We were tent campers for years, after our two sons were born. then we bought a van. It didn't have a kitchen or other RV amenities, but we could and did sleep in it a few times. This Starcraft reminded us of those times.
Next, we bought a Coleman pop-up tent trailer. Today, our son Eric owns it. Before that purchase, we borrowed John's sister Cindy's tent trailer for a trip to the east coast. It wasn't much different from either of these.
Cindy's did have a little better interior than this, to be sure.
The first home we bought was a 12 x 60 mobile home. The interior of this 8 x 42 "house trailer" reminded us of that. It also recalls Lucy and Desi's RV.
Look at these interiors. Today's RVs are certainly more comfortable and attractive.
This unit looks more like a railroad car than an RV--it has a rear platform.
This one has a trunk on the rear end.
This is called the Mae West, built to convince the performer to sign on with a movie producer.
Early RVs, including John's family's Airstream, had gas lanterns with mantles.
And look at this stove.
What's old is new again. We regularly see teardrop trailers in state parks and some commercial campgrounds. They were made in the early years of RVs, as well.
This museum visit brought back so many memories. After all, camping and RVs are all about making memories, aren't they?