Wiedman Body Co. - 1950s-1970s - North Tonawanda, New York


Wiedman Body Co. of North Tonawanda, New York - One manufacturer of large camping bodies was the Wiedman Body Co. of North Tonawanda, New York, which built steel bodies, lined with fiber. The bodies were six feet tall, six feet wide, and came in three lengths. The "Sport" model was 13.25 feet long, weighed 950 pounds, and could fit on a one-ton Ford truck chassis or the chassis of a medium-sized car. The "DeLuxe" model was 16-feet long, weighed 1,200 pounds, and could fit on a large car or a truck chassis. The "Empire" model, used on a bus chassis, was 20 feet long and weighed 1,600 pounds. On each side of the body was a four-foot-high, six-foot-­long door, hinged at the bottom, which would fold up flush against the side of the body. At night, this door could be converted into a double bed by lowering it to a horizontal position and covering it with a half-tent canopy.

The smaller Wiedman models had one double-bed on each side; the "Empire" model had one on one side, two on the other. The canvas canopies covering the beds contained screen windows with roll-down curtains. On the Wiedman bodies there was a door on the driver's side and in the center of the back. The kitchen facilities were in the front right-hand corner. There were benches inside, over the rear wheels, and between them was a table with a folding top. In the rear, behind the benches and table, were two large wicker chairs with windows on either side and toward the. rear. Between the chairs was the rear door. SIA#176 pp12-13



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