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Old 06-07-2010, 05:32 PM   #1
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A nice little article on the history of RVing: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37555858/ns/travel-tips/

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Drivers began making camping adaptations to cars not long after automobiles were invented. But according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), 1910 was when mass-produced vehicles designed specifically for camping first hit the market.Historian Al Hesselbart says while no production campers or trailers from that first year still exist, the museum does display the towable 1913 Earl Travel Trailer, which is the oldest non-tent travel trailer in existence.

Tour the rest of the museum's collection, and you’ll see rare gems that include the homemade motor home based on a 1976 Cadillac Eldorado, a variety of first production units and pristine versions of popular models such as the 1954 15-foot Shasta travel trailer described as a being typical of the “canned-ham” style trailers of the 1950s.
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Interesting article, thanks for posting it.

According to Wikipedia
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....... the origins of travel trailers and caravanning can be traced back to traveling Romani people ('Gypsies'), and showmen who spent most of their lives in horse drawn trailers.
The world's first leisure trailer was built by the Bristol Carriage Company in 1880 for Dr. W. Gordon-Stables. It was an 18 ft. design, based upon their Bible Wagons, which the Doctor named "Wanderer
There's even a picture of a 5-wheel Scamp in the Wikipedia article!

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A nice little article on the history of RVing: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37555858/ns/travel-tips/
Halfway down from that page you can launch a video showing how a trailer is built in 6 hours, it's pretty amazing. Didn't know so much wood framing was used, it's similar to building a house.
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