When Ann's family has time, they travel in vintage trailers.
We Are Vintage Trailer People
We are vintage trailer people, and we love everything about them. There were hundreds of brands that were being manufactured in the 1950s, and many more that were homebuilt. Picking my top ten is difficult, but I do have favorites.
Many of the links I have included here go to other sites with pictures or plans. There is a lot of information for those who are interested.
Of course, I have added my 1959 Dalton, manufactured in El Monte, California. Isn't it pretty?
Brad's Benroy is well known in the teardrop trailer group. This beautiful trailer looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor. Bennett Peterson was one of the designers. The Benroy is a great trailer and has stood the test of time. In the links, there are many more pictures.
This is a beautiful trailer that is always a showstopper. Then, he just had to have the miniature trailer that is actually an ice chest. Very, very clever!
The SnoozeBox is homebuilt. Built by Gene Gallipau in 1989, it is completely different than any other teardrop out there and very well known. We had not had it long when we went to the 1st International Teardrop Gathering in Minden, Nebraska. We were in the Rocky Mountain State Park in Colorado when a car pulled up to us and asked us if it was the Gallipau trailer. They were from Oregon, we are from California, and it was a very strange experience. They were also teardroppers on their way to the gathering that knew Gene and the teardrop from rallies in Washington State.
All About My Unique SnoozeBox Teardrop
- Anatomy of a Teardrop Trailer
There are two rules regarding teardrop trailers. 1. The galley (kitchen) has to be in the back. 2. You can't stand up in it.
Gage has chronicled so many rallies and gatherings with his Dalton, he doesn't even have space to show them all. Every single trailer that has attended one of these events is photographed. There are many wonderful pictures and one could spend a whole day just checking them out. Thanks, Gage!
If my heart belongs to any trailer, it is the Spartan. Gorgeous inside and out, it appeals to me more than any other. I go to this link often to see what is for sale and pretend that I am in a position to afford one. The Spartan Trailer Company made airplanes in the early days, and the craftsmanship of their trailers is still evident today.
- Official Spartan Trailer Site
Someday I will have one of these.
The Unique Kamp Master
This is an incredible trailer, and if you get a chance to see one, make sure the owner gives you a tour. In 1953, plans for a trailer called the "Wild Goose" were published based on this trailer. I have the magazine and someday want Mr. Wonderful to make me one. I mean, you can't have too many teardrops.
The back hatch lifts high enough to allow access through the screen door that folds down when not in use.
Kenskill made quality teardrop trailers but branched out into "stand-up" in the late 1940s. The first trailer was basically a teardrop that you could stand up in, but the later trailers sometimes had the kitchen over the axle, the bed in the middle, and a sitting area in the back.
This is an awesome trailer and even more awesome inside. She has a smaller one that is featured in the Halloween Trailer Decorations Lens.
Bowlus Road Chief
The picture above was borrowed from the Bowlus site, but we did see one at the Cottonwood Rally. The minute he pulled in, literally every camper left their campsite to go and see it. It took several hours before he was able to move on. What a totally incredible trailer.
6/25/2012 Update: One of these just came up for sale on the Vintage Travel Trailer Aficionados Facebook page. It was listed on eBay for $90,000. It was one of the few times I wished I were rich. It is a beauty.
John Agnew Shares His Love of Trailers with Huell Howser
Unbelievable! The Shasta trailer has its own Wikipedia page! This is what it says:
"Shasta travel trailers were travel trailers built between 1941 and 2004. Originally constructed in a factory in Los Angeles, California, to provide housing for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Shasta company expanded then built a production facility in Goshen, Indiana, opening in 1958. The company was purchased by Coachman Industries in 1976. At some point in time, Shasta trailers were produced by Shasta Industries, a division of the W.R. Grace Company (this information obtained from a 1975 model year owners manual).
"The 'wings' on the rear sides were a visible identifier in the 1960s and beyond. The name was sold to Coachmen Industries. Coachman marketed Shasta branded travel trailers until 2004. Only vintage trailers were available until 2008 when the brand was reintroduced complete with its identifying wings. The new trailers have updated art deco interiors and are all electric. Their features include stainless steel microwaves, stainless steel sinks and mini blinds, hot plate cooktops, wet baths and cutting edge entertainment features—including a 19" LCD television."
I am not fond of Airstreams, but I must admit that the only one I would have is a Vintage Bambi. It is the best designed small trailer that I have seen, and it even has a bathroom. It is pretty amazing.
The Scad-A-Bout Teardrop
I almost bought this trailer but opted for the SnoozeBox instead. It was actually my first choice until my husband talked me into the SnoozeBox. The traditional Scad-A-Bout trailers are compact and very easy to tow. I like it because it is the same shape as the Benroy and King Richard.
The two-story Scad-A-Bout (pictured below) is the perfect family teardrop. Parents sleep inside and the kids get the top. This is a really fun trailer.