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
Utopia The Utopia was built by the Utopia Coach Corp in Elkhart IN 1965-1969 Models Panoramic of various sizes Features Large “panoramic” front windows and trunk back – angular canned ham Brochure 1968 Utopia Brochure provided by Kelly Kline Videos/Picture No tags for this post.
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
Riviera 1964 Kamp King by Riviera Riviera Trailers were a small one at a time company built in Oakville Ontario. There was the model pictured here and a slightly longer version with a water closet. There were no “model names” given to the units. The owner of the pictured unit, Michael Lambert invented the name… Continue reading Riviera
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
Bell Coaches Manufactured in Kalispell, Montana From 1960s-1970s Bell trailers were manufactured in Kalispell, Montana. They went under the name Bell Coaches. They were built in the 60’s – 70’s and were a victim of the gas shortages of the early 70’s. Owners We have a 1965 10’ Bell Coach and travel with it throughout… Continue reading Bell
Leisure Home Manufactured in Salt Lake City, Utah from 1955-1961 Models: Photos: 1959 Leisure Home 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.
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
Phoenix Manufacturer Information Manufactured by Heckaman Manufacturing, Inc., Phoenix Division, Nappanee, Indiana 1960s Photos Clubs https://www.facebook.com/groups/580791085367220/ No tags for this post.
PENGUIN Manufacturer Information Penguin Industries, Inc 2508 Middlebury St. Elkhart, Indiana 46514 Box 1284 Years built At least 1969 1970 & 1971 ,other years unknown ( Info on this Page reprinted from 1970 Brochure ) Models Penguin 14′-6″ and 16′ FD (front dinette) and SD (side dinette) Models Width — All models 7′ * 16’Model… Continue reading Penguin
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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