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How it used to be...

Unread postby Limey on Wed Apr 16, 2008 1:28 am

RVing in 1937! :) Cool - the You Tube thingy works now! Thanks PP!
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Re: How it used to be...

Unread postby mikhen on Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:27 am

And to think, back then, quality matters.
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Re: How it used to be...

Unread postby skipnchar on Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:57 am

mikhen wrote:And to think, back then, quality matters.

I'm not so sure I'd agree that they were built with a high quality but they WERE so darned basic that there really wasn't much to go wrong with them. Pumped water by hand, no converter or duel electrical system, and many even had no waste systems either. Notice that some of the REALLY big ones may have weighed 5,000 lb. even though much heavier construction materials were used. I've SEEN a number of those older units and can't remember EVER seeing one that hadn't leaked and many of them did even when new with canvas roofs or metal roofs with riveted seams. If you had a car in those days that would make 75,000 miles you'd found a really good one. I think the perception of quality is pretty much a relative matter and they wouldn't measure up by modern standards.

Vehicles now travel 100,000 miles before they even have a tune up and the trailers have all the conveniences of the modern home and in a mobile format. I think that the WORKERS in those early days took a great amount of pride in what they built but the materials available and construction METHODS just weren't up to the task.
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Re: How it used to be...

Unread postby The Wood Tinker on Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:25 pm

They were crude and heavy but I enjoyed them. I still like seeing the old timers. There is a guy in my neck of the woods who buys them, restores them and sells them. Makes a good living to. 8-)
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