If you've been following my Bluebird school bus conversion you know I have more installments to come.  I haven't stopped.  I just haven't had time to update.  Which I will do shortly.

But I thought I'd tell you about another project I've picked up that I will be working on at the same time.  I've always wanted a small camper that I could use for weekend trips and not have to take the BIG BUS.  Well, I found an old truck camper on Craigslist longing to be fixed up.  Best part was it was free.

It's an Idle-Time Truck Camper

A little history.

In 1957, Bud Mitchell built a plywood “cabin,” attached it to the b...


It even has a slide out!

Bud Mitchell, "the camper king of Colorado"

Click here to see what I've been doing in the mean time...

Pictures of the inside to come.


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Comment by ProudeCanadian on September 29, 2018 at 8:49am

Leonard after these years do you still have your truck camper.I would love to see updated pics.Going to see if I can add a couple of mind. I did a few things and still enjoying it big time. Here is a link to our Maritime vintage meet in Eastern Canada. You will see in video at approx 1:36 timer is my 67 Vanguard. All the best and hope all is good with you and that cool camper you have. Karl from PEI Canada


Comment by Todd on April 3, 2015 at 12:59pm

I think it is so cool. How is the inside.

Comment by Rich Thomas on March 24, 2015 at 9:10pm

My uncle had a Swept Side Dodge I think it was a special edition. Dark blue with a black vinyl top. I thought it was pretty cool. the one you show would fit in with your camper interior. I have to apologize to Lenard for redirecting his thread to trucks.

Comment by ProudeCanadian on March 24, 2015 at 8:28pm

Thank you Rich. My intent is doing it in theme with the Expo 67 , and the what I grew up with here in Canada.I have been collecting a number of old vintage Canadian  travel decals also for the out side. Lot of polishing and replacing of screws to stainless .Hope to post photos when finished. I do have my eye on a Dodge D 100 Swept side to make it complete.  

Comment by ProudeCanadian on March 24, 2015 at 8:42am

LoL ,Thanks Leonard,as soon as I can get it out of storage and get rid of the Canadian winter we had this year I will be starting to detail it big time. Looking forward to the task. Thank God my camper was not left outside. I always keep my toys inside for winter storage.This unit as far as I can tell from the condition, it was always stored inside. The last owner did not keep it inside but only for a couple of years, but it did no harm. phew now will never be abused as long as I have it. 

Comment by Leonard on March 24, 2015 at 8:14am

Hey Karl,

Now your camper is way kool.  That's what I really wanted was a popup!


Comment by ProudeCanadian on March 24, 2015 at 8:00am

Hi Leonard I know you will enjoy ,Sure looks like a keep sake and very rare. I can not fine any info pertaining to my 67 Canadian Vanguard. I do believe however when the Alaskan moved into Canada market for a year, that is when Vanguard built this type to compete. Misprint in previous post was to say ( GIVE ME RETRO ) lol.  

Comment by ProudeCanadian on March 24, 2015 at 7:52am

Nice unit you have there. I have a 1967 Canadian made Vanguard pop up. Will try to post some pics. This unit needs very little to restore . I love these old ones. They can have their $40,000 units any day . Dive me Retro.

Comment by Lakota Wolf on March 21, 2015 at 10:09pm

Now that is just to COOL,, a truck camper with a slideout.

Comment by Pat Daly on March 8, 2015 at 6:36pm

what great find and way ahead of it's time with even the slide-out.   You'll have some great adventures exploring in it I bet.  thanks for sharing...



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