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Old 06-04-2015, 05:23 PM   #1
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1971 Trails West Campster, $3,500 OBO.

Bought as a hardshell camper that could be towed by a forester or any other small vehicle. The spouse wanted the added protection a hardshell camper provides. Camper was refurbished with the following:
New propane stove with two burners,
Deep cycle battery that was relocated to inside to maintain capacity in colder weather (and prevent theft of battery),
New fabricated aluminum pop-up for cold weather camping. Allows for 6’plus tall person when extended.
Additional plexiglass top that can replace the aluminum pop-up for star grazing from the bed.
Solar panel and controller for recharging battery when parked separately from vehicle
New Interior Lights
New tires
New fenders and wheel well protective undercoating.
This camper is one of the great little fiberglass campers that can be towed easily behind a smaller vehicle but has room to cook and eat inside. Protected window in front and window in rear door allow visibility out the back from the towing vehicle in addition to side mirrors. Trailer has high ground clearance for rougher roads too.
Trailer is 13 feet long total and 6.5 feet wide. The dinette table makes into a 6.5 by 6.5 foot bed that easily sleeps a family of three. Lots of storage with 4 large drawers, a large and small closet. Storage compartments for larger items are under the benches. Additional lockable compartment is in the aluminum pop-up. Propane heater works well. Large potable water tank under left hand side bench is connected to on-demand water pump. This is standard water supply to the kitchen sink but also a water hookup on the outside, next to the external shower. Camper has an awning that sets up quickly. Standard Icebox that hold ice for a long time (ice holding tray has drain. The cushions have been recovered and new curtains were installed. Two jacks are included for leveling the trailer. Would like to keep but just bought a Sprinter RV and no room left in driveway.
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Bought as a hardshell camper that could be towed by a forester or any other small vehicle. The spouse wanted the added protection a hardshell camper provides. Camper was refurbished with the following:
New propane stove with two burners,
Deep cycle battery that was relocated to inside to maintain capacity in colder weather (and prevent theft of battery),
New fabricated aluminum pop-up for cold weather camping. Allows for 6’plus tall person when extended.
Additional plexiglass top that can replace the aluminum pop-up for star grazing from the bed.
Solar panel and controller for recharging battery when parked separately from vehicle
New Interior Lights
New tires
New fenders and wheel well protective undercoating.
This camper is one of the great little fiberglass campers that can be towed easily behind a smaller vehicle but has room to cook and eat inside. Protected window in front and window in rear door allow visibility out the back from the towing vehicle in addition to side mirrors. Trailer has high ground clearance for rougher roads too.
Trailer is 13 feet long total and 6.5 feet wide. The dinette table makes into a 6.5 by 6.5 foot bed that easily sleeps a family of three. Lots of storage with 4 large drawers, a large and small closet. Storage compartments for larger items are under the benches. Additional lockable compartment is in the aluminum pop-up. Propane heater works well. Large potable water tank under left hand side bench is connected to on-demand water pump. This is standard water supply to the kitchen sink but also a water hookup on the outside, next to the external shower. Camper has an awning that sets up quickly. Standard Icebox that hold ice for a long time (ice holding tray has drain. The cushions have been recovered and new curtains were installed. Two jacks are included for leveling the trailer. Would like to keep but just bought a Sprinter RV and no room left in driveway.
Contact Michael Lee at 425-891-7499 or grebnik@yahoo.com
Where are you located and what's your asking price?
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Old 07-14-2015, 09:29 AM   #4
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Where are you located and what's your asking price?
I live near Seattle and I'm asking $3,900 OBO. Thanks
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Old 07-14-2015, 09:35 AM   #5
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Where are you located and what's your asking price?
I hit the wrong key, I sent reply before I checked. It's $3,500.
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I hit the wrong key, I sent reply before I checked. It's $3,500.
This cannot possibly still be for sale--is it?
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Old 09-24-2015, 03:28 PM   #7
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Actually it is Kai. I have not advertised it much since I would still like to keep it...even though the wife wants it sold. I am waiting for a response from a guy in Idaho who's father actually started the Trails West Campster business in the 60's. Again it is first come first served so whoever shows up first with the money can buy it. With that said though, I will email the other potential buyer and give him a deadline of today. I will let you know then if he backs out.Thanks for the inquiry.
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Old 09-24-2015, 03:30 PM   #8
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I live near Seattle.
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Before you sell it, can you explain what your pop top is? What holds it up when it is up?

Also- if you get any info on the company that made these, I'd love to hear it. Maybe you can ask the guy whose dad did it to join us here and fill us in with what he knows.
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Old 09-25-2015, 12:35 AM   #10
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The popup is a two piece unit, the lower item is a galvanized steel flashing that is attached to the trailer and has a flange attached that extends around the outside of the top. This is basically a 4 wall box opened on the top and bottom. It has an external lip that runs around the upper edge of the box. The top item is an aluminum box that fits over the lower box but unlike the lower box, it has a top on it of course. The bottom of the box edge has an inner lip that extends around the bottom of the box edge. This upper box fits over the lower box. The process of raising the upper box once you are at the campsite requires unlocking the two hold down latches that holds the upper box down over the inner box. I then just push the upper box up until its inward facing flange (lip) contacts the outward facing flange attached to the inner box. I then use insulated panels on the inside to hold the upper box up and its flange tight against the inner box outward flange. Lowering the upper box prior to travel requires removal of the insulated panels on the inside and then just dropping the upper box back down over the inner box. The inside of the ceiling on the upper box has insulated panels glued to it to prevent heat loss and reduce the noise from rain. Overall, it works pretty well.
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Old 09-25-2015, 12:41 AM   #11
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Bobbie, I can ask him what he knows about the company, but I will post a newspaper article that he sent me about Trails West and his dad, Mr Jackson, that started the company from my understanding. Definitely a very innovative design back then that still holds true today.
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Tried to send a message but it disappeared; if you get two, sorry to inconvenience! We'd like to know if we could come see this Campster even if the other person wants it? We've never seen one and are VERY interested.
Any time...
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Kai, website is a bit confusing, but will call you tomorrow to set up a time Saturday you can come see it. Have not heard back from the other guy so again, first come, first serve. Thanks
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Thanks for the info. I'm running right now with a plywood box and a similar setup but planning to make something else this winter- lighter version of this, or fix my popup mechanism if I can. So always curious as to what others have done.

I'd love to see the article.
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