Two significant things are happening this year, Elvis and RV’ing
Elvis Aaron Presley, The King of Rock-N Roll, would have been 75 years old on Jan 8TH. Happy Birthday Elvis. We listen to the Elvis station alot on our Sirius radios.
Next, the year of 2010 is the 100 year birthday/anniversary of the trailer. Much of the following information is from an article in the Jan/Feb edition of Trailblazer magazine. Yes, in 1910 the first trailers made for retail sale were produced. It seems the whole industry is going to celebrate in one way or another. The Recreational Vehicle & Motor Home Heritage Museum in Elkhart, Indiana illustrates how far we’ve come in the production of RV’s. In terms of technology, back then there was no air conditioning, no TV, no pvc piping, no plastics, fiberglass or phones. According to an archivist for the RV/MH Heritage Museum, “Camping has been around for centuries, but 1910 is when the first auto-related camping vehicles were built for commercial sale.” Known as “auto campers” or “camping trailers” these vehicles set the benchmark. The 1910 RVs offered minimal comforts compared to today’s home-on-wheels, but they did provide the freedom to travel anywhere, to be able to get a good nights sleep and enjoy home cooking.” Accordingly, the first recognized start to the RV industry was the Pierce-Arrow’s “Touring Landau,” was unveiled at Madison Square Garden in that year. In addition to Pierce-Arrow, several other companies produced motorized RVs. These companies and their products were featured in a Popular Mechanics issue in 1911. Camping trailers made by Los Angeles Trailer Works and Auto-Kamp Trailers also rolled off the assembly line beginning in 1910. It’s hard to imagine RVs not having a bathroom, these days. But in 1910, the bathroom for RVers was usually either yonder tree or yonder bush. The Pierce-Arrow had what amounts to a porta-potty or better yet a chamber pot with no storage or plumbing it still had to be emptied.
For more information go to: http://www.rvmhhalloffame.org/
Our last morning at medina Lake, we were favored by a cardinal and a squirrel knowing it was their last meal with us. They showed us some appreciation by sticking around long enough and posing for some photos.