I’m looking for help to find the name and/or a copy of the magazine that appeared
in Stationwagon forum that shows a 1965 Studebaker Daytona Wagonaire / sliding roof
with a Kamp King camper coach mounted on the back. My family actually owned what was
either 1 of 5 ever made or the only 1 ever made (depending on who’s telling the story).
“Yes and to be exact it is a 1965 Studebaker Daytona Wagonaire with a 283 V8, sliding roof,
black leatherette interior with fully reclining front bench seats, ps, pb, am radio and
factory installed helper leaves in the rear springs. The camper is a slide in – Kamp King
complete with a double bed, kitchenette, water tank, LP stove and ice box. The entire
rig was put together as an experimental vehicle by Studebaker and the one my family
bought from a London Ontario Stude dealer came complete with California plates.”
More importantly, they had a magazine ad
South Bend, Ind. – Studebaker has unveiled a new concept in portable camper coaches today –
a prototype model of a motor home mounted on the rear deck of the Studebaker sliding roof
The unusual vehicle was previewed for dealers at the anual convention of the National
Automobile Dealers’ Association in Las Vegas, Nev. recently.
Termed a “developmental project” by Studebaker, the unit is manufactured by McNanee Coach
Corporation, El Monte, Calif., as a joint effort by McNamee and Studebaker, Present consumer
reaction studies will be continued.
The camper unit can be fitted only to the Studebaker sliding roof Wagonaire, because a basic
design concept involves bolting the coach to the frame members of the vehicle, for better
handling, safety and maneuverability. Only the Studebaker, with its novel sliding roof,
allows the bolt-down principle to be employed. It also permits passengers to pass from
the station-wagon into the camper compartment through a closable aperture which is 3 ft.
high and 30″ wide.
The prototype model weighs 800 lbs. unladen with an estimated laden weight of 1,000 lbs.
The stations wagon is fitted with heavy-duty springs, shock absorbers, fan, radiator and
clutch, all part of the Studebaker option list. In addition, special Hellwig overload springs
are supplied. Cruising speed is 65 mph, top legal speed of most roads. High wind conditions
or high speed cornering do not adversely affect the vehicle’s stability. The camper can be
dismounted in 20 minutes with a bumper jack and simple braces. No body alterations are required.
The unit, if accepted by studebaker for distribution, would be sold through Studebaker dealers
at prices competitive with other camper coaches.