As far as Smokey brand trailers, I think I remember seeing one. Vintagebruce is the resident trailer brand knowledge base and may pop in if he's got time. Another place to look is at the Tin Can Tourist website, they have a WIKI with most known trailer brands, but not all I think. That website is: www.tincantourists.com/wiki/doku.php?id=listing_of_manufacturers
I decided to get a vintage trailer so I could get out of my house more and see the country. How then did most of the trailer get in my house and the other parts of it get to see the country?
Post by vintagebruce on Oct 25, 2016 10:48:52 GMT -8
to VTT. I am not an expert on Smokeys by any means. The NADA Guide says this about the Smokey line of campers made by Midas.
A product of Midas recreational vehicles, the Smokey brand was dedicated to the sale of small travel trailers through the 1970s. Under 20 feet in length, Smokey self-contained trailers were constructed with an emphasis on comfort and easy towing. Smokey recreational trailers were finally produced during the 1978 model year.
Most of the Midas campers you will see are shaped like what is sometimes called the more "boxy" second gen camper. The style that became popular after the canned ham shape. The boxy shape seems to appear right around 1970 when I believe Smokey was purchased by Midas and added to it's list of camper brands. There is reference to a 1967 and 1968 models I have found that show campers shaped like the one mobiltec posted above. That style and similar shape was being produced by Serro-Scotty in the late 60's. I am guessing those '67-'69 Smokeys which I believe were being built in Tazewell TN. were being made by the company Midas bought.
If your Smokey has a shape similar to something like this, I'd say you have a 70's Midas Smokey.
Finally, if you should run across this pin and see it is labeled a 1972 Smokey, imo, I think it is either a pre-Midas Tazewell Smokey with a secondary paint job, or is mis-identified. The shape does not fit in with the Midas line of Smokey(s) at all. Just my opinion which is subject to being proven wrong.
How's your Smokey coming along? I have a Smokey that has 3 plastic grizzly bear emblems. They are a bit warped from sun and time but are very cool! I'm not putting them back on because they're just too fragile but instead will put them in shadow boxes and hang them inside. I have never found another set, only the sticker type. I can't even find another Smokey like mine. ? Strange!