... but in the TCs 'Alaskan' made a telescopic unit for some years
Yeah - the Alaskan telescoping TC is exactly what I had in mind in my post above. My DW's parents had one when we were dating!
IMHO, an Alaskan type setup built right onto a one-chassis 4X4 PU's frame and with larger FW, grey, black, and propane tanks than what any TC could have would be ideal ... plus along with cab/coach access when underway, having the PU's alternator system heavy-cabling-linked into the coach's battery bank ... maybe even with cooking, heating and the generator powered off a diesel PU's main tank(s) instead of needing a propane tank.
IAW, all the "motorhome type" advantages - but narrow, low collapsed height, and with a very low traveling center of gravity and wind profile.
Depending on your budget, and their workload. I wouldn't be surprised if they wouldn't do one for you. They have the knowhow, and the materials.
If you had a truck to show them they might make you a 'one off'. That'd be cool to have a 'new' retro 'C'.
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2011 Dodge 1500 C'boy Caddy
2000 Jayco C 28' Ford chassis w V-10 E450
Doghouse 36' or so Trophy Classic TT
I will be visiting the PROVAN booth in Indio this Wednesday. Would love a Chevy diesel crew cab Bengal......
What the Alaskan and most popup campers are lacking is an INSIDE shower, something any little lady is going to want. I've had one soft top pop up camper, a Northstar......will NEVER have a camper again that has one stitch of canvas or fabric as a wall between me and the outside.
That's close to what I was talking about - other than the canvas section....
My 1994 Tiger GT (pop-top) doesn't have a canvas material section (which would probably take forever to dry in the event of rain), it has a plasticize insulated material, including the three layered window coverings of sewn in screens, heavy plastic transparent material, and another layer of the plastic covered insulation. The pop-top insulation is as effective as my PW in keeping warmth / cold in or out, depending on ones perspective.
I will say that my Tiger is much more effective in keeping outside noise out. Wish I could say the same for my PW.
Thanks for those photos above! That's close to what I was talking about - other than the canvas section - which can make for poor cold weather comfort. I've seen collapsible top PU campers with solid sides, however ... thus providing better insulation.
What your photos show, but with a solid-sided collapsible section, on a modern one-ton 4X4 lockable differential(s) full size diesel or gas PU frame, would be my "ideal" off-road off-grid low-center-of-gravity go-anywhere RV for general North American use. The Tiger CX certainly comes very close right now, IMHO, in affordably achieving this goal ... other than it's not comfortable for a tall person.
What I like most about the Tiger CX concept, over high end modern PU campers, is it's convenient feature-rich full integration with the truck chassis (as in standard motorhomes) combined with the lowest possible center of gravity ... not considering implementation of a collapsible top.
WOW, is that pop-up tiger some kinda prototype? Never seen anything like an integrated pop-up RV. Yes, love the off-road potential of the Tiger It would be great if the slide in truck campers made a kit that allowed one to get through to the cab like and integrated RV. Anyone seen one? Maybe a shop could do it.
Jeth, I don't think Provan has made a pop-up Tiger of any sort for years now. The history, AIUI, is that the first Tigers were all pop-ups. There was a version made on a long Ford van or cutaway with a 'non-standard' floorplan. I think this may have been a one-off:
Then they did Astro vans, mostly 2WD, some OEM AWD, and a few converted 4x4's, until GM discontinued the Astro. With the pop-up it was the GT; with the f'glass hardtop, it was the XL. The floorplans are all pretty much the same as the modern CX/Bengal, just a bit smaller in all dimensions.
(Photos from the MSN Tigerowners group)
Now it's all hardtops on 1-ton pickups, AFAIK, except for the new $iberian. There's the older CX design, and the twin-but-taller Bengal. I don't know how many of the pop-up CX's like the Dodge on the previous page were made, or if you could order one now.