I recently came across an unexpected opportunity at the Louisville Ky. Manufactured home show; a 1939 Schult trailer!
Unlike most museum or show displays, this one was "open" for viewing.
Many thanks to Cohron Homes for allowing a detailed look at the inside!.
Larry Tomkins a Rep. for Clayton/Schult Homes who is a vintage trailer buff explained that he helped locate this trailer for Cohron Homes, who wanted a vintage example for display.
Larry Located the trailer in a Garage in Chicago, where it had been parked in 1967.
The interior is mostly as found, the exterior was redone with new Leatherette.
It also appears that NOS parts were used to spiff up the exterior, as well as cleaning/painting the underside/chassis, etc.; it sure looks good!
Here are a few pictures to document what a 1939 Coach looks like; as it has been "restored" it is hard to claim it is 100% authentic.
There are some things that have been changed from original, though several appear to have been done by the original owner over the years.
Just as we update and personalize our trailers today, so did folks back then.
This picture shows the heater flue cap.
Further along in the photos, take note of the rod on the interior portion of the flue; it is used to raise and retract the flue cap!
This shot shows me standing in the doorway, to give an idea of the height of the doorway.
I'm 6'-2" tall, I have to duck...
Step inside with me now, to see what trailer living was about back in 1939!
Pretty cool look isn't it! Though the doorway is short because of the curved roof, the interior is a comfortable 6'-2" tall. It fits me perfectly!
The cushions, though old, are still very comfortable, much more so than the foam in modern RV's.
Though stored in the closet, this portable water tank with spigot sat on the counter, providing fresh water.
The counter mounted faucet only delivered water when connected to "city" water, such as might be provided at a trailer camp found at the edge of many towns.
This parting shot gives an idea of how much homes have grown since 1939!
Hope you enjoyed the tour!