If you are planning to go classic boating this summer or maybe travel to one of the many antique & classic boat shows around the country, but hotel prices are getting you down – we may have the solution.
This rare 1954 Kom-Pak Sportsman Travel Trailer will be on the auction block later this month at the big Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida. And it even gets better – This classic boater’s hotel on wheels will be offered at auction complete with a restored 1954 Ford Courier Sedan Delivery. All ready to load up the wife & kids and hit the road for the lake!
Here’s a brief description of the trailer from the Mecum Auction site, for the complete description of Mecum Lot T212 / T212.1 click here.
Manufactured in Medford, OR in the early 50’s there is believed to be only 16 of these trailers ever built and reportedly only 6 are left today. Designed in the same style as the 53/54 Fords, the most unique feature is the fully functional, removable 16′ fishing boat which doubles as the trailers roof when not in use! Although these trailers were reproduced for a short time this is an authentic, real Kom-Pak travel trailer from the 1950’s.
Here are a few more examples of original Kom-Pak travel trailers to help put you in the mood. (Images courtesy of Remarkable Cars. com)
Just like the good old days, camping at the lake, fire up the stove, put a few cold ones in the cooler and tune in to some classic Perry Como tunes on the radio… and don’t forget to stay away from that spicy food before hitting the sack in the trailer…
Then in the morning, you just unload the boat, hook up the trusty outboard and in no time your out on the lake with the family…
These images are courtesy of Nick’s Teardrop Trailer Page, you can click here to see more shots of the classic Kom-Pak trailer on the inside and the canvas top that you can use when the boat is removed.
- Then in the early 1960’s a company named Trailorboat Manufacturing from San Rafael, California introduced a line of trailers similar to the Kom-Pak trailers. To learn more about this classic trailer / boat combination you can visit Trailorboat Trailers by clicking here. There’s some interesting photos and history of the marque on this cool site. (Images courtesy of Trailorboat Trailers) and no that’s not a typo…
So there you have it, a Readers Digest summary of classic Kom-Pak and Trailorboat combination travel trailers so when you show up at the Mecum Auction in Florida, you know a little more about what you are bidding on.
One last thought… Now that we are on the subject of classic trailer’s, and if you have a few more minutes, check out one more cool web site dedicated to vintage trailers at Bowlus Trailers by clicking here, cruise around the site it’s very cool. I noticed this vintage 1935 Bowlus Road Chief trailer and I wondered if you could turn it upside down and use it like a Kom-Pak trailer, but I guess that would be like turning an antique Chris-Craft Barrel Back into a travel trailer… Just a bad idea – Sorry.