Classic Travel Trailer Heaven

I have happy memories of a time in my childhood of my grandparents visiting us with their Travel Trailer.  My memories are not crystal clear.  I don’t remember the exact brand or color.  But for some reason, this set up reminded me of them.  They pulled the trailer with a car.  It was a big car.  Like a Cadillac maybe.  I DO remember that they had a cute hula girl in the back that bobbled and they had a huge compass on the front dashboard.  I loved sitting in that trailer with my grandma.  It was parked on the street in front of our house.  When I climbed the steps, it was like entering her world.  An exotic world of travel and adventure.  A world that I long for to this day.

This trailer is a 1959 Shasta Airflyte and a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Station Wagon on loan from Steve Casagrande in Carmichael, CA.

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When these trailers were made, I imagine that this kind of travel was a new novel idea.  The 50’s and 60’s were “modern times” indeed!

These photos are from and exhibit at the California Auto Museum  This exhibit is called “Camping in Style: Little Homes on Wheels”.  It’s over April 10th, so you still have time to go check it out.  The exhibit was fantastic!  They had a great variety of Travel Trailers in all sizes.  Here are some of my favorites:

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These are from the 40’s if I recall correctly.  The new tear drop trailers look just like them!

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Aside from the exhibit, they also have a permanent display of classic cars and vehicles.  We strolled through the selection and this beauty caught my eye.  A Chrysler Town and Country.  What?  That is what my mini van is called!!  What will the world look like when my little mini van is a classic?  I can’t imagine!

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We both fell in love with this beautifully restored truck.  We both wanted to take it home!


This was a nostalgic moment for me.  I had a car almost exactly like this one!!  My little BUG!  I have many happy memories of driving this around town when I was in high school.  I was a waitress at Shoney’s Big Boy after school and I used to fill up my tank with quarters that I got for tips.  Wow.  I sound so old when I say this!  I’m not sure what year this bug is, but mine was a Volkswagen Beetle circa 1966.  My uncle bought it new and my mom bought it from him.  She drove it for years and when I was old enough, it was my turn.  It was always breaking down.  I knew how to jump start it with the least amount of effort!  The brakes were always faulty and I was so good at “down shifting”.  I remember one day when the wood shop boys literally picked it up and moved it from where I parked it.  They loved the shock on my face when my car was not where I left it!  I used to give those guys a lift to the main campus.  We would pile in and see how many bodies we could fit in there.  It was a lot!!  I don’t remember EVER wearing a seatbelt!

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These hood ornaments are amazing!  Why did they stop doing that?

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These are “Woodys”.  I asked hubby if they have REAL wood on them.  He says yes.  It makes me think of the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean.  And, surfers.

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More beautiful bodies!

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Note to self….I wish I had written down the make and models of these.  Sorry.  I hope you enjoy the little tour.

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