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Caravan Camper Shell Olema, CA $525

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Parts • TAGS: .

Dan spotted this rare camper shell.

“Willys Jeep Pick Up Aluminum Camper Shell. I had it on my 1957 Willys Jeep Pick Up.
Standard Willys Jeep trucks had the same cabs and beds from about 1948 to 1962 or so. It would fit these years.
Made by ” Caravan Co, Reno Nevada” Has a steel rack with rollers for a canoe. Strong build.
Needs 1 flat glass side window. Some rust on the top roof vent. Small dings etc. as seen. NO BIG DENTS.
Good original condition. Would polish out or can take CAMO PAINT.
Some photos of it on the truck are black before it was cleaned. Photos off of the truck are as it is today.
Changed the look of the truck a lot. Don’t see many of them out there…”

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1957 FC-150 Fallbrook, CA $14,500

• CATEGORIES: Camping, FC150-FC170-M677 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $14,500

(06/05/2017) Great little camper.

“All original, no rust, 38 thousand original miles. Body is straight. All the upholstery is original. Just removed from barn, where it was stored since 1973. Had gas tank cleaned and sealed. F- head 4 cylinder motor. New Carb, water pump, fuel pump, Distributer, hoses, belts, plugs, wires, Radiator. New Brakes and wheel cylinders. New tires. Has original Camper that was on the truck for most of it’s life. Bed is perfect. Runs and drives. Clean Title. $15.000”






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Wagon and Matching Trailer

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Willys Wagons

How about this beautiful combo! The wagon and trailer were featured on a Facebook group post.

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Niel’s Wagoneer & Airstream

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Features

Niel shared these two pics of his 1970 Wagoneer (purchased off of eWillys) towing his 1968 Airstream. What a cool combo!


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Rebuilt CJ-5 Camper

• CATEGORIES: Builds, Camping, CJ-6, CJ5, videos

Steve shared this video of Seth’s CJ-5 Camper that’s been updated with some modern, practical touches. You can see more pics of CJ-5 campers at Jeremy’s website:

This is what it looked like prior to its rebuild:


And more pics from 2011: Continue reading

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Camping in New York’s Outback

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Features

Gary’s out camping with his wife and 1948 CJ-2A in the Shwangunk Mountains of New York. The platform and tent all fit in the jeep. Looks like a great summer getaway!


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1962 Wagoneer Motorhome Lamar, CO **SOLD**


UPDATE: Seth noted that was for sale back in 2012. He also reports it sold, though the Craigslist ad is still up and listing it at $3000.

Blaine forwarded this rare Wagoneer motorhome.

“Engine Runs and is 230 cu inch 6 Cylinder… 3 Speed Tranny, 4 Wheel Drive, Drive Train Good Condition, can use little repair around the doors, Floor is medium to good condition..
Needs Clutch Slave Cylinder and Master Cylinder… Plumbing and Heating Needs Work….”

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1965 Diamant Family Trip through the US

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Features

In 1965 Brits R.M.E. Diamant, his wife, and three children completed a five month drive around the United States in a Jeep Wagoneer Camper. Mr. Diamant intended to publish stories of their adventure in travel magazines in the UK and the US, but his article in the 1966 Jeep News was the only one I found.

I’ve created this rough map of their journey based on the places mentioned in the article.



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1946 CJ-2A Colorado Springs, CO $5000

• CATEGORIES: Camping • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price bumped to $5000.

(02/17/2015) Has an interesting paint job.

“Rare, earliest civilian version of the WWII Willys jeep. Complete, motor spins. Ready to restore or drive with a little bit of work.”

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Vintage Jeep Camping Photos from 1959

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Features, Old Images

Over at I found the below photo taken by Marvin Patchen. Marvin took a variety of older photos that have landed on the pages of FourWheeler and JP Magazines (or perhaps just online).


Frank M. James CJ-2A. Photo taken by Marvin Patchen.

Last year Verne Simons published three articles at Four with jeep camping photos. The photographer for some of these was Marvin Patchen. Apparently some were also published in a 1959 Motor Life Magazine article (I believe it was April 1959 — I will know for sure soon). There are some great photos. Click on the links below to see them.

Photos from the first two links were taken during a Chuckwalla Jeep Club Trip from Hemet to Borrego Springs.

Part 1: (Eric Rickman photos)

Part 2: Marvin Patchen photos)

In an article titled “Old-School Camping Extravaganza” from September 2014, Verne shares some more photos.


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Anyone Recognize this Camper / Canopy?

