I bought this Covered Wagon in October 2005. The story goes that the trailer was owned by a horse farm in northern Michigan. The farm used the trailer at horse shows as a place to entertain guests and to take a rest from the days activities. The trailer was kept in the barn when not being used and was said to have never been camped in by the owners. At some point it was acquired by the Shelburn Museum in Vermont where it was on display for a period of time. As museums do, from time to time, they decided to sell it to a vintage car dealer in Temperance, MI where I acquired it in 2005.
My Covered Wagon is 17 feet long and was built in Mt. Clemens, MI and remains as it did when it left the factory in 1937. All of the interior including the curtains and seat fabrics are original and in excellent condition. Both the cooking stove and heating furnace appear new and never to have been used. The trailer sleeps 4 and has a bathroom with a sink and small chemical toilet. There is also an ice box and kitchen sink.One discovery that was almost hard to believe was that even the 6 v light bulbs seem to be original due to the fact they have the Covered Wagon name on the glass. The exterior has the original paint except for the roof and bottom trim band.
I do use the trailer and I pulled it 600 miles on the Historic National Road Caravan in 2006 which took us from Cumberland, MD to Vandalia, IL. My tow vehicle was a 1948 Buick Roadmaster.
This is without doubt one of the most original, untouched pre war trailers left and one of my favorites of the collection.