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Yellowstone's Slogan - “Good on the go and great when you get there”
In 1945, Elmer Weaver organized the Yellowstone Coach Co. in Wakarusa. The Yellowstone travel trailer was built and sold in Wakarusa Indiana. Yellowstone trailers were well built and the travel trailer of choice for carnival employees.
Yellowstone was one of the very few companies that didn't venture into the larger type mobile homes. Here is their 1955 23-footer with 1-bedroom with complete bathroom and kitchen.
Here is the 19' model that was one of the regular units of 1955. The plan was interesting in that the bathroom was across from the bed in the rear creating a larger living area up front. Attached is the very same (model) trailer but the 1958 model…..hadn't changed any.
By 1960 the original 23-footer gained a foot and was the 24-footer. An additional larger model, the 27-footer was also added to their line. None of the Yellowstone trailers were painted but maintained the popular 'silver' aluminum look.
In 1963 the Yellowstone Coach Co., Wakarusa, IN, came out with a 13 footer that that was only 6'6” wide yet could sleep 4-8 “comfortably” and yet could be towed by one of the new foreign compact cars. Can you imagine going on a vacation with your wife and six kids in this trailer?
Yellowstone had 4 basic size the smalllest 16 foot, 19 foot, 24 foot, 27 foot.
1963 13' 16', & 19' Specifications
- 13' 13G, 13C: Overall length 13', Overall body length 11”, Overall width 6.5' Interior height 6'2”, Weight 1500 lbs, Hitch wt. 210 lbs, 13×6:00 tires, 4” steel channel frame, Water tank and pump, Gas light. Brakes optional.
- Model 13G: three burner range with oven.
- Model 13C: ice box, 12 volt light.
- 16' 16C, 16R, 16S: Overall length 16', Overall body length 14”, Overall width 7' Interior height 6'2”, Weight 1980 lbs, Hitch wt. 225 lbs, 15×7:10 tires, 4” steel channel frame, Gas Light, three burner stove with oven and thermostat.
- 16C: Water tank and pump, ice box standard, optional: gas wall heater, gas refrigerator, pressure water system.
- 16S: & 16R: 3 cu ft gas refrigerator, 15 gallon septic holding tank, gas wall heater, pressure water system.
- 16R: Opional shower and gas water heater.
- Gas/Electric refrigerator optional.
- 19' 19B, 19BF: Overall length 19'6”, Overall body length 17'6”, overall Width 8' Interior height 6'6”, Weight 3200 lbs, 15×7:8 tires, 4” steel box channel frame, 17,000 BTU gas heater, Electric brakes and control, Range with 4 burners and oven, 4 cu ft gas refigerator, 10 gal gas water heater, Pressure water system, Septic (holding) tank, Gas Wall heater, Gas light, 14' awning rail, Electric exhaust fan, 12 V light.
- 19B Hitch wt. 225 lbs, apt. size range
- 19BF Hitch wt. 475 lbs, built in range
All birch wood interior
. Fiberglass insulation . Double floor insulated with fiberglass . Completey undercoated . Self-contained water tank with pump . Gas light . Gas heater . Gas stove/oven . Choice of either a electric or gas refrigerator . All alum. exterior and everything was nailed, no screws . Choice of a double bed . Electric brakes
1957 Yellowstone 16' “all options: gas/elec fridge, presssurized water, elec and gas lights, etc” new to me/but old to some, just starting plans for how far to restore, 11/2/2010 digrant @ verizon. net in Maryland (will post pics sometime soon)
1958 Yellowstone, Restored with Hardwood, Berber carpet, granite counter, rest all original, love it!
1951? Yellowstone 19 ft. under construction right now- 5/18/07 Rick Branson. firstname.lastname@example.org
16' 1963 Yellowstone Trailer Model 16S - John Case - JohnCase3 at aol dot com - 3rd owner (at least) In use every year 1995 - present.
1959 Yellowstone Trailer 16 foot all alum. Very nice polished up! Owner- Alex Logan New Hudson, Michigan!
19' 1963 Yellowstone Trailer Model-19BF Gipsygman - email@example.com - at least 3rd owner, originally from Niagra,NY area - under renovation
1979 27' Yellowstone Country Club Needs some TLC, but still sturdy. 2nd owner, Sheri, Western NY
1959? 24B Yellowstone. Got it free, working on sealing it up and repairing some water damage, any tips on polishing exterior? firstname.lastname@example.org
1964 13' Yellowstone. Getting close to end of restoration. Is there a Yellowstone club or rally anywhere? Missouri/Kansas? email@example.com
1959 14' Yellowstone Trailer Just bought it need to know where to find parts. If anyone can help contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Jim and Amy Lee Owners Shelby, Indiana
1961 16' Yellowstone. BeeBee (my Yellowstone's nick-name) resides in Woodstock, IL - email@example.com. Can see pics at: http://1958-yellowstone.blogspot.com/
1963 13Ft Yellowstone. 13G Model. Bought on 06/10/2009 from friend. In the Process of fixing it up. When I had bought it the interior was and is in its original state, no leaks except for the back window had rotted out, someone left the window open for the past five years. I bought it for 150.00. Everything works except on light cover was burned out because of the wrong bulb. Everything is like new. I will be posting pictures soon.I am also so proud to have one. Its is my first travel trailer, and wont be the last one. I am also in the process of starting a club and forum for vintage travel trailers here in Columbus, Georgia, with most of the attention on Yellowstone's, If you are interested email me. firstname.lastname@example.org.
1964 16' Yellowstone. WA State owned by dennilane at gmail dot com. I Bought, I mean rescued it from potential disaster from a lady in the summer of 2008. I have begun, and I'm in the middle of restoration. I believe mine is the 16S http://www.vintage-yellowstone.com/PDF/1963%20Yellowstone%20Brochure.pdf/ but unfortunately due to dry rot, and my personal preferences, it will change just a little bit, specifically the main cabinet and closet. The Dinette/Bed, Kitchen and Gaucho will stay right where they are at. I'm pretty much doing a full restoration though. I started the Flickr group listed below in the 'Clubs' where you can view mine, others and add pics your own Vintage Yellowstone. Please join!!! My goal is to take a 2 week long trip and hit Yellowstone National Park along with Mt Rushmore with the Kids (along with other fun sites) just like my husband and I did in his S10 truck on our Honeymoon in 1996. Why? because you have to take your Yellowstone to Yellowstone, that's why!
Robert and Beth Haeske 1963 13 ft. “Mellow Yellow” email@example.com Milan, MI
1947 18' Yellowstone - working on fixing some water damage to the back floor. Otherwise in wonderful condition. Original appliances, stove and refrigerator, still work. Western KY
Andrew Gunneson's Vintage Travel Trailers - Two Yellowstones, one came with a packet of original literature including an owners manual. Literature is being typed up and added.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/YellowstoneCoachCompany/ - Open Yahoo Group Site dedicated to the exchange of pictures, communication and information involving Vintage Yellowstone Travel Trailers.
http://www.flickr.com/groups/yellowstonetraveltrailer/ - Open Flickr Picture Group for Vintage Yellowstone Travel Trailer pictures only
firstname.lastname@example.org We recently purchased a 1964 Yellowstone Travel Trailer and we are looking for anyone who has a copy of the Owners Manual. We would like a copy. Please contact us at the noted e-mail address. Posted 28Sept2010. Thank you. George Chamberlain
Yellowstone restoration videos: http://rvvideosondemand.com/?p=624
Blog entries featuring renovation projects on a 50's 19' Yellowstone Sunset: http://www.kitschykitten.com/category/vintage-camper/