1946 Models



In 1946, American industry was retooling for peacetime production...and was poised for the beginning of the biggest economic boom in US history. The first post-war product line of Flint, Michigan's Palace Corporation included this "refreshingly original" rig. 
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The '46 PALACE COACH had a standard width of 8 feet and tail-end-to-tongue length of 25. As shown in the floor plan above, there were no bathroom facilities. This premium feature first appeared in 1942, and would not become standardized until the 1950 model year.
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Another Wolverine State concern, the Raymond Products Company was based in Saginaw. Their 25-45 model for '46 had the same dimensions as the PALACE rig seen above. Both had been 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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On the inside, the 25-45 trailer had a typical layout. The bedroom was in the rear end, both exterior doors were in front, the kitchen was in the middle and a sofa sat along the tongue end. As with the '46 PALACE, there was no bathroom. The idea was to set the rig up in a trailer park which had public restrooms and laundry facilities. 
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4 comments:

  1. I lived in a Palace from 1952 to 1958 with my parents and two siblings. Tight fit for a family of 5. My father pulled the Palace with the family stationwagon. I giggle to see the recreational campers folks go "roughing in" these (2014) days. We would have really thought we were in a palace back in the 50's with one of these models!

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  2. I hear ya' about that, lol. Thanks for posting.

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  3. I love old mobile homes, grew up with one across from our house, spent my youth babysitting for the kids in the park and got to see the inside of most homes in the park, plus we had two or three mobile home dealers, and would always go "look at trailers" on the weekends, that was great. I have loved mobile homes from the fifties till now, because I live in one, and have for the past 27 years. I would love to see more inside pictures of old mobile homes, and would love to see the inside of a double decker mobile home. Thank you for your page.

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  4. Anon,

    Thanks much for posting. It's great to hear from another kindred spirit here. Cheers.

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