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Old 02-13-2006, 08:03 PM   #1
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Wow... this isn't fiberglass, but it is definately THE most intricate and palacial trailer I've ever seen! The tongue end sure looks like a Cylon tho!

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Old 02-13-2006, 08:08 PM   #3
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I could get REALLY confused driving in France if they put the tail lights on the tongue end.
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Old 02-13-2006, 08:13 PM   #4
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and ANOTHER ONE!

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Old 02-13-2006, 08:49 PM   #5
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I could get REALLY confused driving in France if they put the tail lights on the tongue end.
They've been known to use yellow low beam headlight in France, so maybe they're used to being confused... but these are British trailers: the second web site is British, the door is on left side, and the following is an approximate translation of the French site's text:
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Superb caravan Vickers 7m. 1960-62. Windows and mirrors engraved with vases of flowers, doors of the wall cupboards out of engraved glass rounded, stainless chimney. Missing 3 large mirrors (glass panes?) and some small ones. Being English, it does not have and cannot have a Vehicle Registration Document.
And by the way... I think this is really hideous, sort of the anti-egg, but that's just my taste. It is an amazing sight.
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Old 02-13-2006, 09:14 PM   #6
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Reminds me of some of the "Rail Coaches" that the filthy rich industrialists used to have parked on the sidings of their mines, refineries, and processing plants. Want to tour the countryside, just call the Rail Company to hook up!!
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Ya know, the Brits drive on the wrong side of the road, maybe they tow thier trailers backwards too???

Those lights have GOT to go!
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Yep, those are British "showman's caravans" and those two are reasonably restrained, tasteful versions - they do get fancier than this!!!

In case the 'separated by a common language' problem applies here, 'showmen' are the folk that operate the rides and stalls of a travelling fun fair. A successful showman will often have a highly decorated 'van like these - the more successful, the more decorated! Nowadays they often have slide-outs (though slide-outs are generally not common in Yurp) and some get large enough to need separate front (steering) and back axles.

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After looking at the site Roger posted, my wife's comment was "how grotesque!"
I thought that maybe the tongue was removable like many mobile homes, but it doesn't really look that way.
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In case the 'separated by a common language' problem applies here, 'showmen' are the folk that operate the rides and stalls of a travelling fun fair. ... Nowadays they often have slide-outs (though slide-outs are generally not common in Yurp) and some get large enough to need separate front (steering) and back axles.

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Thanks for the explanation, Andrew. I needed it.

"Yurp." I like that.
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Well, I like it. Look at all the colored glass in the interior (from someone who's learning to hate brown/beige).
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The interior reminded me of a whor.... of a brothe... of a... ahem, ah, ummm.... ahhh... someplace someone told me about once!

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The interior reminded me of a whor.... of a brothe... of a... ahem, ah, ummm.... ahhh... someplace someone told me about once!

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You reminded me of the perfect tow vehicle for this: A Filipino Jeepney! Back in the day when I visited ... er, um... one of those, you know, places...
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A large, very strong Jeepney maybe.

OK, I'll try to put an end to this hemming and hawing around: First of all, contrary to what is implied here, it is not necessary to visit these places in order to know what they are. Surprise?

They are called a "House of Ill Repute." There, it's been said. Feel better now?
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