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Old 09-04-2010, 09:34 PM   #113
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I'm loving this story...please keep it going. I too lived my childhood through these years and your stories and pictures, though unique, remind me of ours. Loving the journey...~G
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Old 09-04-2010, 11:15 PM   #114
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Post Hi Max!... by the way, I Love Georgia Too!

You came to the right place! Stay Tuned!

Funny, the only two States that I haven't gotten to visit yet, [ my loss ] is [ How'areya and Alaska! ] How are ya?

Now, my spell checker has let me down in the past, and being a holiday weekend, [ Labor Day ] , I already knew that He was off, so's y'all will half to try and read the story behind the story, if you will, in the above comment.! What a life he has though, he's been signed out since two weeks ago!

Yes, Absolutely how Clinton Twiss braught me back to the day, as well!!

He shared his story with us many many years ago, and there is the movie that was made from his book, that just [ ROCKS ] !!!! We are all along for the ride, And What A Great Ride It Is!!!! Jackie ~G. ????

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Old 09-05-2010, 12:39 PM   #115
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[ Gearheads ]... What ever came with the stock 1949 Buick Roadmaster's transmission cooler set up, is what was used.

Later in life, my Wife and I bought a 28' travel trailer and towed it with a 1979 T Bird Ford, with a 351 V8 and automatic transmission. However, I installed a very large external transmission cooler, and the 28'er was in no way as heavy as the 46'er that the Buick towed from Coast to Coast!

We kept the travel trailer loaded so as we could just hook her up on a Friday night and spend the weekend down on the Cape, and also towed it up to our property on the Cabot Trail Cape Breton Island NS. for two weeks at a time vacation's twice every year.
I guess you could say that once hooked on the travel bug, your always ready to go.

I had mentioned earlier in this thread that the Magic Carpet had a heavy tongue weight. Any trailer built today, 46' long would have three or even four axles to alleviate this condition.

A picture, Dad to the left, talking with a sales rep. about one of the tongue dollies that he tried out before we left Stoneham on our journey.
Terry,

Do you know the manufacturer of the dolly your dad used on your trailer? Maybe your dad tried some of these. Here are some patents for tongue dollies from the day. Interesting reading.
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Old 09-05-2010, 10:59 PM   #116
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Terry,

Do you know the manufacturer of the dolly your dad used on your trailer? Maybe your dad tried some of these. Here are some patents for tongue dollies from the day. Interesting reading.
Hi, I kind of like the idea of a tow dolly except for the tiny wheels [on most of them] spinning at 65 MPH. The first one looks a lot like one of them pictured, but I believe he said his Dad didn't use that one.
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Hi rseagle. Sorry, I can't remember the manufacturer of the unit we used.

Hi REBERTSUNRUS. The unit we ended up using was a triple wheeld air over hydrolic set up. It was mounted inside of the main-tow frame, and the air over hydrolic cylinder came up inbetween the two propane tanks.

This is about the best picture I have of it, but if you look back to posts #s
43- 62- 78- 81- and 97, there are other pictures of it as well.
The tires worked good on aircraft, and they often land going a lot faster than 65 MPH.

Now, this pic is looking at it from the front of the trailer while it was being loaded on a flatbed to move it up to Sant Meria CA. You can't see the cylinder as it is behind the manual tongue jack.
I hope this helps...
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Rivet Drawing A Crowd?...

First of all, sorry for miss spelling ' Santa Maria ', in my previous post.

The Magic Carpet always drew a large amount of folks that wanted to see this 'Behemouth', close up, at 46' long, where ever we landed on our journey from Stoneham MA. to California!
Just so's not to confuse anyone, here's a description. Credit Merriam Webster.
Definition of BEHEMOTH

1
often capitalized : a mighty animal described in Job 40:1524 as an example of the power of God

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: something of monstrous size, power, or appearance <a behemoth truck>

Examples of BEHEMOTH
  1. <the newest SUV is a gas-guzzling behemoth that doesn't even fit in a standard parking space>
S'more Antique pics.

Pic # 1. The Magic Carpet Always Drew A Crowd.
Pic # 2. Dad, Not Forgetting The Power, Just Before Dark.

" Oh, did us Rugg's ever have the travel bug, back in 1952! "
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Rivet Driving Me Nuts...

' Not that I ever needed a ride ' , mind you. ...

I've been researching the original manufacturer of Our Magic Carpet!

Thank God, the model [ Michigan Arrow ] , has been stuck in my brain since way back in the early days of the 1950s.

I think I have finally found the answer to my exhaustive efforts! Knowing that there were so many companies 'Globled up, long and since.

Also, I would love the help of the many more knowledgeable out here to sort of pin this down for those whom may be interested, including me!

Now, I found this old add, [ Credit, Atlas Mobile Home Museum ] , what pictured a very close resemblance of our custom built trailer, and they built a 46'er too.
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Smile Now, Just So Y'All know Where We're At...

Way back in 19 and 52, there want no Saturday night live, so on occasion we had to improvise!

We often didn't have all of the props, so to speak, either!

If'in you should not believe me, I just so happen to have a picture of that there too!

Pic # 1. Broomless Chimney Sweets!

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September 11th, 2010...

This post is dedicated in remembrance of those whom are forever with us.

As most large families share loved one's, we also find more reason to, and for celebration! However painful, we must move on... This very website gives testament to our very resolve.

Our family got to celebrate, very often along our journey through life! May I share more with...

Pic # 1. Celebrating Brother Fred's Birthday, in the Magic Carpet.

Pic # 2. Dad, Finding Our Way, And Documenting Our Journey.

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And Some Large White Wall Too...

Here's a trunk load of white-walled tire for Y's!

Also, check out the tongue dolly mounted in the tow frame of the Magic Carpet in this pic.

We talked about this earlier, in this thread.

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Hi Terry,

This is a great thing you're doing for us fellow trailerites. I think that trailer history and nostalgia are a favorite interest of current RV owners.

I was looking at the photo of your dad pondering over the route and stops on the Texaco map and I was wondering if you have the map or can recall the route (ex: Route 66?) that you all took, from state to state? Any notable trailer parks that you stayed at and where? I'm wondering if some of these places may still exist under new ownership.

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Our 34 Day Trek...

Hi Bob,

Thank you for your comments and interest, as well! Our 34 day trek took us through 19 States and Washington DC. We took an overall northern route to CA.

From Stoneham MA. south to, RI. CT. NY. NJ. DE. MD. DC. PA. OH. IN. IL. IA. WI. MN. SD. WY. UT. NV. CA.

My Dad kept a travel log with maps, and I am sure that if we were to do it all over again today, with what we spent on gas alone, we could go a long way in bringing this Country back from the depression that we find ourselves in.

Now, some of the roads that we traveled back in 19 and 52, I'm not so sure that they are still there! Let me check...
Lets see, 19 and 52,... I think we were following the steel wheeled and rimed wagons what went west before us!
Hey, don't forget that I was only 7 years old back then!

I will do the best that I can, and get back to you!
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We all learned some important things during our travels! Some puppies did as well!

Here's another antique photo...

From Left to right, Sister's Linda, Doa and a puppy!

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The "Book" is Online

I found a website that has The Long Long Trailer by Clinton Twiss to read online or download.

Enjoy!

THE LONG LONG TRAILER : CLINTON TWISS : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

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