Sportcraft Travel Trailer History I received an email from the son-in-law of the founder of the company: Hi, My 85 year old father-in-law was the founder of sportcraft trailers and then went on to build mobile homes. His name is Ray Allen. I would like to show him a couple of pictures of your restoration.… Continue reading Sportcraft
Scotsman Travel Trailer History Jack Watts was the owner of the original Jack’s trailer service and later Scotsman Industries in Gardena, California. He was a native of Oklahoma who lived in Palos Verdes, California. Manufacturer Information Jack’s Trailer Service, Gardena, CA Coffeyville, KS Years built At least from 1947 till 1973, possibly later. Models 14′… Continue reading Scotsman
Santa Fe History Built in Sun Valley, California Years Built Mid 1950s to early 1970s Photos/Videos No tags for this post.
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 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
Red Dale Manufacturer Information Red Guthrie and Dale Martfeld began RV manufacturing in a building previously used as a chicken house. The first Recreational Vehicle they built was a fold-down camping trailer. Later they added camper tops for pick ups followed by slide-in pickup campers. As camping in RV’s increased in popularity they expanded and… Continue reading Red Dale
Rancho Established in Salt Lake City in 1958 by LeVern G. Miner Moved factory to Nephi, Utah in 1962 OBITUARY LeVern G. Miner of Shelley, Idaho, died June 26, 1996 at the age of 76, at Idaho Regional Med center, Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was born March 9, 1920 in Rupert, Idaho to Albert Leon… Continue reading Rancho El Rae
Leisure Home Manufactured in Salt Lake City, Utah from 1955-1961 Models: Photos: 1959 Leisure Home No tags for this post.
Continental Trailer Company Made in the 40s and 50s in Chicago, Illinois A Continental towed by a factory prototype CJ2 No tags for this post.
PleasureCraft Manufacturer Information 1955-1958 Ontario Trailer Works, Inc. 9435 Archibald Ave. Cucamonga, California That started making canned ham trailers and then later made a very unique all fiberglass travel trailer with decorative fins inspired by the 1957 Chevy Bel Air. Photos 1956 PleasureCraft https://www.outdoorsy.com/rv-rental/calabasas_ca/1956_pleasurecraft_canned-ham_115697-listing 1955 PleasureCraft 1955 PleasureCraft No tags for this post.
Pathfinder History Made by Pathfinder Mobilehome Inc in Spencer, Wisconsin starting 1953 to 1973 Named after Natty Bumppo, known as the Pathfinder. in “The Last of the Mohicans”. They used his likeness in early 1960 advertisements. Pathfinder produced canned ham trailer initially and then in 1966 they introduced a small bread loaf style model that… Continue reading Pathfinder
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 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 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
NORRIS History The NORRIS story begins in the 1950’s in Eastern Tennessee, where our entire operation still remains today. NORRIS was founded by the Gose family, whose members fished and trapped along the shores of Norris Lake, from which NORRIS was named. The Gose brothers both had successful businesses in woodworking. One brother worked in cabinets… Continue reading Norris
Oasis History Donhal, Inc in Bellflower, California Began in 1957 producing vacation trailers, plant expanded in 1958. President: Donald Herfter, Vice President: Dwight Avery Manufacturer Information Donhal Inc. Bellflower, CA 9113 E. Artesia Blvd. Bellflower, Calif. Torrey 6-8926 later at 10123 East Washington Bellflower, CA Years built 1957 to 1969 Models 27′ 25′ 21′ (2… Continue reading Oasis
Howard Manufactured by Howard Industries in Saginaw, Michigan Pictures Links https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/repairingyesterdaystrailers/1942-howard-21-special-travel-coach-t4587.html No tags for this post.
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
Silver Streak Travel Trailer History 1949-1997 Silver Streak Trailer Company – El Monte, California From 1946 to 1948, the Curtis Wright Company (not to be confused with the Curtiss-Wright aircraft company) produced trailer coaches. In 1949, the company sold the design rights to Silver Streak partners Kenny Neptune, James “Pat” Patterson, and Frank Polito. In… Continue reading Silver Streak
Serro Scotty Manufacturer Information Serro Scotty trailers were built from 1957 until April, 1997, when the plant in Irwin, Pennsylvania burned down. The plant later reopened in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, but never again to make travel trailers. Today, known as Mobile Concepts by Scotty, they manufacture fire safety “houses”. Due to their easy availability, low… Continue reading Serro Scotty
Spartan Aircraft Company 1945-1960 Tulsa, Oklahoma History The Spartan Aircraft Company was founded in 1928 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The history of Spartan has its roots in oil .Two years before Oklahoma gained statehood in 1905, an oil gusher named the No.1 Ida Glenn sprung up southeast of Tulsa. This gusher turned out to be a… Continue reading Spartan
Metzendorf Manufacturer Information Metzendorf Trailer Manufacturing Company, Wes Farmington Ohio FYI a re-post: Not happy news, it is the obit. of the owner , BUT, I thought it would be of interest… Karl H. Gerlt 1919-2007 Western Reserve #507 Karl H. Gerlt WEST FARMINGTON — Karl H. Gerlt, 87, of West Farmington, died at 7:30… Continue reading Metzendorf
Mercury Manufacturer Information Birtle Manufacturing Company located on 1831 Chico Boulevard in El Monte, California USA Produced from 1954-1959 These cool little trailers had a great line up of ad slogans like: ‘Ask the man who TOWS one,’ ‘You see them everywhere,’ ‘We invite your companion for dollar-for-dollar value’ and ‘Skip the highways—travel the byways.’… Continue reading Mercury
Lutes Trailer Company (Information and pictures collected by Brandon Morrison – owner of a 1951 Lutes Coach) Spent the afternoon at the RV Hall Of Fame doing research, found some great stuff that still leads me to believe we have the very first Lutes ever built! 51 was first year and our model was only… Continue reading Lutes Trailer Company
Mallard Manufacturer Information The Mallard trailer was manufactured in West Bend, Wisconsin. The Mallard Coach Corporation was founded in 1952 by Sylvester W. “Vesy” Hron and was located in West Bend, Wisconsin. Sylvester Hron was the majority shareholder and served as president from 1954 to 1969. Like many entrepreneurs Sylvester Hron founded and managed several… Continue reading Mallard
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
Little Caesar 1946-1955 Sokolis Brothers Manufacturing Company – Sebastopol, CA Emil and Ed Sokolis and their three brothers owned the company, which made just over 2,200 trailers over a 9 year period from 1946 to 1955. The companies claim to fame was the drop axle which resulted in a height of 6’10” and allowed the… Continue reading Little Caesar
LintzCraft 1947-1967 LintzCraft Trailer Manufacturing Company – Grand Ledge, MI According to the Grand Ledge, Michigan Historical Society, Lintzcraft Trailer Manufacturing was in business in Grand Ledge from the late 1940s until the mid-1960s. They manufactured the trailers in Flint, Michigan. City directories list the business through 1963. There is a gap in their collection… Continue reading LintzCraft
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
Liberty 1941-1980s Liberty trailers were made by the Liberty Coach Co. in Bremen, Indiana. The Liberty trailer was one of the most exclusive trailers made in the late 40s through early 50s. It was the only vintage trailer with double pane windows, and a sophisticated interior air flow ventilation system designed to keep the… Continue reading Liberty