Trav-L-Boat Trav-L-Boat Dimensions
7' long
275 lbs

The Trav-L-Boat was manufactured by the company now known as Bardon Homes. It is unclear at which point in the companies history they made these trailers and under which corporate name they were built. The trailer is hinged in the middle and symmetrical between the two halves so that when the top is folded onto the bottom, it seals and latches closed. The wheel assembly is mounted to the back of the trailer which is abnormal when compared to standard single wheel trailers. "The New Trav-L-Boat - It's a Trailer! - Built of marine plywood with all seams waterproof-glued, Trav-l-Boat has disconnectable, self-locking hinges on each gunwale, allowing bow half of the 14-foot boat to fold back upon the stern to make a 7-foot, streamlined covered trailer!" "The single-wheel caster has full 360-degree swing. Cantilever-type single-arm suspension with rebound spring eliminates road-hop at any speed. The caster is easily and quickly attached to boat-stern with only two slip-in-bolts. Two lever-controlled steel locking pins at bottom of center bulkheads lock the two sections rigidly together when in the water, and the same pins attach to a double car hitch when towed as a trailer. The double car hitch allows vertical play in the connection but no side-to-side sway whatever!" It's 14' long, together, with a 54-inch beam, and 18-inch depth in water. Will comfortably fit one to six people. Complete with caster, it weighs 275 lbs. The hardware is bronze, brass, and stainless steel, so it will look great all cleaned up. If you have any info on this trailer, please drop me a line and tell more.
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Found this while searching the internet: In 1909, George L. Barden teamed up with Roscoe J. Robeson in Penn Yan, New York, nestled in the heart of the Finger Lakes region, to form a lucrative partnership. Little did they know, the Barden and Robeson Corporation, which started with production of spokes and hubs for wagon wheels, would become a premier corporation that would continue to flourish for generations to come.

To accommodate the rapidly growing fruit trade in the Finger Lakes region, the Barden and Robeson Corporation changed its focus to bushel baskets in 1911. Business continued to grow and by the 1920's, wicker baby furniture was added to the company's product line. The 1940's brought World War II, which shifted Barden and Robeson's focus once again. Bushel basket and furniture production were put on hold in order to assist the US government in the war effort by assembling ammunition boxes.

With the advent of peace, bushel basket and furniture production returned to normal. A surplus of lumber from the ammunition box venture and a major push by the U.S. government for rapid housing in the United States, switched Barden and Robeson's focus yet again. By this time, three production facilities, located in Penn Yan, Middleport, and Lockport, were being utilized in full force, which prompted the endeavor of a new state-of-the-art product, Barden Homes.
Before long, both the Penn Yan and Middleport facilities were producing this exciting, new method of panelized home construction. Bushel basket and furniture production began a slow decline, while the demand for Barden Homes grew so quickly that in 1968, the company opened the doors to another production facility located in Homer, New York. By this time, three generations of Barden's: G.L. Barden and his son, Bryce, and Bryce's sons Rick and Tom, were also joined by Bob Gelder, a long time family friend, and together they steered the company to what it is today.
thank you for your interest my my boat/trailer,here's my story: I found this in an old local dairy farm barn that was just sold to be demolished to make way for apartments. a relative of the family and power of attorney, was selling anything that was left on property to neighbors, my good friend who lives next door called me and told me about a wooden boat she had because he new i was into boats(i also have a rare 1962 fiberglass local built boat). when i seen it or what i thought at the time was 2 boats! i offered her $100.00 and they were mine. when i got home i noticed something was missing, the trailer part! i seen it on the ground near the boats and thought it was landing gear for a plane! the next day i got it and the rest is history. the trailer had a license plate on it from 1961 which ment it has been sitting in the barn for 42 years. it had a half inch of dust on it literally! the boat itself is in excellent condition, the scratches you see in pics is the polyurethane flaking. don't get me wrong it does have a couple of marks on it but nothing major. i restored trailer part and recently restored brackets that hold it on, every part i painted was bead blasted,primed then sprayed with a durable rust preventable paint. i tryed to match the color of the rim as best i could to what it looked like on the inside of the rim when i took it apart, it was in great condition(paint color) i used that as a color match, and yes it is a two piece rim! the taillight is a 1930's ford glass lense taillight, which i also restored, yes it does work.the boat is a different story that i haven't touched at all! i am trying to find nos or reproduction fabric wire from this time period.the oars were in boat but i haven't touched them, they are in good condition.i haven't had boat in water, could use a new coat of urethane before hand. I will look for any numberson trailer this weekend, and yes it is spring loaded it is not a solid swing arm. if anyone has any questions or info please email me: from brian
Saw this ad on Ebay "GREAT 1940s WOODEN TRAV-L-BOAT- MUST SEE! This has been stored locally in a barn, since the early 1970s. It's called a TRAV-L-BOAT. I also have a zerox copy of the original brochure that came with it new. It's two boats in one! You can use separately as two boats (just get another pair of oars), or together, as one large boat, and it makes itself into a trailer as well! It's TOO COOL! . I EVEN have the car hitch. The car hitch was 2 pieces, that were permanently mounted, by previous owner, to the back bumper of your 1940s car. Those two pieces have been mounted to a t-frame, so you can put it in your reese hitch to use with today's vehicles. It looks like one of the center seats, which was just plywood, was removed (easily replaced). There is a rubber cord-type beading gasket that originally ran around the edge, to create a seal, when the boat was closed. Most of that beading is gone, but there is some there, so you can duplicate it, if you decide to restore. All the metal locks and pieces seem to be in good shape - nothing broken. The tail lights on the removable-castor unit, have a long cable, so you can plug it in.
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