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History

Small company called DAVE HICKS MOBILE HOMES that was located in Grand Prairie, Texas. Mr. Hicks got his start selling tires in Odessa Texas in the late 30's. His father founded the Hicks Rubber Company in Waco Texas and his son, Dave, openned two outlets in West Texas. When the war hit, tire sales were frozen, so it stopped most of his business. At the same time, oil drilling in the Permean Basin (includes West Texas) was booming and oil field workers lived in tiny travel trailers.

So Mr. Hicks bought out a travel trailer retail outlet next to his tire busiess and began putting his tires on the trailers. His business grew and as he looked around for sources to restock his trailer retail lot, he realized that most manufacturing was done in Michigan. So he decided that he had a competitive advantage by building trailers in Texas.

At that time, end of WWII, there was no financing and not insurance for trailers. So he set up a plant in Grand Prairie, Texas and began building trailers. As far as I know, he was the first manufacturer in the Southwest. This was the launch of the Dave Hicks Mobile Home Company. (By David Hicks - Son)

Manufacturer Information

built 8’ and 10’ wides from 28’ long to 51’ long

Years built

started in 1956 and closed in 1970's? Dave Hicks Stopped building Mobile Homes Sometime In the 70's? Then went into the insurance business that was still open as of 2004. Mr. Dave Hicks is no longer living. *We own a 1963 Dave Hicks Mobile Home, so it was still in operation that year.

Models

~~1956-1959~~

  • 8’x28’-Mobiliner
  • 8’x36’-Masterliner
  • 8’x43’-Superliner
  • 8’x46’-Styliner
  • 8’x51’-Regaliner
  • 10’x36’-Ultraliner
  • 10’x41’-Ultraliner
  • 10’x46’-Ultraliner
  • 10’x51’-Ultraliner

in the 60's and 70's there where 7,12,14,and 16 wides Never seen a picture of the 7' wides but they where short also, Maybe more of a travel trailer?

Interiors

Very modern with sharp angles and very modern furnishings, Larger units had washers and dryers, Kitchens where very modern, Wood paneling was rather dark and course in texture.

Standard Features

Fully furnished was standard, very spacious but efficient floor plans

Unique features/Options

Above Ads are sponsored by Juergen Eichermueller. His Cds can be purchased through ebay seller ID: trailer-dealer All images from His Cd's (including these used on this page) are under copyright of Juergen Eichermuller.

Prices

Not a cheap trailer but not as much as a Spartan around $4000 Starting

Some owners

Greg in Weatherford, Texas (dsgtchandler@yahoo.com)- I have a 1957/1958 Hicks 10'x41' Ultraliner for sale for $4500 on craig's list and Tin Can Tourist.

Tim Heintz (Fiftysixhicks@aol.com)- I have the only know Restored 8’x28’1956 Mobiliner, in Panama City Fl., recently found a 10’x36’ left to rot in a side yard with no windows and no axles NO hope of restoration! UPDATE: Found another 1956 Mobiliner in same shape as the 10'x36' both located in north Florida

Bill in Texas- I have a 41 ft Ultraliner at Lake LBJ in Kingsland Texas. It served as housing for railroad workers until 1975 and then was moved to another local lake and I bought it and moved it to LBJ around 4 yrs ago. I currently have it listed for sale on Craig's list and Tin Can Tourist.

Terry & Christi in Arkansas - We have, we believe a 41 ft. We know it's a 1963 from a label found in the kitchen broom pantry. Not sure how or if I can post pictures here or not. Couldn't figure it out. Email for pic's or to help me load them to this site if interested. christip2@suddenlink.net

Saw one today (01/08) in a RV trailer park in Bastrop, Texas currently being lived in so did not take a picture out of privacy for the owner - Does anyone know if the Hicks trailers if built in Grand Prairie were related in any way to Mobile Scouts (I own a 15' 1957 Mobile Scout) that were built in nearby Arlington, Tx about the same time? They both have the same unique triangular shaped window in the entry door. groldham@austin.rr.com *(The Dave Hicks Mobile Home Co. had no connection to the Mobile Scout Co. There where other trailer companies that had thi triangle shaped window in their doors. Hicks did not use it till 1958. Tim Heintz)

Saw a 1957 Mobiliner (28') in Bradenton Florida ( Trailer park Behind Barts Diner, Full of 50's trailers 200+) 03/15/08 Tim Heintz (fiftysixhicks@aol.com)

Dusty & D'ann Blackmon in Seminole, Texas - We recently bought a 1958 28 ft Mobiliner in Hobbs, New Mexico and are in the process of restoring. I also spotted what I believe (after conferring with Tim Heintz) is a 1958 8 x 36 Masterliner in Denver City, Texas and am waiting on the owner to decide if she wants to sell. 10/31/12

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