A little bit of RV history



As you can probably tell from the other posts I’ve written on my blog, I’m an RV travel fan all the way. I couldn’t imagine my life without my RV, and that’s because it is the coolest thing I have ever owned. I plan to retire and travel the US and Canada in a motorhome, at some point.

If you are just as curious as I am, you probably know a bit more about this type of automobile. What is a recreational vehicle, per se? RVs have been around for about one hundred years now, and they have become more and more popular with every year that went by. They’re convenient and versatile, and they were designed following the example provided by gypsies traveling through Europe in the 1800s.

In the United Kingdom, RVs are called caravans. I just wanted to note this because the many differences between British English and US English sometimes leave me feeling baffled. In the US, the real history of the recreational vehicle started at the beginning of the 20th century. Initially, the first RVs used to be slightly bigger than a car, so they weren’t too big on space. Nonetheless, they did give people the freedom they required as they weren’t forced to remain limited to the rail system anymore.


1913 was the year the Earl was developed, which is currently considered the ancestor of the modern travel trailer. It took almost two decades for RVs to integrate commodities such as beds, electricities, water, and small tables. Following WWII, the recreational vehicle flourished because Americans learned to love to travel.

Some of the RV models you’d see back in the 50s somewhat resemble those you can see on the street these days. As you can tell, the history of the motorhome isn’t all that extensive, and that’s because it was undoubtedly difficult for car manufacturers to integrate so many facilities in the automobiles they were supposed to design.

The problem with the modern world is that we often fail to notice the many advances that have happened over the years. Of course, our grandparents and parents can definitely tell whether a product looks and feels different and does something extra than it used to, but these days children are born with a tablet in hand. Many RV owners have a hard time understanding that their transportation is the result of over one hundred years of continuous development. Plus, now you have heaps of freedom with regard to the many devices you can use with your RV, most of which can make your life a whole lot easier.

I hope you have enjoyed this article as much as I did writing it.