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Old 06-25-2007, 09:35 PM
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Do I dare ask "Travel trailers"?

Im new here and have really been enjoying this site this last week. Im not sure if you guys venture out a little ways on Hot Rods, or if I should ask on another forum? Oh well, what the heck. Its summer and Ive got the cruise & camp itch. I purchased a 1947 tear drop walk in 13' travel trailer. Is pretty cool now. I totally gutted and rebuilt it last winter and now Ive got to get the COE finished to use it. Anybody got any travel trailers so I can at least dream about going. Thanx, I think?

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Old 06-26-2007, 06:16 AM
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I don't have one but I've done a lot of web searches over the years looking for info on one that I saw in a private museum out here that has 1964 calif plates on it.

It has a handwritten sign on it saying it's a 1933 Fisk. It is an art deco 5th wheel ! They did make 5th wheel hitches back then for a car that had a rumble lid; take the lid off & install the mount.

This one is tapered in the front and has angled windows in front like an airplane, plus it was wood-strip framed with padding & outer fabric covering. Then it has 33-34 Ford rear fenders and rare Goodyear Air Wheels that are early 30s-era accessory fat balloon tires that came with special wide wheels with chromed fat round spokes. What a wild trailer.

I saw an old 5th wheel being pulled by a 32 Chrysler coupe with a big block mopar at Hershey about 30 years ago.

Check around the web because a few street rodders have vintage trailers for the long distance shows.
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Old 06-26-2007, 07:53 AM
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I had a really cool tear drop that was made by an aircraft mechanic back right after the war. It was all aluminum held together with aircraft rivets. It had a door handle off a B-17 crew hatch door and a light inside from the bombay of a B-24! I was blown away when I went on a tour of these planes and saw parts of my trailer on them!

It was pretty cool, but I out grew it. I replaced it with a 1976 Boler EXACTLY like the one in this photo.



At first I thought this thing was actually MINE. I don't have any photos of mine on my computer or web space so I just googled it to show you. This photo came up and I swear it is freaky how much it looks like mine, EXACTLY where it is sitting right this very minute in my back yard! I have seem many of them, along with the newer version, the "Scamp" but the usually have different windows and such on every one I have seen. This thing is EXACTLY as mine, parked next to a garage that is almost exactly as mine! FREAKY!

Anyway, it is a gas at 13' long. It sleeps four, has a fridge, stove, heater, dining table, there isn't a square inch of wasted space, VERY well designed.

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Old 06-26-2007, 07:14 PM
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I don't have one anymore but I build them almost everyday.
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Old 06-26-2007, 07:46 PM
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[QUOTE=F&J]I don't have one but I've done a lot of web searches over the years looking for info on one that I saw in a private museum out here that has 1964 calif plates on it.

It has a handwritten sign on it saying it's a 1933 Fisk. It is an art deco 5th wheel ! They did make 5th wheel hitches back then for a car that had a rumble lid; take the lid off & install the mount.

Ive seen pics of that too. What a cool lookin rig. I sure would love to be able to fab something like that up. Just not enough time for all these projects.HA

My computer died and all my pics and research from years past are sitting in my dead cpu on the floor. When I get the bugs worked out of it and back running I will post some pics of the FISK. Its so unique!

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One of my customer has a scamp. it to looks just like your. Not long ago he was looking at another one that looked just like yours but it was called the Burro. From what I understand both the Scamp and Burro are very sought after item. I will get out to the house and take a few pics of mine this weekend.It to was built by an aircraft company and rivited together. Of corse I had to put port hole windows, fender skirts, and a couple mercury wings on it... Thanks guys for sharing.
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Old 06-26-2007, 07:48 PM
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I don't have one anymore but I build them almost everyday.
So if I ask what kind, its not advertising right? What kind do you build?
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Old 06-26-2007, 07:50 PM
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One of my customer has a scamp. it to looks just like your. Not long ago he was looking at another one that looked just like yours but it was called the Burro. From what I understand both the Scamp and Burro are very sought after item. I will get out to the house and take a few pics of mine this weekend.It to was built by an aircraft company and rivited together. Of corse I had to put port hole windows, fender skirts, and a couple mercury wings on it... Thanks guys for sharing.
Yeah, the Burro and Scamp are both exactly as mine, some of the Burros where different. My Boler was made in Canada in 1976. The Scamp is EXACTLY the same so I have to assume they bought the molds and kept on building them.

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Old 06-26-2007, 09:59 PM
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Here is my mobile mansion.
its a 1969 Air Stream Sovereign Land Yacht.

Its 36' long but pulls like a dream.

I love to be in a rain storm in that thing make the coolest sound.

Its on my "To do list'

Since we are on the subject.
I have "Bruce Engineered hardwood 3/8 X 3" plank it gets glued down do you think it would Take the flexing?

I need to go the flooring forum HUH?.

I need to re do the rear bath ,the metal is paper thin on the frame rails







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Old 06-26-2007, 11:18 PM
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Since we are on the subject.
I have "Bruce Engineered hardwood 3/8 X 3" plank it gets glued down do you think it would Take the flexing?

I need to go the flooring forum HUH?.

I need to re do the rear bath ,the metal is paper thin on the frame rails

I bet it dosnt flex as much as you think. I was thinking how you might check the flex. maybe put a lasesr level on the floor and jack up the different corners and see where the beam shoots? And thats a beautiful trailer/condo. thanks for the pic.






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vintage rvs: pretty darn cool. How about a 1970s GMC fwd (good for space but kinda weird) motorhome with a high-torque 454 or 502 instead of that smog-era lump? It won't be very fast, but it'll be able to go up hills without downshifting and running at 3000 rpm.
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vintage rvs: pretty darn cool. How about a 1970s GMC fwd (good for space but kinda weird) motorhome with a high-torque 454 or 502 instead of that smog-era lump? It won't be very fast, but it'll be able to go up hills without downshifting and running at 3000 rpm.
GMC 4x4 motorhome? or a front wheel drive? those are sweet! The one that has the inline duals in the back?
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I plan on building my own little teardrop to go behind my '55 Chevy truck one of these days...

Here's a bulletin board site with tons of info:
http://www.mikenchell.com/forums/
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I just had to put this one up. This was last week end at the "Back to the 50's" in St. Paul, MN.
This rig was so back yard and so inovative it was fun. I think you could call it a "rat rig". The pic don't show it but I think they were camping out in the trailer.

The trailer looked like a panel truck with the front cut off. And of course a Model A.

Check out the goose neck hitch. This is located where the rumble seat was.
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That is one scary looking Hitch-
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That is one scary looking Hitch-
Was that Model A bagged in the rear? or was there bricks stacked between the axle and frame?

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