The History of Recreational Vehicles: Did you know?

Traveling has been around for as long as the ages. Along with the evolution of the world came newly developed forms of transportation and travel. From walking, to horseback, to vehicles on wheels, humans learned to survive and carry out their daily life. In today’s world, most of us are familiar with an RV. But how many of us actually know the history behind these recreational vehicles? Let’s go back in time to recall just how the RV started, and how it developed into today’s form.

Recreational Vehicles

Due to the increasing popularization of the automobile and zeal of exploration, humans brought about what we now know as the RV.  The beginning of the modern day RV industry dates back to 1910. Covered wagons used by early gypsies and caravans inspired the architecture of recreational vehicles. Oftentimes, RV’s were attached to cars or trucks. Otherwise, they were built as separate units to be attached by hitch to a tow vehicle.

The Rise of the RV

It wasn’t until the 1930’s that RV’s were available for commercial purchase. The first designed RV’s did not have advanced features such as bathrooms or septic tanks. Contrarily, they were very simple. However, as they became more popular, they evolved into vehicles that suited people’s comforts. Soon enough, RV’s provided luxuries similar to that of a home. Alongside the evolution of recreational vehicles, motor homes gained recognition around the 1950’s. And the production of motor homes was established in 1967.

The Evolution of RV’s

Although RV’s gained popularity, they did experience times of backslide during the Great Depression following World War I. People began to use recreational vehicles as mobile hospitals, morgues, and prisoner transports to support the war efforts. As RV’s continued to evolve, the public’s interest did too. While these vehicles were popular as a means of full time living or seasonal camping, they soon became a tool of transportation for travel. Newly developed technologies triggered a change in the features of RV’s. Additions included bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and internet.

Start your RV Journey with Garber Communities

Nowadays, people appreciate recreational vehicles for many different reasons. Whether it is long distance travel or occasional vacationing, RV’s have become a useful tool in transportation. If you’re in need of some time to relax, visit one of our Garber Communities and reserve your space. We offer scenic nature and amenities you can enjoy. Now that you know more about the history of RV’s, start your journey today!

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