I note that the hot water for the shower is delivered via a "coil" of the water pipe being wrapped around the truck exhaust - cluey ol fella - i reckon it would probably work alright too with enoughwraps/coils jennison
So that's another one. We know about the famous “Highway palace” built for Mr & Mrs Parr in 1947 and towed by a Dodge Fargo truck,
And there were three others built by the Western Caravan Company around the same time.... none of them for a Mr Small. Unfortunately we don't have external photos of these three but there are photos of the inside of one of them.
Post by beetlesbailey on Jun 25, 2009 13:41:10 GMT 10
2 corrections here; ONE; The highway Palace is towed by a FARGO. just FARGO no reference to Dodge or Plymouth is neccessary and although built by Chrysler, no one calls them Chrysler Fargo. I wonder why. ( just a little bug bear of mine) TWO; Sorry Dave but the hot water system in 'the Palace' was not via the exhaust but a was a coil around the pipe. We removed the shower as it was waay too close to the power board with all that sparky stuff. Dick reckoned he needed a shower less than that sort of heart starter. Then we reckoned it would be quicker to boil the jug than wait for the old coil to boil water. We could well be wrong of course but thats how it is. By the way the shower could easily be replaced as it consists of a vetrical pipe on a steel peg on the floor acting as a swivel, with a 90 degree elbow at the top with an extention pipe to reach over the bath. A saddle over the upper end of the 'standpipe' stopped it from falling down. In the bottom of the bath was a footpump on a hose that ran up to the rose. So one would stand on this pump and 'pedal' while showering. I think all this shower stuff was a later edition as it looked out of place with the other stuff. There was also a 'frisbee' shaped copper wall heater high on the bathroom wall. It had a coil behind it and I cant imagine it heating too much. Cheers Beetles
Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 31, 2011 22:05:46 GMT 10
On 11 September 2010, Misnlinc posted:
I have recently bought a true barn find. Purchased from original owner a Custom Built 5th wheel set up 1954 Fargo converted to dual cab with Caravan rig approx 26ft long, sleeps six built 1953 ply wood with many features, Shower,wardrobe, Club lounge, Rice Bros chassis. The Caravan was designed buy owners mother,built in Hawthorn and design to travel across the Nullabour. I'm yet to sit down and do a full history but will in time. I intend to restore but I'm having trouble finding the correct material to recover the Canvas or Linen exterior ply covering which has decayed. I believe it to be similar to the Doped Linen coating they used on early aircraft...
This fifth wheeler was built in Melbourne to the design of a Mr. A. J. Hane who was a photographer who intended touring around NSW and Victoria in this mobile studio. It was built in 1935 and was thought by Mr Hane to be the “only thing of it's kind in the world ”.
The article in the July 1935 “Australian Women's Weekly “ can be read more clearly if you click HERE.