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#1 MFDAC OFFLINE  

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Posted October 24, 2014 - 10:48 PM

Hello everyone, been too much going on to post much but besides mowing constantly with the MF12 due to lots of rain, nothing substantial to talk about with my GT's. I dig reading about yours though!

 

Our '72 GMC developed a miss that proved to be a valve that had pounded about 3/16" into the head! Half of this summer and fall in my shop has been spent doing the repairs on a shoestring budget meaning I couldn't afford to farm out anything and had to build the heads myself out of a "good" disassembled set from a co-worker. Intake is about to go on.

 

To get to my point, a coincidence happened about a month ago making it more important to get this truck back in shape. My wife's Uncle, who lives 70 miles south, called out of the blue and said that he was going to unload his supersized cabover camper one more time and it was going to be at our house. Either that or scrap. Well I don't scrap anything but beer cans so I got sucked in! They have been traveling all over the country in it for a couple of decades and he is a retired mechanical and fabrication guru that keeps things in great condition. He said they are just getting too old to climb around in a cabover so they bought a low riding pull-behind.

 

It is a 1972 Born-Free "Detachable Motor Coach" that without the step-bumper measures 19 feet long with the cabover, but with that said, just the overhang behind an 8' box pickup is a whopping 6', so long that the camper itself has an extra axle! Anyway, pictures speak better so here are some of the camper.

 

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Posted October 24, 2014 - 11:48 PM

That's an impressive camper, and it looks to be in great shape too. Can you still tow a trailer behind it or is it too long to want to try?


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Posted October 25, 2014 - 12:06 AM

That's a nice camper. My brother had one like that back in the late 70s. He had a Dodge 4 X 4 and he and his wife and three kids camped in it and loved it. I deer hunted in it with him along with my other brother. More than enough room. Nice to see it not scraped.  Good luck.                                              Roger.


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Posted October 25, 2014 - 04:44 AM

That is a big camper! Have fun with it!


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Posted October 25, 2014 - 04:58 AM

holy camper!!!  me abd the wife picked up a new tow behind last year.  18' cub hybrid, that is kind of what I expected to see here, we lost our 76 wilderness travel trailer to rot.  I sure do miss it :(  Glad to see that old beauty has a good home and have fun with it.


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Posted October 25, 2014 - 06:09 AM

What a unique and well preserved survivor.
There are guys out there as nutty over campers as we are over tractors. If you have questions, you might see if you can find a forum
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Posted October 25, 2014 - 06:24 AM

Awesome camper. I don't recall ever seeing one of those rigs up here in Canada. It's probably pretty heavy. 


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Posted October 25, 2014 - 06:28 AM

Impressed with the condition it has been kept. Does the set of tires wear fast on it?


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Posted October 25, 2014 - 06:30 AM

Nice camper! That's a truck load for sure!!
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Posted October 25, 2014 - 06:48 AM

Holy Campanoli, that's a biggun!


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Posted October 25, 2014 - 08:13 AM

WoW, That's a Wopper!  That would be a good one to stuff in the back of an old school bus.. Do some camping redneck style.  :worship:


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Posted October 25, 2014 - 09:01 AM

Very nice looking camper....well kept!

You sure the GMC in the 2nd photo will hold it? :poke:



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Posted October 25, 2014 - 09:28 AM

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Posted October 25, 2014 - 09:30 AM

I would love to see the setup on the helper wheels,seems they would need to pivot some?


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Posted October 25, 2014 - 01:43 PM

That's an impressive camper, and it looks to be in great shape too. Can you still tow a trailer behind it or is it too long to want to try?

My '72 GMC is a 3/4 ton but only a 350 engine so I don't have any desire to pull a trailer too. I imagine it could be set up to tow. I have a 6' receiver hitch extension that I got from scrap so something similar has been done I guess!

 

That's a nice camper. My brother had one like that back in the late 70s. He had a Dodge 4 X 4 and he and his wife and three kids camped in it and loved it. I deer hunted in it with him along with my other brother. More than enough room. Nice to see it not scraped.  Good luck.                                              Roger.

Uncle Jim said he never tried to sell it but felt he couldn't get much out of it if he would have tried.

 

What a unique and well preserved survivor.
There are guys out there as nutty over campers as we are over tractors. If you have questions, you might see if you can find a forum

I am on a Vintage Camping Trailer page on Facebook and there were folks there that liked it.

 

Awesome camper. I don't recall ever seeing one of those rigs up here in Canada. It's probably pretty heavy. 

I can't remember right off hand but I think about 6,000! The shell is mostly fiberglass.

 

Impressed with the condition it has been kept. Does the set of tires wear fast on it?

Jim said that they last a long time, but obviously there is scrub in tighter turns. The way it is designed it only takes a few minutes to plant the jacks and drive out from under it, hence the "Detachable Motor Coach" marketing. Put it on the camping site then use your truck for the short trip driving.

 

WoW, That's a Wopper!  That would be a good one to stuff in the back of an old school bus.. Do some camping redneck style.  :worship:

Yeah that would be fun! It will look pretty redneck on our old '72 GMC also!

 

Very nice looking camper....well kept!

You sure the GMC in the 2nd photo will hold it? :poke:

Well Jim said it would actually, but that's not gonna happen!-LOL! That poor old six banger would be quite overworked!

 

I would love to see the setup on the helper wheels,seems they would need to pivot some?

Your pic is what it will look like but with a white GMC! It doesn't pivot but is adjustable for various ride hights of different trucks. Not really designed for driving around in tight areas, as they made it pretty easy to set it down and drive out from under it.

 

Thanks everyone for the comments and questions!

 

Here is the axle setup and the truck it will go on. Uncle Jim replaced the original axle with a common trailer house axle many years ago. I do have to build a "receiver" rear bumper for the truck but it will be awhile before I can do that. 

 

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