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Trucks on Display

 

Below is a sampling of many of the trucks on display in our Trucking Hall of Fame® Exhibit Hall. When you visit, you’ll find more than what is featured here.

1969 International Loadstar


Truck Information:
Truck makers have made special-purpose trucks over the years. This 1969 International Loadstar was made for the mobile home transportation trade. It was used to pull mobile homes and then to move them around in a trailer court to set them up for being occupied. Notice the mirrors; they are mounted in a way that allow them to be extended. Mobile homes are 12 to 14 feet wide; you would have needed these extended mirrors to see past the mobile home. The funniest part of this truck is that it is so short. Actually this is an adjustable wheelbase truck. You could make it longer or shorter by pulling or replacing a few pins. On the road you would have a longer, better handling truck. When you got into the trailer court, the truck was real short so you could maneuver it easily. If you were traveling on a highway with the truck in the short position, it would be very easy for the mobile home to manhandle you if there was a stiff breeze; that's why you would want the longer wheelbase for the open road. You don't see these trucks around anymore. Mobile homes are now moved with regular long-wheelbase over-the-road trucks. The new trailer courts have the trailers positioned further apart so maneuvering into tight spaces is not needed.



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