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Floorplan from Silver Dome trailer catalog, 1937

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Floorplan from Silver Dome trailer catalog, 1937
NMAH, Transportation Collections


This object appears in the following sections:

Family Camping: York Beach, Maine, 1930s
Family Camping: York Beach, Maine, 1930s — The Trailer “Problem”

Silverdome 'Custom Club' trailer floorplan, 1937
Silverdome "Custom Club" trailer floorplan, 1937

Vagabond Coach

Trailing Along in a Trailer, Words and Music by Blanche Merrill and Leo Edward

Silver Dome trailer floorplan
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
This Silver Dome trailer is a typical small manufactured trailer. It is 6 foot 7 inches wide, and measures 16 feet from the back through the hook, an outside measurement. Although there were larger trailers than this one in the 1930s, most trailers were laid out with a dining space that turned into a double bed at the far end, the stove and the icebox in the middle, and a couch that converted into a bed, with storage space above it, in the front. Trailer design built on the designs of other moving sleeping spaces—railroad Pullman cars and yachts. They made double use of most spaces and made storage space and closets almost everywhere they could. Manufacturers’ choice to emphasize mobility, and their decision to streamline trailers to make them look modern from the outside affected the interior space--the interior of this Silver Dome is 12 feet long before it begins to curve.
Physical Description
Date Made:
Travel trailers began to be manufactured in the U.S. in the late 1920s, and hundreds of small companies got into the business in the 1930s, making it a growth industry, in spite of the Depression. By the mid 1930s, there were nearly 300,000 trailers registered in the United States, and only half of the states required registration.

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