This week, we were very pleased to have acquired a little bit of early folding camper history; a 1964 Apache Raven, complete with ‘Add A Room’ awning, as a restoration project, with a view to bringing her back, as close as possible, to her former glory.
Produced in the USA, by The Vesley Company of Lapeer Michigan, the Raven was an entry level folding camper, although, internally, it was more akin to a trailer tent, with no equipment or furniture, whatsoever, being, effectively, just an empty trailer, with two slide out double beds.
It appears, however, that the European version of the Raven is somewhat different, with seating / storage and a lift up kitchen, featuring storage cupboards and a sink, with cold water faucet, fed from a manual foot pump on the floor.
There is, of course, always a possibility that the seating and kitchen are retro fit items, as, even the top end Apache Gold Eagle, of the time, was not blessed with an actual sink., so this is something we will have to look into in more detail.
We will be documenting the restoration process on the main web site, as things progress, starting with the removal of the extremely ill advised DIY paint job. Pink? Really? Ah well. as soon as we have chance, it will be stripped back to the bare aluminium.
Easier to shown the camper as a video, rather than pictures, so, if you want to take a look at a piece of pink for the past, feel free to click on the link below.