In 1945, Elmer Weaver organized the
Yellowstone Coach Co
. in Wakarusa Indiana just outside of Elkhart. After World War II travel trailer production quickly grew in the Elkhart Indiana area and by the onset of the next decade there were over 35 companies manufacturing trailers in the Elkhart area alone. By 1950, Elkhart was tagged by many as the trailer capital of the world.
Yellowstone trailers were popular during the time and were said to be exceptionally well built, but a little on the heavy side. It was also said Yellowstone travel trailers were the choice for traveling carnival employees.
Here are some interesting facts about our Yellowstone project trailer. It is a 1967 Cavalier model. From tongue to bumper it measures 16 feet long, and based on some old advertisements I found it weighed in at just under 2,500 pounds, with a hitch weight of 245 pounds. The interior height is 6 feet 2 inches tall and the overall width is 7 feet.
The standard measurement for a travel trailer in the RV industry is from the front of the tongue to the rear bumper. This means a 16 foot trailer will have approximately 13 feet of usable living space. Not much room based on today's standard, but back in the day that was a pretty nice amount of space for a camping trip. Old Yellowstone advertisements I ran across stated that "a well-balanced 13-footer is 6'6" wide, sleeps 4 to 6 or 4 to 8 very comfortably in your choice of floor plan."
I hope those 8 people get along really well with each other, especially when it's raining outside.