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Topic: Interesting Ford "American Road" Camper

Posted By: greenchili on 05/23/09 07:50pm

Saw this Ford American Road Camper on craiglist (don't know the seller, just thought tc'rs might find it interesting).


Posted By: sukrfish on 05/23/09 08:20pm

greenchili wrote:

Saw this Ford American Road Camper on craiglist (don't know the seller, just thought tc'rs might find it interesting).

Fiberglass camper...old school. Probably a gel coat finish on it too.
Would clean up nicely. A little "3M finess it", a polisher and about half a day and it would look pretty damn nice. Another $1500 for hydrolic jacks, a little fabric update ($500 maybe). I would so jump on that.

Had no idea Ford made campers


Posted By: Clattertruck on 05/24/09 05:53am

These campers were an abject failure because of outgassing from the hull. On a hot day the stink would make person flee with burning eyes. I stepped into one for a look when they were for sale, found the smell very strong.


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Posted By: robsouth on 05/23/09 10:24pm

If that thing was close to me, it would be on my truck right now.


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Posted By: ~DJ~ on 05/24/09 06:32am

I like it!!!


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Posted By: NRALIFR on 05/24/09 06:13am

I would hope that after 36 years, the outgassing from the fiberglass would be done. Probably more cooking/pets/people "fragrance" from this one than anything.




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Posted By: BiGG on 05/24/09 06:41am

Fair Warning: Grab it while you can boys! ... In FL right now and pretty busy (my storage is in the far north) but if there's a way I can make it happen ... it will be the third one I own.

Beautiful, rock-solid and light-years ahead of their time ... and of course head-turning cool today ... enjoy ...













* This post was edited 05/24/09 07:12am by BiGG *


Posted By: 69cayo on 05/24/09 05:07pm

I had read somewhere these were built by Chinook. Very cool camper.


Posted By: JoeChiOhki on 05/26/09 04:06pm

Dang that thing is in nice shape Only downside I can comment on on the American Road campers is the jack mount type. The underside mounts I don't think allowed to for use off the truck, but I could be wrong....


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Posted By: B-n-B on 05/24/09 11:18am

Here's another one with more pics, and only $100!

http://www.chooseyouritem.com/rvs/files/97500/97830.html


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Posted By: Murgatroid on 05/24/09 08:12am

Wow! That looks ahead of it's time! I'd love to have a collection of oddball vintage truck campers, and even have the land to store them, but that would be silly. It does make me regret passing on a very clean vintage Avion truck camper 10 years ago. It was complete with avocado colored appliances!

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Posted By: travelinglane on 05/24/09 07:03am

Wow, that is neat looking. Looks in great shape for something from 1973!


Posted By: dzzz on 05/26/09 04:25pm

NRALIFR wrote:

I would hope that after 36 years, the outgassing from the fiberglass would be done. Probably more cooking/pets/people "fragrance" from this one than anything.



If that were generally true, fiberglass couldn't be used in boats.

It's not used much anymore because it's expensive. The $240,000 Earthroamer of a ford F550 is fiberglass. Actually its more often called composite now, as fiberglass isn't the only strengthening material. But the epoxy system hasn't changed much.


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