From the bloggers at RV Life.
From Ace to Zollinger trailers, vintage RVs are wildly popular with modern RVers. Nowhere is this love affair more apparent than among the ranks of the Tin Can Tourists, a vintage RV club for all makes and models of towables and motorhomes.
“Pioneer Automobile Campers” Converge in 1918
The Tin Can Tourists vintage RV club dates back to the dawn of the automobile age. Henry Ford had just invented the Model T and to promote auto tourism, The Smithonian Magazine says that Ford regularly road tripped with friends like Thomas Edison, Henry Firestone and an entourage of camp sherpas. As the group’s travels made headlines, it didn’t take long for every day people to catch onto this new “car camping” idea. Soon, Americans began developing ingenuous ways to turn their Model T “Tin Lizzies” into rolling homes.
“People would rig their cars up with folding side tents or convert trucks with sleeping arrangements in the truck bed,” the Tin Can Tourists share on their website. Their RVs would be considered crude by today’s standards but traveling with food and sleeping quarters was exciting stuff back then.
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