If you are tired of the hustle and bustle of the city and love the outdoors, and you’re also a collector on the side, the CJ5 Jeep Camper is for you. This camper was built by Ward Manufacturing’s division, Honorbuilt. It is estimated that there were only 336 produced. Its production ceased in the early 1970’s, when American Motor Company bought Keiser Jeep, and thus became one of the most sought after campers for collectors. It was one of the Jeep Campers introduced to the market and a lot of outdoors men got excited with its features.
One of the things that made this camper stood out among other is that it had its own axle and brakes, taking off some of the weight from the jeep; also a large pin can be latched and unlatched to secure the camper from the jeep. The bed is extended to fit snugly over the front seat of the jeep, maximizing every space of the camper and it also has a built in jack, so you can secure the camper and drive away on some exploration, hunting, fishing or simply some errand. This detaching system was a revolution, as this was the first of its kind during that period.
The interior of the camper is self contained and designed with comfort in mind; even with its tiny space many amenities are built in. Its look can be deceiving as it can sleep four people, two in the bunk overhead and the other two in a makeshift bed. Many of the amenities being offered by modern campers today such as water tanks, a stove, oven, toilet, gas, electric and heat were already offered by the CJ5 camper. Its kitchen has built in cabinets, stainless steel sink and running water thus cleaning the area can be made very easy.
The CJ5 Jeep Camper paved the way to the modern RV of today, and despite its short-lived status, it has made its mark and gave campers more options and the flexibility they were looking for. If ever luck finds your way and you get to see a CJ5 camper, bear in mind that its rarity also contributed to the modernization of the camping world.