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Long trip across the states in 1917

Unread postby bert64 on Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:17 am

Found this article that all may want to read.

This guy must a have loved to travel.
( 14 mpg, wow !)
Wonder what he would have to say about the equipment we have today ? :lol:

http://www.popupcamperhistory.com/trip.pdf
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Re: Long trip across the states in 1917

Unread postby Little Kopit on Sat Jun 05, 2010 5:00 pm

& how was the gas mileage?

Or how did they do the laundry?

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Re: Long trip across the states in 1917

Unread postby bert64 on Sat Jun 05, 2010 7:01 pm

He stated 239 gallons of fuel for the trip, works out at .35 per gallon average to about $75. Cost me that much to cross town. :lol:

Guess they cleaned there clothes at a river on a rock.

Thinking it was a long hard trip. ;)
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Re: Long trip across the states in 1917

Unread postby Little Kopit on Sat Jun 05, 2010 8:10 pm

Well, I meant what do you or any other members think of that gas miles per gallon, not the price. & FWIW I remember $0.25 /gal gas growing up in the 50s.

& my parents were born in 1901 and 1904. At 14 my mother was visiting an uncle on a farm. He told her to take the car and go into town and get stuff on a list. Of course, she'd ridden in cars, but she had never driven. On the farm it was assumed that she had driven. She had to figure out how to stop on her own.

They were married in 1929 when my father got a teaching job in South Carolina. They regularly too trips to see the relatives and the relatives regularly came to visit. We're talking from Illinois, Prince Edward Island, Ontario, etc. Growing up in the 40s and 50s. I sure heard about those trips in the 30s and 40s.

But, of course, the covered wagon was the early N. American RV.

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& there are many early books telling of their trips.

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Re: Long trip across the states in 1917

Unread postby bobnliz on Sun Jun 06, 2010 12:13 am

Good mileage towing, even for today. And the trip sounds almost idyllic. What an adventure! I must try to remember to count my blessings, like having a shower. Lizzy
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Re: Long trip across the states in 1917

Unread postby thebadliz on Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:08 pm

Imagine having to camp AND be in a dress!! Yikes. And dress two small children appropriately for that time! Without deodorant!

I think of my last camping trip, with electricity, bathhouses, and coffee pot. Things have changed
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Re: Long trip across the states in 1917

Unread postby LoudRam on Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:26 pm

14 MPG...They're doing better than I am...LOL

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Re: Long trip across the states in 1917

Unread postby bobnliz on Wed Jun 09, 2010 5:33 pm

I am happy to say that we get 12 to 14 mpg on the highway with our rig. Mind, it's a pretty small rig.
It still astonishes me how much they have put in such a small space. :o
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