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The Drive: The Bowlus Travel Chief is the RV lifestyle for the rich and famous

From the bloggers at The Drive.

Like Buckminster Fuller and other fantastic visionaries of the Streamline Moderne era, Hawley Bowlus was a dreamer who dreamed in teardrop-shaped aluminum. Unlike Bucky, whose three-wheeled, ass-engined, front-drive Dymaxion was a murderous death trap that was never put into production, Bowlus created the Road Chief, the first riveted aluminum travel trailer, of which he built about eighty between 1934 and 1936.

Wally Byam, the founder of Airstream, the enduring brand whose name has become synonymous with these shiny argent bullets, worked as a salesman for Bowlus in the mid-’30s and borrowed liberally from his unpatented design. Bowlus, though, was the original.

To read the full story by The Drive, click here.

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