The mystery of Lolita that baffled me for nearly four years.
Here is Lolita on my first Solo Trip
|My Cowgirl bunkhouse|
The story began with the adoption of my little home on wheels, in 2009. I had looked at a few vintage trailers but when I saw her, I knew she was the one. While I was looking her over, another potential buyer appeared and the pressure was on. I walked away from the trailer to talk with the owner and in a few short minutes she was mine. I didn't even kick the tires.
I came home with a bill of sale and a sweet little trailer.
I searched the trailer inside and outside for a name on the trailer. Nadda. I did find that it was manufactured in Utah and a vin number but that was all the information that she would give up. The first thing people ask when seeing her is what kind of trailer she is. I could tell them nothing. In desperation I gave her a name. My mothers name was Lois so I spiced it up a bit and my little trailer became Lolita, in honor of my Mother who shared her love of camping with me.
Lolita is a unique trailer with a back door. There aren't many out there so she gets her share of attention in the campgrounds. But no one had any ideas of her ancestry .
I filed the papers and finally got a title for the little trailer. I was anxious to find out the brand name of the trailer. But no brand name.... just listed as trailer. Hmmmm.. That would never do.
I checked out online forums and ask the trailer wizards if they knew anything thing that might lead to information about my trailer. I found some pictures of trailers with a rear door. Here are a few that I found.
They shared a back door but there were always differences and I knew they were not from the same family.
I love this one.... but it has a rounded overhang in the front.
But tonight, after nearly four years of searching, I was hanging out on Tin Can Tourist and a message came up that caught my attention right away.
We messaged back and forth and another gentleman added a little more info and now I have a name and a manufacture. The trailer is a Jet Trailer, crafted by Lofgrens SLC!! A little more research on the internet and I found a Jet Resource Page on a Shasta forum. (I certainly would never have thought of looking there!!)
I found out that only 350 were made and they had both side entry and back door models. One of the most important clues that was verified was that they were manufactured in Salt Lake City like mine. I was even able to find the obituary of the founder of the company who died in 2012.
I was able to send off messages to a number of other members so maybe there will be more information coming. There was even a PDF file that has a Jet insignia label. Oh boy, I'll have to have one of those made up!!
I love a good mystery. I love solving a good mystery even more.
Just call me Sherlock!