Streamline design first captured the American imagination in the 1930s, when smooth, continuous, shiny aluminum skins were found to increase efficient movement.
Aerodynamically engineered, all-new Bowlus Road Chief
At that time a series of sleek aluminum aerodynamic travel trailers designed by American entrepreneurs make their way to the marketplace: Bowlus Road Chief, Airstream, Streamline, Silver Streak, Avion, and Spartan.
The only manufacturer to survive the economic conditions of the time was Airstream.
But the company wasn’t the first to build a streamlined silver travel trailer. The design actually originated with design engineer William Hawley Bowlus, the Superintendent of Construction on Charles Lindbergh’s aircraft, the Spirit of St. Louis.
Bowlus was an expert at soaring flight and at building gliders and sailplanes, established numerous records, trained many of America’s earliest glider pilots, and gave gliding lessons to both Charles and Anne Lindbergh.
Bowlus took inspiration from this work with building aircraft to design and build the first all aluminum riveted silver trailer called the Bowlus Road Chief in 1934.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t very successful.
Only 80 Road Chiefs were built, but a similar design was adopted by Wally Byam in 1936 for the much more successful Airstream line.
And in the decades that followed, the Bowlus brand and the original design were virtually forgotten, except by few of devoted collectors.
Bowlus Road Chief interior
But now the Bowlus brand has come-up with a bang with the release of an aerodynamically engineered, all-new Bowlus Road Chief.
Earlier this year the Bowlus Road Chief was revived by a fan of that trailer, John Long.
The new Bowlus Road Chief features the classic streamline, modern riveted aluminum design updated with luxurious interior finishes along with every convenience to support an active, digital life.
“The new Bowlus Road Chief will inspire people to rethink luxury travel,” said Long.
The path to the launch of the Bowlus Road Chief began when Long embarked on a painstaking 10-year restoration on his own 1935 Bowlus Road Chief.
His passions led to writing a book on the Road Chief history along with securing the rights to the brand.
Launching the Bowlus Road Chief as a business venture was the natural next step for Long and his family who are backed by two decades of entrepreneurial success in the design and technology fields along with a shared passion for vintage automobiles, photography, and design.
“We’ve been truly overwhelmed by the response to the new Bowlus Road Chief,” says Long.
Long and a carefully assembled team of craftspeople and designers embarked on the next leg of the Bowlus journey seamlessly integrating advanced technology with classic American design. The new Bowlus Road Chief includes storage options for laptops and tablets, and sports gear such as bikes and paddleboards.
It has all the luxuries expected of today’s adventurer including solar panels, central heating, indoor/outdoor showers, and a cook’s kitchen.
The new Bowlus Road Chief is rolling art, and is all you need whether you’re escaping for a weekend of relaxation or a cross country tour.
The Road Chief’s aerodynamics begins with an effective front surface area, which is critical for towing efficiency at highway speeds. The rounded front gently leads to a tapering tail that effortlessly directs air around the travel trailer without creating a drag-inducing vacuum, all the while enhancing stability.
Combined with an extremely low weight of just under 2,000 pounds dry, the Road Chief offers unparalleled towing ease with a wide range of vehicles whether pulling your way through a mountain pass or simply cruising down the highway.
With everything from the propane tank to the air-conditioning unit tucked safely inside the strong shell, the Bowlus Road Chief is the world’s most aerodynamic travel trailer. Even the windows are flush and curved to maximize aerodynamic efficiency.
There is no need for external sports racks to interfere with drag or security, since gear like a pair of bikes or a kayak fits easily in the interior.
The Bowlus Road Chief epitomizes everything that’s brilliant with exceptional American design.
Bowlus Road Chief LLC
Bowlus Road Chief cutaway
Inspired by timeless American style, the Bowlus Road Chief is expertly handcrafted from honest materials for a lifetime of adventures.
Each Bowlus Road Chief is expertly hand-built, customized to order, and named by the owner. Because of this high level of craftsmanship, production of the Road Chief is limited and available only by prior reservation.
The price of a fully equipped Bowlus Road Chief is $100,000 plus applicable taxes, vehicle fees, and custom options, when picked up in Ventura County, California. (Delivery anywhere in the USA is always available.)
Phone: (800) 651-7396 (toll free)
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