Thursday, January 19, 2012

RV: Cool RV. 1935 RV. 1950's "Fifth Wheel". Shady Dell's Vintage RVs. RV Museum. New Westfalia. Pruis. Saab. Bombs. Antarctica. Meissen.

For "tRaVersing, or RV Day".   RVs, Some Old, Some New:

Decoliner, RV with flying bridge:

"Check out this crazy ride from automotive artist Randy Grubb, who's built cars for Jay Leno. He calls it The Decoliner - and he drives it from the roof - that's correct - the roof. It's fully functional and you'll see him drive it."

"It's part 1950's-era White Trash Truck and part 1973 GMC Motorhome, combined with a lot of creativity."


Here's a project:


1935 Ford House Car.  

Description: "Johnny Cash drove this conversion in The Man in Black. It was topped w/metal and lost that as well as it's engine, hood, and tranny etc to thieves before I found it. At this point, I want to see it go to a home that will restore it. It is currently in a private lot in Southern Oregon ready for you to pick it up and save it. If it doesn't sell (sale fell through first round due to lack of ability to move it), it most likely will be scraped. Just the fenders are worth it. Make me an offer:)) The interior is shot, hence no pics. The living area will need to be redone. The original layout inside is: front living area w/kitchen and sofa area that turned into beds. Shower and another small bed in rear. The frame is SOLID and STRAIGHT! It's doable."   From:


1950's Fifth Wheel Parking Concept

The meaning of "fifth wheel" in the 1950s

"Admit it. You've always wondered why a trailer with two or four wheels of its own is called a "fifth wheel", right? Still, we know what it means. It's an RV travel trailer that is towed from the bed of a pickup truck or a truck tractor, allowing for more driving stability and interior space. But there was a time when the term "fifth wheel" was relatively unheard of and much more literal.
Check this out. And then you might be wondering why what seems like a great idea didn't go into mass production."



Shady Dell RV Park and Dot's Diner

"If you love vintage Americana, especially in the form of cool, restored trailers from the 1940s and 50s, a night at the Shady Dell in Bisbee, Arizona needs to be added to your to do list. With nine trailers to choose, decorated with vintage mid-century modern decor, you'll feel like you've stepped back in time."

"The Shady Dell’s long and epic journey began in 1927 as a place to provide trailer and camping spaces to weary travelers along the famous Highway 80, which stretched from Savannah, Georgia to San Diego, California.  Like its more famous brother Route 66, Highway 80 was a center of travel, exploration and family getaways in the early portions of the 20th century.  Today, the park is a nice mix of practicality and vintage fun-seeking.  Part of the park is equipped with full RV hookups while the other part is a unique step back to the heyday of travel trailering in America."

Dot's Diner at the Shady Dell

"The scoop on Dot's Diner is that it's an authentic ten-stool 1957 Valentine that served Los Angeles patrons for 26 years, sat idle and neglected for 13 more, and was then moved to Bisbee and the Shady Dell RV park in 1996. It took six months to restore it, but from the looks of things, the effort was well worth it. And the food is great! I had three meals there, and the place was always full (and with locals, too. Always a good sign.) And just like the Shady Dell, there wasn't a whiff of phony '50s nostalgia; just good food in a cool place." From:

More pictures of the vintage RVs at:


Just One Example from The RV Hall of Fame:


1915 MODEL T WITH 1916 TELESCOPE APARTMENT -- RV Collection 3    (David Woodworth Collection)

"A unique unit built in California on the back of a Model T Ford roadster. A novel feature is multiple slide-outs on this vintage model."     Many more at:


For those who want an everyday driver and a camper:

The New Westfalia, the venerable "camper van" launches new rig for 60th anniversary. 

"Call them "hippie vans" if you must, but the venerable Westfalia camper van, mounted on a Volkswagen bus platform carries on a proud tradition. Marking its 60th anniversary, Germany's Westfalia is rolling out a new camper van.
The original camper van was called a "camping box" and rolled out in 1951. Since then generations of families (both traditional and esoteric) have cruised happily down the highways of the world, bumping along with a little "pancake" engine powering their little motorhomes."

"The new "Edition 60" is a limited production model, and will be showcased at this year's Caravan Salon Dusseldorf. At that time a more proper name for the little rig will be released. Don't despair if you can't lay your hands on one of the early releases, the company promises that within a few weeks of the prior, limited edition model, they will go into full production for the masses.
The new model will include two single beds, or a single built-in bed with a convertible bench seat making down into yet another bed.

No need for searching for comfort stops, Westfalia will include a toilet, cleverly stashed under the beds, and easily pulled out via a guide rail system. And those needing a trip to the biffy in the middle of the night won't need to disturb their fellow sleepers, the system allows the pot to be pulled out without moving either bed.
During day use a swivel mounted table provides functionality for eating, game playing and other flat surface applications. What's a motorhome without a galley? Westfalia's new rig includes a sink, hotplate, compressor-operated cooler, and a cabinet to stash your stuff.
One thing missing on the new rig: The old "Volksy" noise. The new edition Westfalia camper van is built on a Mercedes platform." Russ and Tina DeMaris


More about Westfalias from Rex Vogel:

1969 Westfalia Camping Bus (Credit:

2009 Westfalia Michelangelo (Credit:






1969 Westfalia Camping Bus       2009 Westfalia Michelangelo

Mercedes Westfalia James Cook (Credit:

Mercedes Westfalia James Cook






“Edition 60” of the Jules Verne Westfalia.


