1954-1956 Models



The Ventoura Homes Sales Corporation was a subsidiary of Elwood, Indiana's Holan Engineering Company. They introduced a double-decker house trailer in the early 1950s. The 10-wide coach would not make its debut until the 1955 model year, so -in the early 1950s- the only way to build a more spacious house trailer was to go UP not OUT.  
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A cut-away Ventoura view. Stacking bedrooms atop one another required some low interior ceilings. The upper level sleeping quarters were strictly for small children!
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The 1954 LOFT-LINER "Land Yacht" was an 8' by 40' rig. It included three bedrooms, a full bath (with tub), nice-sized kitchen and dining area, as well as a "sunken living room ". However, the stairway to its upper bedrooms looks mighty narrow in this floor plan.
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In 1954, the Colonial Trailer Corporation of Hammond, Indiana was touting the TOWN & COUNTRY series.  Models were available in three different lengths; the 32', 36' and 42' rig, which is depicted here. All units were 8 feet wide. The trailer's "attractive "three-toned exterior" featured all-aluminum windows. 
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In the 42' rig, a back bedroom doubled as a playroom when two twin murphy beds were folded into the wall. The bath area included a large vanity, but closet space in the COLONIAL TOWN & COUNTRY was rather limited. The trailer was one of the first with an optional central air-conditioning unit. Colored bathroom fixtures were also available at no extra charge. 
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M System Mobile Homes was building the 8' by 41' JAVELIN during their 1955 model year. The rig featured an all-aluminum finish that was accentuated by "elegant mirror-bright" strips along its exterior. 
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The '55 JAVELIN was noteworthy for its front bedroom layout. At the time, a rig with tongue-end sleeping quarters was still rather novel (most units would have had a living room in front). Another interesting feature was the trailer's provisions for an automatic washing machine. 
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The Smoker Lumber Company of New Paris, Indiana marketed its brand of double-decker mobile home as the VISTA-LINER.
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As one can see in these diagrams, the VISTA-LINER was a radically-designed mobile home! Its 10 by 50 foot size made it one of the largest house trailers available in 1956. Moreover, it was among the first coaches to house two bathrooms AND four bedrooms. 
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The unique design of the VISTA-LINER took the standard mobile home concept, drastically revised it, and then turned it backward. The rig, with its living room at the rear arrangement, would have been pulled into a trailer park lot in reverse, with the tongue at the front end of the unit facing the back end of the site.
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From the Natural State came the All States Trailer Company's series of "Rocket" rigs. Built in Jacksonville, Arkansas, trailers in the Rocket line came in lengths of 33', 42', 45' and 52'. All were 8 feet in width. Their primary feature was an elaborate picture window in the living room. 
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In 1956, The 8-wide ROCKET 52' was considered a large mobile home. It housed three bedrooms and included space for an automatic washer. The all-steel-cabinet kitchen came equipped with a 10.5 cubic foot refrigerator. The list price of the home was $4,595.00.
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