FC-170 Travel Camper
INDIANA COUPLE BUILD UNIQUE FC-170 'JEEP' CAMP TRAILER FOR MUSHROOM HUNTING, SITESEEING
Doctor John J. De Fries of New Paris, Indiana, and his wife, Elizabeth, get a big kick out of mushroom hunting and just plain site seeing in unusual and out of the way places. Because they wanted a camping outfit more compact than a conventional house trailer, they decided to build their own. Because they wanted one that would go practically anywhere they chose a 'Jeep' FC-170 Truck. The combination of the two, the thought and planning which went into the construction of the housing unit and the rugged cross country travel ability of the FC-170, makes their 'Jeep' camp trailer just about the finest outfit you would want to look at.
In the travel position the roof of
the all metal trailer section is exactly the same height as the truck cab and
just as wide as the cargo bed. "The back end," explains Dr. De Fries, "can
go anywhere the front end goes." An ingenious roof extension permits
lifting the roof of the enclosure to provide full six-footer head room.
The operation takes only minutes and can be done from inside in inclement
weather. The 'Jeep' camp unit is complete with running water, refrigerator
and extra large foam rubber bunk beds that convert to a built in sofa during the
day. There is ample closet and storage space, and an efficient heating
system. The unit is wired for 110 volt as well as for six volt electrical
current. Cooking and refrigeration facilities use bottled gas. The
camping enclosure can be easily lifted off the 'Jeep' truck bed permitting use
of the vehicle for other activities.