It was last year that designer John Long re-launched the Bowlus Road Chief – the rare American travel trailer that started it all more than 80 years ago — and Bowlus Road Chief LLC is touting the resurrected aviation-inspired travel trailer.
According to a press release, the Bowlus Road Chief takes “glamping” to a whole new level and has provided a classic American travel trailer for modern adventurers.
More than just an aerodynamic sleek exterior, the Bowlus Road Chief, according to the company, is “jam packed with ingenious function and tech-savvy features.
“The Road Chief’s streamlined design might be a tribute to yesteryear, but its technology is as advanced as anything out there,” the release stated. “Wireless antennas and power points are cleverly hidden yet easily accessible; as is everything else you need for both work and play.”
The Bowlus has a unique front door design that easily loads big gear like paddleboards, surfboards, kayaks or bicycles, and the cleverly integrated lash points make it a simple matter to secure them for a journey. The Road Chief stores conveniently in a conventional garage, weighing in at just under 2,000 pounds it’s easy to park.
“The Bowlus Road Chief boasts an interior that is as warm as it is clever,” the release stated. “The Zen-like stateroom’s beds easily reconfigures from twins to almost a king. Other highlights include an efficient cook’s kitchen, and an expandable full bathroom complete with shower.”
According to a blog post at Wired.com, “the original Road Chief dates to the 1930s and was created by Hawley Bowlus, the aviation designer who brought us the Spirit of St. Louis. They’re also crazy expensive because they’re incredibly rare. Just 80 were built before World War II, when the company stopped production.”
Long and Helena Mitchell, a husband-and-wife team of Canadian tech entrepreneurs, bought the rights and patents and launched the update of the 1935 Vintage Bowlus Travel Trailer, according to Wired.
The whole thing stands almost 8-feet tall, is 23 1/2 feet long, and retails for around $100,000, but the price tag includes having your trailer’s name etched in the wheel skirts.