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Winnebago NationThe RV in American Culture$
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James Twitchell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167789

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167789.001.0001

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The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall … of the RV in America

The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall … of the RV in America

(p.127) Chapter Five The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall … of the RV in America
Winnebago Nation

James B. Twitchell

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the rise and fall, as well as the future of the RV. In the 1960s, the RV was an object of much interest, but as the Winnebago started to be mass-produced, the allure of escape in the house-on-wheels became ambiguous. By the 1970s, the RV had become a metaphor of middle-class inelegance, and was well on its way to becoming a symbol of wastefulness. The chapter concludes that as long as humans want to travel and not sleep on the ground, the RV will continue to evolve. First, the RV power source will soon become compressed natural gas, and electric and solar power. The RV is also going to change its form. There is a lot of interest today in creating new houses that are easily moved, and a new generation of designers is now experimenting with variations on the gypsy architecture.

Keywords:   RV, Winnebago, house, compressed natural gas, electric power, solar power, gypsy architecture

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