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Old 06-20-2012, 02:18 PM   #1
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Jamie. I just purchased what i think to be a real gem!! Sadly, i can find very little information on my trailer. I have an Apeco - Small World (the model can still be read where the long removed stickers left their mark) It is completely gutted and in need of some TLC. Does anyone know anything about my find?
i have attached the 2 pics i have found online and 4 outside pics of my baby.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:37 PM   #2
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That is very cool! I hope you can successfully refurb it.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:42 PM   #3
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How long is your trailer? Looks like a toy hauler, but smaller.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:55 PM   #4
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I think the trailer body is about 16' with the tounge, it is a lil over 20'. In the pic above, it has a fold down door on the back, meant to be a patio, but could be done up as a toy hauler.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:56 PM   #5
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Hi, Jamie. Welcome! Interesting trailer you have there... It's seems it's been mentioned here before, but only briefly. I found a site online with some history of the Apeco company (which is redundant, since it stands for American Photocopy Equipment Company). Apeco-Comforce Corporation

Also found a classified ad in Watertown NY "Daily Times," circa Sept.1975:
"APECO TRAVEL TRAILERS at close out prices on 1975 models..." so that establishes an era for them... And, Bolerama also once had a link to something posted from the 1972 volume of Popular Mechanics.

Hopefully somebody who knows more about it will see this and post.

Thanks for the pics. Unusual lines!!
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:13 PM   #6
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Thank you Mary, i did read up on the Apeco Corporation, they have had a long and unusual history. And the Popular Mechanics artical was a very interesting read. I will have to look into the classified ad. From what i have found they were in new in 1972 so that leaves a very small window for production.
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:33 PM   #7
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Interesting front shape similarity to the Star Trek shuttlecraft (even closer to that look than the Snoozy, thanks to the front window). This really is a good find; I bet it has loads of potential if it's basically sound.

I really like the look of the huge front window. Not certain how practical it is, but for looks and for looking out of... wow.
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:57 PM   #8
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Excellent find! Looking forward to pictures, specs and a wonderful restoration.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:35 PM   #9
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Wow what a special find. That is truly an exceptional trailer. From some angles looks quite a lot like a boat !!. Please keep us updated on the refurb as you go along. Lee
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:21 PM   #10
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The Trek fan in me loves it!!!!
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:16 AM   #11
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step one

Got her all cleaned up this weekend. Power-washed it inside and out. Removed the remainder of the floor, and reminants of baby blue on dark blue shag carpet and removed the rear door for repair. Next step, framing the inside and fiberglass repair. Interesting note, i sprayed the inside with mold/mildew remover, whatever the chemical in it was, it brought out some writing on the gray water tank. It said "Tank for Apeco Small World" wish there was a date.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:45 AM   #12
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That is just so cool! Any floor plan in mind? Kinda looks like a foot well, for a dinette, up front.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:39 AM   #13
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I am throwing a few ideas around. i don't think there was a dinette up there, i think it was on the back door that folded down. If you look at my first set of pics, the one with the caption next to it says there was a "patio", my guess is the dining was there. IDK. I am not going to restore it to its original glory, cant find any inside pics to go off of anyway. I want it to be functional and convenient for me and my family.
Here is what i am thinking:
in the front, a full or queen bed. i will sort of seperate the bed from the back of the camper with a couple floor to ceiling shelves/cabinets for storage.
in the back on one side a twin over futon bed/sofa and on the other side a small countertop and built in microwave. with more cabinets for storage. on the fold down door i am going to attempt to use it as a screened in "patio" space.
I am definately open to ideas from anyone as this is my first go at fixing up a camper!
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I am throwing a few ideas around. i don't think there was a dinette up there, i think it was on the back door that folded down. If you look at my first set of pics, the one with the caption next to it says there was a "patio", my guess is the dining was there. IDK. I am not going to restore it to its original glory, cant find any inside pics to go off of anyway. I want it to be functional and convenient for me and my family.
Here is what i am thinking:
in the front, a full or queen bed. i will sort of seperate the bed from the back of the camper with a couple floor to ceiling shelves/cabinets for storage.
in the back on one side a twin over futon bed/sofa and on the other side a small countertop and built in microwave. with more cabinets for storage. on the fold down door i am going to attempt to use it as a screened in "patio" space.
I am definately open to ideas from anyone as this is my first go at fixing up a camper!
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