Metzendorf travel trailer


browndogohio

Junior Member
Hello, I live in Ohio so my 1960 Metzendorf did not travel far. It needs a lot of work but I'm up for the challenge. It has been setting for a number of years and I need new tires. Its a 13' model can you tell me the tire size that came on it. I mounted a 205 75R 15 and could not get it on as it was to wide. Thanks Dave
I believe my Metzendorf has 6.50 x 13ST tires but I will have to check them for sure. However, a copy of the original advertising brochure for that model says that it came with 6.40 x 15" tires as original equipment.
 

Phil Wright

New Member
I am also in Ohio , Tuscarawas County. Mine is a 1956 ( clean title ). Has some water damage. It appears that the 5/8 plywood walls are it. Siding screwed onto that and that's all ????? Ant of the old plans or info. out there to share ? Thanx , Phil
 

Sid

New Member
Hey all, I'm new to the group, thanks for letting me in!
We live in middle Tennessee and own a 1960 Metzendorf with a 10 foot body. Originally bought from friends of ours in New York about four year ago, we've had her from Canada to Key West, and getting ready to head to Portland Oregon in her this week. We've put thousands of miles of fun on her....
As for tires, the proper size now would be 195/75R15, but they quit making that size tire a few years ago. I do have 205/75R15's on ours, BUT, you have to let the air out to get the tire on and off. It's a pain, but I haven't found a solution yet, the 205's are just a bit too wide.
This chart from Tire Rack shows the conversion for earlier tires ... https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/45_conversionchart.jsp

 

dcseweasy

Junior Member
I recently had a message from a person interested in Metzendorf trailers and had told them of this blog. I came back on to see what had been posted. I noticed your question about the tires. I asked my husband who used to help my father build them. The original tires were 15" bias tires. Someone also asked about pictures of the plant. I will try to attach a few pictures I found after my father, Karl Gerlt passed away. It is so nice to know they are still being refurbished today. #1 a 10' built by Mezendorfs. #2 A 13' built when my father first purchased the company. #3 a 15' on the way to delivery. #4 A 15' in the plant. #5 A15' in front of out home on the way to Michigan. #6 An 18'. #7 A truck camper. #8 My brother in front of the shop cleaning snow off the trailers. #9&10 A motor home my father built. One of the last made before he sold the company. They went out of business shortly after the sale. The building still stands but no longer is used for manufacturing. I hope these were interesting for any Mezendorf enthusiests on the sight. They were great little trailers and I loved my time sewing the curtains and helping my father in the shop.
 

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TFlach

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Hello new Metz owner here. I have a 1962 fair shape. Looking for window seals, any suggestions where to look. Thanks.
 

longroof

New Member
Hi Im new here. I have purchased a 1959 Metzendorf and am in the process of rebuilding it. Can anyone tell me what type of wheel was used. I have what I believe to be the original wheel with a small baby moon type hubcap. Im looking to buy new hubcaps. I know these are some type of automobile wheel. But Im not sure what Chevy, Ford, Dodge ? Please see the pics. Also I have found a place that makes aluminum siding metal to order . www.hemetvalleyrv.net I purchased some and it is spot on replacement. Another site that I bought lights from www.vintagetrailersupply.com has exact replacement marker lights.
 

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longroof

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TFlach If your still looking for window seals, try www.Steelerubber.com Steele rubber products makes all type of original replacement rubber seals for automotive glass. If you have a sample they should be able to match it. Or your dimensions would also work.
 

acogina

New Member
Hi Im new here. I have purchased a 1959 Metzendorf and am in the process of rebuilding it. Can anyone tell me what type of wheel was used. I have what I believe to be the original wheel with a small baby moon type hubcap. Im looking to buy new hubcaps. I know these are some type of automobile wheel. But Im not sure what Chevy, Ford, Dodge ? Please see the pics. Also I have found a place that makes aluminum siding metal to order . www.hemetvalleyrv.net I purchased some and it is spot on replacement. Another site that I bought lights from www.vintagetrailersupply.com has exact replacement marker lights.
Hi! I'm new here and just acquired a metzendorf. I am still trying to figure out what year it is. It is in need of some repairs... it seems to have some leaks. Whoever owned it before me used it as a hunting trailer. They had ripped out the kitchen portion to have a place for their cooler. Any websites or information that you guys have on what the kitchen is SUPPOSED to look like would be awesome. Also how do I find out what year it is?? There are a few numbers on the trailer hitch part. I am so new to not only the travel trailer aspect of this, but also new to camping, pulling anything with a truck-everything. So ANY info is appreciated! Thanks!
 

SLEEPER

New Member
Hello everyone,

I am new to the site.

My wife and I recently purchased a 1963 Metzendorf camper. I am trying to get the title transferred into my name. I have a WV title in hand but am being told that I need to take a picture of the vim. # and the plate showing the weight information to get the trailer titled in PA. Can any of you tell me where I can locate this information on the trailer?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Metz

New Member
Hello,

I purchased a 1963 Metzendorf back in October and I have been working on a frame-up restoration. The vin# can typically be found on the right side of the trailer frame near the tongue. It is on the top of the frame and most likely a 5 digit number that has been stamped into the metal. It may be covered in paint and hard to find. I was able to find it using the reflection from a flashlight. I then used an old toothbrush and some mineral spirits to uncover it. I am not sure where you can find the weight, but you should be able to take it to a weigh station or transfer (dump) station to get it weighed.

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Metz

New Member
acogina,

If you still had the sink, which you probably don't since the kitchen is gone, you would find a manufacture date on the underside of the sink. It may not be the exact date the trailer was manufactured, but it would be close. As for what the kitchen may have looked like you can do a google image search for Metzendorf Camper and you should get a pretty good idea of what it looks like. You can also do a search on YouTube for Metzendorf and you will see some old campers and a nicely restored one by a man named Foster Wayne. You can also go on Searchtempest.com and ebay once in a while to find vintage campers for sale. The for sale photos are a good resource to see what the interiors look like.
 
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