The New Travel Trailers for 1937!
When you say ‘vintage travel trailer’ to most folks, they immediately think of polished aluminum Airstreams, and rightfully so; the shiny cigar-shaped trailer is the first thing that comes to mind. Travel trailers actually gained popularity in the early 1930s, as Americans in search of adventure and employment began their rambling ways during the Great Depression. By the end of the decade, prosperity returned and new trailer companies offering luxurious amenities began to spring up from coast to coast. Take for example this 1937 article featuring many of the travel trailer manufacturer’s latest models. Have you ever seen so many different brands? So where did they all go, you may ask. My guess is that Defense Department scrap drives killed many of these metal-intense beauties during WWII and then after the War, aluminum aircraft construction applied to trailers changed the whole game, rendering these older designs obsolete.