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Features, trailer

We are hoping someone recognizes the type of camper on this Willys Truck. It looks like it was built for Willys trucks it fits so well. Below the color photos are a couple of black and white photos showing a similar but slightly different example.

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Truck Chassis with Motorhome Body

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Features, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

The April 1956 Willys News contains the story below about a Willys Truck that was transformed, using a purpose-built body, into a motor home.

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1948 Willys Overland “Stordor” Bodied Van

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

Here’s a rare look at a Willys Overland Chassis with a StorDor body (see late 1940s brochure at bottom). What’s unusual with this van is that at some point it was turned into a motor home. While this former laundry van’s current fate is unknown, Larry, the former owner, has shared some information about it. He writes:

I had an old van registered as a Willys Housecar from 1948. Body was on a 2T frame and was modified with a Chevy inline six. Boy do I miss her…I had to leave her in shambles ten years ago

I was told that an old man in Moorpark, Ca. had custom built the interior and as seen on the exterior, the most probable “Bakery” in blue and with imagination, “To your door” showed up on the driver’s side through the house paint that is flaking off, suggesting that she was once a bakery delivery van. The previous owner had received it as a joke some time before I got it in 1980. I don’t know if it even exists anymore. She was dependable but scary with the feeling of tipping ever present like the willies you’d get in a CB or MB of, say, 1940’s circa. 

On another note, I had a friend who had a 1947 Ford van similar to this Willys I owned and it had a grill in the bell shape as mine was.

You can view all the photos of Larry’s old Van here:

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You can just make out the “Willys Overland” signature on the speedometer.


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Willys 6×6 Truck and Camper

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Features, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

Bob forwarded these photos of a Monster Willys Truck and Camper. These photos were part of a 2010 post at: The vehicle was spotted at Government Camp, Oregon.

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1974 CJ-5 w/ Popup Camper in Colorado **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Camping, CJ5 • TAGS: , , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $8295

DP spotted this unusual CJ-5 with a custom built popup camper.

“1974 Jeep CJ5 with a custom pop up camper shell built by Phoenix pop up in Denver.
The Jeep has recently been painted and is in very good condition, it has a 232 inline 6 cylinder, 3 speed manual transmission and locking front Warn hubs and it rides on 35″ tires. The chassis wiring has all been completely redone as well as the upholstery.
The camper shell sleeps 2, it has storage for all of your gear and is set up for propane and self contained water. If you are interested in the camper let me know and we can discuss a price.
This is a fun Mountain vehicle but could also be used for hunting.”

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6 1950 Flatfender Camper Negatives on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Features, Old Images, Unusual • TAGS: .

Anyone know the history behind this wild rig? This auction ends soon.

“This auction is for SIX original,vintage c.1950 B/W film photo negatives showing trailer Jeep.The negative was converted to positive to see the image.Enlarged at a scan for better viewing.As shown at a scans.Please see DETAILED scans for condition”

View all the information on ebay

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M-416 Custom Camping Trailer **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Camping, trailer

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was on eBay.

(02/15/2013) This trailer setup looks good.

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“Up for sale is my M416 military trailer that has been modified into a off-road camping/adventure trailer. This started off as a ¼ ton M416 surplus trailer. It was completely stripped down and sandblasted. The Axle was replaced with a 3500 lb unit with 6 lug bolt pattern for Toyota and Chevrolet. The frame was extended in the front for a cooler rack, and two military style gas can mounts ( gas cans will not be included). Trailer still maintains the military pintle hitch. Body had the floor cut out and replaced with heavier steel. A custom lid was made which opens using a modified tailgate latch and heavy duty lift struts. On top of the trailer sits a large Serengeti Rooftop tent.(

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1969 CJ-5 Camper Brochure **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Camping, Features

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

Here’s a rare jeep Camper brochure.

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Craig’s ‘new’ Trav-L-Aire Camper

• CATEGORIES: Camping, FC150-FC170-M677, Features

After a 570 mile journey, Craig nabs himself “the ever elusive FC-170 with the ‘Jeep’ Factory Approved “Trav-L-Aire Camper.” See a brochure about the camper here. You can read more about the purchase at the Forward Control Forum. Congrats Craig.

Here are some exclusive pics:

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1957 Diesel Truck w/Camper Top St. George, UT **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Willys Trucks • TAGS: .

UPDATE:  **Status Unknown** Was on eBay

This is unusual.  It could use some work.

