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Archive of : 1930's and earlier

1938 Kozy Coach

1938 Kozy Coach

1916 Telescoping Apartment

1916 Telescoping Apartment

Not a trailer, but this was so cool I had to include it. These were built in San Francisco, California, as an aftermarket accessory for trucks; it sold for $100. To close the unit, both side cabinets slide in, then the rear section telescopes into the main section. Warm...

1936 Roadhome

1936 Roadhome

These were built in Los Angeles, California with masonite sides over a spruce wood frame.

1939 Schult

1939 Schult

Schult is the oldest home manufacturer still in business, having started in 1933. This example shows the mid-range size of home between a travel trailer and full home that were popular at the time. It features a built-in refrigerator instead of an ice box, along with a white gas...

1935 Covered Wagon

1935 Covered Wagon

These were built in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. At the time, Covered Wagon was the largest trailer manufacturer in the country and produced 15-20% of all the trailers built in the U.S. The exterior is “leatherette” over a plywood shell; the roof is covered with a coated canvas over tarpaper.

1932 Gilkie Kamp King

1932 Gilkie Kamp King

Started as a company in the 1920’s, Gilkie was one of the first trailer manufacturers. A unique feature of this unit is the pass-through icebox and pantry on the front that can be accessed from either inside or outside the trailer. This way, you could stock all your food...

1913 Earl

1913 Earl

1913 Earl Possibly the oldest travel trailer in the world. Custom made for a university professor by a Los Angeles carriage maker. Has a dining table that seats four, then converts into a double bed. There is storage under both benches and in two cabinets on either side of...

1935 Bowlus Road Chief

1935 Bowlus Road Chief

One of the original “silver bullet” style trailers.

1936 Airstream Clipper 20′

1936 Airstream Clipper 20′

Only 8 known to exist of this vintage. As you can see from the pictures, the interior is completely paneled in mahogany. An absolutely perfect trailer!

1930’s Hollywood Nomad

1930’s Hollywood Nomad

This is an extremely rare trailer; at the time these pics were taken a few years ago, this was the only one known to exist. Body is made of steel.  

1937 Pierce-Arrow Travelodge

1937 Pierce-Arrow Travelodge

As the depression was crushing the Pierce-Arrow Motor Company, they attempted to boost profits with a line of travel trailers, offered in three lengths: the 13′ Model C, the 16′ Model B, and the 19′ Model C. (Lengths quoted by the factory did not include the hitch/tongue.) Prices were...