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These kind of camping trailers were very popular in Scandinavia when I was a kid. Several were produced in Norway and we had two different ones and I loved going on holidays or for week end trips with them both. Good memories, really good memories – Ted

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The Rudge Caravan was introduced for the 1927 model range, further exploring this uncharted territory for touring motorcycles. A complete outfit was offered, with Rudge 500cc ohv motorcycle and ‘Semi-Sports’ sidecar, plus the trailer, for £136.50. The Caravan itself was 7’3" (2.23m) long 4’10" (1.5m) wide, and 4’7" (1.4m) high. Inside were two small beds, a table, storage lockers, etc. Weight of the caravan was 285lbs, about the same as the solo motorcycle. It was recommended that cooking and washing occur outside of the trailer – cooking especially due to fire danger. A commercial version of the trailer was available, and were in use as late as 1944 delivering milk by the Coventry Co-op.

117084_rudge4When parked, the owner’s manual recommeded the outfit’s tow-bar to be ‘lashed to the nearest hedge, and the rear corners fitted with ropes and pegged down’, with attention paid to the prevailing winds and likely course of the sun throughout the day.

The all-up weight with motorcycle, sidecar, Caravan, rider, and any gear included must have exceeded 1000lbs, on a motorcycle still relying on ‘dummy rim’ external-shoe brakes, front and rear. Rudge was a pioneer in linked braking systems,ie the front brake was activated along with the rear when the brake pedal was depressed, and with the Caravan, two further brakes on the trailer wheels were activated as well. Yet the ‘dummy rim’ brakes used during those years by Rudge are marginal in normal use, very dodgy when wet, and impossible under a half-ton of load.

A humorous story is included in Reynolds’ ‘Don’t Trudge It, Rudge It’ (Haynes, ’77); "Tyrell Smith was riding the outfit with trailer and together they were cruising at about 40mph when a constable stepped out from the side of the road to halt them. Tyrell hit the brakes hard but there was no chance of stopping the outfit in a hurry and it sailed on past the policemen and eventually stopped 100 yards further down the road. Seeing the problem, Ernie Nott [who was riding a spare racing bike behind Smith] pulled up beside the policeman to show that he interpreted the signal to apply to him. The policeman was not so readily convinced and he set off down the road, after the oufit, to accuse the rider of having no brakes. When the officer tried the time honoured method of testing the brakes, by pushing the oufit with the brakes applied, he couldn’t move it an inch, which is not surprising considering the weight it was carrying. He therefore let the riders go with a warning about being a bit more observant in the future. It was a good thing that he knew nothing of the effect of inertia!"

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In 1927, Rudge-Whitworth published the ‘Rudge Book of the Road’, which explains in detail their philosophy of touring, camping, and competing on your Rudge motorcycle. This book is a gem, and quite a few copies are still floating around. If you’re a fan of 1920’s vernacular writing, this little 150 page booklet tickles the reader with an optimistic yes-you-can! style, and is illustrated with adorable Art Deco end pages and illustrations, as well as photographs of Rudges in action, weather advice with cloud identification, maintenance tips, mileage charts, a spot of Latin tutoring, and a full 25-page atlas of Britain at the back. It is achingly good reading for a nostalgist; you’ll want to find the nearest Rudge dealer – today! – and go explore the halcyon lanes of a world gone by.
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Bike Trailer


You don’t need a big strong car to pull a camping trailer. Sometimes a bike will do – Ted

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Only 24 feet long, the two-bedroom trailer maneuvers easily. It’s over–all height is 12 feet 3 inches, including the chimney.

ill2You go upstairs to bed in a roomy British camping trailer built as a comfortable family residence. Two full-time double bedrooms eliminate the nuisance of converting living space into sleeping space nightly. The upper room is reached by a stairway from the living room. Other features of the trailer, which is called a caravan in Britain, are a complete bathroom, separate kitchen and wood or coal burning fireplace.

Below, a cutaway view of the roomy trailer. Stairway to second floor room can be seen to the left of the fireplace.


From Popular Mechanics, May 1952

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Another of my collections of images on Picasa. Camping memories this time and in both colour and black’n’white as the last one. My family often went on camping trips when I was a small kid, so I hope you’ll enjoy these images as much as I do.

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If you thought pulling camping trailers around was a post WWII occurrence you’ve got to think again. Here’s a look at Camping the American way back in the thirties.

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Classic Campers


It is no surprise to frequent visitors to this blog that I have a soft spot for old campers and camping trailers. I’ve just made a Picasa gallery of the nicest images I’ve collected lately for the enjoyment of others who share this particular soft spot.


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