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Old 02-15-2013, 01:14 PM   #15
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There are a couple of old Bowlus's that attend rallies here in the North West. Here are some photos I took at a rally a couple of years ago of one of them. Inside was even more interesting than the outside.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:27 AM   #16
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Even though the tongue end is rounded around the flat door your going to get a little drag from that. The door would do better at the rear.
The Bowlus shape is pretty near perfect if you want low aerodynamic drag - rounded front edges (sides and top) with a long, long taper to a point. The only improvement would be to make the trailer cross section more closely match the tow vehicle cross section. Even back when the Bowlus was made, autos weren't nine feet tall and six feet wide.

Sharp fronts to "cut through the air" are pure styling and have no aerodynamic value (assuming you aren't going to tow near the speed of sound....).

Sadly it looks like the new Bowlus has abandoned the original's stunning space-frame internal chassis, mostly made from circular tubing around 1" diameter. But then that chassis did restrict the interior to those longitudinal settee/beds each side since the bed fronts were covering chassis members.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:53 AM   #17
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Deryk... That ProtoStoga has you written all over it!!!!

heh yeah, Would love something like that! A much more aero dynamic vardo. But in the Meantime if I keep my speed down I get decent mileage towing my ParkLiner... much better then the lil vardo I built....and I can stand up too!


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I've been in them and they're beautiful inside. I like them better than Airstreams. I think they have more personality.
BUT I don't like the 'front door' over the tongue and the $$$$ price. Happy with my FG
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Roll in in one of those and no one would leave you alone...

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Medieval metal working revisited. Cod head and mackerel tail. Wire spoked wheels. A blast from several pasts.

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