Soon after the advent of the very first trailer coaches, a mobile subculture developed which celebrated the new freedom found in living "on the road". The terms TRAILERITE and TIN CAN TOURIST had become part of the American vernacular by 1936.
Living full time in their 20 by 8 foot "apartments on wheels", devotees of trailer houses numbered 100,000 by the mid-1930s. Some families had adopted a "house on wheels" habitat while travelling the country searching for employment. Others of better means used their portable abodes as a travelling vacation home.
"Trailerite", or one who resides year-round in a trailer coach or "house on wheels", had been established in the American vernacular by the mid-1930s. At that time, there was no negative connotation attached...
Drawing From the Milwaukee Sentinel