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  • The Bowlus Road Chief, a vintage-inspired aluminum travel trailer

    I’m in serious like...

    Bowlus—known for sailplanes, gliders, and working on the early development of the Learjet—used the aerodynamic principles from aircraft and race cars to design a luxury travel trailer. Inspired by the curving forms and long horizontal lines of the Art Moderne period, the Bowlus Road Chief featured a lightweight design, low center of gravity, and efficient interior spaces. A Bowlus employee, Wally Byam, eventually took these same features and built the first Airstream Clipper in 1936.

    But whereas only about 80 Bowlus Road Chiefs were produced in the mid-1930s, Airstream went on to become a household name. In 2014, Geneva Long and her father, John, decided to relaunch the Bowlus brand, combining a love for their own vintage Bowlus trailer with an entrepreneurial spirit.

    Today, the Bowlus Road Chief is back, available in two models: an On The Road Edition that starts at $137,000 and a Limited Edition Endless Highway model that costs $219,000. Both Road Chiefs are made from sheet aluminum with approximately 5,000 true aircraft rivets and a towing weight that’s 3,000 pounds lighter than similarly sized travel trailers. That means a vast array of cars and SUVs can pull the featherweight trailer, and its aerodynamic shape contributes to better handling and gas mileage.

    Full article... https://www.curbed.com/2017/11/14/16...travel-trailer
    Team JR Air ............You can't buy happiness. But, you can buy a sailplane and that's pretty darn close.

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    Gliders in a van and this in tow? That would awesome!! Now, to carefully get it up the mountain.... From aerotow to aerotow we go!!

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    • #3
      Beauty! Beauty!

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      • #4
        Looks like an easy conversion.
        Rip out the silly table and bathroom, put the sailplane racks on one wall, maybe the tugs can go on the other side, If you can sawzall off the back ens and hinge it, we can put a slideout in there too. Gas cans may fit on the bed area.
        Len Buffinton
        Team Horizon Hobby

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        • #5
          Just think, that sawzall will make a pile of dust to the tune of ~$2000.00!

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          • #6
            All talk and no action... You guys don't know what you are missing.... Go RVing and camp at the field, it is so much fun! What happens at the flying field after hours stays at the flying field. Lol

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