1963 Dodge Town Wagon

1963 Dodge Town Wagon carryall

Historically, a carryall is a type of carriage used in the United States in the 19th century. It is a light, four-wheeled vehicle, usually drawn by a single horse and with seats for four or more passengers.[1] The word is derived by folk etymology from the French carriole. [2]

The name carryall was later used for a passenger automobile having a closed body and two facing seats along the sides[citation needed]. More recently, automobile manufacturers have employed the term for what were later called sport utility vehicles. These vehicles had panel truck bodies with side windows and removable rear seats.[3] The Chevrolet Suburban SUV was once known as the Carryall Suburban.

In Canada, the term "carryall" is often also used to refer to a type of sleigh. It is about 4 m (13 ft) long and 0.5 m (1.5 ft) wide, fitted with a canvas or hide container. It is pulled by dogs or a snowmobile. It is used principally by trappers and hunters to transport people and goods.[4]

The term is also used for a carrier with a scraperlike self-loading device drawn by a tractor, pushed by a bulldozer or self-propelled. It is used especially for hauling earth and crushed rock[citation needed]. Similarly in agricultural parlance it is often used to describe a platform device mounted to the rear three point linkage of smaller tractors for carrying materials particularly tools or stock feed.

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  1. 1918 edition of The Encyclopedia Americana: a library of universal knowledge, Volume 5
  2. Definition of CARRYALL, "by folk etymology from French carriole, from Old Occitan carriola, ultimately from Latin carrus car," Merriam-Webster
  3. Definition of Carryall truck, Federal Supply Class 2320, "A truck with a panel type body having windows and folding and/or removable seats designed to transport supplies and/or equipment and personnel."
  4. Bush Land Terminology, definition of carryall toboggan
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