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from Caravanning and Camping Out by J. Harris Stone (1914)

"There is one wholesome lesson everyone learns when caravanning – to think more, to talk less."

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This site has been developed by RV historian Andrew Woodmansey as a resource for learning about early recreational vehicles from around the world. It is a calm place with no adverts, sponsors, popups, videos, likes, comments or social media links. A place to reflect on the hobby's birth and be inspired by early pioneers of the RV movement. Many photos are published here for the first time.



An Aerocar c1928, courtesy Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

Thanks for your patience while I've been writing a history of the Curtiss Aerocar in conjunction with the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum of Hammondsport, New York. The manuscript is now with the publishers, so I can now go back to writing more blogs. The Curtiss Aerocar will be published by Schiffer Publishing in late 2024.


Launched in early 2022 to coincide with my first book on RV history, features 55 blogs covering a wide range of topics from six main countries. There is a five-part blog on early RV history and stories of early RVs and their builders from around the world. Many blogs include previously unpublished material. Search by country or explore the most recent blogs below.

The site's top five blogs are currently The First Automobile Camping Trailer,  The Success of Eccles Caravans, Australian Motorhomes of the 1920s, 25 Years of Winchester Caravans, and America's First RV.

Recreational Vehicles: A World History 1872-1939 is published by Pen & Sword and available in all good bookshops worldwide. With 39 professional reviews to date in online and print media, the book is one of Pen & Swords most-reviewed books. It has had a universally positive reception since publication in January 2022. Thank you to everyone who has reviewed or bought the book. Please add a review or star rating when you buy. The book is available in over 240 libraries worldwide – you can search WorldCat here for a copy near you.

Snowbirds and RV Travelers magazine of Canada has produced a short video based on the book here.

Featured Posts

"A meticulous volume that is surely destined as the standard reference work about caravans and motorhomes."
The Society of Automotive Historians in Britain
The first ever international history of recreational vehicles. Published by Pen & Sword Books in January 2022.

Fully illustrated with over 300 period, high quality black and white images
of pre-WW2 RVs from the UK, France, USA, Germany, Australia and New Zealand including many published for the first time.

This book will re-write RV history.
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