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Old 11-30-2015, 08:01 AM   #1
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Lost my scamp 19 to fire.

Well the bad is we lost our 19 foot scamp 5th wheel to a devastating fire. Nothing but frame rails left. The good, I have a fiberglass truck bed camper that I have never seen on the forum. Now I have a reason to start the restore on it. It is called a Ford American Roads. It was made by starcraft for 1 year only. 1973. Less that one thousand made. Here are a few pics. I am lucky and have found all the original paperwork and manual

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Old 11-30-2015, 10:00 AM   #2
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One door closes, another opens! Great project. Be sure to take before & after photos.
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Old 11-30-2015, 10:12 AM   #3
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Sorry for your loss, but happy for your gain. What an awesome find!

Have fun during what I'm certain is going to be an enjoyable restoration.
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Old 11-30-2015, 10:21 AM   #4
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I lost a tremendous amount of "things" when our pole barn went up in flames the middle of the night over Memorial Day weekend. Almost lost both the house and the egg, but our 15# schnoodle woke us up and saved the day.

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Old 11-30-2015, 03:16 PM   #5
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That's awesome looking!
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Old 11-30-2015, 05:40 PM   #6
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Very nice find, from the measurements on the floor plan it looks like you got a lot more room in that thing than we do in our 13' Boler! Just curious, how much does that sucker weigh?
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Old 11-30-2015, 05:45 PM   #7
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The manual that came with it says 2,900 pounds. I do not have a truck large enough to use as a truck bed camper so I am going to build a custom double axle trailer for is and use the space under the front bed and enclose it for a huge storage area for table chairs and coolers. At least that is the plan for now.

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Old 11-30-2015, 05:57 PM   #8
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There is some information on the internet that indicates the Ford American Road units were extremely well built high end units. You have a real gem there.
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Old 11-30-2015, 06:06 PM   #9
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Thanks Jack L. I have registered mine on the ford American road page a gentleman started. A few of use have done so. And yes they say they were way ahead of the times for 73. Mine is number 617 or close to it, I forget the exact number right now. But thay is out of only a thousand or so built. Only one year. I can tell you dor sure the shell is built like a tank. No cracks or spider webbing anywhere that I can see.

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Old 11-30-2015, 08:46 PM   #10
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Truck camper

How great is this camper! It takes the sting out of your loss I hope, especially if you had insurance. Enjoy!
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The manual that came with it says 2,900 pounds. I do not have a truck large enough to use as a truck bed camper so I am going to build a custom double axle trailer for is and use the space under the front bed and enclose it for a huge storage area for table chairs and coolers. At least that is the plan for now.

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Hi: Heath G... Sorry about the Scamp. Fire is final... but seems you're onto phase two already!!!
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Sorry to hear about the 19 Heath. What caused the fire? I put a small cabover on a truckbed trailer long ago. It worked out fine and your cargo trailer is a lot lower than the set up I had.
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Old 12-01-2015, 12:04 AM   #13
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those are quite common in British Columbia

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Well the bad is we lost our 19 foot scamp 5th wheel to a devastating fire. Nothing but frame rails left. The good, I have a fiberglass truck bed camper that I have never seen on the forum. Now I have a reason to start the restore on it. It is called a Ford American Roads. It was made by starcraft for 1 year only. 1973. Less that one thousand made. Here are a few pics. I am lucky and have found all the original paperwork and manual

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: maybe not that make but quite a few companies build almost alike that one. One needs a 34 to 1 ton truck to carry all that weight, to hard on a half ton or short box.
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Old 12-01-2015, 04:56 AM   #14
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Hi Alf. Nice to hear from you and thanks. Going to take a ton of work but should be worth it. I think the worst part was lost all my hunting gear that my wife got me for our anniversary. But it is all just stuff. We had it parked at a family friends hunting cabin. The cabin had a chimney fire that started on a day the wind was blowing around 50 mph. Blew the flame right over the camper. Lost the cabin amd the camper in one shot.

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