Craigslist Crapshoot

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer.
Last week we went looking for special editions of what’s seemingly the most ubiquitous category on U.S. roads today: the pickup truck. We’ll get some special education (is that offensive?) in a sec, but first this week’s quest. 
Uh oh, it’s that time of the year again. The weather is starting to get nice, cabin fever (or maybe it’s West Nile) is almost unbearable and the wanderlust is setting in, and that means we need to start planning to hit the road. What we need to do so is a compact camper, and this week that’s just what we want to find: the most awesome compact campers that ten grand or less will buy. Extra points if your nominee doesn’t look like it requires booster shots to enter.
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Got that? Good, now let’s get fancy!
Pickup trucks were originally intended for work, and I think with regards to last week’s offerings the most appropriate retort would be “that’s not how this works, that’s not how any of this works.” Sure, you might be able to get some things done with trucks like the tasty, albeit overpriced ’94 Ford F150 Lightning found by dukeisduke, or the NASCAR Edition offered up by our own Peter Tanshanomi. Probably a little less effective as a work mate, but interesting nonetheless were the retina damaging ’03 Boss 5.4 Ford given to us by GTXcellent, or the Syclone in its creepy garage that ptschett located for us. 
JayP gave us a cool Warlock, while smalleyxb122 didn’t disappoint by finding a Lil’ Red Express.
Of course, mdharrell found his next odd bodkin, while outback_ute gave us an Outback Ute that I think we all could get behind. Dabidoh_Sambone was the first to post a Centurion, but not the last, but those aftermarket modded offerings pale in comparison to the factory job found by Fuhrman16 who takes the cake this week with a six-speed equipped Dodge Ram SRT10. That is definitely a special edition truck that’s working it.
Congrats to Fuhrman16, and thank you all for bringing your A game. Now, let’s get our campers on!

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52 responses to “Craigslist Crapshoot”

  1. dukeisduke Avatar

    Woo hoo, honorable mention!

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Ditto, however I would say that wasn’t an Outback ute, THIS is an Outback ute! Like mine except the wheels are different.

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        And using Territory parts, possible to make AWD? Or is a locking diff enough?

        1. outback_ute Avatar

          It is possible, you need to modify the trans tunnel to fit the transfer case and swap the front crossmember. I know that wagon – one of the most impressive builds you will find anywhere for doing everything the ‘proper’ way; OEM parts and reprogramming the OEM systems.
          The Outback isn’t a locking diff as per the later RTV, but does ok within the limitations of 2wd.

  2. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    This 1978 Towlounge has been haunting my thoughts, and threatening my sanity, ever since I found it on craigslist 3 weeks ago. It needs some work, and the accommodations are meager, but look at it! All for $1400 ($1500 in the latest version of the ad)
    It was also featured on barnfinds, where they went so far as to track down a vintage advertisement, showing its accompanying fifth wheel trailer.

    Big Tow: 1978 Elite 188 Towlounge Chevy Van

    1. Mason Avatar

      Still has the CB hanging under the dash,one of a kind.

    2. dukeisduke Avatar

      The stripes make it!

    3. Nicolas Bernard Avatar
      Nicolas Bernard

      The rear end is missing

  3. crank_case Avatar

    How compact are we talking? I suppose just under 7k left over would allow you to build some sort of sleeping arrangement on this Aixam chassis. 600cc Kubota twin cylinder diesel, hilly areas may need to be avoided.

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      That’s an interesting take on this.

      1. crank_case Avatar

        Well I couldn’t find a Bedford Rascal for sale, and yes that is a regular sized human next to it and not a freakishly tall woman
        (Bedford is vauxhaull/opel as GMC is to Chevy, the rascal is a rebadged Suzuki Carry Kei Van)

        1. outback_ute Avatar

          I don’t imagine these come up for sale often, but here is literally a mini camper…

    2. outback_ute Avatar

      Here is one with a camper body. The scenery won’t be a blur…

    3. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      “hilly areas may need to be avoided.” .Or flat areas with people that might see you?

  4. Jofes2 Avatar

    1976 Alfa Romeo A12. Absolutely adorable in that way where all of its flaws just make me love it more. There is a well known illustrator of children’s books here in Sweden, Jan Lööf, who has a very particular style when it comes to vehicles and machinery. This looks so much like something he could have drawn.

  5. P161911 Avatar

    A Ford F-250 Camper Special with a Camper
    An off brand Airstream look alike. No pictures of the interior of the camper (Guess they couldn’t evict the racoons.)

