Vintage campers can be an exciting way to travel the country. Forget acres of flat walls and swoopy graphics when you can arrive in something that will grab an entire campground of attention. This 1948 Palace Royale travel trailer for auction on Hemmings is dripping with style. Even better, you can pair it with a matching 1952 Chevrolet Suburban.
Palace Travel Coach Corporation opened in 1929 by David D Arehart in Flint, Michigan, notes MLive News. Arehart not only built travel trailers but filed patents for inventions related to trailers. One, for example, was what appears to be a weight-distributing trailer hitch, designed with campers in mind. The company claimed to be the number two producer of travel trailers in the 1930s before going on to build mobile temporary housing units for the military in World War II.
After the war, Palace came out with the Royale travel trailer like the one you see for auction today.
The Royale is said to be one of the first all-metal trailer designs utilizing an aluminum skin. It also boasted large windows full-height doors and a lot of ventilation thanks to a roof styled like an attic fan.
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This 1948 Palace Royale is said to be fully restored inside and out. The exterior is finished in green over cream. It measures in at 19-feet-long and comes with a neat awning. The theme continues inside:
Inside, the walls are stainless steel and green vinyl upholstery adds a splash of color. The seller says that they wanted to give the trailer an Art Deco feel, and I think they accomplished the goal.