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Random trivia to ponder - sleepydogtravels - 10-27-2019

In 1845, a conestoga wagon cost about $225 and a team of four oxen $40. This translates into a total of about $9000 today.
Average speed was 2 mph, and you could make it from St Louis to California in about 5 months if the weather was good.
Any other vandwelling trivia you think is interesting?


RE: Random trivia to ponder - bullfrog - 10-27-2019

Wonder how much maintenance and fuel cost?


RE: Random trivia to ponder - Qxxx - 10-27-2019

The California Trail was littered with broke down wagons and the bones of dead cattle and oxen. There seems to be a rough parallel in terms of broke down old vans today.


RE: Random trivia to ponder - sleepydogtravels - 10-27-2019

(10-27-2019, 09:57 AM)bullfrog Wrote:  Wonder how much maintenance and fuel cost?
You'd have to carry a jack (nicknamed "finger crushers"), linseed oil, and pine tar. It was ideal to work on one wheel each night to keep ahead of breakdowns.
Oxen would just eat grasses along the way.


RE: Random trivia to ponder - MeiraNomadRN - 10-27-2019

Ooh, what did one do to a wheel each night, and for what purpose?

Also Bob would ask where they used the bathroom and how they showered. Lol


RE: Random trivia to ponder - sleepydogtravels - 10-27-2019

Pine tar to lubricate. Meat grease was a budget option, but not as good.
You'd have to jack the wheel up and soak it in a tub of linseed oil to preserve the wood. Also brush it over areas not fully immersed. It soaked in more easily if it was heated.
I love watching his videos! So many good ideas from different people!


RE: Random trivia to ponder - MeiraNomadRN - 10-27-2019

And the lubrication reduced friction which reduced wear & tear?


Random trivia to ponder - sleepydogtravels - 10-27-2019

Imagine having to carry all the maintenance supplies you needed for that, on top of hundreds of pounds of food that took forever to cook, etc. Then driving over only rutted tracks. Makes me so grateful for truck stops and maintained roads!


RE: Random trivia to ponder - sleepydogtravels - 10-27-2019

(10-27-2019, 10:27 AM)MeiraNomadRN Wrote:  And the lubrication reduced friction which reduced wear & tear?
I think so? I'm not a mechanic so I'm not sure. Just remembering my history projects from school.


RE: Random trivia to ponder - tonyandkaren - 10-27-2019

Actually consetoga wagons were too big and heavy for the trail west. The wagons used were nicknamed prairie schooners and were similar to farm
wagons.

More trivia: Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, and John Burroughs were early RVers and caravan leaders. Between 1915 and 1924, they embarked on a series of summer camping trips. https://www.thehenryford.org/collections-and-research/digital-resources/popular-topics/the-vagabonds/
"The 1919 trip involved fifty vehicles, including two designed by Ford: a kitchen camping car with a gasoline stove and built-in icebox presided over by a cook and a heavy touring car mounted on a truck chassis with compartments for tents, cots, chairs, electric lights, etc"