Gilkie Tent Trailer, circa 1927

Summary

Campers who wanted to get close to nature -- but not too close -- loved fold-out tent trailers. These two-wheelers folded down for easy towing by day and then mushroomed into miniature homes at night. Story has it that Warren and Ray Gilkison designed and built their first tent trailer in their father's machine shop for a family camping trip.

Campers who wanted to get close to nature -- but not too close -- loved fold-out tent trailers. These two-wheelers folded down for easy towing by day and then mushroomed into miniature homes at night. Story has it that Warren and Ray Gilkison designed and built their first tent trailer in their father's machine shop for a family camping trip.

Artifact

Camping trailer

Date Made

circa 1927

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

86.128.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift in Memory of Lucien F. Bauduc, Sr.

Material

Canvas
Wood (Plant Material)
Metal
Rubber (Material)

Color

Green
Brown

Inscriptions

On sign attached to front: CAMP WAHOO

Specifications

Make & Model: Gilkie tent trailer, about 1927

Maker: E.P. Gilkison & Sons Company, Terre Haute, Indiana

Features: extra-wide 28 inch door, 82 square feet, full-size beds, standing height inside, electric lights, steel kitchenette, icebox, screens, water- and mildew-proof army-cotton-duck tent

Height: 53.5 inches

Width: 13 feet

Wheelbase: 8 feet 6 inches

Overall length: 9 feet 9 inches

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