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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.
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.
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.