History, Photos, and General Info
Well, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Ray Horner, and I
own a 1984 13' U-Haul Camper 3906 CT. My web-page is devoted to the
restoration, preservation, and history of the U-Haul Camper. Do you have a
U-Haul Camper? Do you have photos of your U-Haul? Or do you have any
relevant info that may be of use? Below is a photo of my camper at the end
of the summer of 2001, it is almost done, it was still in primer. The
below photo is taken on the lakeshore of the Indiana Dunes. Also, if you
are looking for any infomation about the U-Haul Camper, just ask!!! It is
considered a "kissin cousin" of the Burro, but depite myth it was actually
manufactured by a subsidary company of U-Haul called Rec Vee: Vacation Adventure
which was the rv subdivision of the parent company U-Haul. There were two
models the 13' CT and a 16' VT. Most of the CT Campers were produced at
Dayton Trailer Mfg. Co., Youngstown Trailer Mfg. Co., and the Tempe Trailer Mfg. Co., located in the respective cities. I have seen various years 1984, 1985, 1986, and 1987, and reports of a few as late as 1988.
There were two types of frames used for production. Most are made on a
circular steel tube frame (which is the original design frame), and some
produced with a square tube steel frame. The later were frames that were
used in the production of the U-Haul Rental Utility Trailers. There is also the rumor that U-Haul purchased the original molds from Burro when the Burro Trailer Company first went bankrupt, but this is also unsubstantiated myth. Even if U-Haul had purchased the molds from Burro, U-Haul still would have had to develop a new plug, mold, and master for the fiberglass process. The U-Haul Camper was
designed by John Gladfelter. I have no other information on this man.
Although, the campers are titled from 1984-1987 (or up to 1988) they were
only produced between 1984 and 1985. When U-Haul decomissioned the Rec Vee fleet of campers in 1992, U-Haul offered these units to
the public, the Campers had to be re-titled to be sold. Which accounts for first U-Haul Camper Trailer I had seen on Cassapolis Street, Elkhart, IN at a local used RV dealer in 1992. Of what I do
know from information obtained during a conversation with a regional field manager, at one point in time the company U-Haul was so cheap it would not
pay for their managers to stay in motels; so the managers would have to hitch up a
camper to take to sleep in when they had to make a delivery to another U-Haul Center.
I also have followed the various forums for Burro, Bolerama, and Casita,
FiberglassRV, And Scamp. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
1984-1985 U-haul Camper
3906 Ct Web-site.
Window ? & More Info
The window is original as is the whole
trailer. All U-Haul campers look like this. The lines on the U-Haul are
very different from the Burro. U-haul also added the independent torsion
suspension versus a straight axle. This makes for a very smooth ride
without any sway to the camper. You hardly notice it when you are towing.
Although the original color was an off sail white, mine was in primer when
I took that photo. The camper was in fair condition when I bought it, it
had been repainted so, I stripped it down to the original gelcoat, a lot
of sanding, and fiberglass repair. You never know what you are going to
find under old paint. Well, someone had used bondo for a few quick
repairs, so I had to remove that and do some real fiberglass repairs to
the unit. Hopefully, I would like to have it repainted the original off
sail white color with a clearcoat finish. I am looking at a few corvette
shops to do the painting for me. Although, I could probably paint it, but
I want to be perfect about it. I have various photos of the original
U-Haul Campers with all the original decals, but I am opting for a new
color scheme. Since, I live in Elkhart, IN; there are several RV salvage
yards close at hand, and I have found some wonderful detail striping to
apply to the front, and on the sides of the camper. Since we like
country-western music, Deb used a blue material with a horse motif for the
curtains, and we have to replace the seatcovers on the cushions. Most of
all the other hard work is done. I spent from June to October of 2001,
working on the camper everday after work and on the weekends to do all
that I had wanted to do to the U-Haul Camper. I will be uploading more
photos to my web-site as time permits, I finally had to break down and buy
a new computer to replace my old Compaq 2200 that I had been using since
1995. It was old but served my purpose for a very long time. But a year
ago I had problems, and it would not let me use my scanner. And I had to
bite the bullet and get a new computer. The last few days I have scanned
quite a few photos. I didn't get to go camping much this past summer, only
had it out once in June of 2002. And I was sidelined from a knee injury, and spent
two months in bed, followed by other health complications, so another
month in bed, and I have been recuperating since Oct. Where did that
summer go? But, my other half said next summer we will make it up, and go
camping as often as possible. Enclosed is a photo of the camper as was
listed on the CasitaClub page. This was before I bought it!!! I had
originally posted numerous notes on RV Trader, and the other forums WTD:
U-Haul Camper, and out of the blue, a gentleman from outside of Columbus,
Ohio called me up, and said he had a '84 U-Haul Camper. $1000.00 and it's
yours. I returned his call, and told him I was on my way. We drove from
Elkhart, IN to a little east of Columbus, Ohio to go pick up the U-Haul
Camper. It looked pretty sad at the time, but I saw the potential. I have
worked in the RV Industry and have a wiide variety of resources at hand.
