RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Fifth-Wheels: Oldest 5th Wheel on the Road

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Fifth-Wheels

Open Roads Forum  >  Fifth-Wheels

 > Oldest 5th Wheel on the Road

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Next
Sponsored By:
Manwithnorv

East Coast

New Member

Joined: 03/06/2018

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 03/08/18 06:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just wondering. What's the oldest fifth wheel trailer still running down the road. I've heard a fair amount about RV's aren't' built the way they used to be.

Jim-Linda

Livingston, TX

Senior Member

Joined: 09/06/2003

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/08/18 06:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Probably not the oldest, but our 1998 NuWa Champagne has been lived in fulltime since new. Pull with a MDT.

ScottG

Bothell Wa.

Senior Member

Joined: 02/25/2005

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 03/08/18 07:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Probably the one pulled by that volkswagen..


Scott, Grace and Wesly
2003 Dodge 3500 4x4, 6 speed Cummins (lightly bombed),
2018 Silver Fox 32A - many mods to come!
H0NDA eu2000i

laknox

Arizona

Senior Member

Joined: 01/06/2008

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/08/18 09:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

FWIW, the first RV FW was built in 1917, according to the RVHOF's web site. From a quick search, it seems that there are still a number of Curtis Aerocars in existence, though most in museums. Designed by Glenn Curtis in the late '20's and produced until the late '30's/eary '40's. Don't know about any other commercially-built ones still out there, but I didn't search too long.

Lyle


2002 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Duramax Crew Cab 4x4 6.5' Bed
Banks Bullet Tuner and Monster Exhaust
B&W Turnover Ball with 5th Wheel Companion
2017 KZ Durango 1500 D277RLT
1936 John Deere Model A
International Flying Farmers 60 Year Member

RoyF

Fayetteville Arkansas

Senior Member

Joined: 12/20/2009

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/08/18 09:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just did a little online research. Curtiss introduced his first trailer in 1920, the Curtiss Trailer, which was manufactored by the Adams Trailer Company. (George Adams was Curtiss' half-brother.). The Curtiss Aerocar was introduced in 1929.

laknox

Arizona

Senior Member

Joined: 01/06/2008

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/08/18 10:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RoyF wrote:

I just did a little online research. Curtiss introduced his first trailer in 1920, the Curtiss Trailer, which was manufactored by the Adams Trailer Company. (George Adams was Curtiss' half-brother.). The Curtiss Aerocar was introduced in 1929.


The TVs were as cool as the FWs were, IMO. [emoticon]

Lyle

RoyF

Fayetteville Arkansas

Senior Member

Joined: 12/20/2009

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/08/18 10:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In the 1941 movie "Sulivan's Travels", Joel McCrea travels in a very nice fifth-wheel pulled by what was probably a medium-duty truck. I don't know what kind of RV it was, but I've always thought that it was cool.

FF286

SE Tennessee

Full Member

Joined: 07/30/2017

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 03/08/18 08:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a 2005 outback. I still have our first camper, 1987 Starcraft 5er. 24’ with no slides. Me and the youngest son use it for hunting season now. With just 2 of us it gets crowded, I don’t know how we stayed in it with our 2 boys and both with a friend.

JIMNLIN

Oklahoma

Senior Member

Joined: 09/14/2003

View Profile



Posted: 03/09/18 08:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank god todays 5th wheel trailers aren't built like those old ones were. Apples vs oranges.

5th wheel trailer didn't hit the street in mass numbers marketed by a mfg till the late 60s/early '70s era around this part of the country. With many large COE lakes campers were very popular after WW II.

We had truck campers (pulling boats) till 5th wheel trailers showed up on camper dealer lots and like bumper pull campers they also were small (less than 30'). The 5th wheel trailer gave us more room plus double towing the boat was legal.
Our 1st one was a 1984 model. Sold it to a work buddy and still being used a few times in the summer. It sits under a lean to roof beside his garage.

The 5er in my sig is a '97 model and still looks like new thanks to it having a trailer shed to sit in when its not used.


"good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment" ............ Will Rogers

'03 2500 QC Dodge/Cummins HO 3.73 6 speed manual Jacobs Westach
'97 Park Avanue 28' 5er 11200 two slides

rpmcbsq

Edmond, OK

New Member

Joined: 08/03/2003

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 05/13/18 05:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

1993 Hitchhiker Premier run around 1500 miles per year. Pull with a 2010 6L gas 4.10 rear


1993 Hitchhiker premier
2010 2500 4x4 gas extended cab 4.10 rear

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Fifth-Wheels

 > Oldest 5th Wheel on the Road
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Fifth-Wheels


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2018 CWI, Inc. © 2018 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS