Little Gem

Little Gem

Manufactured in Grand Rapids, MI.


The Schiebout’s first built trailers in 1941. Schiebout Manufacturing Co. was started in Grand Rapids, MI. in 1947. In 1966 they incorporated, to become Gem Industries Inc. At one time the number one selling travel trailer in MI., as well as one of the most popular travel trailers in the U.S.

Manufacturer Information

Gem Industries Inc.,7660 So. Division,Grand Rapids, Mich. (no zip)

Years built

1941 to 1976 as far as I have been able to gather.


Square sided ‘Canned-Ham’ (Aluminum skin screwed to wood frame)construction until 1966. 1966 introduced the ‘Bread box’ style with rounded corners. Still wood framed coachwork. Smaller models were nick named the ‘Bug’. There was also a 17′ model named ‘Telstar’.


Wood paneled in ‘Earthy’ tones. vinyl tiled flooring. Definitely ‘Modern’ styling.

Standard Features

  • Couch expandable to bed, to sleep 2 adults. Upper bunk will sleep 1 adult, or 2 kids. Dinette convertible to sleep 2 more adults.
  • Stove
  • Fridge (Gas / Electric)
  • Kitchen sink
  • Furnace
  • Enclosed Toilet.
  • Pressurized fresh water tank (‘tire valve’ under fill cap)
  • Black water storage.
  • 12 v. & 110 v. lights.
  • Electric Brakes w/ ‘break-away’ switch.


Kehoe’s 1962 Little Gem #5138

Other Pictures


Some owners

I have a 1970 Little Gem Serial #11564. Equipped with 3 burner stove, fridge (gas/elect), enclosed toilet, 2 sets of lights (120v & 12V), furnace, sink, clear and black water tanks pressurized pneumatically by a (tire) valve directly below the fill cap. She’s 15 ft. long, bumper to tongue. I’ve added a solar panel with a battery for when 120v is inaccessible. (like when the generator quits.) She was built in 1970, but, since the original title was lost, all I have is a receipt for a Gem trailer. The last owner just registered her by gross weight (1980#). Gem used to be a big seller in MI for many yrs. My thanks to Mr. Kehoe, who along with his friends, helped me identify the year my Gem was built. Richard Tripp

I own the 1962 Little Gem serial #5138, that is pictured here in the first 2 pictures, with the new red and white paint job. Its restoration is now complete. It is 11′ long, with a very unique bed design. The bed lifts up at the very back of the trailer and stores there. When the bed is in the stored position, your table is attached to the bottom of it. It weighs 1170#, and tows great. I re-did the exterior completely. The interior has been completely re-done also. I have not been able to find another one like it, anywhere. I will attempt to upload some pictures of it. It has been extremely well taken care of in its 45 years. I have the original title for it, and all sorts of information on Little Gems from the daughter of Mr. Schiebout. She sent some interesting info. on them, including their early history. At one time, it was a very large manufacturer in Michigan of trailers. Thank you, Mark Kehoe

I also recently(yesterday) bought a 1960 Little Gem, that is quite similar to my 1962. I will try and take some pictures of it. I could give some before restoration pictures, and then as I finish it in the next few months, upload some finished pictures of it. I will also try to upload some pictures of the finished interior of the 1962 Little Gem. Mark Kehoe