The Holiday House tops my ReCamp dream list. What’s not to love about this roomy, retro roadrocket? With its shiny siding, louvered windows, and gorgeous glass-front bay, it’s sure to get lots of looks from fellow camping enthusiasts.
In 1959, David Holmes, President of Harry and David Fruit of the Month Club, collaborated with Industrial Design Affiliates to design a luxury trailer for wealthy camper wannabes. The next year, Holmes hired his fruit packing employees to manufacture the trailers during the fruit basket slow season. As a result, his employees kept their jobs; he kept Harry and David’s skilled laborers. Everybody wins! (Maybe Holmes was a corporate social responsibility pioneer.)
The rarest model (only one is known to exist!) is the Model X, or Geographic. Although it was a luxury land liner, it’s a little too space-agey for my taste. I prefer the swanky lounge look of the other models (and all of their lovely windows!). Apparently, the public wasn’t ready for the Geographic either. Only five models were manufactured and just one was sold. It was restored in 2007, but what happened to the other four models is a mystery. For more photos and history of the Geographic, visit this site.
Not surprisingly, there aren’t many of the other Holiday House models for sale (fewer than 200 were manufactured in 1960 and 1961). Maybe wealthy vacationers in 1960 weren’t keen on camping–even if it was in a luxury trailer. But a few have come up for auction lately. A 1961 Holiday House sold recently for $16,9000, and you can see more about it from Tin Can Tourists (as long as the ad is up anyway). What a happy little tiki trailer it will make someone.
I’ll close with this ad from the helpful folks at Holiday House. Happy trails.