The Curbside Classic Home: Spartan Trailer – The Big Aluminum Trailer

(first posted 10/16/2012)     Don’t ask me why, but I love these big old aluminum trailers from the ’40s and early ’50s. Actually, I just remembered why: there were a couple of old timers who ran the little amusement park (ferris wheel, merry-go-round and a little train) in Iowa City Park, and they lived right in the center of the train’s circular track in a trailer very much like this one. Lucky them.

I also just remembered that the name was Lyle Drollinger, who had a small band and operated the little mini-carnival in the park next to the pond. Having just arrived from Austria, the idea of folks living in trailers was still brand new to me, and quite a change from living in centuries-old stone and masonry buildings.

The only picture I could find was of the train, which I loved dearly. We lived right next to the park, so it became my extended back yard. The amusement park was my favorite destination, if for no other reason than to watch the mesmerizing whirl of the merry-go-round or listen to the chugging Jeep engine of the locomotive clattering on its endless circle.


Makes a nice guest suite for when the in-laws come, eh?