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The RV Turns 100

Mike Prosser - Sunday, April 18, 2010

The very wealthy had custom-made house cars with plush amenities much like the wealthy and celebrities do today. The working class motorist was eager to explore the wilderness while taking some of home with them. If you were traveling by car there were few choices on where to stay. Hotels were in or near the city and beyond what the average Joe could afford. There were no motels. People took what they needed from home to camp out.The early RV's were little more than a pickup with a cover over the bed and pantry that looked like it came off a chuck-wagon. Even so, this was way ahead of sleeping on the ground with no protection from the elements. Cooking was still on a campfire, but that was not bad, because you had groceries with you. During the 1920's motorists made their own house-cars and really enjoyed what was known as "autocamping".
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