Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Tin Can Camper
In the early 20th century, roads were bad and road travel was difficult. There were no motels and people stayed in places called Tin Can Tourist Camps. Many of these camps were nothing more than spaces for tents and were quite primitive. Some travelers became creative and converted vehicles into what I guess you could call an early version of today's RV. This is a picture of a replica of a 1923 Model "T" Ford truck Tin Can Camper and it is on display at the Museum of Florida History in downtown Tallahassee. This particular tin can camper is equipped with a space saving bed. When the owner drives the vehicle, the bed is stored in the overhanging roof. The bed is created by opening the windshield in the middle and creating two side windows. A false ceiling is then released and pulled down to form the front wall. The bed is lowered using ropes which were tied off in the ceiling supports. It is then fastened to the side windows with the hinge pins that previously secured the windshield. Once down, the bed rests on the hood of the vehicle in front of the steering wheel. Pretty nice, but they still had to endure the heat and mosquitoes!