|Custom Allstate Trailers|
Allstate wood trailers appear to be the trailer most used for building a one off custom trailer. The wood box of these trailers are mounted to the frame with 4 large bolts and nuts. After almost 50 years, the wood of these trailers has rotted away leaving a sturdy metal frame and an open canvas to those wanting to create their own version of the popular trailer.If you are looking for information on Vintage Allstate single wheel trailers, click a different Allstate link. This page is devoted to the growing number of handy crafstman who broke out their welders, tubing benders and who knows what else, and individualized their trailer. If you have any info or literature or pictures of your SingleWheel sent them to .
|1955 Morris Woody with Allstate Tag-a-long single-wheel trailer.
Morris Woody with one-wheeled Allstate trailer with matching wood. This car also has been updated with a modern Toyota Twin-Cam engine.
|Sorry I can´t find your name on your great website, sir. I have an Allstate trailer Patent number is 221 6584.
Thanks for a very interesting website. Sincerely, Don Goddard Victoria, BC Canada|
|Found this on www.explorerforum.com:
i just wanted to post a THANK YOU to those of you who posted about trailer wiring... with the information i found in here i FINALLY got
my trailer lights to work. GRANTED, i had to re-wire the plug, as the wiring connector i bought for the trailer (round plug under left
tail light to 4 plug flat) because it was incorrect. here are some pics of my rather UNIQUE setup... the trailer is a 1942
wheel trailer. check em out.|
|Hi, I am new on your site. I found out about single wheel trailers aboout a year ago when I first got into VWs. Never thought I'd have one but now I do!! I found it standing up in some guy's garage while riding down the road last week. When I stopped to ask if he'd sell it, he said he would. After a few minutes of discussion, he ended up just giving it to me!! He proceeded to tell me it was his grandfather's who passed away in 1992. He said it had been sitting there for as long as he could remember before that. When we pulled it down off the wall, we found it was last tagged in 1977 - been there ever since in the dry!
I have been looking through your site trying to research it. Best I can figure, it is an Allstate "wood box" model judging from the frame and spring setup. It also had an Allstate tire on it. The ID plate looks a little weird though. (ID # X248630) It came with Fulton Bumper Clamps for mounting.
I started working on it right away. I got a new tire, packed the berrings, painted and mounted the clamps, and painted the inside of the trailer. Next I will paint the frame and outside wood box to match my 71' VW bus.
Please take a look at my pics - I will send more as progress continues. Any information you can provide on the possible make and year of my trailer would be greatly appriciated. Also I hope you can use pics of my trailer on your site and add to the registry.
Thanks! Billy Gregory Winston-Salem, NC |
|Found this on Craigslist: Single wheel trailer - Modified Sears Allstate trailer. Have title and current tabs. Needs
a new tire probably. |
| Hello, You have a great site. A lot of good information. The trailer, I'm just not sure what it is. I also have two of
the two piece wheels along with other parts. Here are some pic's of my trariler and the parts. |
|Found this on Craigslist: Vintage Single Wheel Trailer - Sweet Single Wheel Trailer, Sears Allstate wood box version.
