After quite a bit of searching of the interwebs, Michael and I had pretty much decided there were no other trailers just like ours. Every other Aloha we came across was different - the door in a different place, no bunk hump - just different. Our somewhat joking theory was that the workers at the Aloha factory came to work every day and said, "where should we put the door today?!"
It was 1967, after all.
The summer of love and all that went with it.
Sex, drugs, and random trailer design, baby!
If you're a trailer geek, you may know that it's difficult for vintage trailer owners to stay away from Craigslist.
"Let's just see what's out there..."
"We have our trailer, but let's take a look at what other [fill in the blank trailer make] are for sale now..."
"Wow, I'm so glad we found our trailer! We got a great deal!"
"OUR TRAILER IS THE BEST TRAILER EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD!"
You know how it goes.
I suppose I'll take the hits for you, spend the time trolling Craigslist. But if you've got something other than an Aloha, well - tough luck. You'll have to do your own trolling.
Tonight started out like any other night. It had been a while since I checked the listings, and I ventured a little further afield than usual. I started poking around on the Portland Craigslist site, saw a few Aloha trailers, and then BAM!
What's this then? A 1967 Aloha that has the same shape as ours! Okay, that's nice - but where is the door?
Now we're talking.
Why on earth did somebody paint over that fiberglass panel in the front? You can see the paint wearing off in that picture above. Nobody painted OUR TRAILER. We have a front window cover too.
How about the inside - let's make a comparison of that.
Not quite the same angle, but check this out...
Trust me, it's exactly the same. Though we have the original stove, and I'm pretty sure that aqua beast is new. Or powder coated. But the metal back splash and effort to block bacon grease is identical.
So yeah. It's essentially the same trailer, though we do seem to have more vents than the one that is for sale.
That means WE HAVE THE BEST TRAILER IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD!