Unique Vintage Motor Homes

Drivable Vintage Mobile Homes

Unique Vintage Motor Homes; Riding In Style

are a great way to achieve the American dream of owning your own home. When someone decides to start ridding themselves of debt, reducing their budgets, living a more simple life and traveling around seeing the country, mobile homes are a perfect choice, especially the mobile homes with motors attached.

In a previous post History of Mobile Homes, I wrote about the invention of mobile home design and innovation. In this post we are taking a look at the drivable mobile homes. The artistry, the compact and still spacious designs can teach us about organization and how to live with less. There are several books about mobile homes, or rolling homes, as some call them. They have international fan clubs because they are so popular and yet, so rare. I’m not talking about the sleek, modern RV’s that we see on the interstates. I am talking about purely homemade, unique and beautiful modes of transportation that can be traveled and lived in.

Drivable Vintage Mobile Homes
There’s a couple books from the 70’s dedicated to the art of rolling homes. In Jane Lidz book “Rolling Homes” there are several homes to get inspired by. Each year more and more of these wonderful vehicles fall by the wayside, unable to comply by new laws set by the DMV. The norm is broken by these innovators. The rolling home owners don’t live in standard homes, paying high taxes and trying to keep up with the Jones’, so they are called hippies, vagabonds and are unfairly stereotyped.
There should be an open acceptance of these drivable art pieces!
In the 1994 book “Home Free” by Fiona Cunningham with photos by Chris Boul there are several beautiful rolling mobile homes. The book is about New Zealand housetrucking. In that beautiful country there are groups of like minded traveler’s. One group in particular is called Gypsy Faire, they travel around the country.
They are living the life!
Here’s some more great interior and exterior shots of rolling homes. Some are older than the others but they are all unique and should be honored as art and as a simple and smart way to live.
Drivable Vintage Mobile Homes
Drivable Vintage Mobile Homes
Drivable Vintage Mobile Homes
Drivable Vintage Mobile Homes
Drivable Vintage Mobile Homes
Drivable Vintage Mobile Homes
Drivable Vintage Mobile Homes
Drivable Vintage Mobile Homes
mobile home caravan
Drivable Vintage Mobile Homes
For more great reading on Rolling Homes, please check out the blog “The Flying Tortoise.” That’s where I found a lot of the photo’s and overall information. The blog is from a writer in New Zealand that travels in their own rolling home. The photos are gorgeous and the writing is entertaining. It’s a great little read!

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  1. Paul L. Carbo says

    I recently acquired a 1959 Goodnight 12′ Mobile Home / Camper. I was hoping to see something about this company or a camper like mine in one of your layouts. If by chance you have any info regarding the unit or if someone has restored one, I’d be very interested to see what mine could look like.
    Paul L. Carbo
    East Haven, CT

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Paul,

      I’m pretty sure I’ve heard of the name (it’s unusual) but I don’t think I’ve ever ran upon anything about them.

      The problem with trying to find info on vintage mobile homes is the immense number of builders (1000+) over the years and they all offered several models. You may luck up and find an old advertisement or article in one of the many mobile home magazines of the day. You can buy the DVD’s of the magazines for around $10 at Vintage Trailer Supply and Ebay. You can also go to this site and find some info (he sells DVD’s too!): http://www.allmanufacturedhomes.com/html/vintage_mobile_homes.htm

      Sorry I can’t be more help!