Very solid, very straight, no rust on frame. Wheel suspension in good condition. No bumper hitch brackets. Custom Built box with
functioning reproduction 58-61 Volkswagen Bus tail lights. Wiring harness, Serial# stamped on frame. We have not licensed it. Black and
white wood box with blue pin stripe, aluminum rails, nylon sail boat cleats (tie downs) on sides. New tire and new spare. We were going
to pull it behind our VW bus or VW bug, but, it's been in storage for a couple years. Need to simplify our storage situation, and we
can't keep this SWT.|
|This is a trailer that I acquired that had been in a barn for a number of years. The wheel assembly is off a allstate trailer
and the alumimun box is homemade. I disassembled the whole trailer, replaced the tire and the bearings, removed all the old handles and
hardware off the box and started sanding the box with 150 grit sandpaper. Then I stepped down to 220 grit sandpaper and then buffed with
nuvite compounding polish and then with metal polish. When reassembling I used all stainless steel bolts and fastners. I will send you a
follow up email with pics of the new restored trailer that we intend to travel with to Alaska in the next few weeks. Gary Groveton, TX
|Found this on the The Samba: 1957 Allstate Teardrop Trailer. This is a 1957 ALLSTATE single wheel trailer with a Teardrop
Trailer built on its chassis. This trailer is custom built out of marina plywood which was stained, painted covered with canvas and ultimately
covered with "Mirrored Aluminum" this material is used to build reflective lighting. It cleans easily with "GlassPlus" and shines like new
money!. It is equipped with custom tail-lights and sports a license plate "eyebrow" from 66 Volkswagen Beetle. It also has a Empi rear bumper
which is now installed and looks really sweet! The galley is equipped with stainless steel sink, and a alcohol stove from a cabin cruiser. The
galley also comes with a 110 volt outlet and has one outlet inside the cabin. All four corners are equipped with permanantly attached
self-storing adjustable leveling jacks that fold up under trailer out of sight. The interior is incomplete to allow you to customize it to your
liking. However, it is completely insulated and will sleep two people 6 feet tall. The exterior door has a Volkswagen Type III window
installed. The interior comes equipped with a 110 volt outlet. There is a 25ft. power cord which can be used to energize the cabin and galley
which stores in its own compartment on the underside of the trailer. The interior is 46" Wide X 71" Long and is 42" Tall at the center of the
Trailer recently advertised on Ebay and here are some updated pics
|Thought you might enjoy photos of my Allstate behind my wife's smart car. We took it camping in the Sierras this weekend. We
call it "Micro-Kamping!" Enjoy your site! Lots of good info, so thank you! It helped me determine what our family had,so that I could go out
and get another (and another, lol!). Pete
|Hello, Stumbled onto your site again , which I love , and I'm not sure if I shared pics of
my trailer finished . . . so here ya go. Keep up the great work ! Cheers,
|I'm a new owner of a single wheel trailer :) After a good year searching, I found a guy
who wanted to ship an allstate wheel meganisme and the brackets to me. Because I'm from belgium, the
shipping costs would have been to high for shipping the rest. Now I've worked a good month on it, and this
is the result:
For now it's in a protected paint because I've to paint my bug to, I'll do them together. Because I've heard that the hitchpoints getting a lot of force on them, I've made the 2 hitch points connected to my bug at the places where an original towbar normally is connected: Greetz Piet
|Hi, I purchased an old Sears single wheel trailer awhile back and did some interesting
things to it. I have a 1958 Metropolitan that I pull it with and I have outfitted the car to be a fire
chiefs car since it is red and white. Naturally the trailer had to fit the theme so that explains the
pictures. The trailer was in very poor condition when I got it with a rotted deck, no lights, etc. I think
it is pretty cute now even though I'm prejudiced. BTW way I also have a Sears that appears to be made by
YOCAR since the running gear is much like the pictures of the YOCAR. These pix of the fire trailer are
also a Sears but a more recent one.
|Here are a few pics of a 1957 Allstate Wood Box. I decided to
customize it to match my vert. Thanks for creating your site, it's what inspired
me to find and fabricate my own trailer. You can
use all the pics and post them on your site if you want. This is how I found
it on ebay, paid $100. due to the high cost of shipping I had the seller just
send me only the wheel assemby and the 2 mounting
brackets. I went ahead and fabricated the frame out of 2" channel iron. Here's
a mock up of what I wanted to do... Close-up of the bumper bracket I designed...
The wood slats are made from tiger striped maple...
Lupe MoyaRound Rock, Tx.
|trailer to place on your site. This trailer is a 1956 AllState. It's all wired neatly.
It's currently registered in NOS 1956 plate.
|1958 AllState Single Wheel Trailer. This version has a frame
with 2 arms that attach to the tow vehicle and a single swivel wheel at back
end. I have undercoated
floor, added a metal side kit with removable tail gate, re-machined both sides
of caster swivel, line bored fork axle bores, and added hitch recievers to
each side at the front for removable trailer tongue
jack/wheels. Trailer can be disconnected from tow vehicle and moved around easily.
I towed this trailer with my 1985 Westy. Recently sold the Westy after 11
years and bought a small RV. I built a T-Bar that
fits a 2" receiver hitch that I used with the Westy. Trailer fittings are mounted
on the bar.
