DiMola crew camps out in attic rubbish removal job
Attention all former (or current) hippies and flower children: I think you’ll like this one.
I found this Open Road Pickup Camper model, which is in a brand new box and has never been put together. Judging by the pickup truck, I’d say this was produced in the late 1960s, because it’s certainly a camper that you wouldn’t see on the road today.
One of the things I love about this item is that the back doors slide and the exterior deck folds down, just like it would on a real camper.
The box boasts:
“FOR THE FIRST TIME…A FULL-SIZE CAMPER WITH EVERYTHING INCLUDING THE KITCHEN SINK!”
I’m noticing that items like this one are selling on eBay for as much as $100. Other similar items, including models of convertible corvets and Camaros, are going for anywhere from $30 to $120.
The actual Open Road campers that you would attach to a pickup truck in the 1960s cost something like $5,000 (that would be more than $35,000 today). For those of you that aren’t familiar with exactly how these things work, a truck camper is an RV that slides easily onto the bed of a pickup truck. You can put it on whenever you want and you can take it off whenever you want — it’s easy and convenient.
And according to a bit of online research from eHow.com, “The first ‘truck camper’ of note was the “war truck” used by General John J. Pershing in his pursuit of Poncho Villa into Mexico in 1916. It had cots and a cooking stove. The chassis cost $3,650, a staggering amount for that time. It was later purchased by Henry B. Joy, one of the investors in the Packard Motor Car Company for use as a personal camper. The vehicle is now on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.”
I found the model truck camper in an attic rubbish removal job, one of my all-time favorite types of jobs because people tend to leave some of their most amazing, yet most underrated, possessions in the attic for storage. A lot of times, when people store this stuff in their attics, they completely forget about it. And then when it comes time to move, rather than taking the time to sort through it, organize it, and re-evaluate what they want to keep and what they want to dispose of, they end up just trashing everything. And that’s where I come in.