Scamp

Scamp Years Built – 1972 to Present Produced in Backus, Minnesota by Eveland’s Inc History The Scamp Story “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” The Scamp 13′ trailer was the first and only trailer produced in the early years. In 1975, five hundred trailers were built,… Continue reading Scamp

Travco

Travco Travel Trailer History RAY FRANK FATHER OF THE MOTORHOME In 1958, Ray Frank, owner of a small trailer manufacturing company in Brown City, Michigan, a small town north of Detroit, on Michigan’s east coast, designed and built a small custom “house car”, as self-propelled RVs had been identified since they were first conceived about… Continue reading Travco

PlayMor

Play-Mor History Unfortunately, the company suffered a fire and all information, serial numbers and pictures have been destroyed. At this time, they make modern “Toy Haulers”. Established in 1964, Play-Mor Trailers was started by Charles R. “Dick” Willibrand. It was his family’s love of the camping lifestyle that brought about Play-Mor’s beginning. Play-Mor continues to… Continue reading PlayMor

Nu Wa

Nu-Wa Nu-Wa Campers, Inc. / Nu-Wa Industries, Inc. Located in Chanute, Kansas NuWa (pronounced “New Way” as in “New Way of Camping” coined circa 1965) 1966-2013 These guys did it all from trailers, fifth wheels, motorhomes and big park models. They built quality into every model. Models Hitchhiker Champagne Discover America Snowbird Premier Pictures Links… Continue reading Nu Wa

Norris

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

Nomad

Nomad History Manufacturer Information Skyline’s Corporate Profile Skyline Corporation is one of America’s leading producers of manufactured housing and recreational vehicles. These products are built in plants located from coast to coast and marketed nationally through independent retailers. HISTORY Founded in 1951 in Elkhart, Indiana, Skyline initially produced the affordable housing units popularly known as… Continue reading Nomad

Silver Streak

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

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

Mallard

1963 Mallard Drift Wing 19.5' Travel Trailer AD Reprint

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

Layton

1967 Layton Vintage Camper

Layton Manufacturer Information Skyline who builds Layton is the only UL certified travel trailer and have been building them since 1950! Skyline Corporation – Makers of Nomad, Layton and Aljo travel trailers and fifth wheels, Elkhart, IN. Founded in 1951 in Elkhart, Indiana, Skyline initially produced the affordable housing units popularly known as house trailers… Continue reading Layton

Kit

1947 Kit Manufacturing teardrop camper trailer

Kit 1945-2008 Kit Manufacturing Company – Long Beach California Kit was founded in October 1945 in Long Beach, California. Its first product was a small “teardrop” trailer, so-called for its shape. It was to be sold as a kit, with its components assembled by buyers and attached to the rear of a motor vehicle. The… Continue reading Kit

Ideal

1958 Ideal

Ideal History Ideal Industries, El Monte, CA Ideal of Idaho, Inc. Caldwell Idaho Manufacturer Information Ideal and Cal-Craft trailers, Ideal Industries, 2328 N. Chico Avenue, El Monte, California USA FOrest8-9817 Founded in 1948 and located with many other trailer manufacturers in Southern California. Ideal moved to production facilities to Caldwell Idaho in 1978. They made… Continue reading Ideal

Holiday Rambler

Dream Home Fully Renovated Vintage Holiday Rambler with Beautiful Modern Interior

Holiday Rambler Wakarusa, Indiana 1953- Present Manufacturer History and Firsts Holiday Ramblers are often overlooked as the vintage classics they truly are. The Holiday Rambler Company was founded by Richard Klingler in his home town of Wakarusa, ten miles south of Elkhart, Indiana, where he started building trailer parts in a chicken coop and assembling… Continue reading Holiday Rambler

Hi-Lo

Hi-Lo Manufacturer Information Hi-Lo Trailer Company, Inc. was founded in 1955 as Snyder’s Hi-Lo Trailers. In 1957 they dropped the “Snyder’s” and became Hi-Lo Trailer Company, Inc. They have been located in north central Ohio, building the worlds only telescoping travel trailer ever since, after the demise of the similar Tow-Low. Hi-Lo Trailer Company, Inc.… Continue reading Hi-Lo

Terry (Coach Industries, Inc.)

Known for its two-tone canned-ham travel trailers, Terry Coach Industries woos RV show-goers in the days of Marilyn Monroe.

TERRY, COACH INDUSTRIES, INC. “You can take it with you!” Manufacturer Information Manufactured by: Western Trailer Service/ Terry Coach Industries, Inc. Huntington Park, California Noted for building travel trailers and fifth wheel trailers, Terry has been a popular, long-running name in the participation of vacation as well as camping excursions. Existing since the 1950s, recreational… Continue reading Terry (Coach Industries, Inc.)

