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Old Campers...Let's see what you got!

Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by mctim64, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. BAD ROD
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    IMG_0938.JPG IMG_0940.JPG 1960 Platt 12 footer. Anyone else heading to Trailerfest in Plymouth CA at end of the month?
     
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  4. Clik
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    I saw, somewhere, a set of self steering wheels that went under the front of a heavy vintage travel trailer to lighten the hitch load on the puller. What's that called. I searched dollies and just came up with the two wheeled things that you put a car on behind a motor home.
     
  5. HotrodVon
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    I've seen them too. I believe they were two-wheel weight equalizers.


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    ^^^^^^^^^ they used them in the movie The Long Long Trailer, a 1953 movie with Desi Arnaz an Lucille Ball.
     
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  7. What a great shot,the Scotty? looks good,did you see any others using the vintage campers at the swap meet? HRP
     
  8. Yes, a Scotty. There were several there this year but I was too busy with my booth to get photos. Hardly any were for sale-


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  9. I just might drag mine up to the swap meet next year,it sure would save on the motel bills. HRP
     
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  10. We have our reservations for the upcoming "Gathering of the Times" in Pine Mountain,Georgia next month,it looks like it's going to be a huge rally for the South. HRP

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  11. Brenda just saw on FB that there have been a few cancellations so if yu were kicking yourself for not registering it's not to late, HRP

    Gathering of the Times site available.

    Good morning everyone. We have exhausted our waiting list and just had a cancellation. If you have a vintage trailer, camper, or motorhome built in 1979 or earlier and would like to join us please send me a Facebook private message (Pete Whitley). If the spot is taken and you would still like to attend we will start a new waiting list. I'm sure there will be several last minute cancellations in the next few weeks.
     
  12. spurgeonforge
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    image.jpg just saved from the scrap yard.
     
  13. Speedwrench
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    They were big with the round track racers in the fifties and sixties and we just called them dollies.

    As memory serves me, they were made under the name of Watson either out of Mansfield, Ohio or Glendale, California.

    The bad thing about them was that if not properly maintained, they would take on a mind of their own and would try to steer the tow vehicle and the trailer instead of tracking correctly which could make for some interesting adventures.
     
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    Last edited: Sep 27, 2017
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  17. post 1681. door on the left. did the post flip it?

    as far as i can see....NO. gotta be a story (even short) about the left door.
     
  18. Not the picture, the steering wheels still on the left in the truck. That door looks awful short, I'm thinking maybe an emergency exit?

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  19. The original was called a Slimp Wheel ( ), the current version us called a Trailer Toad.
    http://www.trailertoad.com/id80.html There might be another manufacturer also, I saw an add in my latest Vintage Camper Trailers magazine, but I left it at the shop. I'll check it tomorrow.


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  20. BENT VALVE
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    Drag racer Jok Nicholson manufacters these, might be too heavy duty for a travel trailer

    http://www.trailertoad.com
     
  21. dave 62 pb
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    Got this 12 foot Safari given last year, all original and quite tidy inside , timber frame at the front needed replacing
     

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  23. dave 62 pb
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    Also found this on a farm , very rare for Devon in the UK IMG_1496.JPG IMG_1496.JPG IMG_1497.JPG IMG_1498.JPG
     
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  24. The campers (caravans) are so unique in the UK,they always seem to have a more streamline style,you never see them in the States. HRP
     
  25. dave 62 pb
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    There were a few makers that kept the lantern molycroft style roof upto the 80s, Cheltenham`s were also cool but others from the 70s on were just boxes with no style
     
  26. BAD ROD
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    Ahhh, good eye. The main door is on the right side like all trailers. The left door is affectionately referred too as the "boy friend door". As in, the husband comes in the front and the boyfriend goes out the back.

    The left "boy friend door" is shorter than normal. So, yes it is a back door. Pretty unusually (as in I have never seen another) to have a back door on a 12 foot trailer.

    I'm packing up today and heading to Trailerfest tonight!

     
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  27. thefalconer
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    [​IMG]

    I ended up dragging another one home... its hard to resist when the price is reasonable.

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  28. Salt Racer
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    from Ft Worth

    My 1950 Flxible, I found it in 83 and finally got around to fixing it up
    I found a whole new career
     

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