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Roy in TO 08-31-2012 11:22 PM

Was the Nomad Molded Fiberglass?
Whether or not it was - its still a neat trailer for 1962.
Worth snagging the pictures for the archives here.

1962 Nomad 3-in-1 Boat and tent trailer combo | eBay

Andrew Gibbens 09-01-2012 06:24 AM

Excellent post - that's stunning (if maybe drifting a little off topic...). I love the way the trailer base also floats and is shown being towed by the boat.

Evergreengirl 09-01-2012 09:12 AM

That's cool. It would be neat to see a picture of the tent-trailer set up.

Roy in TO 09-01-2012 09:49 AM

The ebay listing does say it is fiberglass.

The listing has more pictures including the brochures that show the tent trailer set up. Use the link in the first post above before the listing expires to see the pictures for the next few days.

I dont have the time right now to copy and paste all the pictures into the thread.

I wonder if this is where the concept of the trailor boat came from?

Thomas G. 09-01-2012 09:51 AM

I wonder if one could put an air conditioner on the roof of one of these?

Andrew Gibbens 09-01-2012 11:13 AM

Apologies if anyone objects to flooding this thread with the eBay photos.

Roy in TO 09-01-2012 01:05 PM


Originally Posted by Andrew Gibbens (Post 331189)
Apologies if anyone objects to flooding this thread with the eBay photos.

I appreciate it Andrew; thank you for your efforts.
We may get more photos from someone that might be able to get over there and see it in person.

rabbit 09-01-2012 02:23 PM

Talk about your "dinghy towing." Seller is in Hamilton, Roy; you should buy it! Whoever does can count on a very fast onset of the dreaded two-inch-itis.


Roy in TO 09-01-2012 02:45 PM

I noticed that Jack, I already did a reverse lookup on the phone. It was cellular.

With a trailer that size, I could separate the 1/2's, put each on their side on a moving dolly and actually be able to get a trailer between the houses into the back yard. If I have enough room for a wheel barrow, I should be able to have enough room for one of these.

I hope Carol Ann is not reading this. I'll be out in the dog house, or is that the dog in the outhouse.
She does not want to be polytrailerous.

Thomas G. 09-01-2012 02:57 PM


Originally Posted by Roy in TO (Post 331227)
.......... I'll be out in the dog house, or is that the dog in the outhouse. ...........

Look on the bright side, Roy. You can sleep in this in the back yard.


CliveAlive 09-01-2012 09:35 PM


Originally Posted by Roy in TO (Post 331227)
... She does not want to be polytrailerous.

Talk to her about saving it, and getting it to "flip", finding a good home for it.

Bring it home with her "agreement" then see how things develop. :D

Mike Magee 09-01-2012 10:19 PM

Amazingly creative and pretty versatile. But in the end it's a pop-up tent trailer... not for me.

Roy in TO 09-01-2012 11:01 PM


Originally Posted by CliveAlive (Post 331283)
then see how things develop

I can hear it now:
You have not finished the first one, barely started the second and now you want a third?

I'll pass. Just a neat trailer to see.

rabbit 09-02-2012 06:15 AM

I looked at the ad copy wherein I discovered that the true ingenuity is in making two barely adequate horse troughs appear capable of providing shelter, transportation, and recreational fulfillment to a family of three. Ya gotta believe!?


Evergreengirl 09-02-2012 08:58 AM

I love the pictures in the original advertising. The "real" picture of the tent part set up doesn't quite live up to the advertising picture though! I like how you can take part of the tent with you on the boat for a sunshade. I hope someone rescues this and gives it a good home.

Jack Walter 09-02-2012 09:30 AM

My dad and some of his friends had a small design company called Product Design in North Atlanta back in the early 1960's. It was a few Lockheed engineers, a designer from Scripto and a couple of other guys. They invented this boat camper and sold the design to Nomad. I helped lay the fiberglass in the molds for the prototypes when I was 9 years old. I think I still have some of the original design sketches for this trailer. I remember testing it out at the Lockheed Longhollow property on Lake Lanier.
Very cool find - hadn't seen one in years.

Shiny 10-10-2013 10:01 AM

Jack, my fellow HAMB member, how are you?

I have two of these trailers, we use one all the time behind our 1935 Ford Phaeton. Great little trailer
Were going to go into production building some. Going to take a mold off of one of mine. hope we get interest to spread these fun little trailers around the world. Perfect for a hot rod, classic car or compact car too
thanks for posting up the pics!


Mike Magee 10-10-2013 03:21 PM

Very interesting, Shiny. What kind of price point do you hope to hit?

It's great that the pics were saved off that ebay auction, they were good ones and the auction (with its pics) is of course long gone.

Bob Miller 10-10-2013 05:10 PM

Rats, and I thought that this thread was going to be about the "Real" fiberglass Nomad, the "Waldorf Nomad" aka the Corvette Nomad first shown at the Motorama at the Waldorf Hotel in NY in 1954.

That Nomad design became the Chevrolet Nomad and Pontiac Safari of 1955-1957, no doubt the most beautiful production wagons ever built, as well as a stunning TV occasionally seen towing an Airstream Bambi near San Francisco in the late 50's.

The Waldorf Nomad has disappeared, but several clones of it have surfaced, both based on 53-55 Corvettes as well as at least one based on a full size 1955 Nomad.

kevin57 02-18-2014 08:47 AM

I Nomad....I glad.
That's cool!
Thanks for posting pics and advert's.

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