1963 Yellowstone, 16' John Case
Original 1963 list price around $1750 (about $11,500 in 1996
1963-1982 history unknown.
1982 - Friend purchased trailer for $350 in 1982 (about $730 in 1996
1990 - Friend gave me Yellowstone for free. Bad suspension (leaned to one
1990 -1995 Trailer used as storage shed.
1995 - Got the "bright idea" to use trailer as an operating station for Ham
Radio Field Day. Jacked the trailer out of the mud, and replaced the
tires. Ran "temporary" (still there) wiring to tail lights.
Rebuilt bayonet sockets so lights would work. Replaced missing marker
light. Repaired frozen septic valve. Towed trailer to mechanic.
He repaired (welded) suspension and repacked bearings. Everything
basically functions except LP gas fridge. Wife made new curtains.
1995 - Present - Trailer used for Field Day and camping (short, local,
trips) every year.
1996 - Added Shademaker awning/screen room. Added under counter clock radio
2001 Field Day (not me, another operator)
2005 - Septic dump valve broke. Non-standard "water faucet style"
brass gate valve. Plumber replaced with brass ball valve (ouch $$$).
2006 - Removed 120/12V lamp over dining table (60W bulb had left burn in
ceiling). Installed decorative bezel to cover burn. Installed
new light with 2 35W compact fluorescent bulbs (more light and much cooler).
Still using original "retro" shade. Purchased NOS exact replacement
tail lights off eBay (not yet installed).
2007 - Sanded, primed, and painted frame (black) where exposed and badly
rusted (rear bumper and front hitch area). Had new
Tekonsha P3 brake controller
and 7 way connector Installed on tow vehicle (95 Nissan Quest).
Installed a new 7 Wire molded cord
Hoppy 20146 on trailer to replace the 4 wire system. Installed
federally mandated break-away brake activation system. This was the worst
"kit" I have ever installed - basically, it was a box of loose parts.
Add your own wiring and lugs per schematic. Old brakes still worked
after 15 years of not being used. Installed new
Equal-i-zer LD hitch
90-00-0600 with integral anti-sway. Could not use hitch for the TCT
trip in May because shank was too deep for Quest factory receiver. I
later had 1/4" of solid 2" x 2 " steel cut off.
Future Projects - Would also like to spruce up trailer with a coat of
paint (trailer was brush painted sometime in the distant past (yuck).
Also, inside wood under rear window needs replacement (water damage).
Would like to figure out some way to add Air Conditioning.
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