1959 Spartan Imperial Villa, fully restored and furnished with period pieces.
About Steve Stell
Vintage Trailer Addiction (VTA) is a serious illness. It is particularly dangerous because the early symptoms are not readily detectable until the disease has progressed and taken hold of the patient’s vital resources (e.g., thought processes, time, energy, finances). I know. My name's Steve, and I'm a Vintage Trailer Addict. Like so many others, I slowly and unwittingly walked down this addictive path. My gateway to addiction began when Carrie and I restored a beautiful home in the historic district of Flemington, New Jersey back in the 1980s. It was a great experience, except that the house had no wheels so we couldn't take it with us. When we moved to Sherman, Texas in 1990 in order for me to teach Christian Theology at Austin College, we immersed ourselves in raising and homeschooling our three children and pursuing my calling to teach. Though my fledgling trailer addiction was not causing problems, I realize in retrospect that I was simply holding it at bay by the frantic pace of our existence. (This is sometimes referred to as “white-knuckling it” in VTA recovery circles.) When our antique-filled home burned to the ground in 1995, we focused on the design and re-building process, further forestalling the full-blown emergence of my disease. The first recognizable symptoms of VTA appeared when my brother was searching for a way to live on some land down in Terlingua, Texas. In that process we stumbled upon a couple of vintage trailer sites and the book Silver Palaces by Douglas Keister. Immediately, I was awe-struck –- the captivating curves, the sensual pleasure of wood grains and polished metals, the quality craftsmanship, the form-follows-function embodiment of natural beauty. Though I told myself I was just helping my brother, there were deeper longings being cultivated and expressed. Now, eight trailers later (four 1950s Spartans, a 1960 and a 1969 Airstream, a 1965 Streamline, and a 1963 Avion), I still regularly attend my VTA recovery meetings!
What makes this Mobile Home unique
The Spartan Imperial Villa is the luxury model of vintage trailers -- 10 feet wide and 45 feet long. After World War II, the demand at J. Paul Getty's Spartan Aircraft Co. in Tulsa, Oklahoma decreased rapidly, and he decided to construct luxury trailers using the same construction techniques with which they built airplanes. Although Airstreams are the best-known vintage trailer, there is nothing superior in quality to the Spartans. This model has a birch interior with walnut veneers and brass accents. The cabinetry is all high quality with dove-tailed joints. This particular model is cozy, rather than cramped and actually has a warm, spacious feeling to it. We have furnished it with period pieces throughout so, as our guests have noted, it's like living in a fully-functional, hands-on museum from the 1950s/60s. It is a quiet comfortable space that serves as a peaceful retreat. We also have a beautiful mid-century modern stereo in the middle room and 350+ albums available for your listening enjoyment. There is a list of the albums in the trailer that you can choose from, or I'll be glad to email the list to you as an attachment and then have your selected albums waiting for you in the trailer.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Very nice, unique and clean.
Super cute trailer
Perfect get away. Trailer had everything I needed plus some fun 50’s period items. I hope to visit again.
Awesome time at Tim acres! Quiet place and a time travel experience
This is a gem! What an experience! Like staying in a 1959 museum! We had a blast from the past here
This is a great honey of a place to stay. Great Host! Great Charm! I would go back tomorrow!
This was the perfect retreat for a creative writing getaway. Not far from town if you need to grab dinner out, but definitely perculate some coffee in this completely furnished 1959 kitchen. Such a TREAT!
It’s like you are stepping into an old movie scene.
Oh my gosh!!! This was the best place we have ever stayed at. We had so much fun opening the cabinets and seeing all the vintage treasures. Very clean and cool even in the middle of summer. The turntable was such a fun extra for us! We listened to hours of Patsy Cline and drank coffee like we were movie stars. So much fun!!! We will definitely be back!!!!
The retro trailer was cool
We enjoyed our short stay at Tin Can Acres. Next time we will request our favorite records to listen to on the vintage stereo. Wish the front door would have locked. Otherwise it was great and we enjoyed the quiet.
So glad you enjoyed your stay at Tin Can Acres! We'll have those records for you when you return! I was sorry to hear about the problem with the lock on the front door -- we had no idea there was an issue. Upon booking we always provide our guests with our phone numbers and encourage them to call or text 24/7 if they have any questions -- and we really mean it. Sometimes the nicest people hesitate to inconvenience us, but I can assure you that we really want to know about any issues right away and make them right. As it turns out, the repair on the door was a quick fix (under five minutes), so it will be operating properly when you return. Thanks again for staying with us -- we're always glad to provide a quiet retreat.