Gilkie Travel Trailer
Made in Terra Haute, Indiana in the 1920s-50s
Campers who wanted to get close to nature — but not too close — loved fold-out tent trailers. These two-wheelers folded down for easy towing by day and then mushroomed into miniature homes at night. Story has it that Warren and Ray Gilkison designed and built their first tent trailer in their father’s machine shop for a family camping trip.
Gilkie built folding tent trailer and hard bodied trailers until the 1950s.
Make & Model: Gilkie tent trailer, about 1927
Maker: E.P. Gilkison & Sons Company, Terre Haute, Indiana
Features: extra-wide 28 inch door, 82 square feet, full-size beds, standing height inside, electric lights, steel kitchenette, icebox, screens, water- and mildew-proof army-cotton-duck tent
Height: 53.5 inches
Width: 13 feet
Wheelbase: 8 feet 6 inches
Overall length: 9 feet 9 inches