Posts Tagged ‘Del-Ray truck camper’

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With the Del-Ray firmly anchored in the box of the GMC dually, we headed for Milford MI last Thursday for the Tin Can Tourists Spring Rally.  We spent the the three days prior to that frantically cleaning, packing and getting ready, and spending all our allowance money on 6 new tires for the truck.  It seemed like a big expense, but the peace of mind riding on 6 new tires, opposed to 6 ancient, weather-checked ones was worth every penny.  On the plus side, I’ll never have to buy tires for the truck again!

At any rate, the truck and camper were a hit once we got there, much to my surprise.  We  had a line of people to see it Thursday and Friday, received many complements and what we think is a pretty serious offer to buy the camper.  All in all it was a successful trip, if you don’t count the the roof vent over the bed leaking (of course, it had to be over the bed…) during a torrential downpour on Saturday.  It’s cozy and comfortable for two people, although accommodating the six it’s capable of sleeping wouldn’t be nearly as much fun in the rain…

We answered a ton a questions about it, and I’ve compiled the top ten answers to those questions here, so you don’t have to ask:

10.  About 2500 lbs., empty.  We think.

9.  Yes, it rides very nice with the camper in the  back.

8.  No, it doesn’t seem tippy at all.

7.  We don’t know, but it’s older than 1967 according to the “Expo ’67” sticker in the rear window of the camper.

6.  Elkhart Indiana.

5.  Yes, that is 21,000 original miles on the truck.

4.  We’ve had the truck since 1982.

3.  Yes, it’s comfortable, and yes, the fridge works.

2.  7.9 mpg.

1.  7.9 mpg.

We had a great time, and happily, gas is cheap right now, although it’s only 110 miles from our house to Milford.  The Del-Ray attracts a lot of attention, and the whole rig is,  I must admit, eye catching in a really funky, kitchey sort of way.  We had lots of people relate stories of traveling with their grandparents or aunts and uncles as kids, riding in the bunk looking out the panoramic windows.  It’s rewarding to be complimented, and kind of fun to be reminded you don’t have to break the bank to have fun with vintage campers and funky old trucks.

Camp on!

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Faithful readers will remember that for reasons known only to myself and an excess of disposable income, last summer I bought a mid 60’s “Del-Ray” truck camper.  Why, I have  hard time explaining, but it certainly looks neat in the back of my GMC dually, and it might actually get used someday.

We had it stored for winter in my Dad’s shop, whose roof a couple of weeks ago partially collapsed from snow load.  In order to clean up and rebuild, I had to get the camper out, and it’s now setting in the back of the GMC,  with the plow on the front and chains on the rear tires for plowing.  As it’s setting in my driveway, and the weather was decent today, I made a trip to Home Depot, spent my Christmas gift card money, and got some vinyl trim to finish up the new ceiling I’d put in last fall.

I’m happy with the results, and while I need to figure out how to finish up the front windows and get a couple more sticks of trim, it looks really nice now.   Still on the “to do list” is the center cushion for the booth, mount and plumb the new water tank and demand pump, and some “Panel Magic” or “Liquid Gold” on the cabinetry and paneling, but it’s useable and looks pretty cool now.

What will we do with it?  Well, a trip up north would be fun towing the Chris Craft, and we certainly could use it for camping and some short trips, but I really haven’t figured out what we’ll do with it once it’s finished.

I’m sure we’ll think of something.

The mighty "Del-Ray" Imperial 90.

The mighty “Del-Ray” Imperial 90.

From the bunk, looking rearward.

From the bunk, looking rearward.

Ceiling trim.

Ceiling trim.

Looking up from the door forward.

Looking up from the door forward.

Galley.

Galley.

The dinette.

The dinette.