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1961 Holiday House 18'

Vintage Base Camp
7016 Hughes Avenue
Crestwood, KY 40014
United States

$18,500.00 (Or Best Offer)
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This adorable vintage 1961 18’ Holiday House was built for fun and adventure! This trailer was in production for only 2 years and only a handful are still in existence. A little history on the Holiday House David Holmes, President of “Harry and David” (mail-order fruit baskets and gifts) were looking for ways to keep his workers busy during the January to July “off-season”. Capitalizing on his life-long interest in travel trailers and modern design, he decided to employ his skilled workers in the production of a new travel trailer with a very modern and daring design. Holmes’ new “Holiday House” travel trailers were based on the standard aluminum skin over a wood frame design, but the overall styling was very progressive and “space-age” and a huge departure from the familiar “canned ham” styles being produced by most other travel trailer manufacturers.

Holiday House trailers were the brainchild of David H. Holmes, President of Harry and David Fruitiers in Medford, Oregon in 1959. The firm used fruit packing employees to manufacture the trailers during the slow season from January to July. Holmes was concerned about keeping skilled employees during these slow months and also had a personal interest in travel trailers with a highly modern design. Production began on wood-framed, aluminum-sided trailers on Nov. 2nd, 1959 with full-scale production by Feb. 1960. The 1960 lineup included the models, 17, 19, and 24. The 24 was a tandem axle trailer. For 1961 the model designations changed to 18, 20, and 24 with the two smaller models gaining a foot in length and all three models receiving chassis upgrades, larger bathrooms, and other added conveniences.
Although well made and very stylish, Holiday House travel trailers were priced higher than most of the competition, so less than 200 units were manufactured for the 1960 and 1961 model years, before production ceased in January 1962.

This trailer only comes with a bill of sale, it was found in Tennessee which is not a title state for trailers. The trailer is not camp-ready and will require extensive restoration work. It does have good bones and was towed from TN to KY where it is now at Vintage Base Camp in Crestwood Ky. It is my personal trailer and I did plan on keeping it to restore but I’m way too busy to take on my own projects. I believe this to be a rare trailer and it is hard to find east of the Mississippi River. You normally only find them out west.
Please ask questions before bidding. If you would like a video walkthrough I have several ready to send out. It does have new wheels and tires and hubcaps that go with the camper.

Greg Penner

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