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Miller & Ryan's Hunt For A Camper...

Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by Ryan, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. Ryan
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    So, like I said when I opened this new little forum - Miller wants to go camping. The thing is, I'm not much of a camper or an outdoorsman - at all. But if the kid wants to go camping, I'm gonna make damn sure he goes camping.

    With that in mind, I figured I might as well get a vintage camper so that I can use it for all my Jalopy Journal events as well. Two birds with one stone...

    So the hunt began. Keep in my mind, I don't know my ass from a hole in the ground when it comes to these things. All I really know is that I DON'T want a huge project. I'd like to get the boy camping this summer so a full build is absolutely out of the question. But I'm not afraid of a little work and I'd really like to get Miller out in the shop doing some wood working too... So what I'd like to find is something with really solid bones, no leaks, and a decent look to it.

    Here is my first find:

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    It's a 1957 ElJay... and I absolutely love it. It's almost exactly what I'm looking for... I found it on craigslist in Colorado and started negotiating soon after. It sold before I could reach an agreement with the owner. I think he got $12k for it.

    So the hunt continues. I've already got another in the crosshairs, but I don't want to post it just yet as I don't want to jinx the deal. If and when it happens, I'll update this thread.
     
  2. Just make sure you look for water leaks and soft floors,12 grand should get you a well restored camper.

    If they say it's been restored ask for photos. HRP
     
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  3. Rolleiflex
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    Man that thing is super nice for $12K. Whoever bought it got a great deal. There's a lot of crap out there for that price or more.
     
  4. Stogy
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    Holy Timewarp Batman...:D
     
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  5. 40Standard
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    Boy Scouts do a lot of camping. you both could join
     
  6. wsdad
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  7. Ryan
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    Miller is a lot like me when it comes to organizations... He's not into them.

    The reproduction stuff doesn't do it for me really... I'd like something more obscure than a shasta for irrational reasons.
     
  8. joeycarpunk
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    They get snapped up quick but if your willing to pay that amount for plug and play you should find something decent. Good hunting.
     
  9. mammyjammer
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    If you get a trailer with a gas fridge, park it LEVEL, old gas fridges are more finiky than the more modern ones.
     
  10. Hey look, over there.....
    I see The Vintage Trailer Journal on the horizon.

    Enjoy the next chapter with your son
     
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  11. NoSurf
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  12. I built a teardrop,Atomic Aqua Boomerang Formica in the cooking station , 59 Caddy tail lights ( they actually looked good ) All the plans , fenders ,and Hardware is available . I think the company name was Desert Teardrops. Don`t know if you want to build or buy. We all need another project eh?
     
  13. Bigcheese327
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    This should probably be my motto.
     
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  14. BAD ROD
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    You are right on here Ryan. We have been going to vintage trailer rallies for a couple-three years now. Shasta's are like Tri-5 Chevy's. They are nice and they are really common.

    We were given a free 1960 Platt 12-footer (owner tried to give it away for a couple of years - it was rough'ish). Cleaned it up and have been using it for a couple of years. We have found it to be very unusual. Unusual brand and unusual floor plan. We have never seen this brand, or its floor plan. After considering purchasing a restored trailer, we instead fell so in love with this free-bee that we are having it totally restored ($10k+) in a couple of months. In this hobby, nothing strange to drop 10 g's on an free trailer. :)
     
  15. Gahrajmahal
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    Electric brakes for the trailer and a weight distributing hitch for the tow vehicle. Just sayin.
     
  16. Jeff Norwell
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    Bought a 59 Shasta 4 years back.. interior is 100% original and no leaks. the outside skins are good.but a little denty.... we love it and I use it for overnite hot rod events.... I really dislike camping.
     

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  17. NoSurf
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    Here's a '65 Frolic that Crazy Uncle Harry and I tried to sell. It was/is rough, but really cool.

    Frolic.jpg
     
  18. No Surf,
    I've finally convinced myself it's unsavable in it's current condition. It's home in the driveway, and the approved plan is to strip it down and make a more classically shaped canned ham like this one. Which does look good with a 4 door Hudson tow vehicle too.
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  19. KCTA Chris
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  20. Ryan
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    I saw that one... I agree... a little detail work and it could be pretty cool. I'm still stuck on that silver bullet we've been talking about though. There's been some developments and I should know by tomorrow what's up.
     
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  21. Ryan
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    It's not a done - done deal yet... but it looks like Miller just bought himself one of these...

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    It's pretty damned nice as is... but Miller has plans for creature comforts. I'll try to get him to start a build thread when the time comes. H'e gotta lot of lawns to mow!
     
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  22. Nostrebor
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    This makes me smile, as my 12 year old son bought a square body Chevy last year, all OG with 56,000 miles on it, to do a build for his first car. He is using the First Bank of Lawn Mowing for financing as well.

    Well... and dad helps too.I'm matching his earnings dollar for dollar. You have to support a kid building an old truck any way you can.

    Tell Miller congrats on finding a cool old camper to travel with!
     
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  23. KCTA Chris
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    Yes!
     
  24. Ryan
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    Well... I spoke too soon. Came to a price with the seller in LA. He will take cash and cash only. No wire. No cashiers check. And since I’m in Texas, I can’t make that happen. Bummed.
     
  25. KJSR
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    Man I wish I was still in SoCal....I would buy this trailer and slap a huge mark up (1 dollar for the convenience fee :)) and sell it back to you. Sorry it didn't work out. Were all watching for Miller to get his trailer. Find something in Utah and I have you covered......
     
  26. Ryan
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    Yeah, super weird... I had a close friend go look at it. The trailer was everything it was said to be. I then negotiated with the seller. We reached an agreed upon price and everything was cool. He just won't accept anything other than $100 bills. At first I thought maybe I was dealing with a stolen trailer or something, but it has the title and all that... The seller is a pretty young guy... I just don't know. Bummed... But I guess it wasn't mean to be.
     
  27. KJSR
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    I'm sure its pretty common today with all the scammers out there.

    Fill up a bag with $$ and road trip to get it. Austin to LA isn't all that far!
     
  28. woodbutcher
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    :D And so the adventure begins.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
    Leo
     
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  29. gonzo
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    Boy Scouts are a lot of things, organized is not one of them. Me and my son are involved and its been pretty good but I like your plan better.

    Looking forward to seeing the new rig, you should consider selling me your Tudor or Sinn at a firesale price to help cover the cost of your new camper.
     
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  30. nightmoves
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    For what it's worth... there's a forum as this, but for teardrops and tiny trailers (less than 16'). Often, stuff posted in classified.
    http://tnttt.com

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