It even had the original tires on it. It even had the original fire
extinguisher dated from 1984. The gentleman I had bought it from was going
to work on it, but was unable to, so to speak. I know he ended up buying a
newer casita just for the name. Anyway, we drove from outside of Columbus,
to New Concord, Ohio, and parked the camper in my aunt's backyard and
stayed overnight. The next day we brought our *Little Hauler* home. Which
was a task in itself, I had a title, but we had no plate/no registration
on the camper. We were really amazed that we didn't get pulled over. But,
we sure did get a lot of looks as we drove across I-70. Even when we
stopped at severals places on the way home, someone was always a little
curious and wanted to see the camper. Even, with the *old tires* I was
amazed we got it home safe and sound, as the tires were very weather worn
and cracked on the outside, but being the Goodyear Tires that U-Haul uses
they are a higher grade to regular trailer tires. It made the trip; and I
would do all over again if I had to. My S-10 extended cab pulled this
camper without a problem at 65-70 MPH on the highway. Other notes, the
bumper was originally painted black, however I stripped it, and it was a
beauitful aluminum bumper. It polished up very nicely. The wheels/rims had
also been painted black, the original color was off sail white, but I
opted for a true white paint, when I refinished the rims. I had also
stripped and repainted the propane tank, but that will have to bee retired
and/or retrofitted with the new valve. The intereseting fact about most of
all U-Haul campers, is that they once had Property of U-Haul markings on
the windows, frame, propane tank, rims, and even the tires! Although once
sold off, the frame was stamped *NOT* before the *Property of U-Haul* on
the frame. My camper did not have an original Identification tag, but most
others I have seen and/or have inspected personally all have the ID tag on
the front left hand side at the bottom of the side marker. This usaully
indicates where the camper was produced. Campers I have seen: One located
in Elkhart, IN in the year 1992 when I first moved to Elkhart, it was at a
local used RV Dealership. One originally located on the outskirts of East
Liverpool, Ohio-now located in the town of Follansbee, WV.
owned by Chuck Carr (interesting fact is that the camper he bought is
the one I spotted driving down Route 7 going into East Liverpool. It was
on the Old Route 7. I almost bought that camper.);Richard
Tates, of Michigan; Ray Brock's, of the Thunder Bay area, Michigan; One
located northeast of Grand Rapids, (this was a square tube frame camper;
One located in White Pigeon, Michigan painted Silver; but was in need of
major fiberglass repair. Used by a trucker for sleeping quarters. And I
have various photos from fellow U-Haulers that I do converse with online.
Hopefully, I can finish the U-Haul, and finish my other current project
which is on hold. I bought and old 1974 Dodge Camper Van. I gutted it, put
on another top, put in a new floor, and have yet to finish it. It is the
same off sail white color. I thought it would be a little more nostalgic
to pull the U-Haul with something different. And maybe someday, I can buy
another U-Haul Camper to restore just for the sake of preservation of this
unique little camper. My *Little Hauler* 3906 CT 1454!
U-Haul more info/links
at Dunewoods National Park, Michigan City, IN
at Indiana Dunes Lakeshore Drive
at Pokagon State Park, IN in mid October, 2001 just of I-80 near I-69
Most if not all U-Haul Campers have an off olive green
colored molded cabinet doors which is most plastic over plywood-(neat
idea!), door bumper, it is indeed marked on all the marker lenses, as well
as the tail-lights. Don't ever back up and break a tail-light lens, it is
about the only item that is irreplaceable unless you intend on more
fiberglass work, and installing another lens of some sort similar to the
Burro. I have been looking fo something similar with the same curvature,
but to no avail. The marker lights can replaced, the complete rear
tri-bar, and the individual marker lights are still available from the
manufacturer that supplies U-Haul.
