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 +====== Kenskill ======
 +The origin of this company was back in 1946 in Burbank, California with '​KenSkill Kamper'​.
 +Bill Kennedy made about 200 '​teardrop'​ trailers by hand during the Summers of 1946 and 1947......
 +This '​modern teardrop trailer'​ design is the footprint for almost every modern 10 ft. teardrop
 +manufactured today!.....
 +These teardrop trailers were sold in 1946 - 1947 - 1948 and then the company closed doors.
 +Jim Brunskill was the 'money man' and went on to form a second company - '​Kenskill Trailers'​......
 +It is interesting to note that '​KenSkill'​ is a combination of the names of these two men.......
 +It is also interesting that while Jim Brunskill went on to be inducted into the RV Heritage Museum
 +'Hall of Fame'​......... Bill Kennedy became another forgotten footnote in the vintage history books!.....
 +(Contributed by Jim at Truly Vintage Trailers on June 23rd, 2007)
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 +Kenskill trailers were manufactured from 1946 to some time in the late 60's or early 70'​s. ​ The earliest picture I have seen is a 9ft 1948 trailer made to stand up in.  For some time period, Kenskill also made teardrop trailers. ​ The logo on the teardrop is different from the stand-up trailers but is identical to that on the company buildings. ​ Magazine ads from the mid 50's on do not include anything on teardrop trailers.\\ ​
 +In 1946 Kenskill made 18 trailers, by 1959 Kenskill celebrated 15,000 trailers.\\ ​
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 +Jim Brunskill was founder and President of the company and Jerry Weiss was Executive VP.  Mr. Weiss also owned the River Queen Resort in Bullhead City AZ.
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 +In 1965 Kenskill was sold to Redman Industries. ​ Brunskill & Weiss went on to form Executive Industries which made motorhomes. ​
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 +===== History =====
 +Originally located at 126 W. Alameda, Burbank, CA, Kenskill Corp moved to 11321 Goss Street, Sun Valley, Califorina.\\ ​
 +Kenskill. formed in 1955, had one of the larger "​clubs"​ after Wally Byam's Airstream clubs. ​ Kenskill Caravans had many members and they traveled to sites throughout the Western US.  At one time there were over 200 member with 90% being Kenskill owners. ​ Other brands were allowed at the start of the club.  Club members had a habit of wearing the same kind of clothes during a caravan, some were on the ugly side of things. ​  ​Remember this was the era of his and her bowling shirts.
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 +===== Manufacturer Information =====
 +Mid 40's to the mid 70's
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 +===== Years built =====
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 +===== Models =====
 +The oldest model pictured is a 1948 nine foot model but they also made teardrop trailers for a few years. ​ Some of the teardrops have been restored and are still being used.\\
 +Going by restored models, the most popular teardrop (maybe the only model) was the Kenskill Kamper.\\ ​
 +By 1955 Kenskill was making 17-19-22 and 27 foot models. ​ In 1956 some models also included an optional version called The Toilet, apparently indoor facilities were added to these models. The standard model was advertised as sleeping 5-6 but The Toilet model slept only 3. \\ 
 +In 1960 the "​X"​ model was introduced to add sleeping space; it was called the "​duplex"​ in later years. (See picture section).\\  ​
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 +===== Interiors =====
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 +===== Standard Features =====
 +According to some restoration professionals,​ Kenskills were among the best built of trailers from the Canned Ham era
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 +===== Unique features/​Options =====
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 +===== Prices =====
 +**1955:** Model 15 (12ft) $895, Model 17 (14.2ft body) $1495. Model 19 (16.6 ft) $1995, Model 22(19.6) $2295, Model 27 (19.9) $2995 \\ 
 +**1956** //Prices jumped// Model 176 (15ft body) $1657, 186 (16.6) $2095, 206 (18ft) $2395,
 +236 (18 ft) $2395, 276 (25 ft) $3345, 316 (29 ft) $3695\\ ​
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 +=====Other Information=====
 +Although not as famous at the trailer used by Lucy & Desi, there was a Kenskill featured in an "early nuclear attack"​ Movie, Panic In The Year Zero, directed by and starring Ray Milland. ​ It was initially released as "End Of The World" but is still available on Amazon as "Panic In The Year Zero." ​ Not a super movie but it does have an edge that most atomic exploitation movies did not. \\
 +{{kenskill_milland_x.jpg|}}
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 +A Kenskill is also featured in another movie **"​This Woman Is Dangerous "** 1952, Joan Crawford, Dennis Morgan & David Brian (Warner Bros)
 +Wikipedia article http://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​This_Woman_Is_Dangerous \\
