1961 Holiday House Trailer
Not a barn find like most of my
other trailers, yet still, an interesting find.
While attending a vintage trailer
rally in Lake Tahoe, California, both my wife and I saw our first
Holiday House trailer. Wow, the
Jetsons have arrived.
Another miracle!!! Jenay said
“let’s get one”. I was told “good luck”, there aren’t many of them
This thing looked like a chrome
plated, pleated, Kleenex box—shaped like a forward leaning space
ship. Boxy, ugly, unique, and as we soon found out, very rare.
How is this for specialized
manufacturing? They were made by the Harry and David fruit packing
company. Yes, the Harry and David that sends you that catalog every
fall with pears, apples etc. all packed so neatly in gift boxes. It
seems that the owners thought that it would be a good idea to find
something for the fruit packers to do during the off season. So low
and behold, they designed these trailers and put them into
production. They only made these trailers for a few years. There is
much more to that story, but let’s go back to the story of mine.
When we returned from the Tahoe
rally at about two in the morning, I went on the internet and
immediately found this Holiday House. I was shocked after being
told they were so rare. I wrote the phone # down and went to bed.
The next morning I told Jenay I had a surprise for her. The bad
news… it was not on the internet anymore. The listing on Craigs
list was pulled. Good thing I saved the phone #. I called the guy
and he said it was only listed for a few hours.
They mistakenly listed it under vacation homes or something like
that, and he wanted it changed to vintage travel trailers. How I
found it punching in “Holiday House” is beyond me. He was going to
relist it that day, but I told him not to waste his time. He was
only 7 hours away, so we jumped in our truck and made the whirlwind
round trip and returned with my prize.
This is the only trailer that I did
not restore to original specs. It was simply too cool… and I had to
take it one more step into the future.
seat belt, you are about to go
“back to the future”.
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