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groomporter
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« on: March 27, 2021, 04:49:47 pm »

More dieselpunk, but a couple Youtube videos interesting look at an early tent trailer and some of the accoutrements of early 20th century camping.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DASDASVlAVw&t=45s&ab_channel=TerryBone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BpLtr41EBY&ab_channel=TerryBone
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2021, 12:36:22 pm »

Neat. Pretty cool.
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2021, 08:11:21 pm »

Even "pop-out" on campers go back before 1900. Here's an 1894 patent on a "hunting wagon" with canvas covered pop-up sections.
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2021, 11:26:55 pm »

That's very similar to modern designs, although I don't think I've seen one with a pop-out at the front as well as the sides. Maybe the modern ones should take a lead from the past.

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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2021, 11:05:12 pm »

More dieselpunk, but a couple Youtube videos interesting look at an early tent trailer and some of the accoutrements of early 20th century camping.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DASDASVlAVw&t=45s&ab_channel=TerryBone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BpLtr41EBY&ab_channel=TerryBone

I've just had time to watch the videos. Nice kit! It would put a lot of modern set-ups to shame.

Yours,
Miranda.
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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2021, 02:23:56 pm »

I'm working on updating a pop-up camper my grandfather made https://historicgames.com/trailer/video-tour-of-the-trailer/ so I've been more curious about the history lately.

Here's a site with lots of info on early pop-up campers and "tent trailers" https://www.popupcamperhistory.com/

Might be a tidbit that someone writing a dieselpunk story could use.
"From the 1920s to the 1940s, trailers were used not only by the affluent as comfortable camping accommodations, but also by the mobile poor as makeshift squatter housing. This became especially evident during the Great Depression...
http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/65/v65i08p314-324.pdf

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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2021, 08:23:34 pm »

I'm working on updating a pop-up camper my grandfather made https://historicgames.com/trailer/video-tour-of-the-trailer/ so I've been more curious about the history lately.

Here's a site with lots of info on early pop-up campers and "tent trailers" https://www.popupcamperhistory.com/

Might be a tidbit that someone writing a dieselpunk story could use.
"From the 1920s to the 1940s, trailers were used not only by the affluent as comfortable camping accommodations, but also by the mobile poor as makeshift squatter housing. This became especially evident during the Great Depression...
http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/65/v65i08p314-324.pdf




What an impressive trailer - you grandfather's design was so clever and well executed, well worth the undoubted hard work the restoration is taking, which looks like it's going really well.

Yours,
Miranda.

P.S. We ended up extending our trailer tent when our girls wanted a sleeping 'pod' each rather than sharing one, and I nearly destroyed my sewing machine making up the new tenting (if that's even a word)...
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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2021, 12:02:20 am »

P.S. We ended up extending our trailer tent when our girls wanted a sleeping 'pod' each rather than sharing one, and I nearly destroyed my sewing machine making up the new tenting (if that's even a word)...
I imagine you really need an industrial sewing machine for canvas etc.  My father-in-law was a leatherworker, so we have used it to stitch leather for gaiters, etc.

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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2021, 11:53:43 pm »

P.S. We ended up extending our trailer tent when our girls wanted a sleeping 'pod' each rather than sharing one, and I nearly destroyed my sewing machine making up the new tenting (if that's even a word)...
I imagine you really need an industrial sewing machine for canvas etc.  My father-in-law was a leatherworker, so we have used it to stitch leather for gaiters, etc.

Sorontar

Definitely that would have been preferable, and one with a much longer gap for the meterial between the base and needle arm; trying to manipulate multiple metre runs of hevy fabric and push it through a relatively tiny gap was rather trying, to say the least.

Yours,
Miranda.
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« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2021, 05:39:28 pm »



 We forget that in past centuries folk were far more itinerant and mobile. Traveling from the cities for seasonal work, relocating for slum clearance and employment. Luxury  holidays for the affluent. Military deployment  andnbattle fronts. Religious pilgrimage. Slower transport methods. Immigration.

 They learned how to travel light weight in cramped circumstances. They lived in smaller homes with less household and personal goods. We could learn from this 
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