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Old 02-03-2021, 05:36 AM   #1
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Check out this vintage TT and TV

Would like to know more about the family travel trailer and tow vehicle !

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Old 02-03-2021, 06:20 AM   #2
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That is awesome! Never saw a rumble seat as a gooseneck hitch point before.
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That is awesome! Never saw a rumble seat as a gooseneck hitch point before.
The trailer is a Curtis Aerocar and the "fifth wheel" was literally a fifth wheel (actually an aircraft wheel and tire surrounded by a cast metal bracket).

The aired tire as part of the hitch gave protection from road jolts and bumps in the tow vehicle.

These rigs were for the elite...and were made on aircraft principles.

The fifth wheel hitch has evolved into something less elegant, but it serves the same purpose in a very similar way.
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The trailer is a Curtis Aerocar and the "fifth wheel" was literally a fifth wheel (actually an aircraft wheel and tire surrounded by a cast metal bracket).

The aired tire as part of the hitch gave protection from road jolts and bumps in the tow vehicle.

These rigs were for the elite...and were made on aircraft principles.

The fifth wheel hitch has evolved into something less elegant, but it serves the same purpose in a very similar way.
I believe that is just the trunk with the lid removed, not a rumble seat. As a kid my father restored antique cars and we had a '31 (?) Model A with a rumble seat! The car shown looks more like our '37 Plymouth Coupe with a HUGE trunk (we could fit our 10 speed bikes in there!).
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