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 +====== Pierce Arrow ======
  
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 +===== Manufacturer Information =====
 +Pierce-Arrow was an American automobile manufacturer based in Buffalo, New York, which was active between 1901 and 1938. Best known for its expensive luxury cars, Pierce-Arrow also manufactured commercial trucks, fire trucks, camp trailers, motorcycles,​ and bicycles.
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 +Pierce-Arrow,​ the builder of prestigious cars, was in financial difficulties during the 1930s. In what seemed a last attempt to save a proud name he decided to go into the trailer business and set up the Travelodge division. Production started in mid- summer 1936 and lasted until November the same year. Three models were offered: 19', 16' 6" and 13' 7" long. The trailer on the left was designed for four persons and full equipped with the usual equipment.
 +Pierce-Arrow first built the all metal trailer and was one of the first manufacturers to offer brakes for his trailers. In this case Bendix brakes. ​
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 +With the effects of the Depression still being felt throughout the US in 1936, Pierce-Arrow sales continued to slide. In an attempt to boost sales, the company offered three series of automobiles and built the "​Travel Lodge" camper trailer. Potential customers could opt for custom-built bodies or select from a total of 40 different catalog body styles and chassis combinations. Despite the abundance of choices, car sales barely reached 800 vehicles sold in 1936. 
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 +Pierce-Arrow ended production in 1938, a victim of the depression and changing tastes. The company built approximately 85,000 cars during its history. There are less than 2,000 documented survivors. ​
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 +===== Years built =====
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 +**1937 Pierce Arrow Travelodge** ​
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 +The Model C Pierce-Arrow Travelodge was the smallest of three models at 13 feet, and the rarest with only 74 Units having left the factory. The B designation was 16 feet, while the A was for the 19 foot long model. Pierce-Arrow was struggling financially and looking for another source of manufacturing. Repeating the same mistakes as they made with their cars, Pierce-Arrow made too many Travelodge models and of course made them of the highest quality – which just like their motor cars, made them too expensive for any significant sales volume.
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 +This particular unit was restored for more for use then originality. The doors, windows, flooring, and paneling are all new. A partial list of amenities and accessories include a sink, a portable toilet, a 13,000 BTU roof top air conditioning unit, a 12 volt LP refrigerator,​ an LP heater, two 12-volt batteries, overhead lights as well as a 110 volt hook up. The trailer is also fitted with overhead storage at the front and back, a closet, a front dinette, an awning, and there is enough room at the back to accommodate a sofa or sofa bed. The vendor states that the Travelodge has recently been fitted with new upholstery and curtains and is complete with a TV, radio, foam insulation, new springs and load levelers.
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 +===== Models =====
 +===== Interiors =====
 +===== Standard Features =====
 +===== Unique features/​Options =====
 +===== Prices =====
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 +===== Pictures =====
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 +===== Some owners =====
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 +===== Clubs/Links =====
 +[[http://​www.swvca.com/​Piercearrow.htm]]
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 +[[http://​www.pierce-arrow.org/​]]
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 +[[http://​www.cusslermen.com/​CusslerMuseum.htm]]