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Old 03-19-2007, 10:14 AM   #1
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I thought it might be interesting to find out something more about the Campster, so I emailed Trails West (the ones that make the horse trailers.) They did NOT make the Campster, they started manufacturing trailers in 1987.

So now I wonder who did? Any ideas on how to research this? (Obviously it will require going beyond the internet.) I thought maybe old magazines like Sunset from around 1970 might have some ads.

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Old 03-19-2007, 10:29 AM   #2
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If anyone has a picture of the rear door with the script logo, you'll see they are identical.

The Trails West info I found when considering buying the one in the albums had the Campster manufacturered in California.

Perhaps the company was sold, and the "new" owners have lost the history.
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:49 AM   #3
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If anyone has a picture of the rear door with the script logo, you'll see they are identical.

The Trails West info I found when considering buying the one in the albums had the Campster manufacturered in California.

Perhaps the company was sold, and the "new" owners have lost the history.
I wondered about that, but they state here they started manufacturing in 1987.

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About Trails West…
Trails West was founded in 1987 for the sole purpose of manufacturing horse and livestock trailers.
Where did you find info on them?

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Old 03-19-2007, 10:50 AM   #4
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Maybe they bought the name/logo or just took it from a defunct company?
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Here's some support for what you said, Gina, from the eBay ad. (Price shooting up quickly, btw.)

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These cool compact fiberglass trailers were only manufactured for a year or two by TrailsWest out in Chatsworth, CA in the early 70's. This "Campster" model had two sister models known as the Compact Jr. and Compact 2.
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The Compacts were made in Chatsworth for sure.

The similarities are so close, maybe Compact was the original manufacturer, but I have no idea.

Don't remember the location exactly, I found this stuff on a google search 4 years ago.. all info has been buried or lost to personal page take downs and Craigs list ads expiring.
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Bobbie, The Compacts were made by Hunter. By your pictures both interior and outside look just like my Hunter I. (but mine is red fiberglass).

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Linda, what does your bed measure?

It seems like a definite that Compacts were made by Hunter. The question seems to be whether TW really were, too.

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Hey Guys,
Im a Compact owner also, with a Compact II in my driveway. So how many different variations of our little trailers are there? So far I've now seen/heard of:
Compact Junior
Compact II
Hunter I
Trails West Campster

Its amazing how many different mantles these little trailers have worn, and yet are still so rare...
Linda, do you find that your Hunter I is drastically different from either a Compact Jr or a II? What's your model year? Just curious...
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I don't know if this is a real difference, but the TW on Ebay supposedly has a bed measuring 72 x 77. The fellow selling the Compact II on Los Osos says the bed measures 60x75.

-Bed 60x75, you sleep transversely, i.e. bed long dimension is across trailer, not down centerline.
-Kitchen area with Closet is 56
-Potty/Closet 31x24
-Height, inside, with pop-top DOWN is 64 and thus my wife can walk around without top up.
-Height, inside, pop-top up 76
-Width, external 78

(Measurements are for the Compact II.)

The outside isn't identical, either (lines are different.)

Not to say they were not made by the same company.

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Bobbie,
My bed measures from front wall to edge of the table, 75" front to back and 73 across. When I replaced the cushions I purchased 2 each 12"x 72" and 24" x 72".

Joe,
Mine is a 1974, and I beleive it is more like the Compact II, rear entry, pop-up over 3/4 of the trailer in the rear, 2' x 4'.
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Well, you guys are both in California, after I get mine down here we can have a little mini-Pop-Up rally and compare notes!

Is there a picture of yours somewhere, Linda? Red sounds great. (I have a red Forester so if I paint I might do red.)


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Bobbie,
I was just thinking the same idea for a mini rally. No pictures of mine yet, but I just got a new camera, so I will have some up soon. If you look in the Albums under compact there is a red one, but mine did not have the cool looing stripe.

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Sorry, Cool Looking stripe, aka Starsky & Hutch.
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