I just bought my Sweet Gypsy Rose - a 72 Dodge Fireball Class C. I'd love to pick your brains about Fireballs and be part of your "few good Fireballs community." I'm hoping to find photos and info on Fireballs so I can figure out the paint scheme, colors and interior. I want to stick to the late 60s early 70s for my "Rose." Mechanically she's super solid but she does cosmetically need some love!!
some young fellow recently said he bought one on a GM frame, so perhaps his is similar to yours. I have tons of Fireball files culled from brochures, news articles, etc. Joseph and Rosetta Kurmann (company owners 1952-1992) had 3 assembly plants: San Fernando, CA [original home]; Boise, ID (1973-1992 when the company folded); and Wichita, KS. By the mid-1980s the CA and KS plants closed. Joseph died in late 1991 which caused trhe company to fold. They built what I consider an above-average canned ham; Tim Heintz, Juergen Eichermuller, and Larry Walsh (MOBILTEC) say the same. Campers ranged fro 8’ to 34’; included Travel Trailers, 5th Wheels, Class A and B. The 33’ Commodore had a built-in speedboat (you could buy the camper with or without the speedboat...your boat simply couldn’t exceed 1,000 pounds) and one model with “tip-out” rooms that increased floorspace without the need for “slides”. Let me know what type info you want and I will share anything I have. Not much info on Fireball (Kurmann): it is truly a “stealth” company. A researcher from the Univ of Idaho, Boise found only 3 newspaper articles for me! Until this weekend, we never saw another Fireball...in fact, I only found 3 in Missouri. At the Carthage, MO vintage camper rally a lady stopped to say she has one. It’s true. Not sure, but I think it might be a Martian or Astronaut, but not a Meteor like ours. (The model names evolved into a ‘space race’ theme when we entered the space race. Looking forward to communicating. Unfortunately, I don’t do Facebook for security and other reasons...it’s odd to see me on these sites. Perhaps we can work around that issue. Tchuss!