Travel Trailers/RVs


#1

Sell your house for triple its price and get a Winnebago? :slight_smile:


Mocking the scammers
#2

Better still, sell your house for quadruple it’s value and emigrate to NZ! :wink:


#3

Do they have Winnebagos in NZ?


#4

Probably, but I’m guessing there’s some amusing-to-Americans slang for them.


#5

Motor homes or camper vans.
Winnebago is an amusing slang term :laughing:


#6

Eh? Do inform me about that :slight_smile:


#7

Winnebago is a brand of motor homes. Or at it used to be.


#8

Winnebago used to be THE “go to” for RVs.


#9

Yeah, back in the 70s and 80s.


#10

Although the ‘old school cool’ was Airstream, which I think has roots in the aircraft industry, which explains why they tend to look like really old airplanes in many ways: Shiny, riveted, rounded skins. They infamously were used as quarantine vehicles and transports for NASA.

Interestingly, according to wikipedia they tried selling RVs for funeral processions for a while. I guess kind of a somber, less-excited party bus concept?


#11

Truths.

Typically, an RV is a driven vehicle, while when I hear “Airstream”, I think of a towed trailer. I’m guessing AIrstream may have made vehicle versions over the years, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in person. I know that in the Apollo ear, NASA’s mobile quarantine vehicle was Airstream in the back - I assume the whole vehicle was Airstream built. ** I couldn’t resist my curiosity… according to Wikipedia, Airstream made RVs from 1974 through 2006! Wow! I’m guessing they were made in very low numbers.


#12

Is that something like what Google is now - a term so ubiquitous that it replaces the generic name?
Very often when I see American references to motor homes they refer to a Winnebago rather than a motor home. Are they all actually Winnebagos?


#13

Like Kleenex and Xerox, yes, you are correct. Although, RV snobs would prefer you not call their rig a Winnebago. I guess it invokes mental images of old, beat up things… some of the old ones were quite unattractive.
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Some of the new ones are much less hideous, though maybe not as recognizable.
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#14

I would love to get my hands on that one on top.


#15

People have no idea what i’m talking about when I say I’m going to AltaVista something.


#16

Same here. Doesn’t matter if it looks hideous, if it is comfortable inside, win.

Uglyness may give ne’er-do-wells cause to go for the better-looking one :smiley:


#17

That top picture looks like the RV my grandparents had when I was a wee lad.


#18

Showed the pix of the Winnies to Ookwife, she also chose the top one, handling concerns.

Now, if we can get our hands on some moniez… :smile:


#19

I still kinda-sorta want one of the micro trailers I’ve seen… The teardrop trailers that are basically just big enough for 2 to sleep in, and maybe a ‘cooking surface’ on the back side.


#20

I’ve thought about those, too. RR’s teardrop/micro trailer pros and cons:

PROs

  • easy to store - could conceivably fit in the garage
  • lightweight / low profile - easy to tow and wouldn’t completely murder MPG
  • could build your own on a small trailer - should be able to find a trailer for cheap on CL

CONs

  • still have to put on shoes and hike to a toilet in the middle of the night (just like tent camping)
  • cooking in the back hatch area in the rain would suck (just like tent camping)

I’d like to have a travel trailer with a toilet, a bed in the front, and either a fold out couch or bunk in the back. Seems like the 17’, 19’, or 23’ ones would have just enough amenities without being overly huge. I think @Woodman has one in that size range, maybe a bit bigger? But, that’s a cost that’s not in the budget right now. And I wouldn’t have anyplace to store it, so a storage facility would be yet another ongoing cost to figure in.

EDIT: Perhaps @Nabiki could spin these posts off into a new thread for Travel Trailers / RVs?