Little known and regrettably short lived, the wildly cool Holiday House travel trailer was a thing of beauty and revolutionary design, and no doubt the source of many happy (and stylish!) road trips. The brainchild of the founder of Harry and David mail order catalogues, Holiday House trailers were a lark; a grass roots, off-season project that turned into a brief but stunning entry in mid-century travel trailer design. More a hobby than a business, the few that remain are shining examples of the futuristic vision and popular “Googie” style of the times.
Started in the booming age of Airstreams, road trips and space travel, this 1960-1962 limited production run of trailers were dynamic, smartly designed and a bit cheekier than traditional trailers with cool vintage detail and colors, animated futuristic fixtures and unusual structural characteristics.
Employing more static architectural angles, and large pop-out windows, the designs stand out for their daring silhouettes and slightly loopy details. Fully equipped for life on the go, they combined form, function and style in three family-friendly sizes that appeared to be the wave of the future.
With only 200 made, production ceased almost as soon as it began, and many models were lost to time. Surviving mostly in photos and a couple of private collections, Holiday House trailers still have the ability to stir your imagination and inspire you to hit the road in style.