 +The Kenskill is prominent in film goofs listed at http://​www.imdb.com/​title/​tt0045232/​goofs\\
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 +== When not starring in movies, the occasional Kenskill goes bad!!! ==
 +[[http://​www.thejuicecaboose.com/​]]\\
 +== But it looks like it is doing a good job. ==
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 +===== Pictures =====
 +{{1947_kenskill_teardrop.jpg|}} **1947 Kenskill Teardrop Trailer**\\
 +{{kenskill_1948.jpg|}}**The oldest available Kenskill photo, 1948 9 foot** ​ \\ 
 +{{:​kenskill_48sports_rover.jpg|}} **1948 ad for Kenskill Sports Rover**\\
 +{{kenskill_17ft_1960_duplex.jpg|}} ​ {{kenskill_1960_15.5.jpg|}}\\  ​
 +Ad for the 1960 X-model, later called the Duplex and **a work in progress 1960 Kenskill 15.5 ft**\\
 +Here is the same 15.5 ft Kenskill after it has been re-skinned by Larry Hill of Retro Restorations in Albuquerque,​ NM in Aug 2007\\
 +{{1960_ariz_skies_kenskill.jpg|}}\\
 +See more of the re-skinning process at [[http://​tinyurl.com/​2mxbay]]\\
 +{{kenskill_seat_a.jpg|}}{{kenskill_new_floor_tiles.jpg|}}**New Floor Tiles**\\  ​
 +This is the updated interior of the 15.5 Kenskill and it has a very popular curtain pattern:-D. (See down the page). ​ Martini Lounge pattern of Boomerang Beat by Robert Kaufman fabrics, [[www.fabricdepot.com]].\\ {{kenskill_1967_17ft.jpg|}}\\ ​ **1967 Kenskill 18 ft.**\\
 +{{susanart.jpg|}}\\  ​
 +**1969 19 ft.  Owners Susan & Art Moore**\\
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 +**Restored by Craig & Jill McCormick email: [[craig@azcraig.us]]**\\
 +{{kenskillkitchen.jpg|}}\\ ​
 +**See more pictures of this restoration at[[http://​www.azcraig.us/​Kenskill_Restoration.html]]**\\
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 +**Ad for 1962 Kenskills (no more louvered front windows.) One of these was used in "Panic In The Year Zero" movie pictured above.**\\
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 +1966 Kenskill 17 1/2 ft trailer\\
 +Jerry and Carolyn Tucker\\
 +Tualatin, Oregon\\
 +{{:​kenskill:​turquoise_1966.jpg?​400|}}\\
 +{{:​kenskill:​silver_turquoise_1966.jpg?​400|}}\\
 +1958 KENSKILL STEVE&​PEGGY LOY CLOVIS CA
 +===== Some owners =====
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 +The new Kenskill group on Yahoo [[http://​autos.groups.yahoo.com/​group/​kenskill_karavan/​]]
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 +Chipper and Kelly Bell\\
 +1956 Kenskill 16.4
 +Ventura CA.
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 +Dennis Broderick\\ ​
 +1960 Kenskill 15.5ft
 +Lawndale, CA\\ 
 +[[dmb@duffyscavern.org]]
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 +Guy and Marti Stallknecht\\
 +1967 Kenskill 18 ft.\\
 +Chandler, AZ
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 +Keith Tucker\\
 +1950 Kenskill 10 1/2 ft\\
 +Sport Rover Model 9\\
 +Carson, CA\\
 +(Keith, can you contact Dennis above? ​ I would like to see your trailer)
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 +Erick and Tracie Swanson\\
 +1968 Kenskill 19 ft.\\
 +Spokane, WA\\
 +[[tracieswanson@hotmail.com]]
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 +Sean Herzig\\
 +1958 Kencraft 14ft.\\
 +Goleta,​Ca.\\
 +[[seanherzig@yahoo.com]]
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 +Ray Kern
 +1960 Kenskill 1550
 +Grand Prairie, TX
 +nrekr@sbcglobal.net
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 +Roly Nelson
 +1964 Kenskill, 13ft (w/​eyebrow) ​
 +Wildomar, CA
 +Rolynel@aol.com
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 +Ed and Les
 +1963 Kenskill 16ft.
 +Simi Valley, CA
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 +Mick and Mary Gaworecki
 +1966 Kenskill 19ft.
 +Nashville, TN
 +LiLRedmg@aol.com
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 +Roy and Rebecca Pemberton
 +3811 cr 1508
 +Jacksonville,​TX ​
 +1965 Kenskill, 18 ft.
 +Texaswelder2hot@aol.com
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 +Michael and Carmen Akers
 +1964 Kenskill 20-S
 +Sacramento, CA
 +michaelakers@rocketmail.com
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 +Garrett and Abigail Davis 
 +1965 Kenskill 23
 +Knoxville, TN 
 +Abrodrick95@gmail.com
 +Would love to connect with some other owners! Send me an email! ​
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 +===== Clubs/Links =====
 +Kenskill Owner'​s Database [[https://​spreadsheets.google.com/​viewform?​hl=en&​formkey=dExoQnZZaG8tUDVtZzUzekFwNXFTdFE6MQ#​gid=0|{{:​playground:​weekenskill_copyrighted.jpg}}]] and the results [[https://​spreadsheets.google.com/​pub?​key=0AgawVUyjdWcZdExoQnZZaG8tUDVtZzUzekFwNXFTdFE&​hl=en&​output=html|{{:​playground:​data-clipart.jpg}}]]
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 +http://​www.engine-decals.com
 +Two colors of Kenskill decals available, also do special orders.
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 +Kenskill model list [[http://​www.myvintagetraveltrailer.com/​vintage-kenskill-trailers/​|here]].
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 +[[http://​groups.yahoo.com/​neo/​groups/​kenskill_karavan/​|Yahoo Kenskill Karavan group]]