Is that a motor home with a helicopter pad on its top deck? Why yes, yes it is. It also comes with a portable swimming pool, because both are clearly the most vital features of a camping trip. Behold the sixty-five-foot-long 1952 Executive Flagship…
Designed by William MacDonald of the Chicago-based Mid States Corporation, the Flagship had second-story bedrooms and a patio on the roof with a diving board for use over its six-foot-deep inflatable swimming pool.
This crazy vehicle was so long that it was articulated in the middle, like a centipede.
I needed more– more crazy caravans from the golden age of motor home design! My googling took me to none other than the “Zephyr Land-Yacht”. Cue angelic choir voices:
This beauty was designed Brooks Stevens, the very same guy who brought us the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile and this fishing saucer known as the Evinrude Fisherman ↓
But back to the Zephyr…
Brooks designed it for a wealthy high-society family in New York that wanted something they could travel across country in with style…
The front vehicle, known as “the tractor” would serve as the living quarters for both the driver and the valet and the trailer could comfortably sleep up to 9 people, complete with a shower bath, kitchen and the latest household gadgets of the 1930s.
Similar to the Zephyr is the streamlined 1938 Reo Tractor and Curtiss Aerocar. Probably one of its coolest features was the intercom for communicating with the driver from the trailer. It also had air conditioning (in 1938), a restroom, kitchen and sleeping quarters for six.
One more before you go, the oldest of the tricked-out trailers I found, and perhaps the smallest, but packing no less punch– The 1913 Adventurer…
This custom Model “T” Ford truck even came with a portable bath tub, a stove, record player and printing press! With all that precious cargo on board it’s probably a good thing the truck only reached a top speed of 20mph.
The Adventurer has to be my personal favourite of today’s caravan yachts– it’s the perfect MessyNessy mobile.
Yup, I’ll take it! Excuse me while I go trade in my gypsy caravan.