Thursday, May 24, 2012

The history of Mobile Scout revealed!

Wow! My queries for information were answered! A big thanks to Elvie J. Frey, Sr. who is President of Winnebago Industries for putting all the pieces together for me!
Mobile Scout was indeed a company that built travel trailers years ago. I will give you an update as I know the history. In the late 70s William Dozer Thornton who owned the company sold it to an investor group. It was bankrupted by the new owners in the early 80s. W. D. Thornton received the right to the name in the bankruptcy in exchange for the money that they still owed him.

In 1992 several of us that were involved in the RV industry started a new venture, SunnyBrook RV, Inc, with Tom Thornton being one of the partners. W.D. Thornton was Tom’s father and Tom owned several RV dealerships in Texas at the time. When we started producing units Tom wanted his units built with the Mobile Scout name on them instead of SunnyBrook. Then several other Texas dealers also expressed interest in having their units built with the Mobile Scout Name. So we acquired the right to use the name and have been building units with the Mobile Scout name on them ever since.

In December of 2010 SunnyBrook was acquired by Winnebago Industries.


Elvie J. Frey, Sr.
President, Winnebago Industries


  1. So ... where do I find out information on my 1962 Mobile Scout? I want to find a blueprint of the inside or at least pictures. Help?

  2. Adding some info. Please reply to this post if you have any information at all. I'd really like to get my baby back into ORIGINAL shape.

  3. I recently purchased a 1968 Mobile Scout '24 tandem axle trailer. It looks more like an Airstream. It's very cool and i'm looking forward to restoring it! I cannot find any information on this trailer at all.


Don't forget, if you have a Mobile Scout, let me know! Send me some pics of your little camper.