Shasta

Shasta Travel Trailer History The Shasta Trailer Company started out in 1941 by building mobile home trailers for the US Armed Forces in a Los Angeles, California plant. After WWII, they sold mobile homes under the Cozy Cruiser brand. 1952 was the first year for the Shasta brand to roll off the assembly line in… Continue reading Shasta

Golden Falcon

1963 Glendale Golden Falcon Length: 18 feet-ft

Golden Falcon History Skyline produced a Golden Falcon from the late 60s into the early 70s in Elkhart, Indiana Glendale also made a Golden Falcon in the 1970s – 1990s Company History: Skyline Corporation designs and produces manufactured housing and recreational vehicles (RVs). Approximately 80 percent of the company’s total sales are derived from manufactured… Continue reading Golden Falcon

Go-Tag-a-long

Go Tag-a-Long Manufacturer Information Built in Washingtonville, Ohio, south of Youngstown, Ohio. Years built mid 1960’s thru mid 1980’s Model sizes ranged between 14′ thru 22′ Interiors Stove, oven, sink, fridge,ice box,toilet, small holding tank above floor boxed in under toilet, gas furnace, gas lantern above stove (made by Humphrey in Kalamazoo, Michigan) a/c electric… Continue reading Go-Tag-a-long

Glendale Mobile Homes

Glendale Mobile Homes Manufacturer Information Glendale Mobile Homes Ltd, now Glendale Recreational Vehicles of Strathroy, Ontario, made it’s first “RV” in 1950. They now claim to be the largest RV manufacturer in Canada, and that more Glendale’s are sold in Canada than any other RV. They estimate that 120,000 Glendale RVs are currently in use… Continue reading Glendale Mobile Homes

Giles

Giles Manufacturer Information First sold during the 1960s, Giles built a range of fifth wheel and travel trailers up until the 1985 model year. In the 1980s, the vacation trailer line-up of Giles was named after popular NASCAR legends including Richard Petty and David Pearson. Giles recreational products ranged in size from 14 to 32… Continue reading Giles

Franklin

Vintage 1964 Franklin Camper Trailer

Franklin Franklin Coach Co. Nappanee, IN 46550 Ph. 574-773-4106 Founder: Paul Abel Manufacturer Information Taken from the company’s website http://www.franklincoachrv.com/ Franklin Coach Co., Inc. is one of the oldest R.V Manufacturers that has the same ownership from its inception till today. Franklin Coach Co., Inc. was founded in 1945 to build what was then called trailers… Continue reading Franklin

Field & Stream

Field and Stream Travel Trailer Manufacturer Information Vacation Industries, Inc. – Gardena California Years built 1971 – 15′ 1980 – 13′ 1967 – 13’w/birch interior 1965 – 13′ with Ash Interior, front kitchen, side dinette, rear goucho and overhead bunk. 1962 -14’w/birch interior 1962 – 10′ box, birch interior, nightstand at rear that separates two… Continue reading Field & Stream

Fibre Stream

Fiber Stream A 16“ fiber glass trailer similar to boler. Manufactured in Southern California (San Diego 1975-1977, Mira Loma 1978-1980, Fontana 1981-1986) by the Fiber Stream Company. It has a one-piece body with a dual axle. Individually manufactured in Southern California (San Diego 1975-1977, Mira Loma 1978-1980, Fontana 1981-1986) by the Fiber Stream Company, consisting… Continue reading Fibre Stream

FAN

FAN (Franklin A. Newcomer) History FAN Coach Company was founded by Franklin A. Newcomer on May 16, 1954, and chose his initials for the company name. The “factory”, at first, was a barn with side wall jigs in a horse stable and the cabinet shop in a hay mow. It took three weeks to build… Continue reading FAN

EXCEL

Excel RVs Excel was originally formed in North Hollywood, CA in 1966; the factory address was 11491 Vanowen St., North Hollywood. (Visited the factory in August of 1967); my Parents had purchased a 1966 Model 20D in September of 1966. Peterson Industries acquired the “Excel” name following the bankruptcy of the original Corporation Peterson Industries:… Continue reading EXCEL

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

Yellowstone

Yellowstone Built 1945-1990 Yellowstone’s Slogan – “Good on the go and great when you get there” In 1945, Elmer Weaver organized the Yellowstone Coach Co. in Wakarusa. The Yellowstone travel trailer was built and sold in Wakarusa Indiana. Yellowstone trailers were well built and the travel trailer of choice for carnival employees. Manufacturer Information Yellowstone was one… Continue reading Yellowstone

Detroiter

Detroiter Manufacturer Information Built in Detroit Michigan Years built Detroiter was started in 1947 and stopped (sold out) somewhere in the mid 1980s. The very early trailers were little travel units like everything else in 1947. They were primarily a mobile home manufacturer and built the little campers for just a couple of years in… Continue reading Detroiter

Cree

Cree Manufacturer Information Cree Coaches, Inc. Made in Marcellus Michigan by Howard Cree Cree had operated a travel trailer and cabin campground, Cree’s Log Cabin and Trailer Court, and had a trailer dealership near Detroit. In the latter stages of World War II, Cree sold his business and purchased a Ford Dealership in Marcellus. Capitalizing… Continue reading Cree

Comet

Actually, as I am the youngest daughter of one of the owners, Comet was started in 1947 in Wichita, Kansas. It was there that they were produced until 1956 when it was moved to Coffeyville, Kansas. It was in business until 1981 when the family had lost the company to economic times, i.e. high gas… Continue reading Comet