Crazy little vintage PU “Irwin’s Kamper”???

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  1. k-t-did

    k-t-did Active Member

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    Ok. This thing came home with me today. It’s a 1965 Irwin’s Kamper. Feel free to google, and a gold star to anyone who finds one....I can’t find a single mention or image.

    Two oversized almost-full bunks, 2 benches, all fiberglass, with the coolest lift mechanism ever. You just push up on the roof and it opens. Literally 10 seconds. To close, pull handle on top bunk and it folds. Easiest thing ever.

    Canvas is in bad shape, made worse by me who ripped a big hole in it learning to open and close it.

    I planned a full renovation...but brakes are on with the canvas issue. Quote from one place was as much as a normal pop up....but it’s 1/2 the amount of fabric and windows.


    Isn’t it’s crazy cool!!!!???
     

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    That is so cool! I love the upper bunk!
     
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    Nice, unlesss the canvas is brittle or you can see theough it, you might be able to patch and waterproof it. Canvas is $$$ but if you replace it the pup is new.
     
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    It is quite brittle, and the zippers have rotted on most of the windows. I think new is probably the way to go...but paying the same for this little box as a normal size pop up is tough to swallow!! The lightweight (800#) and simplicity of this pup makes it so attractive to me.
     
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    Look around, it doesn't look complicated to sew. Canvas is money though just for the material. Maybe an awning guy.
     
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    Cool
     
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    To me, it’d be worth the cost of the new canvas to have something so unique and totally useable. But that’s me.
     
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    Love it
     
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    Yup, that’s petty neat. I’d camp in it.
     
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    Atleast with a new custom canvas your can add windows all around. I would try to add a rear bumper if the frame is strong enough, maybe bumperettes like a 73 Vette.
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    That is cool looking for sure. Shame they don’t make them anymore.
     
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    I was thinking the same. More ventilation and view would be a huge bonus!
     
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    You should write them[:D]
     
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    That’s unbelievable!!! Well done! Gold star x3!!!! It does look absolutely the same in essence. The lift mechanism as shown in the patent paperwork seems to be identical. Either the patent wasn’t approved, or the Irwin folks were patent-thieves!

    I wish I could find photos of the inside of this Koch Kamper. It says it sleeps 6 adults. Mine could sleep 4 adults (tightly)...the bunks are slightly narrower than a double bed! (Of course, people tended to be narrower in the 1960’s too!) and the benches are very narrow and only 5’ long.
    Thanks for the photos! That’s awesome. If only the Irwin brand had even a bite of info on the internet!
    I’ve decided to order new tenting. It’s a huge expense, considering I only paid $350 for the PU! But I really love it.
     
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    I wonder if they are still in business!??
     
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    They are still in business! Look at the logos, and still in Wichita.
    I’m gonna message them on FB.
     

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    For those following, I just updated the OP. I transposed digits in the date of the camper. It’s a 1965, not 1956.
     
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    Also, interesting to note: the address of the manufacturer of my Irwin’s Kamper is Greensburg, KS, only 2 hours away from Wichita, KS, where this Koch Kamper was built.
     
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