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Old 02-22-2024, 05:27 PM   #1
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Does anyone remember Conestoga trailers?

It's not fiberglass, probably, BUT...

Some time between 1958 and 1963 my uncle came to visit. He was selling new camping trailers at the time and brought one with him. We kids got to play in it while he visited with our parents.

Now remember, I was kid...He had to fold parts out to set it up and when fully set up, it looked JUST like a Conestoga Wagon that they went west in. I don't remember exactally it being a pop up type thing, but it SEEMS like it mostly was? I do remember the top being like canvas.

Wagon Train was on TV then and we thought it REALLY looked like the ones we saw on TV. I think my uncle said he sold three models, same design, different lengths and showed us a brochure.

Does anyone remember these trailers, or have any info about them?

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Old 02-23-2024, 09:20 AM   #2
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Have you seen this?

Modern Conestoga Wagon Camping Trailer Plans

I I googled vintage conestoga camping trailer.
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Old 02-25-2024, 04:45 PM   #3
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I remember seeing something similar back when I was a kid.

And in Europe, especially Ireland, many Romas...(used to be called Gypsy) travel the island and live full time in their horse drawn 'caravans". The caravans are very ornate, and of course, the horse is the most important part of it. They even have a breed, called the "Gypsy Vanner" that is a stocky, gentle horse bred specifically to be piebald (black and white) and of draft horse build, but much smaller than the big Shires and Clydesdales.
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Old 02-25-2024, 05:51 PM   #4
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All of the comforts of home in this sheepherder wagon at a museum in Wyoming last summer. Even a calendar to keep track of the endless loneliness on the prairie.
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Old 02-27-2024, 09:58 PM   #5
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The Conestoga wagon I'm talking about had the area at the front top and back top raised at a bit of an angle just like they were in those old westerns we were so fond of at that time. Not to be confused with a gypsy vardo or sheepherders wagon, which have a different shape than the Conestoga.

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Old 02-28-2024, 12:00 PM   #6
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Modern version?

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Old 02-29-2024, 11:59 AM   #7
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We've got a few wagons......pretty cool.....we have a few other vehicles as well.

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I've been to your fabulous museum, Jerrybob, and of all the drop dead gorgeous carriages you've restored, I still like the chuckwagon best.
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Check out the group Tin Can Tourists. They’re an all make /model vintage camper group. The group is nationwide with a lot of very experienced members and restorers. Might be a few owners in TCT.
Also, Elkhart Indiana has an RV Museum and reference library. They have a massive amount of info on camping history. Also a fabulous museum of trailers, they may have a Conestoga in there.
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I've been to your fabulous museum, Jerrybob, and of all the drop dead gorgeous carriages you've restored, I still like the chuckwagon best.
You are making me blush.....thanks for the kind words. Wait till you see the 1880 Studebaker village wagon currently being worked on in the shop.....will be in museum this summer....she's another beauty.
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