The major difference between a 1984 and
1985 model was the use of fiberglass cabinet liners in the upper cabinets
over the sink/stove, the cabinet under the sink. There should be a
fiberglass storage liner for the right and left front seat compartment,
and the right rear seat compartment. The original stove vent also has
U-Haul imprinted in the metal. Most other items had U-Haul label/stickers
in one form or another, refer to your manual I sent you; and there is a
list. In some of the campers I have seen, the front bunks have also been
Photo of me and my Little Hauler
Couldn't resist, here is a photo of
me, that Deb took while we were camping at Pokagon State Park in late
October of 2001. This is what it is really all about. To get away from it
all. When we arrived at the park, the electric/water area was packed. But,
no need for that we; opted to the primitive section where there were few
and far between campers, but numerous spaces available. I use two diesel
truck batteries, and the solar panel keeps them charged fairly well; I
only have to plug-in to recharge the batteries before a lengthy stay-over,
and the 5 gallon fresh water storage is ample enough. I could have changed
the fresh water holding tank, but there was no need. Althoug, one thing I
was working on was adding an auxillary shower on the shower where the
original fresh water hook-up compartment is. I am going to use the space
under the right front seat compartment to install a water heater. In case,
there was ever a need!!!
more U-Haul info......
Some more interesting tidbits for U-Haul
enthusiasts. The original table was made of fiberglass, off sail white in
color. Most of the campers I have seen all have original fiberglass
tables. One drawback is that the edges are easily chipped and/or may have
cracked. Mine was in the condition, repairable - maybe. I replaced my
original table with an exact replica, but made of solid maple with a
clearcoat finish. This is what I currently have in the camper for everday
camping. For show purposes, I made a second table which is made of the
same corian material that I had used for the overlay on my countertop. The
only drawback to using and exact replica of the table (refering to the
size), it is difficult to get up and sit down without moving the table out
of the way. For practicality, I am thinking of a third but smaller table
for those rainy days, when you do have to go inside and sit just to made
it a little easier. No spare tire carrier? When traveling, I lay the spare
tire on the floor in the rear, and travel with the table down, and the bed
made and ready. I also carry an extra table pole. I obtained a piece of
the aluminum hardware that the table pole mounts into the floor with. I
drilled a three bolt pattern, added stainless steel bolts with
thumbscrews, and mounted the hardware on the rim of the spare tire. If I
ever happen to be where there are no picnic tables, or I need an extra
table, I can always roll out the spare, if the need arises. Another item,
original seat compartment covers are of the same olive drab color used on
the cabinet doors and closet doors but made made of 1/4 inch plastic. I
removed mine, and put them in storage. I made replacements of these
compartment covers using 1/2 inch cabinet grade luan. Although, the
original seat compartment covers were made of plastic and more durable,
they were not very sturdy in my opinion. The cabinet grade luan is yet
lightweight, but provides more strength than that of the original plastic
seat compartment covers.. Going back to what I have already
stated......here's a short list of what is obsolete, and what can still be
Original Replacement Furnace - obsolete, repair the one you have,
or opt to replace with a new furnace such as the one manufactured by
Suburban, and expect to do more fiberglass repair and drill and two new
exhaust holes. Most of the newer furnaces porduced have two vents to the
exterior, versus the single exhaust hole as on most original U-Haul
Campers. If you know of an existing U-Haul Furnace that someone does not
want, feel free to contact me. I can always use a spare for parts!!!!
Spare - Well, if you need a spare, you better head off to your nearest
U-Haul Service Center, and explain the situation that you own a U-Haul
Camper, and need to buy a rim. Most managers will be more than helpful.
The rim is indeed unique to the U-Haul Camper, but is the same as used on
the open trailers that U-Haul uses for rentals. The tire on the other
hand, U-Haul will not sell you a spare tire as the Goodyear tires that are
manufactured for U-Haul are not for public sale. Good Luck if you want to
try, I tried, but to no avail as I wanted to maintain the originality of
the U-Haul Camper. But, (the wheel) rim is obtainable only through a
Sink - Standard RV sink, can be obtained new or used.
New can also be purchased at RV Surplus for less than the price of new.
