Bowlus Road Chief Reply

The announcement of the new 2013 Bowlus Road Chief has spread like wildfire over the internet. Many of my fellow Airstream bloggers have already shared this unique story! I felt the need to also share its sleek lines, fine interior craftsmanship and easy towability with my Glampers. A bit of history: In 1926 Hawley Bowlus built Charles Lindbergh’s airplane, “Spirit of  St. Louis”.  In 1934 he introduced and produced only 80 Bowlus Road Chief travel trailers before going back to building aircraft.  Todays Bowlus is longer, taller and wider than the originals. And at only 2,000 lbs it can be towed by virtually any vehicle. The Bowlus is a classic American travel trailer worth taking a look at. The Bowlus is indeed “rolling art“!


“Way back in 1934, Hawley Bowlus, the inventor of the original Bowlus Road Chief, knew that the best way to build a light and strong travel trailer was to emulate aircraft design. He took aircraft-grade aluminum sheets and riveted them together over a lightweight skeleton to form a single, tight, and incredibly durable monocoque structure.” More history and photos can be found on the Bowlus website.

My friends at Mali Mish shared this link with me this morning. The restored 1935 Bowlus owned by John Long. It’s restored to perfection.  A must see!

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Photo source: Bowlus Road Chief