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Fabled Inventors’ 1929 ‘RV’ Surfaces in South Carolina

November 4, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

StudebakerRV_resizedEditor’s Note: The following story was posted on www.globalpost.com/webblog/wheels/found-1929-studebaker-rv.

It’s long been known that Harvey Firestone, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were camping enthusiasts, motoring out into the wilderness for a good ol’ time (and, likely, leaving the wives at home). But did they build RVs to serve that purpose?

Allegedly, Firestone did, and one of them (shown at left) recently turned up in South Carolina on a 1929 Studebaker chassis, and H.A.M.B.er mottsrods shared some pics of the behemoth with us. The only real clues as to its origin – beside the apocryphal Firestone story – are the “Dulce Domum – San Marino” painted on its flanks and the Advance Auto Body Works plate screwed to the body. Dulce Domum, mottsrods informs us, is Latin for “Sweetly at Home.” Advance Auto Body Works, meanwhile, was around at the time building commercial bodies on the corner of North Mission Road and East Macy Street and is best known for building W. Everett Miller’s Arrowhead.

Of particular note is that combination ignition/headlamp switch in the dashboard. Looks rather familiar to the one used in the Dymaxion, dunnit?

 

Bunkbed inside 1929 RV

Bunkbed inside 1929 RV

 

Stylish sink

Stylish sink

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