“1957 Willys Diesel Truck this Truck has the Mitsubishi 6DR5 factory straight 6 cylinder Turbo Diesel conversion with less than 25,000 miles on it. It gets 30 miles per gallon and is very dependable. It has a brand new 4 core radiator, has a block heater, new starter, alarm on motor compartment, Stock t 90 transmission know as the twin stick, it has a Warn overdrive splitter that splits all gears, so makes this truck a 6 speed, electric air horn, spot light, 6000 pound American made (Portland Oregon) Bellevue Winch with a 135-1 ration, dual batteries $250 each, duel tanks, UHF and VHF two way radio with a scanner This truck has had two owners, and has 55,000 original miles. This is an original Nevada truck and has no rust except for the drivers door and I have another door. Call if you would like more info.”

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A Couple Willys Trucks

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Features, Unusual, Willys Trucks

Robin emailed me the other day asking how rare Willys trucks with tow packages are.  Before answering her question, I did some searches to make sure my answer, which was yes, was correct.  That’s when I came across these two pictures.  One is a beautiful Willys Tow Truck and the other is entirely odd ball.

This is a picture that is being auctioned on eBay:

This image was taken by Randy Brown on February of 2010:

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1920 Trip of 25,000 Miles

• CATEGORIES: Camping, Features, Trips, Unusual

A few days ago in Omaha Ann took me to a favorite local chain called PepperJax.  Somebody decided to turn the concept of a buritto shop — where the customer moves down from station to station as someone builds their burrito — into a philly steak shop.  So, you can get steak over rice, in a sandwich, in a salad, and more.  It was quite good, with the bun made fresh minutes before my sandwich was built and piled high with steak.

After devouring my sandwich, I was admiring some of the old pictures hanging on the wall when I spotted this interesting photo.  I tried to find more information about it, but the story escaped my searches.  A caption underneath the picture states the image was of an Auto Camp taken September 23, 1920 at Elmwood Park in Omaha, Nebraska,.  On the car, which appears to sport all metal spoke wheels (or maybe part wood), were the following phrases:

2. 25,000 Miles in 1 YR
3. OVER – 11,000 M in 3 months
4. over 5,000 towns and cities
5. ______ OR BUST (I couldn’t make out the first word).

The car is pretty strange.  There must be a good story here.  Below is the whole picture followed by a closeup of the car.

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1960 FC-170 Pueblo, Co **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Camping, FC150-FC170-M677, Unusual

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

The camper isn’t original to the FC, but fits pretty well I think.

“This is a forward control FC-170 (1-ton) that has a camper built on the back.  It was converted to a camper sometime in the early seventies.  The interior of the camper has new paint, counters and cushions. It makes into two double beds and two single so it sleeps a total of six. Has original 1950s propane stove with an oven (there is a normal removable propane tank in an exterior compartment).  Gas and DC lights, ice box and sink.  The water tank has been removed but there is a place underneath to mount a tank.  The engine was changed at some point and replaced with a 302 Ford V-8.  The engine fires up and sounds good.  The truck drives fine but has been parked for quite some time.  I purchased from the person who had built the camper and had owned it for many years.  He had used it for camping with the family and hunting but not in recent years due to his age.  There is an overdrive unit that goes with the vehicle but needs to be repaired and was removed.  I was told by the previous owner that the windshield was recently replaced and it does appear to have been.  The tires are pretty old and hard.  There is also a set of black spoked 15″ rims are included. There is also a box of misc. gaskets and parts included.  The truck has quite a bit of power with the V-8 and would probably get up just about anywhere and has plenty of clearance.  There were not many of these trucks made and they have become very collectible.  As you can see from the photos the paint is faded but there does not appear to be any serious corrosion anywhere.”

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1951 M-38 Hemet, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Camping, M-38 • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

The seller provides a long, detailed list about this jeep.  It also includes a food storage box  (grub box).  I think that is a custom top.

“It has a 4-speed gearbox with the lowest gear ratio of 6:1.  The 4-cylinder, 2.3 liter Ford engine was rebuilt less than 5,000 miles ago.  The Saturn overdrive was rebuilt about 1,500 miles ago.  It was purchased by the current non-smoking owner in 1977 and complete maintenance records are included.  The jeep is fully operational, licensed through January 2012 and can be driven as is . . .  visit the bay ad to learn more.”

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1969 CJ-5 w/ Camper Harpers Ferry, WV **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Camping, CJ5, Features • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

“We have a 1969 Jeep CJ Camper They only made 336 of these  I have found on the  internet there only a hand ful of them left. they are rare as hens teeth. this a V6 engine with a three speed trans. It needs a complete restoration as you can see from the pics. it is being sold on a Bill of sale only it looks to be about 95% complete we do see it is missing some hub caps/ gear shifter knob/ some camper parts/  It did run when parked any questions please call me my name is Dannon”