Here's an ad for a fiberglass pop-up truck camper that the seller says is made by Columbia Yachts.
I know Columbia Yachts as a California sailboat builder of the 60s and 70s, who made sailboats for the "common person." In other words, they were affordable. They had some nice designs by some well-known boat designers. Built to a price, but not junky.
The interior of this camper looks a lot like a 1970s boat. In the 1960s most of the boats were "stick built." That is, the hulls and decks were 'glass, but the interiors were built of wood, and tabbed in to the hull and deck. Later, builders realized it was easier to make the interior as a fiberglass molding (and in many cases they became part of the structural support although not always). This camper has an interior that looks a lot like a "liner" boat.
Although you can't tell from the photos whether the shell is molded or is made of fiberglass panels, I would tend to think it's molded. I say that because all of Columbia's fiberglass sailboats were (of course) molded, so it would have been their natural way to go about it.
Link to the Craigslist ad:
Fiberglass pop-up truck camper manufactured by Columbia Yacht Corp in Costa Mesa, CA. Has nautical interior and hardware. Has convertible dinette, teak trim, brass, storage cabinets just like in a sailboat. All new interior foam cushions, upholstery & curtains. I have never seen one of these before, its like the inside of a sailboat only fitted out as a truck camper. Has sink, storage for toilet, icebox, storage lockers, room for batteries, etc. Fits any full size truck, short or long bed (too wide for a dually though). Includes camper jacks & accessories. (Does NOT have A/C, flat screen DVD, 3-way refrigerator
, wet bath, or slide-out rooms.) Please Email for better pix.
Location: Los Angeles
Posted August 14, 2009
e-mail address: sale-rkh3s-1322505469[at]craigslist.org