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Old 05-12-2019, 09:24 AM   #1
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Has anyone seen one of these?

Fellow Forum users, I'm asking for your help to identify this little beauty whom I purchased 4 years ago. Search as I might, through the www and beyond, I cannot find one like it.
It is a Pathfinder, and I have found identical interiors on a 1957 but have not found an exterior like it. The serial number is 4147. It is 16' from ball to bumper. (I've spent 45 mins trying to get the right orientation on these but this program keeps attaching them this way. It's an exercise frustration.)

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Old 05-15-2019, 09:21 PM   #2
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Here is your cutie camper correct side up. I hear the most common solution is to resize (make smaller) the photo.

I found this similar cutie on Pinterest.

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Old 05-15-2019, 10:12 PM   #3
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Can't say I've seen one, but here is a little bit of history found in a history of Spencer, WI.

Spencer Centennial Book (1874 - 1974)

"... R. J. Tack and K. D. Graves erected a building across from the old water tower in 1947 and rented it to Luke Riepel. The building was to house the Pup Motor Car Co., manufacturing postwar metal and plywood golf carts.

This venture proved to be unsuccessful as the carts never got off the assembly line. The building was used for awhile as scale boards for cheese boxes were manufactured there, and wood mouldings were also produced.

In April of 1953, the building was leased to a small group of progressive businessmen who formed a corporation under the name of Northland Coach, Inc. The company started production of recreational vehicles and during the first year sold 110 units.

First officers of the company were Vic Carpenter, president; Leo Van Ert, vice president; Porter Greenwood, secretary-treasurer; William Jensen, Ray Parette, and Dan Hosek, directors; and John Carpenter, purchasing agent.

By 1954 Edward O. Dickman had been appointed General Manager and the company changed their name to Pathfinder Mobilehome Inc., and purchased the building from Tack and Graves. Sales and public demand grew, and by 1956 the company began building five models ranging from 16 feet to 35 feet in length. In July of 1958 Pathfinder built their first ten foot wide unit which was 41 feet long. The first 12 wide was built in February of 1961, and four years later the first double wide home was built.

Production space rose from the original 4,800 feet in 1953 to approximately 82,000 square feet by 1967. In 1969 Pathfinder moved into a new building on the south side of Willow Drive, on land annexed from the Town of Spencer. Production continued on the new site until Pathfinder discontinued their Spencer operation in July of 1973."

Incorporation papers show this as the legal address in 1971 and it is the current location of the High School: 400 Nason Street, Spencer, WI 54479.

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Old 05-16-2019, 02:35 AM   #4
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How fortunate - I just received a copy of "The Illustrated Field Guide to Travel Trailers" by Bob Thompson and Carl Jameson to add to the collection of field guides I keep in my trailer (birds, mammals, plants, seashells, etc.).

To add what SeeMore contributed - Pathfinder was in business from 1953-1973. The name honors Natty Bumppo from The Last of the Mohicans. There are other neat facts and illustrations in the Field Guide. For those interested Vintage Trailer Supply has copies and of course it's available at Amazon.

I have no affiliation with the authors and just like outdoor field guides - for me it's a fun humorous book for the camper. Please don't ask to post from this book as it was published in Feb-2019 and I respect the authors copyright.

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Old 05-16-2019, 04:35 AM   #5
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Tin can tourists. Try theur site for info.
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Old 05-16-2019, 04:57 AM   #6
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In July of 1958 Pathfinder built their first ten foot wide unit which was 41 feet long.

OK, 10 feet wide, 41 feet long ... that was a beast!

And must have been tricky to pull along 1958's roadways.

Cool that this references "Last of the Mohicans."
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Old 05-16-2019, 09:15 AM   #7
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thank you all for your replies. Hittensteihl, thanks for the posting info, I'll try it in the future. I did see the camper you found on pinterest! I caught my eye too (they all do; hence my ASF name). Appreciate your input.

SeeMore, wow, great background info. History interests me, in particular mid century. I did take a look for the Pathfinder historic details but there was nothing as detailed as your input.

DG and Wherestream, I was unaware of the Last of the Mohicans reference, very cool. Even if I can't date her yet, I am amassing a rich history of my girl "Penny".

And xrvr, good tip. I have searched the www, but I will see what I can find on the TC site.

Happy trails, thanks again,

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