RVHistory.com Identifies the First Automobile Camping Trailer (USA, 1910)

Andrew Woodmansey has done it again! His research has identified a self-built, purpose-built, automobile camping trailer from 1910. This is three years earlier than original research identified.

The Sterling automobile and camping trailer of Dr. Charles A. Morsman (source Joplin News Herald, 29 Jan 1911)

The Camping Trailer of Dr. Charles A. Morsman

Thanks to the Joplin Public Library in Missouri, we now have evidence of a self-built, purpose-built, automobile camping trailer from 1910. The photo at the top of the blog is the earliest known photo of such a trailer, which is probably the first of its type in the world.

The trailer was commissioned from a local automobile shop by Dr. Charles A. Morsman, a dentist, motorist and keen fisherman from Joplin, Missouri in June 1910. The article below describing his trailer is significant because it goes into great detail regarding the trailer’s design and confirms that it was constructed and used explicitly for camping.

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