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Old 11-19-2019, 06:59 PM   #1
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The Original Boon Dockers?

I was watching a show called Rural Heritage on RFD TV. They toured the Hanson Wheel and Wagon shop who restores old wagons, stage coaches, etc. One of the wagons they showed was called a Sheepherder wagon. It was used out west beginning around 1870. The shepherds needed somewhere to stay while the sheep were out on the range thus the development of the Sheepherder wagon. The shape has become somewhat popular within the tiny house movement as of late.

Could these be the predecessor of the modern rv?

I found images of a couple restored Sheepherder wagons that show their original splendor.

I have no affiliation with Hanson W&W, just found these wagons fascinating.

Cabin-Style Sheep Wagon SHOP IN-STOCK WAGONS | Hansen Wheel and Wagon

Sheepherder Wagon with Canvas Top Sheep Wagon Parts & Plans | Hansen Wheel and Wagon

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Yep, that's a Shepherd's wagon. That one is outfitted much better than the one in Hagerman, Idaho, but they're essentially the same rig. Those guys could stay out on the range tending sheep for months if needed.

Humans have been finding ways to relax for millennia so there's no doubt in my mind that yes, someone, somewhere, sometime found one of those and converted it into their own vacation rig.

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Old 11-21-2019, 07:10 PM   #3
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I saw them often growing up in Montana. In fact, there's an old time joke. Because of the state's large sheep business, when a Montana resident went out of state, they might hear someone say "when are you going Baaaaaaaaaaack!" Followed by laughter.
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Conestoga wagons were in use late in the 18th century, there had to be smaller wagons settlers used before that. They're one in a line of mobile homes man used over the centuries.
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