Rolling Homes, the sequel.

Remember this book that belonged to my mom? I still haven't found my own copy. I know it's got to be out there somewhere, sitting in a used book store with a $7 price tag. The thought of paying $50 on amazon or ebay is less appealing. Cheating, if you will.

Rolling Homes: Handmade Houses on Wheels


Rolling Homes: Handmade Houses on Wheels


Rolling Homes: Handmade Houses on Wheels


Rolling Homes: Handmade Houses on Wheels


Rolling Homes: Handmade Houses on Wheels


Rolling Homes: Handmade Houses on Wheels

When I visited my folks last week, I pulled out my mom's copy and took photos of nearly every home in the book. You can see them all here. This book still hits me hard, it was my favorite to look through as a kid and dream about all the wonderful places I'd go in my pickup truck turned Conestoga wagon. Sadly, my life's taken a turn for the more.... stationary and responsible.

But there's still hope, I'm only 25. I have many adult years ahead to shirk off "responsibilities", "student loans" and "income taxes" in my rolling home. The future looks bright.





44 comments:

  1. First comment! I don't think I'm cut out for rolling homes, but more power to you. They look pretty groovy. ;-)

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  2. I love those rolling houses, they are much more charming than the ones we see today, the caravans. I would go in a trip in one of those in the photos.

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  3. Rima Staines is a artist living in the UK, and she lives in a traveling home!

    http://www.intothehermitage.blogspot.com/

    She is fascinating and so is her art..check it out.

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  4. these are fantastic.... i cannot imagine how amazing it would have been to see these as a kid....

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  5. Rolling Homes, House boats and Treehouses (obviously a bit more static) are such dream houses for me. Even though I live in a 1950's concrete house I still fantasise about a future in something more rustic! Some day!

    http://wherewishescomefrom.blogspot.com/

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  6. i want one! these are amazing. dreaming up ways to create one... :)

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  7. I used to dream of living in a van, but then I found out that due to my dodgy eyesight I can't ever drive. I did live on a boat for several years, though.

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  8. My friend has a slightly smaller, but no less charming wagon trailer she calls her "WWOOFer Palace". http://www.wwoof.org/ Often, artists and writers stay in her's too.

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  9. i looked up alibris.com, and the cheapest book i could find for you is $45. good for you for having impulse control with the computer! me, not sooo much....

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  10. I love these! I could definitely travel the countryside in one of these beauties!!

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  11. They make you happy don't they? thank you for these pictures.
    Also, I always get happy by people dreaming of something and actually doing it. 'Let's make our own rolling home the man said to his wife, friend, kid or dog. 'Okay, good idea' said the wife, friend, kid or dog.'

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  12. It's more a matter of principle and I think I'm fulfilling all of my primal hunting urges trying to find it in the flesh.

    Plus, it's a paperback from '79. It's like prime garage sale fodder.

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  13. I grew up in Oregon and that last photo so reminds me of my childhood. And that makes me happy. Really, any of these rolling homes would have been at home camped out on the streets of Eugene or in some random field on the outskirts of town. What a wave of nostalgia--thank you!

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  14. Cool book! Enjoyed the photos.

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  15. The Conestoga wagon was totally my favorite too :) I love the picture of the leaves poking through the top when the ceiling was removed.

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  16. flashes of ruth gordon and bud cort ... I love and must have this book, though I also balk at 45 dollars.

    why is it so may excellent paperback books of this sort were produced in the 70s? we used to have a whole shelf of random "living in caves is fun!" and "macrame all your own clothes!" and "subsistence living in the woods!" books at our summer place. some manic and useless cleaning binge undertaken by someone, not me, moved them somewhere (I am reassured constantly that they are still in the house), but I can't find them.

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  17. These are so great! I still dream about living like a gypsy in a 'rolling home'.

    My parents, too, had/have some great paperback books from the 70's of this nature, one full of pictures of self-built wood cabins and another of teepee dwellings. They were favourites of mine.

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  18. this is so amazing! i was thinking about doing this for the summer :)

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  19. What amazing homes! Good luck with your quest for the book, looks like it's all worth it.

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  20. Just found your blog, and LOVE these images!!

    xoxo Laura

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  21. You absolutely MUST look up the story "Parnassus on Wheels" by Christopher Morley. (You can read it for free on the Project Gutenberg website!)

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  22. The gypsy spirit is alive and well. It make my 'inner' gypsy yern... "Ditto about 'the hermitage'blogsite being a must see. Rima from the uk is a marvel.

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  23. These homes are what I imagine John Steinbeck built for his travelogue "Travels with Charley."
    His descriptions of it have always made me think just like these.

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  24. Wondering why such a lovely n sweet travel-home-car can't be seen in my country. Someone must start it and maybe it will become a trend ...hehehe
    i love this...

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  25. Ever since your original post about this book I have been keeping my eyes peeled!! This one and Firefox? Was the the other one? Anyhoo, looking looking. Of course if I find one then I will hit the dilemma of should I send it to you or keep it...AAAGH! As of yet I haven't had to deal with that decision. ;-)

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  26. ...How have I lived this long without a clapboard-sided schoolbus?!

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  28. "Rolling Homes" made a HUGE impact on me in my formative years - I discovered Jane Lidz' timeless classic in the library during my first year of college in 1989: more than 20 years later, I'm still paying the wonderful price of stumbling on it! You can read about my (mis) adventures in the `83 Bluebird I eventually managed to manifest into my life here: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/AnkerFrankoni

    ~ Anker

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  35. I built two of these kinds of rollin homes in the late sixties and early seventies. Went to Alaska in one for the Summer and ended up staying for 25 years! I've since regressed to a Toyota mini motorhome for my old age.

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  38. i found this book when it first came out when i was about 21 or so...i still look at it and still dream at age 59...but 2 yrs ago i built a beautiful 8x10 "rolling" home-without-wheels in my garden.

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  40. I bought this book new and dreamed for years... made the mistake of donating the book a few years ago and am now looking for another copy. Can't give up my dreams!

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  42. Thanks for the great pictures! Lloyd Kahn over at Shelter Publications is getting a book on rolling homes together...if it's like his other books you will love it (like Rolling Homes book on steroids...super funk factor).

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