The camping facilities of the highest quality are camper vans and trucks, as well as recreational vehicles. These are available in all shapes and dimensions and some have unparalleled luxury, while other versions are simple, convenient and affordable.
In 1910 it was introduced the Pierce-Arrow Touring Landau, which can be described as the original car house. Roughly at the same time, carhouses were built in Canada on truck frames.
The Gypsy Van, designed and used by the Conklin family in 1915, was the first vehicle called the RV (recreational vehicle) which had an enormous impact. They used the 8-ton machine from New York to California. The RV was built for the benefit of the family throughout its trip by Roland Conklin's own Gas-Electric Motor Bus Company. Th000 people, including the press, were shocked by the car, because it was something they never saw before.
In reality, many people wanted to have it after the vehicle was first seen, and during the next couple of decades the concept of using such vehicles became massively popular even though the idea of a camping site became popular after William H.H. Murray published his works in the 19th century, including the first guide to camping.
Vehicles and appliances were made popular after 1910, because when they were in mass production they became more affordable. The Conklins were the first person to use a bus as a basis to build an enormous double decker with all the comforts of a home. It was known as a caravan or even a yacht on water. What is significant is that the road has been paved for caravans as we now know them. People realized that a regular vehicle camp would need a lot of other supplies, such as tents, sleeping bags, mobile kitchens and so forth. All these features are built into a motorhome. The REO Speed Wagon Bungalow was introduced in the mid-1920s followed by the Hudson Essex Pullman Coach – both functional motorhomes.
The trailer was produced next as motor homes had a drawback–because of their scale and inefficiency as daily transport they could not be used as regular vehicles. It was also not acceptable for narrow roads that were suitable only for automobiles. Of course, the higher cost of a caravan also reduced the caravan trailer's popularity.
The first truck was not a caravan. The other campground equipment was a simple device. Eventually, a tent was added and the tent-trailers became fully functional in the 1920's. For example, there was a folding bed on the Brintnall convertible camping trailer.
Nevertheless, tent trailers were not as practical as caravans and Arthur Sherman decided to create a better product after a bad experience with one during a 1928 storm. The development of Sherman was water-resistant and strong. It was too weak, but it was still a news that impressed many other campers. It had a huge potential, Sherman realized. He created the company Covered Wagon and paved the way for the caravans we are familiar with today. The company, which in 1936 sold 6,000 units, was the largest in the industry. In the late 1930s, in total, more than 20 000 units produced by the industry replaced entirely the tent trucksThe iconic caravan trailers of Airstream were designed around that time and have a sleek design with a mirror-pointed jacket. It became a real icon quickly because on the market it looked like nothing else.
It wasn't until 1950 that W WWII halted the industry and it was again on its way. European manufacturers like Westfalia have also joined the campsite by turning vans into campers. The truck and bus frames have also continued to be upgraded. Raymond Frank had the term' home' around that time. In 1958, he produced his own and people saw how well it was. Frank began a business. Frank began a business. These were more economical than the products of the rival and Frank even ran against the trailer manufacturers.
The Mass-Production Began
Winnebago was the first company in 1967, which brought its affordable prices to the mass camping cars. In less than a decade, the number of employees of the company increased four fold. Winnebago was the market's main brand but it was followed closely by competition. In 1969, in the U.S., over 23,000 caravans were sold. The oil crisis marked a big turnaround for the industry, but many have survived and are currently selling on the U.S. market at nearly 50 000 units.
The market today is infinite as far as products and equipment are concerned. It's a very spacious RV that has come a long way since the Gypsy Truck. Brands like Hymer, Knaus, Entegra and Adria set the standards in the world of RVs, camper vans and camper trailers.