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Vintage - 1954 RANGER Fiberglass Pop Up Camping Trailer RV - Rare! - $4,200 (Bellingham)

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condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Ranger
model name / number: Pop-up
paint color: white
size / dimensions: 82" wide and 12' Long
year manufactured: 1954
$4,800 or Make Offer
1954 RANGER Pop-Up Camper with clear Washington Title and Tabs.
Only 200 made.
First Modern Pop-Up Camper made of Fiberglass & Polyester-resin
Manufactured 1954 to 1956
- Hand-crank system raises the roof with fixed front and back glass windows.
- New removable Canvas with screened window covers.
- New cushions.
- Sleeps 2 adults and 2 children.
- Slide-out full-size bed on the back.
- Restored cabinets, sink, Icebox and flooring.
- Original countertop.
- 15-gallon water tank.
- The trailer weighs 1,100 lbs.
- Trailer Length 12” Long and 82” wide.
- Inside height 6’ 3”. (Plenty of head room.)
- New tires and wheel bearings.
- The Trailer hitch wiring has been upgraded.
- The plates are current and has a clear title.
- Original 1954 Ford Tail Lights work.
- Camper easily towed by vintage cars, trucks or newer compact cars.
Cost New $1,500 in 1954 (or $17,045 in 2023 - inflation)
Our camper has always been stored inside since 1985. The fiberglass is in good shape but should be repainted to your choice of colors.
In Bellingham, WA
$4,200 or Make Offer


HISTORY:
RANGER POP-UP
Manufactured from the years 1954 to 1956 by Hille Engineering in Anaheim, California the Ranger camping trailer is considered the first modern pop-up camper. Only 200 units were ever produced. Walter E. Hille applied for a patent on March 15, 1954.

The Ranger camping trailer holds the distinction of being the first manufactured pop-up camper to be made of fiber-glass and polyester-resin, both the body and top of the camper. Once raised to full height, the trailer is completed by inserting the canvas sides to act as walls, any one of which could be removed to suit the needs of the camper.

Another new and very important feature introduced by the Ranger Camping Trailer was the slide-out bed on the back. It was 39 inches wide and resembled a dresser drawer with a canvas roof. It could sleep 1 adult or two kids. Typical tent trailers of the time featured beds that flipped or slid out to the sides and were supported underneath by braces. The bed on the Ranger supported itself, much the same way a dresser drawer does.

Much effort was put into designing the hand-crank system that raised the roof and dropped the canvas, much like today's pop-up campers. This system is well documented in the patent. The crank was on the front driver's side of the trailer. It was very durable and built into the system was anti-sway brackets that raised with the roof. The trailer top raised to give 6 feet 3 inches space inside. Total trailer length was 12 feet long and 82 inches wide. The trailer weighed 1,100 lbs. It sold for $1,500 in 1954 or $17,045 in 2023 dollars. It was an expensive pop-up camper for the 1950's and most likely is the reason it did not stay in production very long. Today only a handful of the trailers survived.

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