With some families trying to get in a few more weekends of camping before school starts, I thought I would share some photos of a rare 1952 Kom-Pak Sportsman teardrop trailer that I ran into at my local grocery store. Bob Sullivan of Nevada was towing around his white trailer during Hot August Nights, the classic car celebration in Reno, Nev.
Bob found the Kom-Pak languishing in a junk pile and was able to get it for free. After several months of cleaning and remodeling, he was able to bring the little trailer back to life. The fishing boat portion was recreated from the original mold.
There were reputably only 16 of these fiberglass trailers ever built and there are only about 6 of them left today. These tiny trailers were made in Medford, Ore. during the 1950s and were designed to look like the Fords of that era. The most interesting feature was a fully functional fishing boat attached to the roof of each trailer. The boat can be removed and placed in a lake for a camping/fishing trip. Both the trailer and the boat together weigh about 1,200 lbs. The back opens up and reveals a small kitchen (sometimes with a ice refrigerator and water tank). Inside Bob’s trailer is a full bed and some storage cabinets.
Photos courtesy of Harry Thomas, Bob Sullivan and Barrett Jackson