A while back we reviewed the Mid-States Executive flagship, a gargantuan sixty-foot motorhome and tractor built for Mid-States President William B. McDonald in 1952 – Mid-States being a major trailer and motorhome manufacturer. Evidently mobile apartments are a thing with business scions, as around twenty years later another businessman tried something very similar.
Dick Edler was a successful businessman who made his wealth as one of the founders of Atlas Van Lines and later expanding into building large warehouses. As he was nearing retirement, he had a yearn to travel – that is travel with his family which included two children and four Saint Bernards – he wanted something big. At that time there weren’t any motorhomes large enough for his needs, so he designed his own, and then used his company to market and sell his creation.
Thus was born the Camelot Cruiser. And large it was – 55 feet in total length, 12 feet high and 8 feet wide. It weighed in at over 40,000 pounds. Custom manufacturer Gerstenslager constructed the trailer.
Motive power was supplied by a Ford C750 tractor, with Ford’s husky 391 cu in gas truck V8, with an early four speed Allison auto transmission.
Look inside and it’s as if a timewarp sent you back to the Disco-era. Green shag carpet, dark wood paneling, faux-stonework, orange tile, gold seats and drapes…
Only three Camelots were built – this one came with dual matching snowmobiles which could be stored in an underfloor bay. Of the other two, one was built to hold a boat, and the other with a space in the rear for two horses.
Total cost in 1974 was $150K, which adjusted for inflation equals over $900K in today’s dollars. Still quite a bargain considering new Newell coaches go for $2.3 million.
The model in these pictures was sold last year at an auction – the owner gives a video tour below