Nash Motor Car Company Motor-home

Nash Motor Car Company Motor-home

Current location:

Collection Storage Facility

Provenance:

Two brothers, Albert and Vic Irvine, were the original owners of this motor-home. In 1982, after Albert passed away, this vehicle became of the property of Mr. Harlow who sold it to the Museum in 1983.

Technical history:

This is a commercially built motor-home that was manufactured by Nash Motor Car Co. about twenty years before motor-homes gained commercial popularity. Motor-homes of this era were experimental technologies as manufacturers attempted innovative designs and styles in an effort to strike a balance between size and weight. Consumers were also able to personalize the interior of their motor-homes by selecting appliances, materials and a layout that best suited their individual needs and taste.

History:

Ford’s introduction of the model T and the rapid increase in car ownership helped to foster support for road-building across North America and also created new opportunities for and interest in automobile camping. Automobile companies, carriage makers, and home-handymen took advantage of these opportunities by developing a variety of what we would now call recreational vehicles for the emerging market. The earliest models were mainly of two types: systems in which the car body was used to support a framework for a tent and motor-homes built on a car or truck chassis (like the Nash motor-home).

This motor-home was used in Thunder Bay, Ontario and for regular trips to Florida, USA.

Nile Séguin has a look inside the Nash Motor-Home, artifact no. 1983.0258 at the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. This is a commercially built motor-home manufactured about twenty years before motor-homes gained commercial popularity. This motor-home was used for taking regular trips from Thunder Bay, Ontario to Florida, USA, by the Irvine brothers pictured here. A collaboration by the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation and Let's Talk Science.

CSTM
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Artifact No.
1983.0258
Manufacturer
Nash Motor Car Company
Manufacturer Location
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Manufacture Date
1932
Acquisition Date
1983