This week the guys take a look at the motorhome. From tin can tourists to today’s luxurious mansions on wheels there are plenty of choices and a rich history of road vacations.
Motorhomes can be traced back to the days of the pioneers who traveled across the country living in Conestoga wagons. These wagons provided shelter from the sun and a certain level of comfort for travel. The RV as we know it today got its start around 1910 when conversion vans were made for travel. Basically, what these were resembled delivery vans with a place to sleep and eventually a place to do your business.
Pierce Arrow, Auto Kamp and the Los Angeles Trailer Works were among the first manufacturers of these roadworthy homes. Later producers include Winnebago and Airstream along with myriad companies producing campers based on various truck and van platforms.
During the Great Depression travel trailers became permanent housing for many who were looking for an inexpensive alternative to homeownership. Living in such a home also provided the ability to quickly and easily uproot and move to where the jobs were rumored to be. The end of WWII found many returning vets looking for an inexpensive place to live. What America got was the birth of the trailer park.
There are many different types of motorhomes and other RVs including:
Class A – Top of the line motorcoaches
Class B – Van style
Class C – Scaled down Class A’s
Folding camping trailers
Truck campers (Slide-ins)
Classics of the past
Other types of recreational vehicles
Last weeks Question:
q: In what decade did the double drive through debut?
Flash Past Trivia Question
q: What company produced the popular “Dolphin” gas coach?
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