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Old 03-06-2013, 08:07 AM   #1
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1926 Ford Motor Home

1926 First Ford Motor Home ever, well yes at least for my family! Great to find out when they started building MH. Great Grand pa & ma Saladay, story goes G Gpa went to Detroit Ford MFG and bought the truck. He then drove it into Canada and had the home part added on the back. I don't know where he got the ideal to do this, but it was done in 1926. IM trying to find out more about this and if any ones interested Iíll bend your ear more. Gpa was a very colorful character and there's many storyís about him.

Not saying he did or didn't invent Motor Homes :grin:, but just on the leading edge. This was part of my family that lived on the Kansas prairie in a conestoga wagon waiting for the start of the Oklahoma Sooner land rush. Grand Ma Rose said they had a lot of turnips to eat that winter and fish out of a frozen river.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:10 AM   #2
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Wow! aint that something. Whatever happened to that rig?
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Well we have a winner!!! When it comes to the oldest coach.. Great story
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:33 AM   #4
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Great story. Post more pictures if you have any.
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You may already know this, but Henry Ford I was an avid outdoorsman AND camper. I have seen numerous pictures of him and several of his famous friends (Thomas Edison, Henry Firestone and others) enjoying the great outdoors in their tents and, yes, motorhome-type vehicles in the early 1920's. Maybe your G/Grandpa was influenced by that. In any event, VERY neat pictures and history....thanks for sharing with us.

If you want more info on these early vehicles and adventures, I would suggest you contact the Henry Ford Museum (originally called the Edison Institute, after Thomas Edison) in Dearborn, MI. Their website may also have useful contacts or information. The HF Museum (and the adjacent Greenfield Village) is an absolute goldmine of this type of early Americana and information....certainly the best in the Country. It is an absolutely amazing place and worth a visit if you are ever in the area.
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Here's a thread I started from the Tampa Super Show Vintage Display.
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It shows a 1916 Ford Automobile conversion with the first ever slideouts.
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Thats pretty neat, I dont know the year, but i believe some old ones around that age are in this video Vintage & Unusual RVs - YouTube you can tell me more info if ya want, I like to learn something new everyday!
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Wow really great pictures of RV"s.
Maybe mine will hold up long enough people well go wow he's still draging the dump trailer...lol
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That's pretty sweet man! Nice little piece of history.
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Really nice
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Awesome family history. Clearly this life is in your blood.

Interesting depth of filed on the birdcage. You can see it in the doorway - but in the other picture it looks Huge! We've come a long way in more ways than one...
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Thanks SherrRV and Flaggship1
Wish I could still own it! Just to take it out to day and camp.
DW would miss her washer/dryer...lol

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Awesome family history. Clearly this life is in your blood.
Interesting depth of filed on the birdcage. You can see it in the doorway - but in the other picture it looks Huge! We've come a long way in more ways than one...
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It looks like the bird cage is stalking the camera person.
Wonder what camera they have. brownie
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