The Harry & David Fruit Company in Medford, OR attempted to enter the travel trailer
business in 1960. They only lasted a couple of years so only a dozen or so of these
are known to still exist. Our trailer collector friends in El Paso brought us this
one with some really cool ideas of what they wanted, a high tech 60’s sci fi feel
to the interior. It was pretty complete, but quite honestly the interiors were pretty
ugly compared to the modern appearance of the outside, and the interior layouts just
were not that good.
We began this project by disassembling the entire trailer. We built a new cabin
but instead of wood paneling we used melamine... a manufactured product that has
a smooth white surface. We then sprayed the walls with a super high gloss automotive
finish. We completely scrapped the cabinetry and the owners designed custom units.
The front bar held a fridge, wine cooler, microwave (all hidden from view) and a
bar sink, the rear cabinet held the entertainment system. The countertop is Formica
Solid Surface, a man-made granite.
The exterior was restored pretty much the way it came from the factory. We even
used the grained aluminum along the bottom and on the door just like it came new.
Some of the challenges we faced was restoring the cap over the front windows, early
Holiday Houses were steel (later fiberglass) and was rusted out pretty bad, and forming
the new curved Lexan windows was tricky.
Now the interior matches the modern design of the outside. We added some high tech
features... Dimmable LED lighting, full surround sound system, LCD TV, hidden magnetic
locking cabinet doors, all controlled at a stainless steel control panel by the front
door (think Flash Gorden). The stainless doors are for the closet and full restroom.
The sofa is a restored click back that turns into the bed, the flooring is black
It was a privilege and a real pleasure creating the owners vision. And we are proud
to say that it won first place at a big Modernism Show in Palm Springs, CA.