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March 16, 2010Tuesday’s Retro Guest – Jan Goes Camping With The Ford Motor Company
Love this, Jan! Who knew station wagons could be so adorable!?!
This is definitely one cool book: how to camp in your Ford Station Wagon. I found this book at an AAUW (American Association of University Women) book sale about 25 years ago and quickly snatched it up. It was published in 1957 and has loads of helpful information on equipment, campgrounds and experimental camping gear designed for station wagon camping.
Was there enough room in the station wagon to live like a nomad?
You betcha. You could easily sleep two people in the back.
If your legs are long and you don’t want your tootsies hanging out the back window, there’s even a “boot” to cover the back end of the wagon.
Or you could attach a tent to the car and commune with nature.
But if you don’t care to share your sleeping quarters with bugs, snakes and the occasional bear, use your rooftop tent to ward off intruders.
Traveling makes you ravenous and having a built-in kitchen in your Ford Station Wagon makes it convenient to stop whenever hunger strikes.
While on the road, you can stop at a roadside park and make coffee by plugging the coffee maker into the cigarette lighter.
A destination is important and although the campgrounds information in the book has changed over the years, here are the parks and grounds in Michigan that were listed. The red dot in the lower left corner of the state is Warren Dunes State Park in Bridgman, about 16 miles from my home. Back in the early Sixties when I camped there with relatives the place was packed!
Thanks, Ford, for bringing modern day camping to the MCM nation!