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« on: June 20, 2012, 09:13:41 PM »

We just bought our first folding tent trailer and we're so excited!   It's a 1967 Montgomery Ward Western Field Traveler.  We are the 3rd owner and it even came with the original manual!  We have a few plans for it, basically cleaning it up while keeping it as vintage looking as possible.   Our three kids (ages 5, 4 and 1) cannot wait to camp and love it already!   We'll be pulling it with our 2004 Honda Odyssey but since it only weighs about 400lbs we shouldn't have too much trouble.  We're taking it out for the first time over 4th of July.

We've nick-named it "HerMe"  don't laugh, it's her and me (and the kids, and the two dogs) 

https://picasaweb.google.com/113856847254849064676/Herme?authkey=Gv1sRgCPDAz4-ahI-2dg

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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2012, 09:20:52 PM »

We just bought our first folding tent trailer and we're so excited!   It's a 1967 Montgomery Ward Western Field Traveler.  We are the 3rd owner and it even came with the original manual!  We have a few plans for it, basically cleaning it up while keeping it as vintage looking as possible.   Our three kids (ages 5, 4 and 1) cannot wait to camp and love it already!   We'll be pulling it with our 2004 Honda Odyssey but since it only weighs about 400lbs we shouldn't have too much trouble.  We're taking it out for the first time over 4th of July.

We've nick-named it "HerMe"  don't laugh, it's her and me (and the kids, and the two dogs) 

https://picasaweb.google.com/113856847254849064676/Herme?authkey=Gv1sRgCPDAz4-ahI-2dg


That is way cool!!!!

I had a similar trailer in the early 70's. It was a "Nimrod".
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2012, 09:29:01 PM »

Thanks!  We think it's pretty cool!   My Mom has a 1970 Appleby that's really similar.   We're so excited about taking them out together.
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2012, 09:34:50 PM »

If Wal-Mart started selling something like that, I bet they would make a comeback.

There are similar ones being made.  But unfortunately, they cost almost as much as a "normal" PU, which defeats most of the purpose.

I barely remember it, but my family started out with something similar.  I believe it was a Wayfarer, which I think was also from Nimrod.

Edit:  This is probably similar to the one we had:

http://www.bonanza.com/listings/1965-AD-WAYFARER-MARK-V-TENT-TRAILERS-MOBILE-COTTAGE/12437673
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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2012, 03:13:15 AM »

That is too cool! Just love the old ones...
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2012, 04:24:30 AM »

I bet this place would love to have a copy of any paperwork you have for it's archives;

http://www.popupcamperhistory.com/
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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2012, 05:20:29 AM »

Very cool!  I love those old "tent" trailers.  Going out with another vintage would be neat too.  Enjoy!
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2012, 06:59:04 AM »

That is super cool!!  Your kids will remember that for the rest of their lives.  I'm glad you intend to keep it all original.
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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2012, 07:44:05 AM »

Cool!  I will contact the webmaster of that site!  Thanks!
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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2012, 08:46:18 AM »

Way cool, so nice to see that she's been so well cared for over time, and has surely made some great memories and will continue to do so!  Congrats!
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« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2012, 09:49:14 AM »

How perfect!  Love the name, too!  Your family is going to have sooooo much fun!  And being up off the ground will be priceless.
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« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2012, 06:26:48 PM »

There are similar ones being made.  But unfortunately, they cost almost as much as a "normal" PU, which defeats most of the purpose.

That is very true, but it's because these little campers don't get the cost benefit of mass production.  The Roll-A-Home that we had was a great little product, but it was expensive.  The reason is that it is hand made.  If they were mass produced, they would be much cheaper, but the market seems to want 3,500 pound high-walled PUPs with slide-outs and full baths more than little tent trailers.

I pulled the Roll-A-Home with my BMW K1100LT and with our Honda Civic.  Behind the Civic, it almost couldn't be seen at all in the mirrors.  The very back edge was visible over the trunk lid and the sides could be seen in the side mirrors only when turning.

Tiny tent trailers are a lot of fun and make for very affordable traveling.  Enjoy it!
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« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2012, 09:03:20 AM »

If Wal-Mart started selling something like that, I bet they would make a comeback.

There are similar ones being made.  But unfortunately, they cost almost as much as a "normal" PU, which defeats most of the purpose.


Costco sells one
http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11752397&search=trailer&topnav=&Mo=0&cm_re=1_en-_-Top_Left_Nav-_-Top_search&lang=en-US&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&N=5000043&whse=BC&Dx=mode%20matchallpartial&Ntk=Text_Search&Dr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ne=4000000&D=trailer&Ntt=trailer&No=0&Nty=1&Ntx=mode%20matchallpartial

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« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2012, 03:24:35 PM »

ForestGroveMama,
Welcome to PUX!

Does your name refer to Forest Grove Oregon?  I think I saw a trailer just like that a couple years ago - maybe in Nehalem Bay State Park???  Must have been owner #2's.

Have fun & happy camping!
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« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2012, 03:48:56 PM »

Hi TooManyTents,

Yep, we're in Forest Grove, Oregon.   "Howdy Neighbor!".   You might have seen my mom's trailer.   She has a 1970 Appleby and lives in Cornelius, OR.

My husband and I didn't grow up here but we're excited to start the camping tradition with our 3 children (ages 5, 4 and 13 months)  any local parks with swimming for little kids that you could recommend?

Have a great weekend!
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