RVing from 1901 to 1910

Model T with tented side

1900s Motor vehicle with tented side

1900s car pulling a popup tent in a trailer

1909, Source: Motor Magazine

A 1910 Pullman bus

1910, "Pullman" in front of Dandurands house
Source: Centre d'histoire de Montréal

A 1910 Pullman bus with people inside

1910, "Pullman"
Source: Centre d'histoire de Montréal

In the beginning of the 20th century, campers added tents, beds, small kitchens, sometimes even flush toilets and wash basins with hot and cold running water to their family cars.

Cars had large running boards on which campers installed a box that opened into a kitchen or a fold-up cot. The rear seats folded out to become beds. Some pulled a small wooden trailer carrying camping equipment.

Cleary as people embarked on their love affair with vehicles and travelling the roadways of North America, they discovered a need to invent ways to bring the comforts of home along with them.

Advertise with us Advertisement

Did You Know RV History Icon Background

Accidents involving a moose in Canada make up 0.3% of all motor vehicle accidents.