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Old 12-04-2014, 07:31 PM   #1
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Ads/pictures of trailers over the decades

I just ran across this and thought others might enjoy looking at the old models.

Atlas Mobile Home Museum
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Old 12-04-2014, 07:54 PM   #2
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neat looking the really old ones, some were huge....
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:35 PM   #3
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Found our 1946 teardrop listed under National Trailer. Our teardrop was actually made by Modernistic Manufacturing in Los Angeles and sold fully assembled and riveted together as our is, or sold in kit form to be screwed together. From other info I've seen, National Trailer was a company similar to Uhaul. I'm assuming the teardrop in that brochure was just something they sold as a dealer for Modernistic. Thanks for posting that carleene, gives me a little more history on our camper. Would love to see the whole ad if there is more to it.
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Old 12-04-2014, 10:56 PM   #4
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It's surprising how many were produced during WWII. You'd think production of something like a travel trailer would have been shut down.

ah, explained, by reading about those trailers- made for base housing. And some weren't actually produced until after the war ended.
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Old 12-04-2014, 11:16 PM   #5
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I think that most of the trailers actually produced during the war were to provide temporary housing for war workers at sites like ship yards and aircraft factories. There was even a huge movement to move returning GI's into the new "Mobile Homes" when they came home so that they could move from school to jobs as needed.
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Old 12-05-2014, 04:35 AM   #6
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10' wide and 50' long, can't imagine the weight. You could get radiant heated floors in the 50's, and they came with lifetime guarantees.

These gotta be park models.
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Old 12-05-2014, 06:51 AM   #7
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i actually own a 1950 (?) spartan. as a kid we lived in it until my dad decided to "put down roots" in sc and build a house. then he backed the trailer up to the end of the house and bricked it in for a cabana by the swimming pool. it's still there and now i'm trying to decide what's to be done with it...

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Old 12-05-2014, 07:00 AM   #8
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I'd like to see pictures of it Patrick. Is it restorable back to original so that it could be used.
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m&b,
well since the thing is still wrapped in bricks a photo wouldn't do you much good. can't do a lot right now on the interior either since it is literally packed full of clothes (my step mom as quite the clothes horse and never threw anything away). a few years ago we had a guy that runs a business near beaufort, sc restoring aluminum trailers (mostly air screams) take a look at it. he poked some peepholes in the brick and said that it was totally restorable (for a rather huge sum of $$). i'll certainly want to make some photos and will post them whenever that happens.

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Old 12-05-2014, 12:10 PM   #10
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That's some good stuff right there. I have it bookmarked for future study. I just happen to have an old Travelo down behind the barn. It is pretty far gone and I am going to have to "recycle" it one day. There is a fine trailer frame under all that old trailer rot. Their are a few Spartans of various sizes around these parts. They were a nice unit in the day.
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Thanks for sharing
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Patrick; I thought it was just closed in around the bottom, like a mobile home has the skirting. As we all know we can fix most anything if we have enough money to throw at it. Reminds me of a restaurant in Pittsfield MA that had an old trolley car enclosed in the building and used as the bar. Finally the building was torn down and the trolley moved to a museum in Maine to be restored. A camping friend in Bath NY restores vintage campers.
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1938 Hayes, nice cabinetry

In my search for a fiberglass trailer, I'm coming upon interesting things.

Here's a 1938 Hayes. The woodwork in it looks like fine quality Arts and Crafts cabinetry!

VINTAGE TRAILER 1938 HAYES
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Very nice.
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