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Then (1916) and Now(2015) - How Trailers have changed


Jack Mayer

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1916 - One of the first trailers, pulled by a Model T. (Photo taken at the Elkhart, IN RV Museum)

 

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2015 - Our 2015 New Horizons pulled by a 2009 Volvo 780. A slight difference in comfort levels. But probably no difference in the fun to be had!

 

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In another 50 years those two rigs will be on display and our grand-kids will say......."Wow imagine how tough those "old-fo;ks" were...... now with our solar-inflate-a-condo and our wrist-fuel-cell we have camp set in 15 seconds....."

 

How did those "old folks" keep air in all those tires?? (if they only knew).....

 

Cheerz......"old folks"

 

Dollytrolley

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In another 50 years those two rigs will be on display and our grand-kids will say......."Wow imagine how tough those "old-fo;ks" were...... now with our solar-inflate-a-condo and our wrist-fuel-cell we have camp set in 15 seconds....."

 

How did those "old folks" keep air in all those tires?? (if they only knew).....

 

Cheerz......"old folks"

 

Dollytrolley

 

In another 50 years those two rigs will be on display and our grand-kids will say......."Wow imagine how tough those "old-fo;ks" were...... now with our solar-inflate-a-condo and our wrist-fuel-cell we have camp set in 15 seconds....."

 

How did those "old folks" keep air in all those tires?? (if they only knew).....

 

Cheerz......"old folks"

 

Dollytrolley

In another 50 years folks will be 'camping' on places like a moon the other side of Bungula .

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There was a discussion in the WSJ about how the development and use of carbon fuels has allowed society to advance. Studebaker finally stopped building horse drawn equipment in 1920. That Model T and trailer aren't too far removed from that.

Did that museum last year, will do it again this year, great accessible artifacts of our little lifestyle. Goop pics.

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Here is a link to a college paper my mother wrote in 1938, about house trailers. The PDF is about 40 MB, so be warned this is a fairly large download. The original paper has been scanned, and OCR didn't work well because of the light typing, so the pages are all images.

 

http://www.ximetrics.com/Volvo/Maxines%20trailer%20paper%20from%20college.pdf

 

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Both trailers still have an incredible amount of storage and are very clever about building them in. I would say the 1915 travellers enjoyed campfires as much as we do today. Depending on where they camped, we're probably seeing some of the same terrain....just a little more comfort.

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Here is a link to a college paper my mother wrote in 1938, about house trailers. The PDF is about 40 MB, so be warned this is a fairly large download. The original paper has been scanned, and OCR didn't work well because of the light typing, so the pages are all images.

 

 

 

 

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