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Hemmings Find of the Day – custom built camp trailer

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One-off vintage-styled custom camp trailer to match a Ford Model A. From the seller’s description:

In 2007, George, an antique car and automobilia enthusiast, who also was employed as a professional cabinet maker and had a hobby as a semi-professional scale model builder, decided he wanted a period correct camp trailer to pull behind his Model A Ford.

He set down some paper and sketched out some rough plans… and away he went. Within a year, he had produced the fine example seen in the photos. It is believed that the trailer is a replica of a company in 1928 known as Roll-A-Way.. although little information can be found on this company, so the name may be incorrect.

The trailer is meant to provide pretty much the comforts of home.. if that home existed in 1928… The power for the lights is provided via a deep cycle 12V boat battery. Water is provided by the early American Coleman cooler that sits over the sink. Fire to cook your food is provided by a propane two burner stove. There are no plugs, so, if you need more power than that 12V is going to provide, you’ll need to bring along the generator. Not such a big deal however, as that is what most of us do anyway.

The entire trailer was hand built, in what woods, we can’t be sure, however, due to his experience, we know it was built to withstand travel and weather. There are two cupboards, ample counter space, a table that seats 4 and when dropped down, becomes the bed that will sleep two. It is not insulated, so most camping in this will probably be relegated to the three “warmer” seasons.

The camper is 164″ long, from ball hitch to rear step, the body is 122″ long, she stands 90″ tall when hooked to a car and is 74″ wide. The ball hitch is 1 3/4″.

She currently rolls on 5 lug Model A wire wheels but can fit other period size wheels of the same dimension. The camper has tail and brake lights and wired only for such. The trailer does not have trailer brakes. At the current weight, there is no need and has been pulled easily by the Model A and the Volvo wagon shown in several of the photos.

Although thoroughly enjoyed by George and more recently his family, they have decided its time to move this great little period camper on to new owners.

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Oregon City, Oregon
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