The Bowlus Terra Firma is the newest travel trailer from the company that invented the aluminum home on wheels – Bowlus was founded by aircraft engineer Hawley Bowlus in 1934.
Hawley Bowlus And The Aluminum Travel Trailer
Hawley Bowlus is perhaps best-known today for his role in building the famed aircraft Spirit of St. Louis, the aircraft flown by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 on the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight from Long Island, New York, to Paris, France.
As an aircraft engineer Bowlus was well-versed in the practice of aluminum fuselage design, so when he needed a mobile travel trailer to transport flight crews to remote airfields he created it using many of the same principles of aircraft design.
When it was first shown to the public in 1934 it caused a sensation, and more than a few quickly emulated the design including Wally Byam of Airstream.
Bowlus’ first love was always aircraft so after approximately 80 of his aluminum travel trailers were built he went back to aircraft and left companies like Airstream to carry on his creation.
Above Image: An original Bowlus trailer from the 1930s.
More recently the Bowlus travel trailer company has been brought back, still using the sleek aerodynamic designs of the 1930s but now with entirely modern interiors designed for 21st century asphalt adventures.
The Bowlus Terra Firma
The model you see here is the new Bowlus Terra Firma, it’s 26 feet long, it sleeps and dines four adults and it even has built in accommodation for pets should you wish to bring them with you.
Each Terra Firma is fitted with an HEPA Filter with UVC giving occupants mobile clean air and relief for anyone suffering from hay fever outdoors. It also has an advanced two-stage water filtration system, taking the worry out of sourcing reliable potable water when on the road.
Inside you’ll find a hotel-style bathroom with hot and cold running water, a toilet, a bathroom heating system, and all the other amenities you’d expect.
The interior height is 6’4″ which will comfortably accommodate most, it has air conditioning, a built in power system with an 8 kWh lithium-iron-phosphate battery, 19 gallons of fresh water and 21 gallons capacity for grey water, and a fully equipped kitchen.
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