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Old 11-23-2007, 01:12 PM   #1
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While watching the Travel Channel last night I saw a story on the Tin Can Tourists. One of the featured travel trailers was the Curtiss Aero Car, built in the 1930s. This must be one of the first versions of the 5th wheel travel trailer. I thought some of you gearheads would find it interesting. The site that has the info on it is: Hindley's Garage - Antique Trucks, Cars & Trailer Restoration Ron
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Old 11-23-2007, 02:26 PM   #2
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International Harvester made something similar also in the thirties for a Hallicraftr's sponsored African safari. When it was inline, the TV and trailer appeared as one piece.
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Old 11-23-2007, 02:30 PM   #3
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Bill, You've got a sharp eye. I H is the company that was commissioned to build the TV for the aero car. Ron
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[quote=str8strm] Curtiss Aero Car, built in the 1930s. Ron[/quote

That would be the same Curtiss, building aeroplanes here in Buffalo

I believe.
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A brother of a friend of mine owned an International Harvestor 1939 or possibly 1938 pick-up truck. He owned that truck for about 20 years. I saw it often and can identify the hood, grill headlights and front fenders as the same vintage. I never saw anything but pictures of the trailer. Charlie E.
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On second thought, maybe that's how IH got their reputation for hauling trailers. I had a "corn binder" Travelall (1970) that I towed my first Airstream with. It had the biggest gas engine offered by IH that year, a 392CI V8. Pulled very good on level surface but on a grade when the engine lost RPM and downshifted it never would regain speed until it topped the hill. Charlie E.
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Old 11-23-2007, 03:14 PM   #7
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Here's a shot of the interior of the Gati jungle expedition rig.
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I thought that TV looked a little familuar Thats like K or KB 5 Internaional .I just vaguely remember them from the farm when I was 4 or 5.They were still around
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I have seen that show a couple times it is great did any one happen to remember the name of the book they referanced at the end of the show I was gonna try to find it.....SAM
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Old 11-23-2007, 06:19 PM   #10
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....and more.
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Old 11-23-2007, 08:02 PM   #11
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Here's another from this site:

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I have seen that show a couple times it is great did any one happen to remember the name of the book they referanced at the end of the show I was gonna try to find it.....SAM
Unfortunately I missed the last 10 minutes of the show. R
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Room for One More

If I could find this one, I'd have to make some room for just one more vehicle.

It kind of looks like an overgrown Isetta.
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The Hindley Curtis Aero Car

Ken and Lana Hindley are my neighbors, two towns over from me.

Believe it or not, Ken has so far restored 240 vintage cars, trucks and trailers in his one car garage at Union, Ontario.

I didn’t see the TV show but the book you people are talking about might be Silver Palaces by Douglas Keister. Here’s the Amazon listing:

Amazon.com: Silver Palaces: Books: Douglas Keister


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