Tillitson Travel Trailers

Tillitson Travel Trailers Manufactured Owned and manufactured Tillitson Travel Coach in Florida from 1938 -1940 Greg Tillitson provided this information at the Sacramento Auto Show in October, 2018. Greg’s grandfather, Montgomery Frank Tillitson, owned and manufactured Tillitson Travel Coach in Florida from 1938 -1940. Greg shared his family photos of the Tillitson Travel Coach Company.… Continue reading Tillitson Travel Trailers

Traveleze

Traveleze Manufactured in Burbank, Ca. History Traveleze was one of the very first companies to make and sell travel trailers. It was founded in 1931 by Kenneth Dixon in LA. He sold direct on the street until 1936 when he began to build a dealer body. During and after W.W.II the trailers were shipped and… Continue reading Traveleze

Sears and Roebucks (Allstate)

Sears and Roebucks (Allstate) Manufacturer Information Sears, Roebuck and Company sold many products under the Allstate name, one of which was the 1-wheel trailer. So far at least 4 different models of the Sears (Allstate) trailers have been discovered. The most popular model is affectionately known as the “Tag-a-Long” single wheel trailer. Sears also sold… Continue reading Sears and Roebucks (Allstate)

Schult

Schult History Wilbur Schult started in Elkhart, IN, in 1933 as a dealer for Covered Wagon Trailers and in 35 became the national distributor for Sportsman trailers also in Elkhart. In March of 36 he bought the Sportsman Trailer Company from its founder, Milo Miller, and changed the name to Schult Trailer Coach which quickly… Continue reading Schult

Roycraft

Roycraft Coach Company 1929 – 1960’s Founder Joseph Antoine Roy, a pioneer manufacturer of mobile homes, was the founder and former president of Roycraft Coach Co., the oldest continuous manufacturer of mobile homes in the United States. He began making trailers in 1929 in Detroit, and in 1935 moved his operations to Chesaning, Mich. During… Continue reading Roycraft

Westcraft

Westcraft Travel Trailer 1932-1955 George T. Hall Company, Los Angeles, CA History Westcraft Trailer incorporated 3221 San Fernando Road Los Angeles 41, California Phone: Albany 1164 2nd location – According to the manufacturers plate on our 1950 Coronado Westcraft Manufacturing CO. 3910 Cohasset ST. Burbank, Calif. Years built The George T. Hall Company (GTH) was… Continue reading Westcraft

Palace

Palace 1934-early 1960s History In 1942 the Palace Corporation came out with a revolutionary new type of trailer (Palace Expando), one that expanded out on both sides. The model featured four rooms and a shower bath. The US Army purchased thousands of these models as base housing for the enlisted men and their families. This… Continue reading Palace

Owosso Coach Company

Owosso Coach Company Manufacturer Information Owosso Coach was located in Owosso, MI for all but a few months of its existence. According to the Owosso Argus Press: Owosso Coach Company began in 1939 in Carunna, MI as the Millcraft Products Company and moved to Owosso, MI that same year. In 1942 they relocated to their final address where they… Continue reading Owosso Coach Company

Auto Kamp

1918 Ad Auto Kamp Equipment Company Trailer Camping Tent

Auto Kamp Manufactured by Auto-Kamp Equipment Co., Saginaw, MI 1914-1940 The Auto-Kamp trailer was among the first manufacturers and is very well known. According to May 17,1916 Motor magazine “the Auto Kamp Equipment Co., organized with a capital stock of $15,000. Automobiles, trailers, and other vehicles and appliances will be bought, sold and manufactured. The… Continue reading Auto Kamp

Gilkie

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… Continue reading Gilkie

M System

1951 Vintage Travel Trailer "M Systems"

M System Trailer Coaches (by 1954 a division of the Mid States Corp.) Manufacturer Information Joesph Bonelli was the founder of the M-“System” corporation. In 1935 he organized the company. M-Systems were made in Vicksburg, Miss. F. L. Cappert bought the company from the Bonelli family and then Cappert went on to make Magnolia Moblie… Continue reading M System

