Motor Homes – From House Cars To Mansions On Wheels

Shortly after Henry Ford made automobiles affordable for the common man, American ingenuity began to devise a new motor home known as the house car. This development was aided by one of the first major road projects instituted by President Woodrow Wilson. The Federal Roads Act was designed to improve rutted, mud filled treacherous roads that were all but impassable in the new automobile.

At almost the same time European travel was all but impossible due to the outbreak of World War One. However many wealthy Americans still yearned to travel and there were a number of industrious builders who were ready to provide the perfect vehicle to accommodate these would be autocampers. The early motor homes varied from Model T Fords equipped with canvas panels which when erected provided shelter to huge boxes mounted on truck frames that came to be know as house cars.

As much as Americans loved to travel there were always a large segment of the population that had no desire to rough it. These would be road warriors were determined to take as many of the comforts of home along as possible. Although these house cars and their modern counterpart, the RV, were built to provide the same service, and comfort while motoring, it would be the exceptional modern day traveler that would consider beginning a journey in an early model house car. Many of the early models were most likely produced by handy men and not manufacturing companies.

Although they possessed vision and an entrepreneurial spirit in their efforts, most of the early models were only boxes on truck frames and poorly constructed. One can only imagine the toll that would be taken on the traveler as he or she bounced over rutted roads with hard rubber tires while choking over dust and being entertained by the rattle and shake of their wooden motor home.

While the motor home pioneers most likely enjoyed the rather rough and crude amenities their vehicle provided one can only imagine what they would feel if they stepped inside a modern fully equipped RV. The top line models certainly would feel naked without a walkin shower, air conditioning, satellite radio, television and internet. The kitchen would include every convenience found in a five star restaurant. Hydraulic leveling jacks, tow bar, enough storage to hold supplies for a month or more.

Diesel generator of course. Captain seats, gps, automatic drive, power steering and other gadgets that would task the electric power supply of a medium apartment. All aluminum construction so well insulated that traffic noise and anything Mother Nature can throw at it would not be able to penetrate the interior. A ride so smooth that a drop of coffee would never venture from a forgotten cup left on a counter.

Without much doubt the pioneer house car owner of the twenties and thirties would be lost for words if they could only venture into one of these modern Mansions on Wheels. Ice chests, gas camping stoves and kerosene lanterns have given way to comforts that the modern traveler enjoy when they visit far away places enclosed in the luxury of the modern motor home.

All About Better Homes and Gardens

Our home is our own private space.Whether you are building a dream home or just want to add a little spice to your existing house, all you need is a little time. If you have a garden, you can experiment with a lot of plants, colors, themes, fountains and more. Before venturing to discover whether you really have that ‘green thumb’, you need to study a little about garden plans, flowers, lawns, trees & shrubs, herbs & vegetables, house plants, landscaping, regional gardening, container gardens, garden guides, paths, pergolas, seeds, pests, fertilizers etc.

Just go through some planting guides and you will have a fairly good idea. I found the Better Homes and Gardens site offering useful Growing Zone Maps of USA spanning Northeast, South, Midwest, Mountain and Plains, Pacific Northwest, southern California to the Desert Southwest with the ideal locations for growing different plants.

Better Homes and Gardens is a popular magazine in the US Published by the Meredith Corporation, the magazine focuses on homes, kitchen, gardening, crafts, healthy living, decorating and entertaining. It began its course in 1922 when Edwin Meredith, the United States Secretary of Agriculture under Woodrow Wilson, founded the magazine. The magazine has kept in touch with the pulse of the changing times, and today it also has a website.

The Better Homes and Gardens website is quite interactive and user friendly. The site offers relevant information on topics related to food and recipes, garden, holidays, health and family and crafts. What I personally do not like about the site is, when you open the home page, there is are special offer pop up windows asking you to sign up. But of course, you can just ignore that, close the window and move on to navigate the site.

The website also has a section devoted to Garden Slide Shows. Here, you can view every garden slide show that the magazine has ever done. Tools and Guides is another a helpful section in the website. Arrange-a-Deck, Garden Flower Gallery, Garden Newsletter, Plan-a-Garden and Plant Finder are some useful features. The site also has a forum with a number of great sections but it does not appear to be too active.

The Expert Advice section of the Better Homes and Gardens is probably the most useful. You will find experts sharing their opinion on flowers, roses, lawns, pests and problems, trees & shrubs, vegetables & fruit and tips & techniques. If you have a doubt about something, just express it here and you will probably get your answer. The website also provides you with the option of joining the club to avail of weekly updates, weekly recipes, newsletters, home improvement ideas and other offers. If you are looking for seasonal e-cards or interesting desktop items or online gifts you may again stop at this site. Some of these offers are fairly priced while others are comparatively a little high.

Targeted at providing useful information, Better Homes and Gardens is fast becoming a preferred magazine in the United States.