Weird RVs: Mae West\’s \”House Car\” — a Hollywood enticement

Mae West’s “House Car” — a Hollywood enticement

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Hollywood legend. Risqué sex symbol. Outspoken and bawdy. Call her what you like, but Mae West left an indelible mark on Hollywood screen history. But it may have taken an early RV to get her there.

West’s original splash into stardom took place, not in motion pictures, but on the hard boards of the live stage. Even in her early career, she created quite a stir with her, shall we say, forward approach to acting and controversy. She spent a few days in a New York lockup on morals charges, all based on her stage performance.

But Hollywood needed starlets, and it wasn’t easy in the 1930s to find real talent knocking on the doors in California. Paramount wanted West, and they wanted in her in a big way. How could they entice the stage star away from the East Coast to the West? In addition to money, offer a few other inducements. Included in Paramount’s offer to Mae West: A 1931 Chevrolet “House Car,” as motorhomes were then dubbed. Mae hated flying, so it’s said, so traveling about in a house car had a certain appeal.

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Mae didn’t do her own driving — a professional driver took care of that. The House Car itself had more appeal than just a chauffeur. Out back was a “porch” that allowed the star to breath in the outdoor air or greet fans. Inside was comfortable seating and a kitchen for serving up good food. No word on whether Paramount threw in a cook. Despite her shady reputation, the House Car did lack one thing modern motorhomes feature: a bedroom.

While Mae died in 1980, her old House Car still shines. You can catch a close-up view at the RV/Motorhome Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana.


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Well let's see have lived in NY for my whole life, have always loved the outdoors (as long as it is warm out) have always hated the cold, and like a dummy have stayed in NY. But now with my second try my wife, we have been camping now for well over 25 yrs. We currently own a 2010 Cedar creek silverback 35TS and can not wait to get out on the highways and see this great country we all call home. Hope to see every National park before my medical issue becomes too bad to travel. I love my African gray parrot (she is my baby) and have two dogs at the time brother and sister mutts, but love them all the same. Have always been a big Nascar fan, love computers (have a number of certificates to build and work on them) am trying to learn photography, enjoy light hiking, being with good friends and folks. country music, pop music and just being outdoors. So I hope someday to meet some of the great people who like what I like and post out there in some great campground somewhere in the country, till then I will keep posting and I hope you keep liking.

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