What could be better than retro appliances, furniture, and automobiles that in addition to looking awesome, also feature all the latest technologies? Well, in our opinion, not much. In a perfect world, our 1978 Wanderlodge that we adore so much would have digital gauges, dash A/C and… a smart phone leveling system!
Like Airstreams, Wanderlodges, VW buses, and other vintage caravans, those cool vintage designs have stood the test of time… but their technologies have not. Manufactures on the cutting edge are combining design cues from the past with “smart” technology like app controlled appliances of the future.
And the future is here!
European motorhome manufacturer Knaus Tabbert is the designer behind the “smart” Caravisio caravan. Check it out…
We say, Bravo!
Images of vintage automobiles, ocean side sightings, parties with friends, and french pressed coffee is enough to beckon even the least adventurous spirit to the road less traveled. A lifestyle photographer and nomad, Jay is the eye behind the photography at slider Magazine and the hands behind the wheel of this Class C Tioga RV.
We must admit, it’s a bit like playing “Where’s Waldo?” for us because Jay has crossed paths with some of our fellow nomadic friends in his first year on the road! We’ll have to catch up with you soon, Jay! Thanks for sharing this awesome, editorial submission and congratulations on your first full-time year on the road!
See if Jay captured you in his lens and on the road… here’s a glimpse into his nomadic photo journey.
Now go check out the rest of Slider Magazine.
If Inspector Gadget was using an RV as a get-way-vehicle and the bad guys were trailing him, what would he do? Well, we think he’d pull out something like the Thermasan to wipe them off the map!
“Go-Go- Gadget Thermasan!” he’d yell and just like that, “SPLAT” the villain would be derailed by the contents of the inspectors waste tank!
Sounds like a great imaginative cartoon gadget but it’s not completely fictitious! It’s real. There is a hi-tech (circa 1970′s) system that is capable of taking your unwanted RV septic waste to the point of total disintegration and then blowing it out an exhaust pipe. Unfortunately for the Inspector, it wouldn’t splatter a window, but it would eliminate the need to stop! ”Woozers!”
Contributor, Byron Reynolds submitted his findings on the Thermasan system after discovering some mystery plumbing parts still attached to a Travco he is using as a parts donor. Byron is building a motorhome out of an old ’75 International Grumman Kurbmaster step van.
More information on the Thermasan device
The Thermasan System is a waste destruction system that eliminates the inconvenience of holding tank evacuation stops.
Original 1973 GMC Motorhome Thermasan System Service Manual (PDF)
If you’re like us, getting a tour inside an RV is an exciting adventure. When we step inside another motorhome or trailer we find our small space infatuation fluttering with possibility.
The Travel Channel’s “Extreme RV’s” is back and featuring eye popping new motor-mansions from makers Newmar, Forks RV, and the one we’re most excited about… the Earthroamer. The episode is sure to impress, inspire and create a little motor-dwelling envy as well.
Watch the “Extreme RV’s” new episode on Tuesday, September 24th at 9:00PM ET/PT on Travel Channel.
Thanks Rebecca V. of BCII.com for this another sweet insider submission. Photo courtesy of BCII & the Travel Channel.
More on the featured companies:
Newmar Luxury Motorhomes : “Newmar was created by RV enthusiasts, for RV enthusiasts. As a company, we were founded under a singular, distinct vision: to make the best motor coaches possible.”
Forks RV “We have built custom products for over 18 years, and we specialize in premium custom coaches that are designed to accommodate the “full time” live in user and other various commercial based products.”
Earthroamer “EarthRoamer is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of four wheel drive, go anywhere motor-homes that we call Xpedition Vehicles.”
You want some smokin’ hot, dirty, metal, tour bus action? Well, pull out your tools ’cause rocker and show host Bret Michaels is inviting you into the backseat of a 1966 GM tour bus for what sure to be an epic chrome job with a fiery grand finale. Read more →
This is a triple scoop, ice cream Sunday of cool. Your very own motor lodge on wheels, parked to your delight, and dripping with vintage retro hipness. Glampers need apply! Yes, your next getaway could be on a set of some of the coolest wheels in the west; aqua paint, orange interior, mid-century furnishings abound.
Cool creators, Danny and Mary Ann offer you this experience; to stay in one of two restored vintage 1966 Travco motorhomes, a whole bumper to bumper vintage RV experience. Choose between their backyard retreat in the historic Tucson Barrio or find your room on wheels waiting for you at a local campsite of you choice. They suggest the near by Sagurao National Monument State Park and we’d have to agree, it’s a great spot. Check them out at VintageVacations.net
Our friend Capri, owner of the infamous 64′ Travco named Myrtle, found this quaint lil’ spot in the Arizona desert and shared it with all of us. Thanks, Capri. Now, who’s booking a Brinkmobile this weekend?
All great places, even the make-believe ones, are popping up with RV parks. No, not Mister Roger’s Land of Make-Believe, this is a land constructed of 20,000,000 miniature bricks!
How about three million miles with cool gear and serious swagger? Oh, and Ernest Tubb, of course. Nicknamed the Texas Troubadour, Ernest Tubb is one of Country Music’s early pioneers. Read more →
Creating meals while traveling shouldn’t be a task. As a mater of fact, making meals for our hosts along the road has been one of the highlights of our travels. Cooking in my small nomadic kitchen, being a part of community meals, and sharing meals in our host’s home all have been highlights of our traveling experience. We connect over food and learn about the culture while shopping in local grocery stores.
I was lucky enough to get a complementary copy of Jacqui’s cookbook, and can tell you that it’s a great beginners guide, packed with quick, easy, nutritious, and inexpensive recipes for travelers. I love the simple one pot (or pan) dishes like; Toad In A Hole, Greek Lemon Chicken Soup, and No Bake Cocoa Biscuits (a cookie!).
This little cookbook is handier then a pocket on a shirt! You’ll find a variety of quick pasta combinations, learn how to cook a steak, and a simple way to make rice. Plus, the book includes a suggested list of ingredients to carry, and a metrics conversion chart.
The Art Of Roaming Cooking, from author, Jacqui
Swoosh, zoom, baaa… is what the sound track of this moment, captured in Jaipur India, emanates. This photograph by Maciej Makowski, is one of ten selected as a part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards, open competition travel shortlist.
Photo Credit: Maciej Makowski/Sony World Photography Awards 2013