Abandoned 1965 Sage Dream Hauler…A New Beginning

Some people might think I’m insane…or stupid. Maybe they’d be right. All I know is I’m a dreamer with big dreams. The old saying, you won’t know until you try had been stuck on replay in my mind over the last six months as I kept going back to the pictures of this decrepit, old camper.

Abandoned 1965 Sage Dream Hauler...A New Beginning | Lis'Anne Harris

My best guess is it’s a 1965. The only reference I could find to a Sage from Lupton, Michigan, was the pictures and description from a site that sells RVs. The body type is “trunk back.”

Abandoned 1965 Sage Dream Hauler...A New Beginning | Lis'Anne Harris

Vintage Travel Trailer Birchwood Beauty / Aqua Camper With Lots Of Room /Storage

“This Birchwood 16′ 1965 Sage is located in West Branch, Michigan 48661 Zip Code. Trailer has clean Michigan Title weighing 2360 lbs and includes its original keys to the working Bargman door lock and trunk lock!!!!! This trailer pulls like a dream!!! I always thought Shastas were a dream to pull until I hauled this one behind a six cylinder van. No wind drag, sway or bounce. I believe its great towability is due to its design both in the front and rear. This trailer was manufactured in Lupton… “

That’s all I have to work with until someone with more information comes along and finds this post. πŸ™‚ In the mean time, it’ll be slow going since I’m not physically capable of doing major grunt work like I used to, but thankfully I’m married to an amazing carpentry master craftsman. πŸ˜€ I’ll show you the finished pics some day in the hopefully not too distant future.

This is what it looks liked when I saw it on the facebook marketplace. I bought it without seeing it in person. The previous owner delivered it to me well after dark one evening.

This is what it looked like in the bright light of day. *heavy sigh*

Even though it’s in far worse shape than we expected, it’s not hopeless. This abandoned Sage will live again. πŸ™‚

9 thoughts on “Abandoned 1965 Sage Dream Hauler…A New Beginning

  1. Oh, wow!!! I am so jealous right now!!! That is a great find! So, that means you are not insane, or maybe this is some undiagnosed disease we just just don’t know about yet! I can not wait to see your finished beauty!!

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    • Hi Carla! I think it may be an undiagnosed disease! LOL The poor thing is still sitting exactly as you see it in these pictures. This past summer and fall in North Central Florida was too dang hot to climb inside and do anything. And now that the holidays are in full swing, no time. Hoping after the new year the weather will be perfect and we can revamp The Sage. My hopes and dreams are still alive! πŸ™‚


    • Hi Mike,

      That’s so cool about your great grandfather! I’m on the hunt for some replacement parts and thankful at least the pair of wall lamps are still intact along with all the hardware from the cabinets that are not salvageable. The first step is to make it road ready so I’ll be working on the frame, sanding and prepping it for a new coat of paint, new A-frame coupler, and swing-back jack. New tires are next. Hopefully it won’t need a new axle and bearings. We’ll see. Stay tuned! πŸ™‚


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  3. I just purchased a 1965 Sage Dream Hauler from an estate sale! So excited to get it home and start working on it! Have not been able to find any information about the trailer. Would so appreciate any info and/or resources you have and are willing to share. Thank you!😊


    • Hi Cindy, I’m so excited for you! The only thing I have is pictures I found on ebay several years ago. One had been restored and auctioned off. I saved the images for reference. Email me at lisanneharrisromance (at) gmail.com and I’ll send them to you in a pdf. πŸ™‚


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