What is the typical process for doing a custom Timeless trailer?
The process depends partially on which type of project you decide on, however, there are some basic procedures that apply to all projects. The first part of the process is to get an idea of the size and type of trailer you’d like and what you would like in it. You can use our Residential or Commercial Owner’s Programs to help you with this step. Feel free to draw up a floor plan (you can also contact us for a print-out of a particular size and type of trailer with a grid pattern on it to help you lay things out to scale).
Once the initial paperwork has been submitted, you will work with a Timeless representative on any additional information needed and a basic floor plan and concept for the project before a broad range estimate is given out. This phase may include some AutoCAD drawings, sketches, and quick renderings. The project then moves into the contract phase and then full design. You, as the client, would then work with our in-house designer to finalize your floor plan, design details, materials and finishes. In many cases, depending on the type and size of the project, a full set of drawings is provided and available to you.
After the design has been completed and materials selected, the project moves into production.
How do I get started and what information should I submit?
It never hurts to do a little research. If you don’t already own a trailer or don’t have much experience with them, the best place to start is by looking at different types and sizes of trailers as well as layouts of interiors. This will help you get an idea of what you like and don’t like or what changes you would like to make. If you already own a trailer or have a good idea of what you want, then just fill out the Owner’s Program (for commercial applications click here) and send it in to start your project consultation.
Timeless Travel Trailers can assist you in finding just the trailer you want! Many owners find the adventure of hunting down the trailer of their dreams part of the fun! There are many resources for locating vintage and antique trailers and other vehicles. While we do not specifically endorse any specific method we do offer the following ideas to help you in your quest:
If you are going to have a complete restoration or retrofit, you are looking for a vehicle that has good 'bones'. Most travel trailers were built for a limited service life and are well beyond those design parameters at this point. Sealing materials in joints and around doors and windows have dried out and may be admitting water causing rot and mold problems. With this in mind, it is best to try to find a vehicle that has spent most of its life in an arid climate. Don't rule out units from humid climates; just be more careful in your inspection. Trailers from coastal areas frequently have serious corrosion and wood rot issues. As with any used vehicle, you may encounter previously repaired damage that cannot be observed from even a thorough, non-invasive inspection. Poorly completed collision or rollover damage can be hidden with good sheet metal and paint! One sign of trouble is unusual tire wear.
Trailers of all-aluminum construction generally have fewer problems than wood framed trailers. Airstream is the most familiar all-aluminum trailer brand but there are many other vintage brands out there. All Airstream trailers are all-aluminum but not all aluminum trailers are Airstreams.
If you would prefer to start with a new shell and build-out from there, we do that too.
Timeless works directly with manufacturers to place custom shell orders for you. You will work with our in-house design staff to determine the size of trailer you would like and where the door placement will go. Window sizes and types are typically selected as well, but sent uninstalled from the factory allowing some flexibility in final placement once the design is finalized. Once the shell is ordered, it takes 6-12 weeks to get the shell delivered from the factory. This time period is utilized to finalize the design, drawings, and materials selections. Once the shell is delivered and design is completed, production begins.
Do I need to hire a designer for my project?
It is not necessary for you to hire an outside designer. We employ a full-time design staff to help you with all of your planning needs. Our staff is experienced in working with trailers and is in tune with the codes and requirements of said vehicles. They also have the added benefit of being onsite on a daily basis to work hand-in-hand with our manufacturing and shop staff.
How much does it cost to get a Timeless trailer?
Cost varies greatly by project and is dependent upon a number of variables to include, but not limited to, the type of project (vintage, late model, or new shell), condition of existing trailer (when applicable), size of trailer, and scope of the overall project including selections of materials and finishes.
While a vintage trailer is going to cost less to acquire, it will require more rework than a late model vehicle or new shell. A new shell will cost more than a vintage coach and less than a late model (in many cases) but requires extra work for cutting in custom placed windows, A/C units, and other items. For more information on each of these types of projects, click on the links in the upper, right hand corner of this page.
The best way to get an idea on pricing, is to submit an Owner’s Program and let us put together a cost range for you based on your specific needs and wants.
How do I get my trailer to your facility in Colorado?
Timeless can set up transportation for you if necessary. We work with a private transport company that will tow or flatbed your vehicle to and from our facility. Please call for pricing. We also encourage you to drop the trailer off personally and take a tour of our facility if you are able to.
What’s the difference between a Rebuild and a Restoration?
Many trailers are good candidates for full custom rebuilds rather than a restoration to factory original appearance. One of the reasons is economics; there is a plentiful supply of original Airstream trailers from the vintage era that are in mostly serviceable condition that can be purchased for a third the cost of remanufacturing. These units can potentially offer a few more years of service before requiring significant attention.
Constant maintenance of water, gas, electrical, and running gear is generally required on this kind of trailer. Hidden damage to axles, chassis, fuel lines and appliances, plumbing lines and fixtures, floors, doors, windows, and insulation can increase the maintenance issues. Safety features such as smoke, carbon monoxide and propane detectors and a fire extinguisher should always be installed in any RV. Attention to the coupler, axles and suspension system is paramount.