"CLEARLY written by someone who has had a VW van! (later ones called vans, earlier ones called buses)."


More new RV's in the news:

"If you are asking us whether someone has been creative with a ton of snow, the answer is no.   So what in the blazes is it, we hear you ask? Well, it's a Toyota Prius camper van conversion and it was unwrapped (or so to speak) at this weekend's 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon with NAPAC. And no, we are not pulling your leg – it does exist and it's available for order.

It's the wacky creation of Campinn, which specializes in these sort of builds. The transformation from going green to living in green involves the addition of a huge lump on top of the Prius, which is made entirely of Fibre-Reinforced Plastic (FRP) and increases the hybrid's length to 4,980mm (196-in.) and height to 2,050mm (81.1-in.).

Toyota-Prius-Camper-Van-2Inside, there's what the company describes as a living area that can be optionally fitted with retractable coffee table and/or a side sofa while doubling as a bed, and if someone happens to visit, there's also as second bed on the…second floor. Did we mention that it also gets a back door?

What will they think of next…"


Classic Saab 900 - Miscellaneous

The Saab Toppola camperThe Toppola Camper - (1) 2

"With the Toppola Camper you can hook up your trailer or “housewagon” behind your SAAB. For those that own a horse or a boat or likewise need a transport carriage, the Toppola Camper is the ideal option. It gives you possibility to live both cheaply and comfortably.

Many self-employed have seen the possibilities with the Toppola. On the transport carriage you will load the work gear, anything from ladders and paint cans to mini-diggers, and on your Saab you’ve got the TC. Working far away from home, it’s comfortable after the days work to spend the night in your Toppola Camper. "  More and pictures of the inside at:


On This Day:

First air raid on Britain, Jan 19, 1915:

"During World War I, Britain suffers its first casualties from an air attack when two German zeppelins drop bombs on Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn on the eastern coast of England.

The zeppelin, a motor-driven rigid airship, was developed by German inventor Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin in 1900. Although a French inventor had built a power-driven airship several decades before, the zeppelin's rigid dirigible, with its steel framework, was by far the largest airship ever constructed. However, in the case of the zeppelin, size was exchanged for safety, as the heavy steel-framed airships were vulnerable to explosion because they had to be lifted by highly flammable hydrogen gas instead of non-flammable helium gas.

In January 1915, Germany employed three zeppelins, the L.3, the L.4, and the L.6, in a two-day bombing mission against Britain. The L.6 turned back after encountering mechanical problems, but the other two zeppelins succeeded in dropping their bombs on English coastal towns."


Wilkes claims portion of Antarctica for U.S., Jan 19, 1840:

"During an exploring expedition, Captain Charles Wilkes sights the coast of eastern Antarctica and claims it for the United States. Wilkes' group had set out in 1838, sailing around South America to the South Pacific and then to Antarctica, where they explored a 1,500-mile stretch of the eastern Antarctic coast that later became known as Wilkes Land. In 1842, the expedition returned to New York, having circumnavigated the globe.

Antarctica was discovered by European and American explorers in the early part of the 19th century, and in February 1821 the first landing on the Antarctic continent was made by American John Davis at Hughes Bay on the Antarctic Peninsula. During the next century, many nations, including the United States, made territorial claims to portions of the almost-inhabitable continent. However, during the 1930s, conflicting claims led to international rivalry, and the United States, which led the world in the establishment of scientific bases, enacted an official policy of making no territorial claims while recognizing no other nation's claims. In 1959, the Antarctic Treaty made Antarctica an international zone, set guidelines for scientific cooperation, and prohibited military operations, nuclear explosions, and the disposal of radioactive waste on the continent."



It was time to go shopping to stock up on good canned cat food for Prime and Bobcat.  Jay went with me, as he wanted to go thrift shopping. 

Corelle Old Town Blue

I bought some Blue Onion Corelle, which included 4 bowls, 4 small 'bread-and-butter' plates, and 4 big dinner plates, all for $4!  Each piece of used Corelle is usually over a dollar. The large dinner plates I didn't need, so I will probably sell them.

I don't think anyone uses the large size dinner plates anymore, as they have found out that using a smaller 'lunch plate' for dinner helps stop obesity!  I use my lunch size plates every night for dinner, they are just the right size.

Plate - Dinner (Crossed Swords)We used real Meissen Blue Onion plates when I was growing up, so this is a nostalgic journey for me.  But at $100 each, they are not practical, and anyway they are too heavy.

One thrift shop had so many clothes that they were having a sale at 50c each, so I scooped up a terry bathrobe, shorts, blouse and beige pants.

They were having a half-price sale on Organix lamb canned dog food at Petsmart, so I bought all they had.  I hope Misty doesn't start bleating. 

It was cold first thing, so I headed out in four layers of clothing, but came home in just a T-shirt and jeans. That's a normal TX winter for you!  The last 2 winters we have missed that, as it stayed cold most of the time.  We are now in a La Niña, and it can stay that way.

Today's weather is going to be like yesterdays'.

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