Fun finds for the camper

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PHILLIPS Inter-Com SYSTEM.                         I was exited to find this on eBay! This is the exact same system my Dad had in his camper when we were kids. We rode in the camper in those days (not recommended today) and had the ability to point out all of the exciting sightings along the way (like the ICX truck, the giant teepee, etc) to our parents riding up front. You can also pipe the AM radio from the cab to the camper with this gadget. 70’s technology at its finest!

 

One of the American Road options was a sound system. Not very sophisticated by today's standards, but pretty hip (and pricey) in 1973. Choices were an AM radio, an AM/FM stereo, or the big daddy of them all, an AM/FM 8 track tape player!  You could jam to Englebert Humperdink while enjoying your bacon and eggs.  All of these components were available after the fact from your Ford parts department. The radios were used across the car line, the speakers were from a Country Squire wagon, and the bezel and knobs were 1972 Thunderbird pieces.
“CONCERT HALL” SOUND SYSTEMS.                                         One of the American Road options was a sound system. Not very sophisticated by today’s standards, but pretty hip (and pricey) in 1973. Choices were an AM radio, an AM/FM stereo, or the big daddy of them all, an AM/FM 8 track tape player! You could jam to Engelbert Humperdinck while enjoying your bacon and eggs.
If your camper wasn’t ordered with one of these options, never fear. All of these components were also available after the fact from your Ford parts department. The radios were used across the car line, the speakers were from a Country Squire wagon, and the bezel and knobs were 1972 Thunderbird pieces.

 

2 thoughts on “Fun finds for the camper”

  1. I own an American Road Camper………have completely gutted it ….extended the cab over — 16 inches which makes it look SO MUCH SLEEKER………..the tub was redone in EPOXY GLASS…. and I did a cedar strip (like a kyak) INSIDE walls & ceiling which really changes the look and feel………..

    as these projects go…….I’m into my 4th year………..figuring out how to “finish” what I started………..

    but determined to get it done (eventually)

    fred (rio vista california)

    1. Hi Fred,
      I’d love to see pictures of your project! Please submit as many as you’d like, and I’ll get them on the site. Also, if you don’t mind, I’d like to add your camper to the registry. There’s a big question about how many campers may still exist. I’m sure there’s no way to track them all, but anything is better than nothing.
      So many of these campers need a lot of work by now, and as good as they were, there were areas that could’ve been better. I have ideas I hope to incorporate into our camper when it goes under the knife. I’m definitely going to re-engineer the lifting points by creating a structure that ties them together, rather than relying on a piece of 5/8″ plywood.
      Thank you for checking out the site.
      Happy New Year!
      Tony

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