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Vagabond {{:0000since_1931.jpg|}} ===== Manufacturer Information ===== Built in New Hudson, Michigan, Since 1931 Manufactured by the Vagabond Coach Manufacturing Company, the aluminum clad trailer has a hobo bearing a bundle on a stick as its logo. {{:0000manufactures_plate_and_door_location.jpg|}} ===== Years built ===== ===== Models ===== Model 19 Introduced in 1949 Single axle Model 232 \\ Model 29 (262) Model numbers; the model 29 used in the sales information, is the overall length 28' 9" and the 262 on the manufactures plate is for the lenght of the body 26' 2". 1951 there where two floor plans.\\ 29A Twin beds in the rear with a chest between them. In the front of the living room was a Love Seat (sleeps two) with chest of drawers on each side. The living roon also had a wardrobe with miror door and a chest or desk at the rear on the street side. The kitchen had a single bowl sink, broom closet.\\ 29B Was a more open floor plan a davenport bed was in the front of the living room. Kitchen was larger and has a double sink. The rear bed room has a double bed on the street side, wardrobe in the curb side rear corner with a double chest of drawers (8) next to it. Model 34 Floor Plans A,B,C, 1957 was the year that Vagabond Coach Company entered the ten-wide market. You could purchase either the standard eight-wide or the new ten-wide in 35', 41', and 46' lengths, one or two bedrooms. Because of the high price of these units, the company did not offer three-bedroom coaches. They figured that if a family had that many kids, they couldn't afford a 'Cadillac' home! Model 43A ===== Standard Features ===== Chassis\\ Welded steel chassis of truss construction designed and first used in 1937.\\ Hubs and wheels are by Motor Wheel Corporation model # CT7A assembly, with Timken bearings and Warner brakes. Part Numbers Hub and drum 32135 Wheels 32243 Inner bearing 2885 Outer bearing 1380 Brake Assy. 1210L Body\\ Tubular steel frame welded into one unit. The tubes are 1" thick and lined with 13/16 wood to insulate the outside metal with the wood panels on the inside.\\ {{:0000_steel-wood_350.jpg|}}\\ Outside seams are generously overlapped, and no caulking or sealing is necessary.\\ Paint\\ Exterior is primed with Dupont Preparacote # 65-1055\\ Dupont Dulux colors ( synthetic enamel) Allegheny Gray 93-35986 Bittersweet 93-55995 Glacier Blue 93-57286 Heather Green 93-34909 Light Gray 93-81386 Majestic White 93-57350 Red 93-658M Spring Green 93-55989 Stratford Blue-Gray 93-64277 Electrical Systems\\ 6-volt wiring system operates brakes, clearance lights, license lamp, stop and tail lamps.\\ 110-volt system enters on the street side using #12 wire. A double circuit breaker is in the upper kitchen cabinet. Each breaker is 1600 watts. The model 19 has a single circuit breaker. #14 wire is used from the circuit breaker to the fixtures.\\ Interiors\\ Natural birch wood panels 1/8" (3mm). 3/4' Plywood floor with inlaid linoleum tile covering. Red and Gray colors are common. Windows\\ Manufactured by Woodlin Metal Products Company, Marshall, Michigan. These windows are used by other manufacturers of travel trailers and mobile homes, such as Anderson. Heating Systems\\ Later units had a heated floor system which allowed the furnace to heat the entire floor prior to out-letting the forced air at each end of the trailer as well as in the bath. This was accomplished via a cross duct which connected the three layer floors upper cavities which ran the entire length of the coach. ===== Unique features/Options ===== According to a brochure I found on E-bay, the Vagabond Trailer Company built a Single Wheel trailer in the midst of building travel and other types of trailers. The Single Wheel looks to have a uniquely designed trailer box. The only info I have, thus far on this trailer is this brochure which is far to small to actually read. {{41vagbon1.jpg|}} {{41vagbon2.jpg|}} {{41vagbon3.jpg|}} ===== Prices ===== 1949 Model 19 $2250 ===== Pictures ===== {{1936vagabond.jpg|}} This 1936 trailer advertisement is a typical promotional image. It shows a family enjoying a vacation. With its sleek exterior, and with the car in the foreground, the trailer is visually associated with the consumption of leisure and with automobility. Manufacturers designed streamlined trailers to complement cars. Some manufacturers even offered to customize the paint job and the tires to match your auto. In an era when most families did not own a car, manufacturers and industry insiders positioned their product as a symbol of progress, wealth, leisure, and modernity. {{vagabond.jpg|}} {{img_0002.jpg|}} {{1957_vagabond_021403.jpg|}} {{1937_vagabond_033004.jpg|}} The 1937 Vagabond Coach even came with little awnings on all the windows. Check the design of the Vagabond trailers and you will see that they barely changed in exterior form until 1955. {{1939_vagabond_033004.jpg|}} Brochure of Vagabond's new 16 foot model for 1939. {{1942_vagabond_033004.jpg|}} America was at war in 1942 so Vagabond came out with their double 'V' model called the Vagabond Victory model, when almost everything in WWII was 'V' for victory. {{1946_vagabond_nov02.jpg|}} {{1949_vagabond_ad.jpg|}} {{1949_vagabond_033004.jpg|}} In 1949, the Vagabond Coach Co. came out with a 19 footer that was displayed at the National Guard Armory in Washington, DC. The list price for this one bedroom model was $2250, still affordable for a serviceman at that time. But the trailer had no bathroom. You had to use the trailer park public facilities. {{1949vagabondad.jpg|}} ===== Some owners ===== Mike & Kelley Anderson (and Erin & Cole) 1949 Model 19\\ Ray & Connie Hoxie 1951 Model 29, 262. Contact\\ Hunter Hampton - 1949 Model 262 serial# 821949\\ Michael Tee - 1950 Vagabond Model 232 trailer on a 1968 Dodge Motorhome Chassis -\\ Ed & Janette Kahil - 1958 Vagabond - 10'x 50'. steve and peggy loy 1936 model 19 ===== Clubs/Links =====

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