Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Brinkmobiles; a hotel on wheels





I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the infamous (at least in my world) Brinkmobiles, are located in Tucson, Arizona, the very place we are currently visiting! The Brinkmobiles are two turquoise 1966 Travcos, who started their lives with their current owners as mobile studios travelling to film festivals an other fun locations.

I immediately contacted the owners, Danny and Mary-Ann, who graciously allowed me to visit these beautiful motorhomes. It was terrific to tour these machines and compare the similarities and differences to Myrtle. Travcos are known for their customization to the initial purchasers' requests, so each are a little different. The exterior of both units are very similar to Myrtle. However, Myrtle has the rather uncommon second backdoor. Much like Myrtle, the interiors have been updated while maintaining the original vintage charm. Both have kitchens with original varnished wood and retro light fixtures. The travcos are always well laid out and both of these boast a roomy rear bed and lots of storage.

The Brinkmobiles now function as well appointed motorhome hotels and are rented out through their website; Bed in the Barrio. From the website; Available as motel rooms on wheels, but parked in a private back yard in the historic barrio El Hoyo (meaning the hole), our vintage RV's make the perfect getaway!. On the edge of tiny downtown Tucson, Arizona, one block south of theTucson convention center, and just west of Barrio Historico. Charming, convenient, and comfortable, two separate units are available! There is a romantically cozy full size bed in the rear and an extra bed can be made on the couch in the front. They have a kitchen which includes dishes, stove, sink, and fridge. Bathroom is small but efficient with handheld shower and toilet. Wi-fi available. Heat with thermostat and air-conditioning, both of which work great.

If you are interested in trying out a vintage recreational vehicle, or just looking for an unique, centrally located place to stay in Tucson, make sure to check out these Travcos! Danny and Mary-Ann were delightful travco tour guides and I'd if didn't already have my very own Myrtle I'd certainly be booking a stay in one of their Brinkmobiles!

(Photos courtesy of/property of Brinkmobile.)
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