Faucet - Three way rv water faucet. This model is still available. It is
available from Leisure Components. Triple Action Hand Pump Dalyrv.com
shows the Leisure Components pump as: Triple Action Hand Pump: 86-8067 -
Hand Pump Price: $47.39 86-8094 - Repair Kit Price: $19.69 Or you may want
to consider this faucet, if you do not need an electric pump/faucet. If
you use this faucet, you will need a Shur-Flo Pump. Unless, you intend
extended stays only at campgrounds with water/electric will you need this.
An aternative as shown below: This sells for around $30.00 Look at my mini-kithcen.
Valterra Rocket Hand Pump Faucet
Stove, Stove Cover,
and Range Hood - Stove is Standard, and there are several brands to choose
from, Atwood is a good one to pick. Most likely the Stove Cover will come
will the Stove. Rangehood Vent - An aluminum original with U-Haul
imprinted on it is obsolete, but a standard RV Rangehood made by Ventline
is available. You can also buy them in chrome aluminum, or in painted
finishes of white or off-white.
Icebox - original icebox has the olive drab door with
u-Haul label. It is obsolete. I have seen a conversion with a standard
*dorm size* referigerator. Although, that is electric only. Norcold makes
a suitable replacement which is a three way refrigerator. Electric,
Propane, & 12V so if you are traveling on the road, you can keep your
goodies cold to enjoy. Take at look at the Norcold 322/323 model.
Power Converter/Charger - This is available new.
Believe it or not, I found an exact identical power converter/charger, but
with the U-Haul logo. If you existing power converter is good, there is no
need to replace it. But if yours is missing, you do have options
available. This is an expensive item. Be prepared to shell out a few extra
bucks for this one.
Door Lock - the door lock is still available and is
manufactured by Bargman. The model is BARGMAN L-300 SERIES MOTORHOME LOCK.
I found one new in box, with original key tags for $25.00. Nice if you are
trying to upgrade the appearance of your camper. New from RV Store can run
anywhere from $75. - $100.
I originally had thought about a screen door such as those illustrated on these two links. However, my plan for a screen door is to use snaps/rivets. and sew upa screen door. I want to be able to install it on the inside of the camper, and be able to unroll, and snap it closed. That way, I can enjoy a comfortable nap leaving the door open.
Cabinet Hinges - these are standard and can be
easily replaced, if you do decide to replace, you may want to consider
stainless steel screws when you re-install your new hinges. Can be found
at most hardware stores. Manufactured by Amerock. www.amerock.com
Cabinet Door/Closet Door Thumblocks - these are standard and if yours
are pitted from age, you can easily replace these. Can be obtained at most
hardware stores. Very nice, especially if you have the original upper
cabinet inner liners. Tail-light Lens Assembly - obsolete!!! (Don't break
it backing up into something!!!) It is irreplaceable. You can intend on
some major fiberglass repair and install tail-lights of your coice or
something in the style of an older burro.
Single Marker and Three Marker
Tri Bar - still available from the original manufacturer that supplys
U-Haul. Arrow Safety Devices Single Marker Clearance Light - 071 Series
Three Marker Clearance Light Tri Bar - 073-00
Considering the age of the U-Haul
Camper is is a wise investment to install new clearance lights, and tri
bar. Visibilty and safety is the key. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Reminder, clearance marker lens are plastic, and with age they can be
brittle, and crack.
As I stated previously, I am working on finding a
replacement for the window felt. Deb, my girlfriend worked for a major rv
company service department, and we have a product that we found that is
similar, but we are working on finding a source. If, however you feel the
need, you can most likely replace all your windows/frames and upgrade to
newer windows. I have many resources available, and can be of assistance
if you need or want to go that route. Could be costly, only for sghipping,
but hey; if you are every in the neighborhood of Elkhart, IN; I would be
more than happy to show you around to any of the RV surplus/salvage yards
in the area. Most of these places have items they have obtained from the
areas rv manufactuers. Some of the item can be found new in boxes!!!!
Also, the thing you see that covers the seam of your whole trailer. This
is called Trimlock, it is still available. So, if yours is worn and
weathered, it is replaceable. It is also available in a smaller version.
For those of you who do not have cabinet liners, this is a nice item to
add to the opening of you cabinets. It will prevent you from being
scratched by the raw fiberglass edges. As an example look at your furnace
opening, it is covered with TrimLock. Then if you do not have the cabinet
liners, this as I said is a nice addition and improvement to your camper.
