The Layout


By the late 1930s, a back door in front plan had been established as a standard trailer coach layout. 20 years later, both entry doors were still situated along the front side of most rigs. By the late 1960s, trailers were being built with a more modern back door in back plan.


The rear half of a 1950s house trailer was often configured in this manner. A bedroom would always be in back. Going from back-to-front, the typical rig would -then- have a bathroom and second (walk-thru) bedroom.  


The standard-issue, back bedroom in a '50s trailer usually came furnished with a double bed. In the typical 8' or 10' -wide rigs of the time, said bed might nearly fill the entire room!
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Bathrooms in vintage mobile homes were generally sandwiched between the two bedrooms. In 1950s rigs, the bathroom was often not walled off from the adjacent back bedroom. However, by the mid-1960s, trailer bathrooms were being completely walled-in. Facilities included a tub, toilet and small lavatory. In later models, space might also provided for an automatic washer & dryer. 
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A view from a '50s trailer walk-thru bedroom. From this vantage point, we see a bit of the bathroom and get a small glimpse into the sleeping quarters in the back end of the rig.
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The front half of a typical '50s trailer housed the kitchen and living room. By late in the decade, several different kitchen plans were available ... 


Here we see the galley-type, which was situated in the center of the rig. 
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The popular front kitchen design is seen here. The eye-level oven and stove top unit came in the latest Coppertone tint (a new appliance color first marketed around the year 1960). All furniture and cabinetry are high-end "Early American".
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Putting a slant on things, we have the slant kitchen of a mid-century trailer. It could be situated in either the front or center of a rig. Often, a bathroom would be on the other side.
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This center living room came from the factory decorated with wall-to-wall carpeting, sofa, tables, sconces and drapes. By this time (the mid-1960s), inside walls were being done with stripped, "faux finish" wood paneling. Previously, trailer interiors had been finely crafted with sheets of varnished birch wood.
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This front living room seems to be all-drapes. Trailers of the era often had large "picture windows". These let in plenty of light...but were also terribly energy inefficient. With the limbo-low cost of utilities at the time, this wasn't much of a concern.
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