Owned by Phil Williams Ft Worth, TX
|(Right now I'm classifing this as an Allstate Wood trailer,
but I'm hoping Scott will find something or we will see more examples of this trailer frame as it looks
well built and doesn't appear to be a home built customization. AH) if you would like to post this
picture to your site it definitely will be appreciated. i purchased this a few months back from a man who
knew nothing about it, for $50.00. the wheel and swivel operate smoothly and as you can tell by the picture
it has been repainted. i believe the original color may have been red-ish all over as the frame is still
red (original?). the floor may have been replaced at one time, by a sheet of plywood "like" wood. i have
ABSOLUTELY NO INFO ON THIS! it's a little frustrating and i will soon begin the painstaking restoration
by slowly stripping the body to locate any decals or name plates. the sides have what appears to be little
bullet style male snaps (which i have never seen before) some of which are broken off...these screw into
the sides by the way. also located on the sides are squared (flanges?) loop type mounts to accept a hook
for tie-downs (i believe these were added at one time, the welds are rough and unprofessional) it has a
single taillight with a license plate holder. the clamps are pretty ingenious in design and appear to be
brass (?). if you can get the ball rolling with help from your web-friends, i will update info and
pictures soon. Owned by Scott Snyder
|I recently purchased what I think is a 1956 allstate
box trailer for my 1957 VW Beetle . I'm taking off the box and having a wood slat VW style rack made for
the frame ( similiar to the calberlah ) . My only problem is that the guy I bought it from found it in
California and it was registered a 2005 Homemade trailer . I want to register it as a 1956 so I can use
a 1956 license plate legally , which I will do anyway , but would like to be legit . I can't seem to find
a VIN # anywhere and the badge is gone ... any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated
Owned by Randy Slack
|(This trailer has been identified as an Allstate, by the wheel assembly and the 6
bolt wheel. 1/06 ah)
Found this ad on Ebay. "This auction is for a rare 1942 1 wheel trailer. This little trailer is 57 inches long and 39 inches wide with the floor about 18 inches off the ground. The end gate looks similar to an old truck tailgate with the old chain and hook type fastening. Bed of trailer is metal with a plywood underdecking on steel frame. Has a 400 x 12 inch tire and wheel in good condition. Hooks up under bumper of car or truck (but looks like it could be altered to fit different ways). Come also with trailer stands for parking. Our seller has been using this for years, and it is register for use in the state of Mo, thus has taillights, turn signals, and brake lights. With this being 60 years we would still say that it is in good condition, and has been used recently. Of course there be some rust found especially on the added on stands, but bed is good. The plywood looks a bit rough on the exposed edges.
|I am in the process of rebuilding an Allstate one wheeled trailer and came across your
site. I would like to send you info on my project. I picked it up about 11 or 12 years ago, from an uncle
in Sundown, TX. near Lubock, TX. My wife and were on our way back from the Houston area back to our home
in Heyburn, ID. and we stopped to visit some family in Sundown. As it is with many vacations you wind up
with more stuff than you take, my uncle offered us this trailer, it had been sitting in his back yard for
years, he really didn't specify. We hooked it up to the bumper and towed it 1700 plus miles home. The
pictures will show a suspension similar to the one on the orange on of your buddy Mark's. I am wondering
if anyone can give me some info as to year or aprox. year? Like a dummy I didn't get any before shots, but
it is complete, it actually has a high trunk lid which allows you to store much luggage inside and out of
the weather. After it gets restored it will tow behind my 1965 Ford Galaxy, (I've included a picture)
and with a modified hitch type receiver, behind my 2000 GMC Yukon. The pictures will show it dismantled,
it is on it's way to the get sandblasted. Will send more pics as more work gets done. Thanks for the site.
Owned by RTorrez
|These are pics of my Olds Ragtop and my 1946 Sears Roebuck Allstate Trailer. Please put
the pics on your great web site for all to see and share.|
|This is Jon Lane's Allstate trailer.
Submitted by Jon Lane of the Der Kafer Fahrer
|We purchased this in Santa Cruz, Ca. from the nephew of the
original owner. He said that it's been in his family for as long as he can remember. It's just always been
there and then he inherited it from his uncle. There is not a number on it anywhere, just the word
patented. But, the man we bought it from said that he knows for an absolute fact that his uncle ordered
the kit from Sears. It seems like it may be one of the less popular wood trailers you were speaking of in
the article on Allstate trailers. It also has additional rails that can be attached which make the side
walls twice as high. I tried to get a good pic of the tailgate but don't know whether I lightened it enough
to see but the tailgate is hinged and the pins that lock the tailgate are made of wood. Almost shaped like
a key only thicker. Owned by Donna Renfro and her husband.
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