Also, can be installed on your closet opening as well!
Tank - obsolete, because of new laws, you will either have to buy a new
propane tank, hoses, connections, in order to enjoy your stove &
furnace, or retrofit your tank with a new valve. IMHO, you are better off
buying a new tank. Other than that, your U-Haul Camper is fairly simple.
Definiton of an RV is a unit manufactured comprised of parts made by
another company. Except, for the Furnace cover, and the Rangehood Vent
that are imprinted with words U-Haul. And the rim and the tail-light
assembly. All the other items can be replaced at a reasonable cost. Did I
Another photo I thought I would add this, here's another photo of an
original U-Haul Kitchen with the Aluminum Rangehood. Lights There were
only two light fixtures in the 13' U-Haul Camper, both are standard, and
are still available. The Thin-Lite #111 is an 8 watt (.9 amps) rectangular
fixture. Size is 12" x 4" x 1". Uses one F8T5/CW fluorescent tube
(furnished). 400 design lumens.
I tried to maintain the original appearance of the U-Haul, and used a quality high grade auto carpet for the floor. Since, the installation of the carpet, if and when I have to replace it, the next time, I think with a larger budget allowance, I would opt for a marine grade carpet which would be even more durable than the auto carpet. But the auto carpet has a nice feel to it than that of outdoor marine grade carpet. And then, here's a neat trick, if you notice the center line indent where the original ceiling carpet lays on the ceiling. I took 1/2 inch pink styrofoam insulation. Cut this into 2 inch by 2 foot pieces, and followed the curvature of the camper from the front window to the rear window. I glued these up using a silicone sealeant made for stryofoam applications. I was then able to install a lighter cabinet liner carpet to the ceiling using a Heavy Duty Spray Adhesive for Carpets by Nexx Dimension-Amrep, Inc. And the carpet lays evenly on the ceiling as opposed to how the carpet was cut and laid originally as depicted in the photo of the ceiling of your camper - Doodle. Sorry, no current photos of my finished product.
But, you can see how the carpet lays orignally, and I wanted the carpet to lay flush on the ceiling.
The later photo also depicts the Pla-Cool evaporative cooler installed on 1985 and later U-Haul Campers.
On my 1984, originally had standard vent. I opted for a newer fantastic vent fan with the Maxx-Air Vent Cover. See photo of my camper in orignal message and you can see the Maxx Air Cover! The Fantastic Vent Fan is perfect for the 13' U-Haul. Three-speed In/Out Fan works wonders in hot weather.
If you wondering why I am always asking questions, is that I intend to purchase a second U-Haul Camper in the future, and intend to restore it for the sake of preservation. I would also like to find a set of original seat cushions including the complete front bunk assembly, a furnace, an clean stove, stove rangehood, the outside water compatment door assembly in good condition. Too bad, I couldn't find a wrecked U-Haul Camper for parts!!!!
I would be chasing after the parts I could salvage!
Cabinet door locks
This is quite interesting....look at the photo of my mini kitchen,
then the photo of the U-Haul with an original kitchen.
different. The cabinet door locks are different. Most if not all of the
campers I have seen in person or through photos all have the standard
thumblocks. Look at a few more photos of two other U-Haul kitchens. From
the first photo, you get a glimpse of the thumblocks. But in both photos,
these photos show the cabinets have the liners as you can see them behind
the cabinet doors. Both photos, give you a better view of the original
sink and faucet, as well. And, the second photo gives a little glimpse of
the upper bunk set up! The cabinet liners were a feature that was added to
the U-Haul Camper in the 1985 model, most *original* 1984 models do NOT
have cabinet liners. They were added for the convenience of cleaning and
maintenance as these were RENTAL units. And the previous photo of the
ktichen without thumblocks, you can see this kitchen does not have the
cabinet liners which would indicate this is an *original* 1984 U-Haul. But
the drawback of the cabinet liners is that you do lose valuable storage
space. If you own a U-Haul Camper, what kind of cabinet door locks do you
have? Do you have the cabinet liners?
Here is the address:
Dayton Trailer Mfg. Co.
31 S Beckel St.
Dayton, Ohio 45403-1829
Ray Horner's 1984 U-HauL Camper MFG. Unknown. #3906-CT-1454
VIN #: 14HU08101EF318360
Location: Elkhart, IN, originally purchased east of Columbus,Ohio.
