1963 Nomad Camper Tent/Boat

SteveG58

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Nov 20, 2020
6
London, Ontario, Canada
We became the second owners of a 1963 Nomad camper this summer. It's a unique little thing - the bottom half is the bed and stowage section, the top half is a boat with fittings for oarlocks or motor. And to top it off, the bottom is watertight so you can tow it behind the boat to whatever island you see off in the distance.

There's not much information about them online but the original owners had promotional photos from the manufacturer. I've scanned and posted them here. The owners had a tent and awning business and just before they sold it they replaced all of the canvas, making changes they thought made for a better experience, primarily larger windows and a heavy-duty floor. They also made a cover for the bottom half so it can travel without the top half. That's what we did for our first trip last August. Until now we've been tenters and I have to say this little rig has taken our camp life to a whole new level - literally.

So, without further ado, here are some photos.
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WrkrBee

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May 23, 2018
6,544
South Carolina
And to top it off, the bottom is watertight so you can tow it behind the boat to whatever island you see off in the distance.
So when the camper bottom is used as a water transport, is it removed from the frame? Just hoping the axle isn't being dragged under water. I've researched a little, but see nothing on that aspect of the camper.
 

SteveG58

New Member
Nov 20, 2020
6
London, Ontario, Canada
So when the camper bottom is used as a water transport, is it removed from the frame? Just hoping the axle isn't being dragged under water. I've researched a little, but see nothing on that aspect of the camper.

It's a torsion-suspension axle, tucked up in a cross channel. Not exactly fluid-dynamic but probably not horrendous drag. I imagine load balance would be the major consideration.
 

cyclop5

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Jun 18, 2015
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way cool! It's a shame there isn't stuff like this made nowadays. They really thought outside the box back then.
 

alexmandeltoon

New Member
Nov 12, 2021
1
You are really lucky, I sincerely congratulate you on this find. It is very rare to find something like this in good condition, and judging by the photo, your boat is in excellent condition. The most important thing is that the carcam is perfectly preserved and you can safely work on what is inside. I would like to ask a question to people who understand boats, as I had a strange smell from the engine after the last walk on the water. I wanted to take my family for a boat ride on my birthday, but I didn't take any chances because of this smell, and just rented something similar at yacht rental miami. Thank you in advance for the answer
 
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