1946-1949 Models



In 1946, American industry was retooling for peacetime production and was poised for the beginning of the largest economic boom in US history. The first post-war product line of Saginaw, Michigan's Raymond Products Company included the TRAVELO 25-45. The rig was designed and built using standards established for units hurriedly assembled for use as housing for defense plant workers. In the next few years, new concepts would emerge that would see the trailer coach evolve from basic shelter into an actual home-type dwelling.  
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The 25-45 had a typical 1940s trailer layout. A bedroom was in the rear end, with both exterior doors along the front. The rig had a center kitchen and a sofa sat along its tongue end. There was no bathroom. The idea was to set the unit up in a trailer park which had public restrooms and laundry facilities. 
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The Pan-American Trailercoach Company, of Monrovia, California, was turning out three models in 1947; a 25, 27 and 31 footer. All were a standard 8 feet in width.
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On the inside, the PAN-AM 25' trailer might seem a bit cramped, even though there was no space taken up by a full bathroom (the rig did, at least, have a shower stall in its bedroom). Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect is the placement of the kitchen sink, which provided additional counter space. 
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M System Trailer Coaches of Vicksburg, Mississippi were building four models in '48. The product line started with the 18 1/2 ' LITTLE 'M', advanced to the 21' HUNTER and 25 1/2' SPECIAL DELUXE, and ended with the top-of-the-line 27 1/2' TANDEM DELUXE.
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On the inside, the TANDEM DELUXE rig, which was "designed for spacious living", was actually a bit cramped. However, there was a half bath, which was a premium feature at the time. Other amenities included a 6 cubic foot refrigerator, built-in vanity and built-in dinette (which doubled as an extra bed).
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Michigan's Ironwood Trailer Coaches, Incorporated was producing three models in 1949. MODEL "23" was the low price-point rig. Next in line was the larger MODEL "25". The MODEL "30" was the top-of-the-line offering. One of its many features was "innerwall ventilation". 
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As its name implied, the MODEL "30" rig was 30 feet long. The unit had a single bedroom, but its built-in sofa and dinette converted into additional sleeping accommodations. Although promoted as a "deluxe", "luxury" trailer, the MODEL "30" did not have a bathroom. 
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Flint, Michigan's Palace Corporation was building the ROYALE coach in 1949. This streamline design rig was a standard 8 feet in width, with a tail end-to-tongue length of 22 feet.
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Like most house trailers of the late '40s, the '49 PALACE ROYALE had no bathroom. This premium feature had first appeared in 1942, and would not become standardized until the early 1950s.
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