Official U-Haul Registry
Register your U-Haul Camper
Want to add your U-Haul Camper to the list?, E-mail me!
From this photo the *NOT U-haul
Property* is barely visible, but on the top in front of the propane tank
holder is where you will find your VIN stamped into the metal frame. This
is where I located mine after stripping off all of the paint. What was
interesting is that my number was 1454 and Ray Brock's was 1358. Mine is a
true 1984, and his was a 1985. Yet his CT # is lower than mine. Where was
your camper made? What was your U-Haul Rental Number?
Replacement Seat Cushions
Seat cushions are easily replaced especially
if you buy a firmer foam. Make patterns of your exisitng cushions using
cardboard. Outline your cushions. Proceed to cut out your cardboard
patterns. Then trace your various cushion patterns onto your cushion foam,
be sure to allow for extra spacing between cushions. Now, you should use
an electric knife to cut apart your cushions, do not cut out the cushion
on the pattern lines yet. Now comes the hard part, you will need a band
saw.... Proceed to cut the rubber foam on the pattern lines, be sure you
have a fine blade to do this. With a firm cushion you should be able to
cut the cushions with ease. Hope this helps!
Re: The hardest part about finding out about any information on the
U-Haul Campers is that the U-Haul Company itself, is not run by L.S.
Shoen, the founder, anymore. I emailed U-Haul via customer service using
the contents of this message, and this is a fine example of the canned
answer they respond with:
Dear Mr. Horner,
Thank you for contacting our Customer Service Department.
Yes you are correct, U-Haul discontinued the sale and rentals of our
Camper RV Fleet approximately 10 years ago. We are pleased to hear your
feedback with your satisfaction on the purchase of the Camper Trailer
made. The only information we can provide is a list of the following
companies that can assist you with any parts needed for the camper trailer
Your time and feedback is
Sincerely, Katy Arnold U-Haul Customer Service
Gee, they can't even spell Burro, how would they be able to supply any
other information on a camper they use to manufacture. I said it was
fruitless, it is like banging your head on a wall! Corporate America at
its BEST! Thank-you. Have a nice day!
I would like to have went to Dayton to inverstigate the address of the
Dayton Trailer Mfg. Co. I would have probably have tried to head that way
to Dayton, if we would have been in a situation where we could have went
camping this year. I would have like to have headed for Indian Lake....one
of the places I liked from my youth. I also like a lot of the caverns that
are in that stretch of the area of Ohio. I'm originally from the
Steubenville, Ohio-Weirton, WV area, and I was hoping to stop around
Youngstown sometime on one of my trips homeward bound. I have that address
somewhere, but not on hand. I originally also tried getting information
via the Ohio Historical Society. But that would have been costly for me.
Anyway, for those avid readers. Here's a look at a worn cover of my U-Haul
An original copy of the manual is available for sale @ $29.95 shipped.
There is a table post hole located in the rear of the trailer between
the seat compartments. But that usually has the aluminum hardware for the
post pole to fit into. In this photo, you can also see the original
TrimLock plastic material around the furnace opening as I was referring to
earlier. This is original to most U-Haul Campers. Oddly enough, I had see
a few with conversions to a front dinette table. They removed the upper
bunk assembly. Removed the full length cushions. Removed the center cover
between the two front seat compartments, installed the aluminum hardware
fitting to mount the pole, added a smaller table. And had new smaller
cushions made for each of the seat compartments, instead of the full
length cushion. What kind of floor are you going to install? I had seen
Richard Tate's (from Michigan) U-Haul, He added a tile floor. He installed
a thicker plywood, because of the uneven fiberglass floor of the U-Haul,
and the seam in the middle. The final product was indeed very nice, but
defeats the purpose of a lightweight camper. I can see doing this, but
adding a 1/8 inch or 1/4 inch sub-floor would be better suited for the
needs, then it can be covered with linoleum or tile. I met Richard when he
drove down from Michigan to show me his camper one day. It was great. I
took a lot of photos of his camper, too. I have yet to get them
Does anyone have any photos of their U-Haul Camper with the decals
still intact? I would love to see photos of the original decals on the
sides and rear of the camper. I had photos I had taken of Roy Brock's
Camper when I went to Alpena, MI on Thunder Bay, but I don't know whatever
happened to those either. Darn 35mm film containers keeps hidng all over
the place. Here's a view of an orignal Vacation Adventure decal of the
front of a U-Haul Camper. This is from Mark Esposito's U-Haul Camper.
