Vintage travel trailers stay put for California museum exhibit

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Trailer on Display | Photos courtesy of the California Automobile Museum

Travel trailers from the 1930s through the 1960s are the focus of a new exhibit launching Saturday at the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento. The display of vintage trailers, “Camping in Style: Little Homes on Wheels,” continues at the museum through April 10.

While the idea of travel trailers can be traced back before automobiles, they first appeared behind cars in North America in the early 1920s. As the automobile grew in popularity, so did the trailers. Travel trailers allowed the wanderlust-addicted to tow around a “little home-on-wheels” wherever they ventured.

The 1950s produced radical new designs so that travel trailers became one of the most recognizable shapes on the road. Their appeal has withstood the test of time as they are still popular today.
Some examples of vintage travel trailers in the exhibit include: a 1936 Bowlus Deluxe Road Chief, 1936 Luxury Liner, 1946 Curtis Wright Model 2 and a 1959 Shasta Airflyte with matching 1956 Chevy Bel Air station wagon.

The museum is offering a special preview of the exhibit today from 5 to 8 p.m., includes some camp-style finger foods and campfire games. For more information about the exhibit, see the museum website.

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