About a month ago, I came across a find on Craiglist Los Angeles, it was a crazy little handbuilt tent trailer dated 1957.
The seller had done some vintage trailers and was wonderful to talk with. His wife, was kind enough to drive it down to a shopping center parking lot so the transport truck could get to it as they live in Northern Cali and their street was too narrow to get up to their home. It arrived at 11:30 PM and took till 1 AM to get it into the drive just because we had to back up the Xterra onto the transport trailer to hoist it down to the street (I did it!)
A crank by the door turns a chain that cranks up the center roof. You flip the two clam sides out and woohoo- two beds on a set of springs! Mine has to have the roof built and the half back door as well as the canvas of the tent walls but I consider that small. I was ready for much more dirt, mouse nests, pine cones and spider webs as well as rotted wood than I really got so I am happy. I have started to rebuild the frame and the kitchen area. Strip the paint off the metal sections and back step and sand and primer it. It so cute! a mere 6 ft wide by 12.5 ft long bumper to front.
There is a swing out aluminum bowl that is the sink, a little heater under the flip up table and the original Griswold stove. It's pretty big though and I am trading it out for a smaller electric stove. I will forgo the big propane tank and use small ones and run a battery and invertor to cook and light the trailer. That gives me room for a bit of counter space in the "kitchen". There are two doors on the very front- one goes to storage, the other to the icebox. It has an additional opening inside the trailer of course too.