Manufacturer Information

Adams Manufacturing Company, 508 Stewart St. El Monte, California

There was also a Cardinal Industries that built park model trailers called “The Cardinal”, see the advertisements below.

Years built

1951 to 1977

Adams Trailer Manufacturing, Cecil Adams, President


In 1957, 15′ and 16′ foot models

In 1958, 15′ Camper 16′ Camper, 10′ Camper for Pickup Love Bird Campers, Models 8 & 10 for pickups

Unique features/Options

Cardinal Trailers (by Adams Man.) were still being made in the late 70’s. The style changes dramatically in the 60s from the earlier “canned ham” shaped Cardinal models. Unique features included external paint details and most often the extra feature on the back to resemble a Cardinal Crest.

Mid 60s example: 


In 1958, the prices were as follows: 16′ 6’8“ width $1095 16′ 6′ 8” width $1195 (not sure what is extra) 15′ 6′ 7“ width $895



Some owners

Steve & Michelle Eubank 1957 16′, Peculiar, MO

Traci and Elizabeth, Portland ,OR 16′ 1968 Cardinal Deluxe

Steve and Margaret Martan Roseville, CA 1957 Cardinal

Ted and Janine Brown, Paradise Valley, AZ

Stace and Lannette Johnson, Federal Heights, CO.

Grant & Tracy Hamilton, Salem, OR.

John & Kathy Millard, 1958 16′ Camping Trailer – Arvada Colorado.

Jerry Keenan and Francis Arches, 1969 Model 14 Deluxe, Redondo Beach, Ca.

Jane Snyder Pecorella, 1970 Model 14 Deluxe, Bakersfield, CA

Jim Anderson & Paul Johnston Phoenix, Az.

Chad and Cathy Ackley, San Rafael, CA 1968 13′ Travel Trailer (just like the little B&W pic above!)

Pete and Alice Miller, Arlington Texas, Exactly like the Mid 1960 Modle pictured, door at back 1969 Model

Nathan and Ruth, Bend Oregon 16 ft 1957 Cardinal Travel Trailer

Michele Akers,Sacramento,CA 1965 Cardinal “Love Bird”.

Henry and Luz Ayala, 1972 Model 14 Deluxe, Monterey Park, CA

Shawn David Boise, Idaho 1971 Cardinal Model 13 Standard

Brooke Bickler, 1952 Cardinal, Riverside California

Erin L, 1977 Cardinal Twin Bed Compact Model 13 Model II, Orange County, CA

Denise Stoesser, 1969 Cardinal 13, Overton, NV

Kirsten and Robert Hall, 1957 Cardinal Camp Trailer, Casper and Ethete, WY