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). 

Early versions of the "house trailer" or "mobile home" were also 8 feet in width but could extend for up to 40 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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