    1. Alff Avatar

      Oh, man. My granddad had an F250 Camper special in this very shade, albeit manual transmission with a floor shifter as long as a baseball bat. Logged many happy miles on camping/fishing trips in both the cab and illegally perched in the cabover with my cousin.

    1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
      Wayne Moyer

      “Sleeps one uncomfortably”

      1. crank_case Avatar

        I’d see it more as an alternative to a tent at a music festival/race weekend.

    2. outback_ute Avatar
    1. Alff Avatar

      Who needs one? With an RV like this, you go where the winds take you.

      1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
        Wayne Moyer

        As the rust goes with that wind?
        Wait a minute +P161911 – The one picture is a short buss and the other picture is of a full size one.

        1. P161911 Avatar

          According to the ad: “Also have a longer bus with a bath room and beds still in it also will need towed make offer.”
          You can star you own even lower class RV park!

          1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
            Wayne Moyer

            It will pay for itself in months.

          2. outback_ute Avatar

            If they were cleaned up it probably isn’t the silliest idea – more characterful than a generic cabin. Throw in some old train carriages, an airliner fuselage or two, the possibilities are endless.

          3. P161911 Avatar

            I think the short one would qualify as a Tiny House, those seem to be really trendy right now.

          4. Ol' Shel' Avatar
            Ol’ Shel’

            That’s where you get the steering column.

  6. P161911 Avatar

    Definitely looks interesting.
    Apparently Mopar based. Only $1500.

    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      Mopar based, yes, but designed by Larry Shinoda for the company he and Knudsen formed after exiting Ford, and assembled at a factory previously occupied by Kar Kraft.
      It’s practically a Boss 429!

      1. P161911 Avatar

        Wonder if it has the raw sewage incinerator system?

        1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
          Wayne Moyer

          – But the White Motor Company was spared a huge loss courtesy of a stroke of Divine intervention when in March 1974 a lightning bolt hit the Brighton, Michigan, factory, burning it to the ground, and the beleaguered company was able to collect on the insurance. –

          1. dukeisduke Avatar

            So, a win-win.

          2. Wayne Moyer Avatar
            Wayne Moyer

            An act of an accountant God as it were.

    2. JayP Avatar

      Great find.

    3. outback_ute Avatar

      Surely this one hits the tetanus criteria?

  7. nanoop Avatar

    Cleared off taxes probably under the limit, the staple of German family camping, the VW T4 Multivan with a moon-and-back 2.5L 5-cyl. Diesel:
    (Image from a slightly more expensive ad, to woo more votes.)

  8. Inliner Avatar

    Here’s an unusually cheap Mitsubishi Delica claiming to be a “camper”, but all it seems to have is a sleeping area in the back, and a lot of junk.

  9. mdharrell Avatar

    I wouldn’t call it all that compact, but it does go along with today’s J-Series article. The seller also states it was owned by the inventor of the Caveman camper:

    1. Michael Mitchell Avatar
      Michael Mitchell

      you can always pull the seat cover off and replace when the roof fails,,

  10. Fuhrman16 Avatar

    Sweet! Viper truck for the win!
    For this week’s crapshoot, let’s take a gander at the Renault powered Winnebago Itasca Phasar for a cool five grand.

    1. crank_case Avatar

      “Bible on CD was in player when I bought it”
      It’s a sign! ..or something

  11. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    AWD with hi-low ranges and diesel. Go anywhere for cheap.
    Though the rule is to avoid Japanese diesels starting with M.(Mazda too)

  12. ptschett Avatar

    I’ll admit this isn’t a camper per se but it apparently is set up to at least *handle* a camper, and it’s a good illustration of the general principle that newer GM pickup/SUV wheel designs tend to look good on vehicles that predated those designs.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      That is one stunning photo.

    2. Harry Callahan Avatar
      Harry Callahan

      Design of those wheels is fine, but the offset is wrong.

    1. Lokki Avatar

      You know, just about the time you’re finally satisfied that the universe is ruled by mathematical principles and physics God throws a platypus or a Fiat 850 camper in your face.

    2. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

      I love those because it’s like a 3/4 scale VW

  13. Spin Avatar

    Awesome, no. Less than 10 grand, yes. Potential? maybe.
    Translation of post:
    1989 GMC Rally Van
    250k km (155343mi)
    5.7 L gas V8
    good tires
    full equip: sink, fridge, stove, table
    bench folds into bed
    super good condition (direct translation)
    colour: Bordeaux