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.
Robinhood by Cadet Coach Sold by Al Rose, “The Trailer King”, Triangle Trailer Sales (dealership) 10117 E. Garvey Boulevard, El Monte, California USA, GIlbert 8-98410 Manufacturer Information Cadet Coach Years built: 1960-? Models: Robinhood Interiors: Birchwood, sleeps 5 : table fold, double sofa bunk and upper canvas bunk Standard Features Propane stove (3burner) and oven,… Continue reading Robin Hood
REVCON Manufacturer Information First of all, what is a Revcon? After driving many of the typical motor homes built on truck chassis, John Hall knew that this was not the best way to build a motor home. In fact, it was a terrible way to build motor homes. The truck chassis rode too harshly over… Continue reading Revcon
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
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.
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
Northwest Coach El Monte, California Manufacturer Information Northwest made trailer and pickup campers. The trailers had low profiles and a winged logo in the front. In the mid-60s they started making the Little Dipper models. Years built 1961-1970 Models Little Dipper Dipper Deluxe Edition Pictures Clubs/Links Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/littledippertraveltrailers No tags for this post.
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
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
The Great Western 1947 It was made in California, and is so rare the owner has only been able to located three others around the US. The trailer is said to have been designed by Aeroflite designer, Frederick C Hoffman. Wallace Collection The Great Western has a one of a kind, space age style, window located in the back… Continue reading Great Western
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
Main-Line Trailer Coach Co. Manufacturer Information 8825 Avalon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA Years built 1946-1949 Models Silver Loafer (10 ft body) Silver Lark (14 ft body) Silver Lodger (16 ft body) Silver Liner (19 ft body) Interiors- Wood Interior Standard Features- Dining area, kitchen, bed & Closet Prices – $1395 new Some owners 1947 Main-Line… Continue reading Main-Line Travel Coach Co.
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
La Cabana La Cabana Trailer Co. 2679 Riverside Drive Los Angeles, CA According to one owner, the La Cabana company was bought by Westerner a few years after founding. That’s maybe why there are so few years of manufactured campers under the name La Cabana. Early Westerners (1958) look identical to 1954, 1955 La Cabanas,… Continue reading La Cabana
King Walk King offered his factory direct and custom trailers through newspaper ads and at local fairs. He built trailers from 14 foot to 24 foot long. They were fully insulated and had birch interiors. In the late 50s, King switched over to truck campers. Years built 1952-early 60s in Torrance California Models Pictures No… Continue reading King
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
Kenskill 1946 to mid-70s Kenskill Manufacturing Company – Burbank California The origin of this company was back in 1946 in Burbank, California with ‘KenSkill Kustom Kamper’. Bill Kennedy made about 200 ‘teardrop’ trailers by hand during the Summers of 1946 and 1947…… This ‘modern teardrop trailer’ design is the footprint for almost every modern 10… Continue reading Kenskill
Ken-Craft Fiberglass Manufactured from 1955-75. Made by Ken-Craft Products, Inc in North Hollywood/San Fernando Valley California and Upper Sandusky, Ohio The creator of the Kenskill Kustom Kamper, Bill Kennedy, launched Ken-Craft in 1955. Ken-Craft was one of the first molded fiberglass trailers. The first Ken-Craft trailer was 18 foot long with no seams or joints… Continue reading Ken-Craft
Rainbow Edwards MFG. CO. 8364 San Fernando Road Sun Valley, California 1954 – Early 1960s Rainbow trailer came completely equipped and ready to roll for vacation, travel, fishing and more. They had a two toned paint scheme with a lateral band on the body. Models Vacationer Model 16 Painted Two-Tone Automotive Enamel. Separate Full Length… Continue reading Rainbow
Jewel History Jewel trailers were made by: Trailer Industries Inc., 2310 N. Rosemead Blvd., El Monte, CA. Years built I just bought a Jewel off ebay and am going to pick it up Labor day weekend. It was advertised as a 1954, but he does not have a title or any paperwork to support it.… Continue reading Jewel
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
Compact Jr. Manufacturer Information Hunter Structures, Inc., DBA Chatsworth, CA As with all of the orphan brands, little seems to be known about the history of Compacts and Hunter. Hunter Structures (or Industries) made trailers in Chatsworth, California from 1968 until 1977. They made two models, the Jr. and the II. Both were 13′ with… Continue reading Hunter Structures,Inc.
Rod and Reel Manufacturer Information Macoma Engineering Inc. 9115 ARTESIA AVE BELLFLOWER, CA The ad for the 1955 Sportsmen’s show in Los Angeles said that a Rod and Reel trailer was “just what you’ve been asking for – short enough, compact enough to track well at all speeds and road conditions, yet carries all the… Continue reading Rod and Reel
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.)
Aero Flite Started in 1945 and only produced trailers for 4 years. Ended production in 1949. Made by Aero Lines in Van Nuys, California Aero Services was a company at the Metropolitan Airport in Van Nuys, California. They were a repair company for aircraft out of the airport and decided to start a travel trailer… Continue reading Aero Flite
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
Hanson Love Bug Hanson Trailer Sales was started by Henry M. Hanson Sr. in 1948. They not only built the Love Bug trailer line, but also built larger trailers known as custom coaches at the Hanson trailer factory. Hanson ran the business until 1958 when Kenskill took over operations. They continued to make the Love… Continue reading Hanson
Fireball Manufacturer Information Kurmann Trailer Mfg. Co., San Fernando, CA Models Fireball Friendship 11′ Fireball Rocket 13′ Fireball Circa 14′ Fireball Meteor 16′; Fireball Meteor Super 16’T (T= with toilet); Martian 18′; Mercurian 20′; Palomar 24′; Jupiter 30′; Prices 1959 Fireball Meteor 16′ – $4800 (June 2010) 1964 Friendship 11 $4600 (September 2015) That’s it… Continue reading Fireball – Kurmann Trailer Mfg. Co.
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