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Old 07-12-2009, 01:26 PM   #1
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Holiday House anyone?

This little project has been taking most of my free time lately.
It's a 1960 Holiday House model 19. These are the Jetson's/houseboat looking trailers made by Harry and David Fruitiers for a little over one year. Info is sketchy but as far as I know there are only about six of this model still known to exist. They were also available in a 17 foot model and a tandem 20+ footer. I actually had two of these and one, which was pretty far gone, is now in the capable hands of Larry Hill of Retro Restoration in CO undergoing a chassis up resto. This one had been sitting since 1974 with a broken spring. I had to do a little logging to get it out.
This is a fun trailer but I will probably place it in the hands of a collector / restorer as well. I don't have room for too many trailers around here. I'm in the process of the initial cut/polish. I'll repaint the green stripe, clean up the interior, and it will be time for it to find a new home. Here's a few pics.





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Old 07-14-2009, 12:58 PM   #2
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Gorgeous. I've never heard of them before! Could you share a couple interior shots after you clean it up?

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Old 07-14-2009, 01:20 PM   #3
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This is really cool looking, ST!
Jetsons is the perfect analogy, it almost looks like the windows could slide into the aluminum, which would then slide back into the white portion for a convertible trailer.

Something tells me this would be an even more compelling aesthetic pairing with a tall-finned 50's car than a period Airstream.
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Old 07-14-2009, 01:29 PM   #4
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Just did a little surfing, and found this different design:

1960prototype.com

Perhaps pushes the more futuristic than yours, ST131, but absolutely a first cousin. I'd never heard of these - ya learn something new every day...
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Old 07-14-2009, 02:14 PM   #5
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Just did a little surfing, and found this different design:

1960prototype.com

Perhaps pushes the more futuristic than yours, ST131, but absolutely a first cousin. I'd never heard of these - ya learn something new every day...
Yes. The story of the prototype is really cool. The owner has turned down numerous six-figure $$ offers. Mine is a standard production 19' self contained model. These trailers have been quite the rage with collectors lately and there have been a number of them sold. Almost all of them I know of have been purchased by well known collectors. There are no production records still existing so nobody knows how many were built in 1960/1961. As far as I know there are only a handful of them still known to exist. Two have been professionally restored and a couple more are in the process of full restoration.
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Very cool.

Thanks for sharing
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Hello,
Please send some additional pictures, especially of the interior. When do you plan on listing it for sale? Does this model come with the bed in the back or the sofa? What color is the sink and counter? Thank you for your time.
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Old 07-15-2009, 11:26 PM   #10
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Here's one all ready to go!

Here's pics and the ad copy for one of the two that have been professionally restored. This one is for sale on Santa barbara Craigslist right now. I believe the restoration was done by Craig Dorsey. This one is a model 17.


Ad reads as follows:
"This is a professionally restored and extremely rare 1961 Holiday House travel trailer manufactured by The Harry & David Fruit of the Month Club folks out of Medford Oregon. The odd looking Holiday House trailers were only made in 1960 and 1961. You can read a bit of the history about the trailer at http://www.1960prototype.com/
The unique and dramatic mid-century modern styling, the amazing interior roominess, and the quality craftsmanship make this one of the most collectable and sought after travel trailers from this era. Very few were made and there are only a handful that are known to still be in use today. This may be the only example of what the trailers looked like when they came off the showroom floor. It was lovingly and carefully restored in 2005 using original fabrics and color schemes. I have greatly enjoyed using this trailer for camping and vintage trailer rallies but I am working on a couple other restoration projects so Im putting the Holiday House up for sale. The trailer is around 17 long including the tongue. It weighs somewhere between 2500 3000 lbs. It has a bathroom with a shower. There has been nearly 20k invested in the trailer but I am asking $17,500. Please write for more details."







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Old 08-16-2009, 06:28 PM   #11
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Where did summer go????

I finally have the exterior almost done. All exterior lights are now working. Finished touch-up painting today, then it's off to the welding shop for a new hitch coupler and safety chains. Then I can attack the interior and get it ready for eBay. Hopefully by mid-Sept. at the latest.







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I was searching the i-net for some info on vintage trailer restoration for my newly acquired 67' tradewind, with the usual side track research when I came across the
Holiday House - 1960 Model "X" - Geographic article and was floored by the design.

I mentioned it to my mother inlaw who was a native of the Medford area during the 40's-70's and she knows of folks who worked on and sold these rigs during that time. I'm had her read through the article and this link, she is trying to find more info or actual folks to respond to this link.

She may even know of a few folks that have one of these hiding on the side of a garage someplace down that way. I will keep proding her to find out more.

Let you know later.

Send me a pm if you're willing to let her and I take an up close look, as we are in the Redmond Oregon area.

Thanks.
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That would be great! I sent you an email. There was one recently discovered in the Medford area and brought up here. I keep in occasional contact with the handful of other known Holiday House owners and I'm sure they would be also thrilled to hear from anyone who was on the project.
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Old 09-07-2009, 11:58 PM   #14
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She's up for sale!

Listed it on eBay tonight.

Item# 130329698099

1960 Holiday House model 19. Vintage Retro Rare Trailer:eBay Motors (item 130329698099 end time Sep-14-09 19:19:24 PDT)

We'll see what happens.









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