from The Society of Automotive Historians of Britain Times (edition 108):
North American Reviews
"A unique automotive pictorial history, "Recreational Vehicles: A World History 1872 - 1939" is a simply fascinating read from cover to cover. Of special and enduring interest for automotive enthusiasts and historians, "Recreational Vehicles: A World History 1872 - 1939" is profusely illustrated throughout with black-and-white photography in support of an impressively informative commentary. A pure pleasure to simply browse through one delightfully nostalgic page at a time, "Recreational Vehicles: A World History 1872 - 1939" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Automotive History collections and supplemental curriculum reading lists."
Midwest Book Review (USA)
"Overall this is a much needed history on a subject that has greatly influenced our way of life in the 21st century. We are now a mobile society and its origins have been overlooked and nearly forgotten until now. This is a must read for every historian, regardless of their chosen interest."
Rick Leisenring, Curator, Glenn H. Curtiss Museum (USA)
"This well-written and -produced book, generously illustrated, too, offers its readers "a curated selection of early RVs from countries where these vehicles have become part of the leisure culture." If the topic or the times are of interest, you'll not be disappointed when your copy arrives."
Antique Automobile Club of America, Nov/Dec 2022 Newsletter (USA)
"This is a splendid book on a virtually unexplored topic... Truly a delight for any and all transportation-oriented historians."
The Society of Automotive Historians, Newsletter No. 317 (USA)
"The best quality RV history book on the market."
David Woodworth, RV historian (USA)
"Andrew Woodmansey has become the new authority on RV history...Even if you're not an RV historian, (the book) is a great read filled with incredible stories and characters."
RV Camping Magazine, June 2022
"The illustrations and photos are worth the book alone, and the history lessons are excellent - a treasure for any RVer's library."
Escapees Magazine, May/June 2022
"The best summary I've read about the club."
Terry Bone, Royal Chief, The Tin Can Tourists (USA). Read the review here.
"It’s a fun and fascinatingly well-written and -produced book that is also generously illustrated...We might only hope that Andrew Woodmansey might be contemplating another book!"
From Speedreaders.info. Read the full review here. (USA)
Snowbirds and RV Travelers magazine of Canada have produced a short video based on the book here.
The 1926 Flatavan motorhome and caravan at Buckingham Palace from p55 of the book featured on the cover of The Society of Automotive Historians Journal No. 317
" This beautifully printed and packaged 240-page tour de force requires no fuel-thirsty tow vehicle or long transport stages to enjoy — only a comfortable chair and a willingness to let your fancy be tickled by the inventiveness or daring of those who came before us in seeking to enjoy the outside world in comfort."
The Wanderer, Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia magazine, April 2022
"What is particularly exciting about the book from an Australian perspective is that during his research on Australian caravans, Andrew ... completely overturned some of the things we thought we knew about the development of the caravan industry in our country."
Vintage Caravans Forum, Australia. See the full review here.
"Many moons ago, someone thought of putting a house on wheels and taking it on the road on holidays. It might have sounded odd at the time but the idea caught on, spawning generations of caravanners and, later, the grey nomads for which Australia is famous. This rich history has been beautifully documented in 'Recreational Vehicles: A World History 1872-1939' by Sydney author Andrew Woodmansey."
The Senior (Australia). Read the full review here.
"Everything you ever wanted to know about the early history of the RV."
Caravan Camping Sales (Australia)
"A great coffee table book and would make an excellent gift for that keen RVer in your life who has pretty much everything he could want and will provide many hours of reading that will be both educational and frequently surprising."
Caravan World (Australia). Download the full review below:
New Zealand Review
"This large and very well illustrated 240-page hardback covers a great deal of fascinating material. As someone who is immune to the charms of RVs generally, I still found this book really interesting and enjoyable."
New Zealand Classic Car, August 1922
Back Cover, Contents, Preface and Introduction
Recreational Vehicles: A World History 1872-1939 is now available from all good bookshops. Please support your local bookshop if you can. The book is also slowly becoming available in libraries around the world. If your local library doesn't have a copy, ask them to acquire one.