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Old 03-10-2011, 11:34 PM   #1
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Mobil Glide Camp Trailer?

Found this on Craigslist in Medford Oregon... Does anyone have information on this make of trailer? I did a web search and didn't find anything. It's called a Mobil Glide, here is the photo that was posted on their CL listing.



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Old 03-11-2011, 04:40 AM   #2
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Built by The American Manufacturing Company of Culver City, CA.

Here's a link with some information.

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Old 03-11-2011, 04:50 PM   #3
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Built by The American Manufacturing Company of Culver City, CA.

Here's a link with some information.

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Kevin....Thanks again for the 411, looks like there are only 13 Moble glides know to man....wow. I wonder what kind of frame and axle one could buy and drop that old skin right down on it. Most likely a Custom made trailer frame would be my guess. No date on it, but it must be from the 1940's. Wish I had a great big workshop.... I would take that little baby on! Hopefully someone will make a save! 12'er like that, you made be able to use a like/new 12' haulmark & axle.
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:01 PM   #4
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I have one, & just moved it into the shop. If I get really lucky, I might even be able to spend my evenings & weekends tinkering with it. I plan to make it my "MobilGlide for my Electra Glide" It's super light & tows beautifully. It's rare to find an aluminum rivetted trailer from this era that is this small. It's 15' bumper to tongue with a 12' X 7' body. As the walls are more upright than an Airstream, the interior feels really big for a trailer this small. It'll polish up to a mirror finish too.
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Cool! Just heard about this on the VAP. I look forward to hearing about the progress!
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Trex the one you posted the pic of is in with the photos Kevin 245 posted, same trailer, same photo.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:07 PM   #7
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Cool! Just heard about this on the VAP. I look forward to hearing about the progress!
I stopped by the RV Hall of Fame on my way to Alumapalooza last summer & went through their research library & printed out assorted ads from magazines. Apparently they were only built in 46 & 47. During the disassembly process, I discovered that the skins are .025" thick Alclad, somewhat thinner than vintage Airstream's of .032" & much thinner than .040" of modern Airstream's, however modern Airstream's are not made of Alclad. This trailer will polish up just like vintage Airstream's do. Being somewhat squarer than Airstream's, coupled with the fact that the ribs are "hat" sections as opposed to "C" channels, the roof is very strong. I took it to the local scale after gutting the remains of the crude cabinetry out of it & it only weighed 860 lbs, incredibly light for a 15' trailer. It will get a new frame & torsion axle over the next few months. My goal is to make it as light as possible & still function as a modern travel trailer is expected to. I'm really quite curious to see what kind of gas mileage i'll be able to achieve behind my Saab 9-3. It's becoming quite an interesting project so far, & although it's not an Airstream, it may qualify as a "Silver Cousin"
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What a cute trailer (as seen in the Wiki). Colin, were those corner segments just beat over a form to make? Seems pretty easy construction... I like it with the skirts over the wheels.
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What a cute trailer (as seen in the Wiki). Colin, were those corner segments just beat over a form to make? Seems pretty easy construction... I like it with the skirts over the wheels.
Believe it or not, the corner segments were "spun" then quartered. Years ago I worked in a machine shop making Highway Lamps, that were basically huge aluminum cans. I ran an Automatic Spinning machine, that looked kind of like a Lathe. You inserted a flat aluminum disc & a hydraulic clamp held the disc in place & it started to spin. Then a nylon roller moved over & started pushing the aluminum over a polished form. After several minutes of successive passes by the roller, the flat disc had turned into a large can. This was before the days of NC (numerical control) machines. The corner segments have slight roller marks in them, so I'm assuming they were made the same way, then quartered after the dome is complete. This was probably quite a revolutionary process in the trailer industry in 1946. Keep in mind that Airstream didn't start stretch forming the end segments until 1957.
You're right, it is kinda cute..............in a boxy kind of way. Other trailers of this period were quite crude in comparison. If anyone is interested, I will show the progress of this restoration through this thread.
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Count me in as interested! I'd really like to see how you're going to add a door in the back to get your motorcycle in!
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Count me in as interested! I'd really like to see how you're going to add a door in the back to get your motorcycle in!
Creativity...................isn't that why your trailer is in my shop?
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Count me in as interested! I'd really like to see how you're going to add a door in the back to get your motorcycle in!
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So you are going to make your own EB/Basecamp version of it. You could probably tow it with your Saab 9-3 with a small bike, not a Harley EG. Some vintage light Italian bike would be cool or a Vespa scooter.

Neat idea.

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So you are going to make your own EB/Basecamp version of it. You could probably tow it with your Saab 9-3 with a small bike, not a Harley EG. Some vintage light Italian bike would be cool or a Vespa scooter.

Neat idea.

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Hi Dan,
It won't be as stylish as a Basecamp, but it'll certainly be more versatile. I'm shooting for a completed dry weight of around 1200 lbs. I realize I'm being optimistic here, but I need to stay focused. My bike is a 750 lb Bagger, so assuming I hit the mark, the bike & stuff should be around 2200. My Saab has a tow capacity of 3500 lb & somewhat more than unexpected. Hopefully I'll end up with some wiggle room.
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I am sure you will be fine. I assume your 9-3 is turbo charged. That is a nice motor in a very nice car.

I am not a jealous person, but I am jealous of you getting to design and fabricate your very own basecamp with which to tow your bike. I am sure that yours won't leak at the doors (unlike the Airstream design). I also happened to have been born in 46.

I really like the basecamp concept. It is just too bad that Airstream did not do a great job designing it plus there really was not enough demand for it. If it would have sold better, I suspect they would have improved the door seal design. I really like the basecamp idea, kind of a cross between an Airstream trailer and a tear drop; but yet you can carry a motorcycle in it.

I look forward to following this thread.

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