Vintage Mobile Home Ads

Whitley 1954 Vintage Photo

Here’s some more great vintage mobile homes for you. I chose some to share from different decades so you can get a good idea of how the homes changed. In the good ole’ days, there were many manufacturers of mobile homes that offered several models.

Vintage mobile homes and campers have become very popular these days. The recent retro craze helped and now there’s hundreds, if not thousands, of blogs about their restorations and decors. I love it! Here’s a few that should make you smile:

The first ad is a Duo Terra Cruiser. As you can see it sorta utilizes both the boxy and the curved design. In my opinion, the Duo was not a ‘mobile home’ but a camper. I usually classify mobile homes as those that have multiple rooms and can be lived in permanently. Of course, this could be lived in permanently but with only one room, it wouldn’t be great for a family.

This ad from Continental emphasizes the models higher ceiling height and it’s 8′ width. In the early days homes could only be 8 feet wide because of the highway commission. Elmer Frey, president of Marshfield Homes, was the main advocate that  helped get  10′ wide homes legal for transport on highways in the late 1950’s.

Eight foot wide homes didn’t have the room for hallways so you had to walk through rooms to get to ‘back’ of the homes.

Ironwood was a popular manufacturer and would name the homes by length, instead of giving them clever marketing names. They offered top amenities and were known as a ‘luxury’ mobile home manufacturer.

The Whitley Manufacturing Company was very popular and made some beautiful homes. By 1954, most homes were 10 foot wide and each year they were getting longer and longer.

The Prairie Schooner was a top of the line and innovative home. The company came up with some wonderful designs but unfortunately some were before their time as the technology needed to keep the homes stable and dry just wasn’t available. This design was very popular though.

Vintage mobile homes are awesome, don’t you agree?

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2 thoughts on “Vintage Mobile Home Ads”

  1. I need a 6 lug hug off a old mobile home I believe around a 60’s model Connors I think I have the bearing size if needed.

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