Top 10 Favorite Teardrop and Vintage Trailers
This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to teardrops and vintage trailers.
We are vintage trailer people and love everything about them. There were hundreds of brands in the 1950 and many more that were homebuilt. Picking a top ten is difficult but I do have favorites.
Many of the links 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?
Benroy - Bennett Petersen with Brad Romaine's 1956 Benroy
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 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 show stopper. Then, he just had to have the miniature trailer that is actually an ice chest. Very, very clever!
1989 Snooze Box - This is my teardrop built on the Benroy and King Richard designs
The Snooze Box 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 and knew Gene and the teardrop from rallies in Washington State.
Bragging about the SnoozeBox. Everything you want to know about my unique 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. At the 1st Annual International Teardrop Gathering held in Minden, Nebraska, my teardrop was the subject of this...
Dalton - My 1959 Beauty in the woods at the Henry Cowell Redwood State Park near Santa Cruz, California
Mr. Wonderful is adding the jacks to the front to level it.
Gage and Tanya's Dalton - 1956
Many thanks to Gage who allows me to use his photos
Gage has chronicled so many rallies and gathering, 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 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.
1951 Imperial Mansion
This is another trailer I would love to own. The one above has two bedrooms and a full bathroom. It is a park model but it is a beauty.
1949 Spartan at our 2011 Spooktacular campout at Catalina State Park
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.
Kamp Master Links
Kenskill made quality teardrop trailers but branched out into "Stand-up" is 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.
Gail's "Big Red" Kenskill
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 link below is full of information on the Bowlus. The picture was borrowed from the 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 - One of these just came up for sale on the Vintage Travel Trailer Aficionados Facebook page. It was lasted on eBay for $90,000.00. It was one of the few times I wished I were rich. It is a beauty.
This is what stopped the show at the Arizona Roundup Rally in Cottonwood, Arizona
John Agnew shares his love of trailers with Huell Howser
Silver Streaks even look nice in the mud.
Silver Streak History
- Tin Can Tourists history of the Silver Streak
Interesting story about a great trailer.
Totally unbelievable - The Shasta Trailer has a Wikipedia Page and 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 US 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".
- Shasta Travel Trailer
Check out the link
I am not fond of Airstreams but 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 even has a bathroom. It is pretty amazing.
The Scad-A-Bout Teardrop
I almost bought this trailer but opted for the Snooze Box instead. It was actually my first choice until my husband talked me into the Snooze Box. The traditional Scad-A-Bout trailers are compact and very easy to tow. Again I like it because it is the same shape as the Benroy and King Richard.
Two story Scad-A-Bout
This is the perfect family teardrop. Parents sleep inside and the kids get the top. This is a really fun trailer.