"In 1911 and 1912, T. Coleman du Pont was involved in building a road bearing his name through Delaware. As there was no road, there were no hotels, and he needed somewhere to stay.
It was described in period articles as being on a 1911 Stoddard-Dayton 45hp, 115-inch chassis, which doesn't really match up well with any 1910 or 1911 Stoddard-Dayton offerings. I’d guess it was the 112-inch wheelbase 2-ton truck, but you Stoddard-Dayton people can correct me. That was their shortest wheelbase for 1911, the ’30′ chassis was 114 inches; the ’40′ on 120 inches; and the ’50′ on 130 inches.
Maybe there were additional commercial models. The top was permanent (not removable), and held four vulcanized boxes underneath, along with specialized racks for maps and flat construction drawings.
Similarly, there were narrow, full-length lockers along each side of the rear compartment, which left room in between for a six-foot mattress. Eight more boxes around the car held tent hardware, stove, refrigerator (icebox), battery and so on. All were removable for modular packing and two of them were upholstered to serve as camp chairs. Two final boxes held extra oil, although whether for a stove or engine oil wasn’t specified.
The two big boxes on the running boards held the pair of side tents, sewn not from canvas but waterproof balloon silk; each was supported with three six-foot poles, stakes and guys. With the dropdown curtains on the canopy, it made three rooms when fully assembled. When in camp, electric lighting was courtesy of an extra 150-amp Edison battery, continuously charged by engine dynamo."
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Mon May 13 2013 16:55:04 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)