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THE LITTLE CAESAR TRAILER COMPANY

Manufactured by The Sokolis Brothers, Sebastopol, California

Years built

1946 to 1965

I recently found a Dunbar ad in a 1949 Western Trailer Life magazine It lists several Trailer company logos including a logo for Little Ceasar, Says:

                       Sokolis Bros. MFG. CO.
                    L_(Unreadable)_ty   Quality
                          LITTLE CAESAR
                         Trailer Builders 
                           Since 1946                        Sebastopol, California

Models

no larger than 14' most common was the 13'

Interiors

solid douglas fir plywood walls… first ones in 40's were masonite skin, early 50's flat aluminum, later 50's- 60's were corrogated aluminum siding over plywood.

Standard Features

Ice box, sink, closet, double bed in rear, two seat dinette in front..

Unique features/Options

claim to fame was the dropped axle and low height, low inner floor made its overall height at 6'10“ so to fit in most garages… the exterior was solid sheets of unpainted aluminum with optional stripe

Prices

in 1951 a Sokolis trailer went for a pricey 1,450.00 - about the same as an Airstream Cruisette.

Pictures

Some owners

Luke and Kandis DeNitto: 909-522-1504 Anaheim, Ca. 10' 1948 Little Caeser

Jeff and Lindsey Graham: Yosemite, CA 13 ft 1962 Little Caeser

Bonnie and Sean Peppers: 904-463-1151. Jacksonville, Fl. 13' L. Caeser/ 66' Shasta Compact

William & Amber Wimmer: 805-674-8265, Paso Robles, CA 13' 1953 L. Caesar

Clifford Robinson: 510-635-5254 Oakland,CA 13' Little Caesar 1950

Carolyn Bach-Schultz: Woodinville, WA 1955 Little Caesar 10' 6” :-)

Frank & Jessie: Lodi, CA - 1957 Little Caesar 8'

Michael & Aedan Haworth: Sebastopol, CA -

Sokolis Brothers Mfg. was Charles, Emil, Ed, Ernie, & Al who followed the advice of a buddy and started a business building small travel trailers at a factory in Sebastopol CA shortly after the war ended. Unlike most trailers from the era, they were framed with solid plywood that was skinned with aluminum. (Very early models had a masonite exterior.) They were marketed at the State Fair and trade shows. The dropped axle allowed it to fit it most garages. A true family operation, the wives worked in the factory and sewed curtains at home. At the peak of production in the 50's, they employed 18 people and averaged one trailer per day. Not all the brothers worked there at the same time; some left and others came on board. The factory ceased production around 1965.

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