In the meantime, we have made it roadworthy, and it is available as a prop for film or still creative productions. Get in touch with us to inquire about rates, availability and logistics.