Vintage Expedition Trailer Camping - Part 1 - March 2014 Vintage Vault
Old School Overlanding
Last time in Vintage Vaults we showed you a bunch of pictures of stuck Jeeps from the ’67 4x4 Grand Prix at Riverside, California. We promised to follow up with more pictures from that event, and while that is still true, we are not quite ready to do that just yet. Instead, we want to burst bubbles. If you think expedition camping with a trailer is a new branch of the Jeeping hobby, boy, are you wrong. Check out these vintage expedition setups from the archives of Hot Rod. We have enough pictures like these to fill a few Vintage Vault stories, so if you dig this, let us know, and keep your eyes peeled for more vintage expedition camping.
Wheeling and camping go hand in hand. Jeepers have been trying to make Jeep camping more comfortable since the first civilians in jeeps hit the trails. Here we see a photo by Eric Rickman shot for Hot Rod in 1957 from one of the Chuckwalla Jeep Club trips (we believe to Pismo) as a Jeeper greets the day on her modified Jeep trailer. The trailer looks to have fold-out bunks, plenty of fuel, and space for tons of provisions and parts. Be sure to check out that clean CJ-3A in the background and an early CJ-5 driving past. The CJ-3A looks to be so very stock with its canvas half-cab, checkered flag, and Chuckwalla Jeep Club sticker.
Jeeping for a Treat
Here a venerable trail dog shows off his best tricks for a treat in another photo shot by Rickman on the same Chuckwalla Jeep Club trip. The pup sure is cute and well behaved, but check out that Jeep trailer behind him. Again, we see fold-down bunks and a well-stocked portable food pantry filled with foods, coffee, a bag of fudge, and even a few libations. Check out the vintage coolers, including the one from Schlits! Man, they don’t make coolers like they used to.
In this last shot by Rickman from the same trip, we see yet another Jeep trailer outfitted for expedition-style camping. Again, fold-out cots allow a soft spot to get some shuteye. Also, a tongue-mounted box carries tools, provisions, or parts. Be sure to check out the CJ towing the trailer. It looks like it has been extended for more space and has a pretty permanent looking hardtop installed. Can you spot the two empties—are those beer bottles or soda? Man, maybe Jp needs a project camp trailer or a beer…er, soda.
Here is an inside shot by Eric Rickman of the same trailer as above showing the interior and the lucky dog bedded down. We can see an interior fold-down cot, the back of the trailers food pantry, a kerosene lantern, and check out that vintage Coca-Cola bag! Other provisions fill the bed of the trailer, all which tuck under the bed when folded down, sharing space with Fido’s den.