1966 Models



California's Budger Manufacturing Company had been building a line of so-called "Expando-homes" since the early 1950s. These were a "single-wide" with a section (or sections) that pulled out into a more spacious unit. By the mid-1960s, the "double-wide" concept, introduced around 1960, was gaining impetus. The 1966 Budger CAPRI TWIN-TEN model consisted of two individual (10 by 50 foot) rigs that were joined into a single -20-wide- home at the set-up site.
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In the mid-1960s, the new TWIN-TEN was among the most spacious mobile homes that had ever been built. It featured a gigantic master bedroom suite, complete with a two-room, 3/4 bath and sizable walk-in closet. Its living and dining area was just as enormous!  
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7 comments:

  1. Thank you for your wonderful site. I grew up living in trailers in the 60s and 80s. When I was born, we had a single-wide Rollohome and in the late 60s got a Budger Expando. Dad job with the federal government required us to move up and down the country out west, from Montana down to Texas and back up to Wyoming then down to New Mexico, etc. Our "home" was one of these beauties, which he'd tow from north to south and back twice a year. Your site helps with the pangs of nostalgia! Thanks again!

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  2. Thanks so much for the posting. I did not reside in a (quote-unquote) "mobile home" until 1972...but a lot of my aunts, uncles & cousins did (this being in the early '60s). Nostalgia indeed!

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  3. Paula,

    Glad to have helped. Best of luck with the novel.

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  4. Great site! I just ran across it in a link from Tiny House Talk. Just out of college, I rented an 8'x40' late 1950s MH--don't know the brand. I'd have bought it, but the owner wanted too much at the time, and it needed work I didn't know how to do. Six months later, I bought a 1966 10'x46' M System. Great for a single guy, but a bit snug when I got married and we had to fit two houses into that mobile home...Do you have anything on vintage M Systems?

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  5. Hummm...somebody must have added a link to my site onto TinyHouseTalk. I'm flattered that they did this. Unfortunately, I haven't heard of M Systems mobile homes. This stuff, as you may have found, is esoteric. There's not much info on the internet about vintage house trailers (which is why I did what I could to create and post this site). Thanks much for posting.

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    1. You might want to check out mobilehomeliving.org. They have a good vintage homes section; they were the ones who called M Systems "innovative", although I wonder about that. My M System was a good home, but that 8x40 actually had more storage space through judicious use of overhead bins.

      Plus I was just out of college. All I had were clothes and books. That definitely changed later on.

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    2. Thanks for the link. I honestly did not realize that there were "vintage mobile home" sites like that out there. It's nice to know that this is not the only one.

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