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RVtravel.com: When Winnebagos ‘Took Flight’

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August 2, 2014 by   Leave a Comment

Editor’s Note: The following column by Chris Dougherty appeared in this week’s RVtravel.com newsletter recalling Winnebago’s Heli-home – a fully functional RV that was also capable of going airborne. To read the entire article click here.

The mid-1970s were an interesting time: Jimmy Carter was president after the Watergate debacle, the lunar missions and the original Star Trek series were in the rear-view mirror, and Winnebagos flew. Yes, Winnebagos flew!

N1029 10-06-76 (Custom)These were fully functional, well-equipped Winnebagos, also sold under the Itasca nameplate. The go-anywhere RVs had bathrooms with hot showers and toilets, a full galley with stove and refrigerator, wet bar, color TV, stereo, awning with optional screen room, on-board communications system, 3.5 KW generator, fresh water tank, two holding tanks, 6,000 Btu air conditioner, 40,000 Btu furnace, and sleeping for up to six.

The Heli-home had all the necessary communications gear and avionics available at the time, including an on-board communications system for use in flight. A large sliding patio door opened up onto a “patio” which was covered by a box-type manual awning.

And no worry about finding a place to land beside your favorite lake: Just land right on the lake! Optional pontoons could be purchased, making the Heli-home a flying houseboat, too. This would have been useful for wilderness landings as the rotor diameter was 56 feet — requiring a fair amount of space to land.

To read the entire article click here.

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