1955 Anderson Coach
An Ebay surprise
The end of 2016 was fast approaching. It had been a whirlwind year, marked by tremendous growth in our fleet, as well as in the scope of our operations. We were beginning to set up our western base camp in Jemez Springs, New Mexico, and were furiously driving trucks and trailers back and forth across the country to transfer registrations and tags from DC to New Mexico. So we were definitely not actively looking for another project trailer.
The key term here: "actively." When you're a vintage trailer junkie, you're either actively looking, or not actively looking. You're never not looking.
This big, beautiful thing popped up in an Ebay search one day late in the fall. It was located in central Pennsylvania, a couple hours north of Washington DC. Opening bid was in the low 3-figures. On a lark, we placed a bid. There was no reserve. Our bid was binding. There were no other bidders. We won. At the opening bid. In the low 3-figures.
We've purchased trailers sight unseen before. Sometimes they turn out better than we expected; sometimes, not better. We have to say that this must be one of the best purchases we've made. Hideous exterior paint color notwithstanding, the trailer is in very solid condition, and it won't take much to get her back into good condition. In fact, we're hoping to get her out on the road for the 2017 season, something we sure wouldn't have predicted that day that it popped up in a search on Ebay with an opening bid of just a few hundred dollars.
Stay tuned. This is going to be a good one.