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Old 11-30-2009, 06:58 PM   #15
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By the way, for whatever reason Lucy and Desi played Stacy and Nicky in the movie.
I remember watching this movie growing up and was always excited when it came on the TV. As stated earlier the movie is based on the novel by Clinton Twiss. Twiss wrote about his experiences full timing in the 1940s with his wife Merle in an Airfloat trailer. The book was made into a movie starring Lucy and Desi. The characters names in the book are Tacey(not Stacey) and Nicky.Apparantly the movie studio did not think people would pay to see Lucy and Desi in a movie when you could see them on TV for free. Desi Arnez was so confidant that he made a $25,000 bet with the studio that it would beat the most popular comedy of the time "Father of the Bride". He Won. Read about Clinton Twiss here:

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Old 11-30-2009, 07:16 PM   #16
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They shot some of the movie on 395 in Calif. then took 130 over to Sonora. We drove that road in a Lincoln Towncar two years ago and some of those hairpin turns were hard in just a car. I read somewhere they had a very difficult time with the trailer on those turns. If you will notice they were using a Lincoln on that part of the movie for more power.

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This has been a fun thread. I love that movie. The scene of Lucy (Tacey) making dinner while Ricky is towing just cracks me up...
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heres a short history on new moon trailers and Redman homes The Company That Made New Moon Trailers
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When I was in the Army I was sent to Washington D.C. in the spring of 1970. My ex-wife and I bought a new "New Moon" mobile home. It was 12' x 52' and we lived in a park in Gaithersburg, Md. When I was discharged 15 months later the Army was kind enough to ship "tow" it back home to Los Angeles for us.

Despite it's size I don't think it weighed that much. It rode on 4 of the 14.5" mobile home tires. The walls and everything inside were pretty light weight. At the time we were told they were good for one long or two short moves.

The thing that I remember well was as the truck was parking our home in the new park, I noticed something on the hitch as he was jacking up the tongue. I reached over and grabbed the ball. It was loose and after looking closely the nut was backed off about two full turns. This was after towing my home with everything I owned in it about 3000 miles.

We sold the trailer about two years later for about the same as what we paid for it which I think was about $5000. I had no idea our trailer had a movie star in it's ancestry.

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Here's a shot of Clinton Twiss. That sparkle in his eye leads me to believe that he could perhaps have been a bit of a rogue.


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