This 1927 Holt Prototype Trailer is possibly the oldest travel trailer in the world that's never been used. It's also the only one of its kind with a fantastic story behind it.
In the late 1920's, Mr. Holt of Pennsylvania started building a travel trailer since 'Autocamping' was a rage during that time. He built the trailer like the inside of the railroad cars of the day and intended to produce these and make a business out of travel trailer manufacturing. Unfortunately for him, the Great Depression hit in 1929 and he only built this single trailer. It sat in his barn most of his life. His grandchildren used it as a playhouse for years. Sometime in the early 2000's, a California trailer enthusiast and his wife saw it while driving past, as the family had pulled it out of the barn to do some cleaning. A deal was struck and the trailer was on its way to Santa Cruz where the new owner restored it.
In March 2019, it was donated to the Murphy Auto Museum and is part of our permanent collection.