I recently purchased this Schillingís Auto Camp on T Bay. All I have is the bed, the end braces and the cover for transporting. I plan to have the canvas tent custom built for me. What I need is better ad photo and more importantly, the instruction manual. If anyone can help in any way, it would be great. Thanks.
The following patents may hopefully give you some insight into
the design of the Auto Camp, or at least confirm some of how you
suspect it works. Ė Nothing ventured . . .
The L. F. Schilling Co.
Patent number: 1269316
Filing date: Dec 24, 1915
Issue date: Jun 11, 1918
Patent number: 1354343
Filing date: Feb 5, 1916
Issue date: Sep 28, 1920
Patent number: 1419765
Filing date: Apr 19, 1918
Issue date: Jun 13, 1922
Filed by the Administer of L. F. Schillingís Estate
Patent number: 1763447
Filing date: Aug 19, 1927
Issue date: Jun 10, 1930
Thank you! I had found the first two patents but it was your third patent that was a direct match. My real problem is getting more information before I have the canvas built. Lance
In Feb. this year I attended the monthly meeting of the San Fernando Valley Chapter and heard an address on the history of the early days of auto vacations given by David Woodworth. He is an expert in the field and should be able to help you with information. He gave out his email address for anybody to contact him as <firstname.lastname@example.org> He runs a tour business in Yosemite using model T and A Fords for his hire cars.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
hey i live near salem ohio ! but never heard of this company prolly some info at the library there !
I talked to David Woodworth. He is the connection I needed!
I have the bed mounted on my coupe. The canvas cover is mounted under the bed frame so it can be wrapped around the frame when it is wrapped and folded up. The wood frame on the end of the bed is being temporarily supported. I believe the end of the tent will have a sleeve sewed in to hold the crossbar and those springs will put pressure on the top to hold everything tight. I will probably make the tent extra long going up over the roof to keep everything supported and watertight.
That camp bed is so neat Lance!
I wonder if we could see a couple of pictures, during fold up, or fold out?
I want to see your tall frame on that bed!!!!!
Nice purchase, I kicked around bidding, but I am glad I didn't with your huge pocketbook.
If anyone is still interested, I finished my Schilling tent project. I displayed it last weekend at the Atwater Threshing Show here in Minnesota. My display went over very well. I cooked my noon lunch on the manifold cooker on the drive up. By leaving the hood open I got a lot of comments on the cooker. The Security Signal tire lock interested the crowd to.
I spent my first night sleeping in my tent. The weather was pretty darn cool that night and Iím guessing it went down close to 45 degrees. I didnít spend much time getting dressed! During the day I heard many stories of relatives that had gone west in a Model T and had camped along the way. Many others had no idea that these existed and I was exhausted from all the visiting I did by Sunday night.
This has been a great experience so far. I drew up the design I wanted and sent it to my friends at RK Lodgeís in Hackensack, Minnesota to have the canvas sewed. Iím very satisfied with the fit and only need to add a few more tie downs. Iím thinking I need a trailer now because that coupe is getting smaller with every new accessory I buy.
That is COOL! You must have had a blast!
Would you be interested in drawing up the dimensions of the bed/tent so that it could be reproduced, looks pretty simple and could likely be a good garage project for the winter.
I donít know how easy this would be. My bed was over 48 inches wide and it didnít fit on the 14 touring. Since I donít have to worry about the paint on my coupe, I set it up for that car. The measurements on the coupe wouldnít be much good on a different car. The folding part of the frame would be a lot of work. The mattress has chains running through it. I guess if you want one you would need to design your own. I will help with any information I do have. You can look at the patent drawings for more ideas.
Wow! Now that is how you go camping in style. Nice work Lance!
Lance, Thanks for sharing your auto camper here. The photos are great! Here's a link to a Motor Camping thread I posted back in Nov 2009 that I thought might interest you.
Thanks Jay! Here are two cars that showed up this year. The 23 Center Door had been in a barn for 35 years. I drove it in the parade and it drove well. The 1914 Roadster is another original car right down to its boot. He had the original bill of sale and other papers with him. I heard he was driving the car everywhere and just loved it. Another interesting display was this cut open engine. It ran with an electric motor and the timer was cut open so every time it made contact the spark plug fired. He had a little oil in the dips to show how it oiled. He was able to run the bands and show how the transmission worked to. Interesting display.