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

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

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

Howard

ViviLnk

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.

Lutes Trailer Company

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

LintzCraft

Vintage Camper 1947 Lintzcraft

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

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

Ioni-a-home

Ioni-a-home 1959-1979 Ionia, Michigan Manufacturer Information Ioni-a-home travel trailers and campers were built in Ionia, Michigan from 1959 and 1979. The small manufacturer, located on 1200 S State Road, employed 7 people, including owners C. Wayne Van Houten and wife Ruth, his son Dave and wife Pat, the Johnson brothers and correction officers from the… Continue reading Ioni-a-home

Holly

1957 Holly Travel Trailer

Holly Holly Coach Company – Holly Michigan Holly Travel Coach company was in business after World War II starting about 1947-1948 until the early 1960s. It was in an old building on the corner of Saginaw St. and Seminole St. in Holly, Michigan. After the business when out of business the building remained empty for… Continue reading Holly

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

New Moon

New Moon In 1944 the Redman Trailer Company from Alma, Michigan was producing the New Moon line of trailers and claimed that they were the world’s largest trailers. These trailers were to be available as housing for the bonafide war workers. Not the 1953 New Moon seen in the movie “The Long Long Trailer” The… Continue reading New Moon

Tour-A-Home

Tour-A-Home Made in Flint, Michigan This is the start of a page on Tour-A-Home Vintage camper trailers manufactured in Flint, Michigan, starting I believe in the 1950’s and lasting up to 1969 (maybe later, but the last one I’ve seen is a 1969) Link to a cover of a 1958 brochure: http://www.allmanufacturedhomes.com/html/1958_tourahome_112402.htm Advertisements Pictures 1959 Tour-a-Home… Continue reading Tour-A-Home

GMC

GMC History A Brief History of the GMC Motorhome Genesis of a Design In the heady days after the United States landed a man on the moon, General Motor engineers set out to design the ultimate traveling machine. Drawing on the excitement of the times, this vehicle had to exemplify the cutting edge of vehicle… Continue reading GMC

General Coach Works

General Coach Works Manufacturer Information Marlette, Michigan The General Coach Company was originally located in Marlette, Mi. I wrote a letter to the library and got a response that the owners son still lived there and she gave me his name and email/phone number. The email did not go through so I need to call.… Continue reading General Coach Works

Frank/Travco

Frank / Travco 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 Frank/Travco

Little Gem

Little Gem Manufactured in Grand Rapids, MI. History The Schiebout’s first built trailers in 1941. Schiebout Manufacturing Co. was started in Grand Rapids, MI. in 1947. In 1966 they incorporated, to become Gem Industries Inc. At one time the number one selling travel trailer in MI., as well as one of the most popular travel… Continue reading Little Gem

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

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

Avion

1957 Avion Regal

Avion Travel Trailer History 1955-2002 Built in Benton Harbor, Michigan This history of Avion begins not with its founder Loren Cayo but with his father Julius N . Cayo. Julius was the founder of Cayo Manufacturing Company. He trained his sons in the tool and die designing industry. As a result, the sons became skilled… Continue reading Avion

Avalair

Avalair History Built in Baroda, Michigan – Avalair is a rare find. Not too many of these out there. I have had limited success in getting the history of these trailers. Seems to be part Avion and part Airstream – The name is likely a contraction of the two. Looks a bit more Avion(ish). Reminds… Continue reading Avalair

American

1949 American Homecrest

American Travel Trailer History American Trailer Company was formed when Norman Wolfe bought the remains of the Ideal Manufacturing Company who made Stagecoach brand trailers in Mishawaka, IN after a huge fire destroyed the entire factory and moved the company to available manufacturing space about 15 miles away in Cassopolis, MI. The stagecoach trailer that… Continue reading American

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