Lighthouse

Lighthouse 1937-mid 1950s Light house Trailer Company – Chicago, IL Mr. T. D. Thomas built the first lighthouse trailer in 1937 and did it all in his backyard. It didn’t take long for them to be manufacturing 1000s of trailers a year. By the end of WWII, they were producing over 5000 a year and… Continue reading Lighthouse

Kozy Coach

Vintage 1930'S Kozy Coach Travel Trailer Emblem

Kozy Coach Manufacturer From the late 1920’s to the onset of World War II, one segment of the transportation world that was growing, despite economic woes, was the travel trailer industry. A leader in this growing world was Kozy Coach located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Their advertising was effective in telling prospective buyers that “You’re Ahead… Continue reading Kozy Coach

Tralette

Tralette Manufacturer Information Tralette, also known as a Peninsular, circa 1935. Very unique antique travel trailer. Built between 1932 to 1936. Designed to expand truck space and as a sleeper. It has vent swing outs front and rear, a spare tire well inside the rear door, cast iron radial member frame with single cast iron… Continue reading Tralette

Indian

Indian Trailers History Made in Chicago, Illinois Produced in late 1930s and until the mid 50s During the early years of the mobile home, production was concentrated in the Midwest. In 1942, Illinois ranked fourth among mobile home-producing states. Chicago was the center of the Illinois mobile home industry. Two of the largest early producers… Continue reading Indian

Eccles

Eccles Manufacturer Information Eccles is one of the oldest and most respected names in British Caravanning, still manufactured 80 years on, nowadays as part of the Sterling Caravan range, in turn a member of the Swift Leisure Group. The first production of 50 units from the Eccles factory in Birmingham is believed to have commenced… Continue reading Eccles

Pierce Arrow

Pierce Arrow 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. Pierce-Arrow, the builder of prestigious cars, was in financial difficulties during the 1930s. In… Continue reading Pierce Arrow

Curtiss

Curtiss Manufacturer Information A fifth-wheeler for a financier The fifth-wheeler floats between the world of the trailer caravan and that of the motorhome, not quite fitting into either. Whichever side of the divide you choose to classify this unusual outfit, however, it certainly deserves its place in the broader history of caravans. The makers were… Continue reading Curtiss

Covered Wagon

Covered Wagon Company Manufacturer Information From 1935 to 1945, Mount Clemens, Michigan was home to one of the largest travel trailer manufacturers in the United States, the Covered Wagon Company. Covered Wagon was founded in Detroit in 1929 by scientist and inventor Arthur G. Sherman. Sherman was a bacteriologist who had inherited Sherman Laboratories in… Continue reading Covered Wagon

Chinook

Chinook/Trail Wagons, Inc. Chinook RV, a division of Trail Wagons, Inc. was a family-owned and operated manufacturer of relatively short-length, high-quality Class C (Class B+) recreational vehicles, once considered “The Sports Car of Motorhomes” until the company’s demise in 2005. In January 2013, the intellectual property rights of the Chinook brand, including the nameplate, designs,… Continue reading Chinook

Alma

Alma Alma Trailer Corporation Made in Alma, Michigan The Alma Trailer Corp. was formed in 1934 by William and Harold Redmond and Allen Hathaway who was the designer and patent holder of the trailer. The Redman’s exited in 1937 to start the Redman Trailer Company. In the 40’s, Alma had the largest trailer factory in… Continue reading Alma

Airstream

Airstream Travel Trailer History 1936-Present Built in Jackson Center, Ohio and Los Angeles, California Wally Byam, airstream’s founder, was practically born a traveler. As a young child he traveled extensively with his grandfather, who led a mule train in Baker, Oregon. Later, as an adolescent, he was a shepherd, living in a two-wheeled donkey cart… Continue reading Airstream

Airfloat

Airfloat Coach Manufacturing Co History 1930-1957 Airfloat Coach Manufacturing Co, Los Angeles, California Omar Suttles put the Airfloat travel-trailer into production in Los Angeles in 1930. His port-hole window Airfloat Trailer Coach is one of the oldest names in the history of American trailer coach manufacturing. Airfloat built trailers at its 1600 East Seventh St.… Continue reading Airfloat