Zollinger Trailer Company, Elkhart Indiana
From Linda Wilhoit Zollinger:
They started in Elkhart Indiana and then about 1965 moved to Elizabethton, Tennessee and on to Johnson City, Tenn. The company still exist as Doozy Truck Center in Johnson City. The company evolved into the truck cover industry and left the trailer manufacturing. It is still a Mom Pop Truck Accessory aftermarket. If you have specific questions Wayne may be able to define it as he grew up watching it evolve and later and now working in it. I believe Mom Z had a hand in making curtains etc. We have seen many photos where the interior wood is still in great shape. Mom Z passed away in 1989 and Pop Z in 1993.
Vickie from Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post shares with us her gorgeous 56 Vakashunette. Here is what she said. I actually have seven vintage trailers and an RV Park called Enchanted Trails which is on old Route 66 in Albuquerque. I rent 5 of my trailers out (antique furnishings and all) and strive to be the “Shady Dell” on the Mother Road. There are more pics at www.enchantedtrails.com and facebook.com/enchantedtrails I got tired of getting dressed lying down in a ’56 Teardrop so the hunt began for something bigger and found the ’56 Vakashunette on eBay (2004). It was in Wisconsin and the guy wouldn’t sell it to me without the car which was a ’54 Ford Crestline. I’d already fallen in love so I bought them both and a friend hauled them to New Mexico. The trailer’s wooden frame was completely rotted out and the car was worse so I almost immediately sold it. The restoration was extensive but Larry Hill at Retro Restoration is a very good friend of mine (I was his first paying customer) so he went to work. We picked colors together and he created the paint scheme to match my ’50 Hudson Commodore and suggested the tempered aluminum skin. To this day nobody likes to drive behind me. I spent hours at a local upholstery shop looking at fabric and love my red polka dots. We saved the cabinetry, fixtures and appliances and replaced the floor, electric and fresh water holding tank and some of the birch paneling. “Evelyn” doesn’t have a potty but is equipped with a stovetop, icebox and hand pump sink. I leave the back couch made up as bed which is oh so comfy with my temperpedic topper.
Youtube Video of a 1954 or 55 Vakashunette - images of brochures embedded: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUQpYei7l4c