New Comforts for Trailer Travel (Feb, 1938)

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New Comforts for Trailer Travel

ANY attractive spot along the road is home, for the owner of the latest in automobile trailers and fittings. Pictures on these pages show some of the most ingenious accomplishments of clever designers in providing new luxuries for those who live on wheels.

Vying to combine roominess with the most elaborate array of conveniences, trailer makers have performed magic space-saving feats. One offers a double-duty fireplace that heats the trailer by day, and turns into a dresser at night! Another provides a three-gallon hot water tank that swings out over a gasoline-stove burner to heat a supply for the washstand, shower, or kitchen sink, and disappears into a closet when it is not in use.

Refinements in mechanical design supplement interior comforts. With a new jack attached to the hitch, a woman can easily level the floor of a trailer parked on uneven ground. So flexible is another improved hitch that car and trailer can even face in opposite directions. Novelties include a trailer body that half envelops the car itself, and a car that unfolds vertically into a two-story home.

One maker, who markets a complete “mobile cottage,” views it as the forerunner of sectional homes. Home owners of the future, he predicts, will be able to purchase a dining room, a bedroom, a kitchen, or a living room, all mounted on wheels. From these sectional units, they will be able to assemble a complete home, in an H or C-shaped pattern, with interconnecting doors permitting passage from room to room. Metropolitan centers may be ringed with trailer cities of such homes, he suggests.

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  1. [...] links on teardrop trailers and on how to build your own, and Modern Mechanix had a recent scan of a 1938 Popular Science article on the rise in popularity of travel [...]

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