1960-1962 Models



The FIFTH AVENUE model, built by Elkhart, Indiana's Skyline Coach Company, was a 10 by 50 foot rig. One of its many features was an 11 cubic foot refrigerator, which was available in yellow, turquoise, pink or white. 
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One can almost hear the cha-cha-cha music playing at this festive mobile home housewarming party!
Advert from the Sarasota Journal


The promotional buzzword for the FIFTH AVENUE model was SLANT...as in "kitchen". The rig featured an angled bar and sink, which jutted into the living area...giving ample room for a custom 4-chair dinette. The cathedral ceiling living room had wall-to-wall carpeting.
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One of the final mobile home models built by Tulsa, Oklahoma's Spartan Aircraft Company was the CRESCENDO. This rig and the CAROUSEL, its Spartan-built sibling, were 10 feet wide and 50 feet long. Both originally sold for over 9,500 dollars each, without any options included. They were, obviously, top-of-the-line trailers!  
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One of the unique attributes of the Spartan CAROUSEL was its crescent-shaped kitchen. In the slightly higher-priced CRESCENDO, both the kitchen AND living room were crescent-shaped. This design created space for a second bathroom, a feature virtually unheard of in a 10 by 50 foot, single-level mobile home of the period. 
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Named after the Michigan town of its origin, the Owosso Mobile Homes company was producing a unique and innovative 10-wide, front kitchen rig in 1960. Some of its exterior features were a recessed "Verand-ette" entry (with flower box), jalousie (roll out) windows and window shutters.
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The interior design of the Owosso 10 by 55 footer was even more inventive. A second bedroom, enclosed by a retractable "swing-a-wall", could be opened up in a jiffy to provide expanded living room space. The room was also equipped with a "murphy bed", which folded up into the wall when not in use. In the kitchen, pastel-shade appliances (in pink, yellow or turquoise) were available as an option, as was an automatic "frost-free" refrigerator. 
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Omaha, Nebraska's Frontier Homes Corporation was at the forefront of the mobile home industry in the early 1960s. Their revolutionary FRONTIER 200, a 10-wide rig, featured unique "swing out" extensions that created a huge 14 x 14 foot center living room. 
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While a lot of early '60s trailers featured a slant kitchen and /or breakfast bar, the entire interior of the FRONTIER 200 rig was built on a slant. The front -"peninsular"- kitchen included a pantry-closet. Other notable FRONTIER features were natural hardwood walls, acoustical tile ceilings and inlaid tile flooring. There was also a "penthouse apartment bedroom" in the rear of the unit.
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The Kropf Manufacturing Company, of Goshen, Indiana, built some of the most high-end mobile homes of the mid-20th century. Their ELDORADO rig was also one of the most beautiful space-age house trailers ever built. By 1962, the the style du jour of newly-built trailers was morphing from the futuristic "sky roofed" mobile home architecture of the late '50s into a boxey, house-type design. The '62 ELDORADO was among that last great space age-style trailers.
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The elegant ELDORADO, a 10-wide rig, was assembled according to the highest standards, decorated in the finest of style and furnished with top-of-the-line appliances. The floor plan seen above is a representation of how the interior was configured...there may be a few inaccuracies.
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