By the mid-1950s, trailer manufacturing was evolving (more or less behind the scenes) into two different classes . A smaller unit, 8 feet in width and roughly 20 feet in length, would eventually be known as the "travel trailer" or "RV" (recreational vehicle). 



The sleek 1954 Airstream Flying Cloud was a high-end travel-type trailer.

Early versions of the "house trailer" or "mobile home" were also 8 feet in width but could extend for up to 50 feet. These rigs were becoming too large to be hauled by the family car. 


A cut-away view shows the orientation of a mid-1950s house trailer. This model even includes a special space for that brand-new television set! 
Drawing from the Milwaukee Sentinel
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The Long & Short Of It: A Mobile Home Cavalcade, Part One


In 1946, mobile homes such as the PALACE COACH were being built in America. This rig measured 25 feet from tail end-to-tongue. It was 8 feet wide.
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Here we see another "8-wide" coach. The classic 1950 SPARTANETTE was built by Oklahoma's Spartan Aircraft Company. It was a 30 footer. 
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As its name implied, the 1952 TRAVELO 26 was a 26 foot rig, with a width of 8. Even in the early '50s, this was quite a short and small trailer. 
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The COLONIAL line for 1954 included the 42 foot TOWN & COUNTRY model, whose side-to-side measurement was 8 feet. 
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Lastly, we present a beautiful 1956-vintage ALL STATES rig. For its time, the 8-wide ROCKET was an extraordinarily long trailer. It stretched for 52 feet. 
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