Monday, March 12, 2012

Classic Campers: Del-Rey Tri-Level Sky Lounge and Kamp King demonstrating the strength of their camper’s construction

Once again, we’re taking a turn off the interstate of multi-tasking, no time to smell the roses madness, to the old two lane highway of yesteryear Smile

This time visit is fairly short and sweet, namely another of the amazing pieces of Truck Camper engineering that came out during the 60s and 70s when Americans had gotten the RVing bug bad, the Del-Rey Tri-Level Sky Longue Truck Camper. 

 

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Very little information exists on these mammoth and amazing forgotten truck campers, at current, I only have this one brochure page and this photo below. 

 

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I did have a link to an ad for one, but I failed to store any of the pictures of the inside of this old girl before the Craigslist ad expired. 

So, I’m going to try and summarize this unit as best as I can.  The Sky Lounge was another of the truck camper models that had a set of seats in the front of the cab over for passengers to ride and view the road going by, this was counted as Level 2, the first level being the main kitchen and living area in the bed of the truck.

The third level comes in as you can see in the brochure where there’s a raised platform behind the seats for the extra bed, which is actually located at level with the roof over the main living area, so you’re actually sleeping above the kitchen, giving you the extra space for a third bed in a time before slide outs.

So, if you ever see one of these rigs up for grabs, get it and preserve it, there’s just so few of these amazing marvels left anymore. 

Now, before we close this topic, I promised to add a little more in on my ever growing collection of memorabilia pertaining to the Kamp King truck camper line from McNamee Coach Corp. 

Like a lot of truck camper manufacturers over the years, many of the greats (a lot of whom are only memories, now) have demonstrated the true ruggedness of their units using some amazing feat of excessive load or strain. 

Six-Pac did it by placing a dually one ton pickup truck with an 8’ six-pac camper in it’s bed on the roof of one of their big truck campers (which they don’t make anymore).

McNamee did something similar with their Kamp King, they placed everyone from the shop on the roof of one of their campers Smile.

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18 comments:

  1. I just love that picture of the Del Ray and the Dodge Camper Special -- I have a truck similar (1968) and the picture of something like it with the Del Ray is just awesome. Would love to own one of course. Thansk so much for putting the effort into posting it here. --kevinh

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    1. Not a problem, I try to keep track of all the old Classic Campers, one thing I will be doing is driving past the old KIT Factory in Caldwell, ID, where my camper was born.

      The company stayed around, though under a different name, until 2008 when they finally folded.

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    2. Kevinh - i just bought one in excellent condition, BUT i only really wanted the truck that was under it...would definately consider selling the camper. it is very, very cool, but i'm a big guy and afraid i'll wreck it...

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    3. I'd like o buy one. Email me at santjim@gmail.com

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    4. I've had campers for 43 years and never seen the Del Rey tri-level before last week. Like an RV mirage in the remote desert--one appeared.
      But, alas, it was an abandoned derelict. I would like a nice one, if you could help?
      thedesertraven@gmail.com

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  2. I have a 10-foot tri-level for sale in great usable shape. On a 1984 C-20. Everything works. All original manuals. in Vermony ready for hunting. Check it out at http://nh.craigslist.org/rvs/3294944402.html

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    1. Do you still have the camper I would buy it please email me zcowan88@Gmail.com. Thanks Zach

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  3. Sorry, I mean it's a Sky Lounge model. People salute when I drive by.

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  4. thanks for posting the del rey, would like to find on also.. joel in michigan up

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  5. Your blog has a good source of information regarding truck campers.This is very useful web page and I will analyze out this web page again later on.

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  6. I bought one last year, and sold it to a friend. He has never done anything with it, so I'm buying it back from him next week. It's just too wet to get it out of his yard right now. I believe it's the Imperial model. My friends called it the SS Minnow when it was at my house before.
    Greg NC

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  7. i am roby mcnamee grandson of mearle mcnamee the first patent for a pickup camper was given to him he is in the rv hall of fame mcnamee coach corporation was a family ran business my father built the campers and motorhomes i would love a camper also

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    1. I have a 60s white blue w black accents kamp king in great condition.
      I also have the 67 two tone white and blue ford that it was bought for also available.
      email for details and photos yahovel@gmail.com

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  9. My father owns a Kamp King just like the one in the photo above. He is considering selling it. We were considering getting it appraised. It was interesting to read that McNamee petitioned Ford, and other truck companies, to build a special truck (Ford camper special), which my dad also has, in order to withstand the weight of the vehicle. We have fond memories of sitting up in the second level while driving thru Yosemite in the summers.

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    1. Please let me know if you still have the delray. Truck camper my email is zcowan88@Gmail.com

      Thanks, Zach

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  10. I happened to come across this blog purely by accident, but am I glad I did. For years, I would tell people about a camper that slid onto the back of a pickup truck that had seats over the cab for the people to view the road while traveling. I was often told there was no such animal. Of course, back then, there was no internet, so I could not prove my claim. Thanks for posting this.

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