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Vagabond

Manufacturer Information

Built in New Hudson, Michigan, Since 1931

Manufactured by the Vagabond Coach Manufacturing Company, the aluminum clad trailer has a hobo bearing a bundle on a stick as its logo.

Years built

Models

Model 19 Introduced in 1949 Single axle

Model 232

Model 29 (262) Model numbers; the model 29 used in the sales information, is the overall length 28' 9“ and the 262 on the manufactures plate is for the lenght of the body 26' 2”. 1951 there where two floor plans.
29A Twin beds in the rear with a chest between them. In the front of the living room was a Love Seat (sleeps two) with chest of drawers on each side. The living roon also had a wardrobe with miror door and a chest or desk at the rear on the street side. The kitchen had a single bowl sink, broom closet.
29B Was a more open floor plan a davenport bed was in the front of the living room. Kitchen was larger and has a double sink. The rear bed room has a double bed on the street side, wardrobe in the curb side rear corner with a double chest of drawers (8) next to it.

Model 34 Floor Plans A,B,C,

1957 was the year that Vagabond Coach Company entered the ten-wide market. You could purchase either the standard eight-wide or the new ten-wide in 35', 41', and 46' lengths, one or two bedrooms. Because of the high price of these units, the company did not offer three-bedroom coaches. They figured that if a family had that many kids, they couldn't afford a 'Cadillac' home!

Model 43A

Standard Features

Chassis
Welded steel chassis of truss construction designed and first used in 1937.

Hubs and wheels are by Motor Wheel Corporation model # CT7A assembly, with Timken bearings and Warner brakes. Part Numbers Hub and drum 32135

             Wheels         32243
             Inner bearing  2885
             Outer bearing  1380
             Brake Assy.    1210L

Body
Tubular steel frame welded into one unit. The tubes are 1“ thick and lined with 13/16 wood to insulate the outside metal with the wood panels on the inside.

Outside seams are generously overlapped, and no caulking or sealing is necessary.

Paint
Exterior is primed with Dupont Preparacote # 65-1055
Dupont Dulux colors ( synthetic enamel)

     Allegheny Gray        93-35986
     Bittersweet           93-55995
     Glacier Blue          93-57286
     Heather Green         93-34909
     Light Gray            93-81386
     Majestic White        93-57350
     Red                   93-658M
     Spring Green          93-55989
     Stratford Blue-Gray   93-64277
     

Electrical Systems
6-volt wiring system operates brakes, clearance lights, license lamp, stop and tail lamps.
110-volt system enters on the street side using #12 wire. A double circuit breaker is in the upper kitchen cabinet. Each breaker is 1600 watts. The model 19 has a single circuit breaker. #14 wire is used from the circuit breaker to the fixtures.

Interiors
Natural birch wood panels 1/8” (3mm). 3/4' Plywood floor with inlaid linoleum tile covering. Red and Gray colors are common.

Windows
Manufactured by Woodlin Metal Products Company, Marshall, Michigan. These windows are used by other manufacturers of travel trailers and mobile homes, such as Anderson.

Heating Systems
Later units had a heated floor system which allowed the furnace to heat the entire floor prior to out-letting the forced air at each end of the trailer as well as in the bath. This was accomplished via a cross duct which connected the three layer floors upper cavities which ran the entire length of the coach.

Unique features/Options

According to a brochure I found on E-bay, the Vagabond Trailer Company built a Single Wheel trailer in the midst of building travel and other types of trailers. The Single Wheel looks to have a uniquely designed trailer box. The only info I have, thus far on this trailer is this brochure which is far to small to actually read.

Prices

1949 Model 19 $2250

Pictures

This 1936 trailer advertisement is a typical promotional image. It shows a family enjoying a vacation. With its sleek exterior, and with the car in the foreground, the trailer is visually associated with the consumption of leisure and with automobility. Manufacturers designed streamlined trailers to complement cars. Some manufacturers even offered to customize the paint job and the tires to match your auto. In an era when most families did not own a car, manufacturers and industry insiders positioned their product as a symbol of progress, wealth, leisure, and modernity.

The 1937 Vagabond Coach even came with little awnings on all the windows. Check the design of the Vagabond trailers and you will see that they barely changed in exterior form until 1955.

Brochure of Vagabond's new 16 foot model for 1939.

America was at war in 1942 so Vagabond came out with their double 'V' model called the Vagabond Victory model, when almost everything in WWII was 'V' for victory.

In 1949, the Vagabond Coach Co. came out with a 19 footer that was displayed at the National Guard Armory in Washington, DC. The list price for this one bedroom model was $2250, still affordable for a serviceman at that time. But the trailer had no bathroom. You had to use the trailer park public facilities.

Some owners

Mike & Kelley Anderson (and Erin & Cole) 1949 Model 19 msa12171@cox.net
Ray & Connie Hoxie 1951 Model 29, 262. Contact hoxr@aol.com
Hunter Hampton - 1949 Model 262 serial# 821949 http://sites.google.com/site/hunters1949vagabond
Michael Tee - 1950 Vagabond Model 232 trailer on a 1968 Dodge Motorhome Chassis - http://1950vagabond.com
Ed & Janette Kahil - 1958 Vagabond - 10'x 50'. ekahil@hvc.rr.com steve and peggy loy 1936 model 19 p.loy@att.net

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