Hotel-On-Wheels Provides Solid Comfort Along the Road (May, 1930)

Hotel-On-Wheels Provides Solid Comfort Along the Road

THE luxurious expanding caravan car attached to the sedan is one of the many innovations now being seen at the automobile shows throughout the country. The “companion” car is equipped with a number of downy berths, running water, electric lights and practically every other feature or service to be found in an up-to-date hotel.

Some idea of the size of this traveling home can be gathered by comparing it with the man. In width it does not exceed the car while on the road but when in use it opens like an accordion to provide ample room for four people. A few simple twists and turns, and sleeping accommodations for the four are ready. A few more and it is transformed into a charming sitting room provided with a radio, couch and folding table that disappears into the wall when not in use.

According to the designer, this idea will soon be growing in favor. He points to the increased use of automobiles and higher rentals in the city areas as the reasons. The American people, he indicated, have become car and travel conscious. They are, however, not going to pay the excessive costs of hotel accommodations when they can take their home and its conveniences with them. To be able to have everything together, where you want it and when you want it is what is desired. The house-trailer is being commercially manufactured.

  1. Toronto says: June 14, 201110:30 am

    Neat – a double slide-out with pop-up “A” roof, in 1930. Whodathunkit?

    I bet it weighed a ton.

  2. Hirudinea says: June 14, 201112:53 pm

    @Toronto – Sure it weighed a ton, but with the price of gas back then who cared!

  3. JMyint says: June 14, 20111:13 pm

    In 1930 the price of gasoline was about $0.17 a gallon. That would be about $2.20 a gallon today. So yeah that was cheap.

    Now at the time about half of all households had an income of between $500 and $1500 ($6500 and $20,000 in today’s dollars) and there was about 8% to 9% unemployment with no unemployment insurance or welfare.

  4. Stephen says: June 15, 20116:44 am

    Running water is a great convenience, of course, but where did it run from, or to? If you want water to run the way it does at home, you need to hook up to the mains supply on a camp site. If you want to be able to camp anywhere, the caravan has to carry a water tank with it, and then you have to be careful about how much you use.

  5. Toronto says: June 15, 201111:14 am

    Stephen: Not really. I’ve used trailers that had a pressurized tank – you could top it up at a gas station, but usually just the water pressure from the fill-hose was enough to compress the air bladder that gave you water pressure at the tap. Still used in many well systems to prevent having to run the pump all the time.

    Alternately, you could have what my grandmother had in her kitchen when I was wee – a small hand powered water pump. It was “running water” by at least one definition.

    Having an actual water tank in one form or another was mostly inescapable.

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