This adorable vintage trailer is a classic mid-century design call a "Canned Ham". Called such, because it's shaped like a can of ham of course. The Jewel was built by a company called Trailer Industries, Inc., and like so many other trailers of this era, was manufactured in the bustling commercial area of El Monte, California. More than likely, employees moved from one factory to another, sharing design ideas and using the same parts available, which is why so many of these trailers from the 50s, built there, look very much the same.
This trailer is 15' long, including the 3' tongue, 6' 6" wide and 8' high with an interior height of 6' 5". In the 1950s you could get a Jewel in 5 model lengths. The smallest, Jewel 15, which is what this is, Jewel 17.6, 19, 21, 25 and the Jewel 30. What makes this trailer a bit different then the dozens of trailers coming out of El Monte is the quality of materials used. The interior frame structure is made with wider and thicker slats, with no knots, that can weaker the structure. The birch cabinets are made with 1/4" wood, rather than the standard of 1/8", which is why maybe this trailer has lasted in such good condition for 60 years.
The trailer is said to sleep 5, 2 on the fold out dinette, 2 in the back bed and 1 small child in the birchwood bunk above the bed. Now, let's face reality, this small trailer, with no bathroom, is really only comfortable enough for 2 people.
The interior of this Jewel is all original, with an apartment sized Pan American 4 burner stove/oven/broiler combo, original linoleum flooring, original vinyl on the the dinette seats, propane wall heater and an icebox. Check out the stunning rounded birch cabinets giving these vintage trailers the other nickname of "Birch Beauties". The exterior has been restored and painted an early 50s Ford blue and custom grey-white. It's all decked out with vintage camping gear and well appointed with fabulous fifties memorabilia.
The current owners bought this beautiful "jewel" of a trailer in it's current state and go out on camping adventures with their dogs at least once a month, traveling from the coast of Malibu to the Santa Cruz redwoods.
Style: Travel Trailer
Width: 6' 6"
Height Exterior: 8'
Weight (unloaded): 1590 lbs.