Here's a photo of an original 1984 U-Haul Signal Stat Fire
Extinguisher. This was still in the fire extinguisher holder when I
purchased my 1984 U-Haul Camper. It even still had the tamper seal over
the nozzle. Although, I would have serious doubts about using this on a
fire, it is nice for original show purposes. I replaced it with a new fire
extinguisher, for safety reasons. Notice the discard immediately after use
date. 1984. A couple of useful sites inregards to fire extinguishers and
If you were wondering what kind of awning I had set up in the photo of
me and my camper. It is an EZ Up Awning, which is very simple to set up. I
couldn't see installing an awning onto the trailer. The EZ UP is suitable
for our purpose that we needed. This can be found at most sporting goods
outfitters like Dick's. When I found mine, I just happened to be in the
right place at the right time. I picked it up on clearance at one of the
local Targets for $45.00. Couldn't pass up a deal like that.
And I was curious to see what a Shady Boy Awning was.
Check out the VW Van Awning! It would be suitable for a boler, burro, casita, scamp, and of course a U-Haul Camper!
The hardest part about finding out about any information on the U-Haul Campers is that the U-Haul Company itself, is not run by L.S. Shoen, the founder, anymore. It is run by a son or grandson. And trying to get through to anyone, with any knowledge or interest in the history of the U-Haul Camper or knowledge of the RV Sub-division Vacation Adventure is fruitless. I think I said this before. But, I had tried and tried. Calling the company headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, and calling the Technical Service Center in Tempe, AZ. Basically, you end up getting the royal corporate run around.
Company headquarters U-Haul International, Inc.
2727 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Web site address www.uhaul.com
Investor relations email@example.com
Chief Executive Officer Edward "Joe" Shoen
U-Haul Technical Center – Tempe, AZ
U-Haul Technical Center, located in Tempe, Arizona, provides design, engineering and technical service for U-Haul equipment and products. Maintenance and repair assistance, purchasing supply support and product research and development are just a few of the many functions provided by U-Haul Technical Center.
U-HAUL TECHNICAL CENTER
11298 S. PRIEST
Customer Service: 1-800-789-3638
And trying to call customer service....well, what do you think?
It was only by accident that I happened to be in the right place, and ran into a regional field manager. His name was Leon Welch, Area Field Manager for Northern Indiana and South Cook County, Illionois. He was acually very informative. Although, most of the other information is common knowledge. I always liked history, and am kind of a history buff in some respects.
Part of what this field manager had said was that when the *old man* L.S. Shoen had started the Travel Adventure RV subdivsion with the Camper Rentals, he was running the company into the ground. So, eventually the Camper Rentals were not profitable to the company as a whole so the Camper Rentals ended, and the U-Haul Campers were sold off by by the company to the public. From, what I have found is that these units were acquired by individuals from local U-Haul dealers through out the country. While the majority have surfaced in or around the Toledo, Ohio, Columbus, Ohio, and the out-lying Detroit, MI area. From all the ads I have seen online since I originally started looking, I saw one located in Mississpi, several located through-out Ohio, and quite a few located all over Michigan. The other thing to consider is the who, what, where, and how philosphy. Who has these campers? What are they used for? (They could be used for regular camping, but also used by car show enthusiasts, by plane enthusiasts - the one I was looking at in Alpena, MI was owned by a gentleman who used his to go to the big annual airshow in Oshkosh, WI, or could be used by a Nascar fan who only attends races, or just sitting along the road side in someone's yard) Where are all these campers? Where is the original mold? Who has this? As, I have noted. This camper was manufactured by U-Haul itself. Anyway, I love my U-Haul Camper.
I wouldn't have it any other way. Even though, I live in the heart of the RV Capital of the World....I despise most of the RV manufacturers in the area, I think they have forgotten what camping is really all about, and have forgotten about the average guy. They make the trailers bigger and bigger, but affordability is out of the question!!!!! That is partially why I liked the U-Haul Camper. It is my way of thumbing up my nose at the RV Industry. Too bad my camper wasn't a Burro. I would love to have a bumper sticker that
says *Elkhart RV Industry can kiss my little ASS!*
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