How about a camping/RV history thread?

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  1. Groomporter

    Groomporter Active Member

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    I've been looking into some history of car camping and such, and thought some people might be interested in some of the tidbits I've been finding. Over the weekend. I stumbled on to this PDF with some history of a Minneapolis suburb that started out as mobile home parks that included early campers before the advent of what we know think of as "mobile homes"

    http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/65/v65i08p314-324.pdf
    "From the 1920s to the 1940s, trailers were used not only by the affluent as comfortable camping accommodations, but also by the mobile poor as makeshift squatter housing. This became especially evident during the Great Depression... Regardless, by the start of World War II the trailer had gained tacit acceptability as a decent (or “respectable”), albeit temporary, housing option"
     
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    Here's a PDF of a 1917 tourist guide for Glacier National Park that includes clothing suggestions and prices for horseback tours. They had opened tepee camps two years earlier. The tepees were wooden floored with 2 single person cots and cost 50 cents per bed, per night. Sounds like you could even have your auto transported by rail into the park from Belton, MT to Glacier Park Station for $10, drive the 50 miles between the two big hotels in the park and back and then pay ship it back to Belton when you wanted to resume your "transcontinental auto tour"
    http://www2.mnhs.org/library/findaids/00702/pdfa/00702-00173-2.pdf
     
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    That's a fun site. I think the "Kozy Kamp" trailer they list might be the company that (according to the family story) might have been the people who beat my grandfather to the punch for a patent on his early trailer design in the 30's with something too similar. But there were so many variations on pop-ups coming out back then it's hard to tell.
     
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    Dingit Well-Known Member

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    Is any of this actually camping?

    We aren't camping. We're RVing.
     
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    Camping is definined as rving also. I did have to look it up but every definition fits. Including the legal one.
     
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    rabird Howdy!

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    folks been dragging homes around before Conestoga wagon days!
     
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    Heck even "pop-outs go back to before 1900. This is a 1894 patent for a horse-draw “hunting wagon” with canvas covered fold-out sections.
    [​IMG]
     
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    And Pop-ups are probably closer to "camping" (however you define it) than travel trailers or motor homes... [:O)]
     
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    . Now that’s pretty cool. Wonder where google will take me if I read up on it tonight. I do love to research about history. My history teachers would probably say otherwise when I was growing up though. [LOL]
     
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    I found the patent image on the Pop-up Camper History site linked to above
     
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    This was kind of fun, although not many pop-ups. There's what looks like a Kozy Kamp pop-up about 40 seconds in.
     
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    My parents were trailer trash back in the late 40s and early 50s. Dad was a bricklayer and followed the work. Sister was born in Ohio, and I tell her that she is the families token Yankee.
     
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    Looks sort of medieval.


    Formerly Susan
     

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