The staring family from Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath".
“As far as ‘kin,’ we can’t do nothin’, not go to California or nothin’; but as far as ‘will,’ why, we’ll do what we will. An’ as far as ‘will’—it’s a long time our folks been here and east before, an’ I never heerd tell of no Joads or no Hazletts, neither, ever refusin’ food an’ shelter or a lift on the road to anybody that asked. They’s been mean Joads, but never that mean.”
by digdug2000 July 22, 2005
any traveler, or group of travelers on the highway, that have piled up their belongings on to the back of their car/pickup/trailer. Sometimes these belongings are covered with a tarp, tied down with rope or bungee cords, to keep them from falling out. "Joad" was the family name of the characters who traveled from the dust bowl to California in the book entitled "The Grapes of Wrath".
by EdithRules August 20, 2010