An Introduction to RV Week
Recreational vehicles have been around in one form or another since before the internal combustion engine, and not long after cars and trucks became widely available for retail sale, enterprising owners began putting homebuilt structures on them that we'd call camper bodies today.
We don't know who the first RV builder was, but we do know for a certainty who was the inventor of the modern travel trailer....
The unexpectedly enthusiastic response--he quickly earned $15,000 from the sale of plans--convinced Mr. Byam that there might just be a commercial market for these trailers of his. He began building them to order in his backyard workshop, and when the neighbors complained about the noise, he raised a little capital, went out and rented factory space, and formed a corporation to carry on his trailer-building business. That corporation, Airstream, is still in business today.
RVs range from such curiosities as the Goggomobil Camper (pictured at right), a subminiature trailer intended to be towed by the equally-subminiature Goggomobil microcar, all the way up to Class A motorhomes that are big enough to owe real estate taxes when they're parked. We can't cover them all (unless we rename the blog "RV Lust"), but we hope you'll find this week's "vacation" from our usual subject matter as interesting as we do.
--Cookie the Dog's Owner