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Saturday, May 05, 2007

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Perris Valley Campers I'm kind of in hog heaven right now because I just bought a mini cabover camper, specially designed to fit on a six foot truck bed. I have been scanning craigslist for months, looking for just the right one, and the perfect one came along at just the right time. After a pressure washing it came out gleaming white. It was owned by one owner, a WA couple, and immaculately maintained. I have named it Camppy. You'll probably see it a lot here at markjamesmurphy.com, because I'll be blogging my camper adventures... Where do you think I should go?







[UPDATE 08/13/08] Over time I've noticed a lot of viewers getting to this post via Google searches, so I thought I'd update it. So far I've had an awful lot of fun in Camppy. Here are a few trips I've gone on:

Golden Gardens

Mukilteo lighthouse park

Index trip 1

Index trip 2

The big news this year is that I bought a newer Toyota truck to haul Camppy around with. It has much better suspension and it's in much better mechanical condition overall. Some of you have said that you're searching for a similar rig - be sure to correspond with me if you find one. I'd love to hear your stories.



12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

where acn i find one of these campers I used to own one when i was a kid and would love to find another one to put on my 2000 ford ranger extended cab pickup
lukynluv07@sbcglobal.net Thanx for the slide show

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found one of these campers myself. These are very hard to find items. We have been searching for almost a year now. Not in as good condition as yours but the wife and I enjoy projects. My 2005 Toyota Tacoma extended cab took the weight without a problem.

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey iv got a blue and white 77 parris valley camper for sale that needs some work, its on my ford f250 right now. 1209 658 6165

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a similiar one that has been sitting covered for 7 years and may break it out again. it rides well on a Toyota long bed with overload springs. great to have a small camper that one can stand up in ( my selling point) I guess I can't include a photo here but I may be willing to sell it off if I have to move. Portland, OR

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in So. Calif. and have a 1971 Perris Valley on a 89 Toyota pick up. I have helper springs and helwigs on mine and it cruises great. I'm surprized I can do 70-75 on the frwy. I also have a fold out canopy on the passenger side and shocks that go from the front corners to the frt. fenders. This prevents porposing. Mine's in great shape with new counter tops.

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in So. Calif. and have a 1971 Perris Valley on a 89 Toyota pick up. I have helper springs and helwigs on mine and it cruises great. I'm surprized I can do 70-75 on the frwy. I also have a roll out canopy on the passenger side and shocks that go from the front corners to the frt. fenders. This prevents porposing. Mine's in great shape with new counter tops.

7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My dad used to own Perris Valley Campers before he passed away and it was sold to the car dealerships. It's cool to know some are still around. :)

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a 79 PV on my 02 Ranger XLT 4 liter (125k miles) with helper "half-springs". We redid the floor,counter tops,installed a 12v water pump,new faucet in sink,new vents,and rebuilt the hydraulic jacks. Has furnace that will "cook" you out and overhead pull-out bed is a HUGE queen size. Total invested $463!!! Gets 15 mpg @ 65 mph. You can always find us at the Gorge Amphitheater - logos of major bands seen are painted tastefully on back. -PDX

6:19 PM  
Blogger Flip said...

I have a Perris Valley that has been sitting around for years, It fits on a Toyota LB truck that I just put 7K into for a new front suspension. It already has overloads to handle the 2K lbs of the camper. A little TLC and it could be a good get away. As a previous person said, beng able to stand up was key!. Can one publish pictures on this page?
oddyo@aol.com

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a 78 Perris valley campy on my 2008 f150 . I just put a rubber roof on it yesterday.When I bought it someone had taken the table and attached it to the rear for a cabinet top. I put the table back to the dinet area. It only has a icebox in the back, a small door for a midget. I will be painting the entire campy. Re paneling with a solid light wood with a coat of polyurethane. I pulled up the old 78 linoleum. will be re placing with new soon. And wall to wall carpet. I am using a rustic theme perhaps log cabin style with a small electric wood stove. Will have restored by summer 2012. Can't wait to go camping.:0)

5:46 PM  
Blogger Mario said...

Just found one picking up next weekend same as yours hope it fits my 1500 silverado

9:12 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

I am trying to find information on Perris Valley Campers. My husband has bought me for a retirement hobby at Perris Valley Camper trailer. It is a model #72-12 Serial nunmber 1133. Where can I find information about this trailer? I have hit roadblocks when searching for info on them

4:09 PM  

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