Gus gives some Tips on Trailers

By MARTIN BUNN (Popular Science, December 1936)

"There's my idea of a real outfit," Gus said, pulling open the door of a handsome trailer.

THAT’S one fad that won’t last long!” Nate Pendleton remarked derisively, as his eyes followed a trim, streamline motor trailer skimming smoothly down the road behind a smart new sedan.

Gus Wilson, half owner of the Model Garage, hung up the gas hose and replaced the filler cap on Pendleton’s car. He smiled slowly. “Maybe so, Nate, maybe so,” he observed, watching the trailer outfit disappear around a bend in the road. “But you’ve got to remember that it’s a fad that has been popular, in one form or another, for a long time now. If it weren’t for the fact that lots of our ancestors had a mighty strong urge to go places and do things, we wouldn’t be here today. Touring in an automobile is just a modem form of that instinct, I guess.”front yard.”  (Read entire article here)

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  • Grannymar Feb 8, 2014

    Gosh how those trailers have changed. I wonder what old Gus would think of a camper van like yours?
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    • Mike Feb 8, 2014

      They certainly have. But, then, a lot of things have changed since 1936. There are "modern" trailers that aren't that terribly different than Gus's, especially when you think of how different the average automobile is from those of 1936.

  • Rummuser Feb 10, 2014

    This Trailer phenomenon is primarily an American one. You have the space to build trailer parks and provide facilities just like the many marinas in your coastal areas. I have serious doubts that we will ever get to see them popular here!
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