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.
Utopia The Utopia was built by Coach Corp in Elkart IN, the went out of business in the 70’s Models Panoramic with various lenths Brochure Here is a 1968 Utopia brochure – scanned by Kelly Kline Videos and Photos No tags for this post.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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