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Old 10-31-2008, 08:01 PM
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Camper Special or Super Camper Special

This print out from the factory shows my 1978 F250 to be a camper special. It also happens to be a Supercab, and came with a D60 front and rear.
In the upper right and lower left you can see the VIN #
I thought this neaded it's own thread.With more input we can determine the differances.

 
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:10 PM
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If you are asking if your F-250 is a Super camper Special, then no it's not.

No F-250s were Super Camper Specials.

And although they had Super Camper Specials in 1977-1979, they were simply refered to as F-350 Camper specials with 140 wheelbase.

Your truck is a "F-250" / "Super Cab" / "Camper Special"
 
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Old 11-01-2008, 08:41 AM
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Seems like people have been makin this mistake a lot lately. A Camper Special and Super Camper Special are two completely different animals. A SCS is a 2wd F-350 140" wheelbase and a Camper Special is a 2wd or 4x4 with the wiring setup for a camper top. A Trailer Special has a hitch and trailer wiring and a trailer brake controller. I guess everyone just wants their truck to be "Super" something.
 
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as 81-F-150 Explorer said, your truck is a F250 Supercab Camper Special

FordTrucksKickGM, remember that a regular cab Trailer Special came with the 133" wheel base, not the 140". that's another mistake some people get.
 
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Old 11-02-2008, 01:55 AM
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I know exactly what I have.There are no question marks ( ? ) in the original post.
I started the thread to show what makes a camper special what it is.

Can someone post what makes a super camper special what it is.?
 
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I know exactly what I have.There are no question marks ( ? ) in the original post. I started the thread to show what makes a camper special what it is. Can someone post what makes a super camper special what it is.?
The preceived question was in the thread title. The word "OR" usually suggests question. "Is it this, OR is it that?"

I wasn't sure, that's why I asked my question at the begining of my first post in this thread.

As for your question, a Super Camper Special is a 1973-1976 F-350 / 4x2 / Regular Cab / 140 wheelbase, with a camper special package. Has the side mounted spare behind the bed door. and a GVWR averageing 10,000.

They were also made in 1977-1979, however the SUPER was dropped.

Other than those differences above, they are just like any other Camper special.
 
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Old 11-02-2008, 03:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Dr. Dirt View Post
FordTrucksKickGM, remember that a regular cab Trailer Special came with the 133" wheel base, not the 140".
that's another mistake some people get.
I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but...

Some people are correct, because what you typed is partially in-correct.

1973/79 F350 Trailer Specials were all on the 140" Wheelbase.

1973/79 F350: D6TZ-9927840-A .. Right Quarter Panel-8' Box-Regular Cab-140" Wheelbase (D6TZ-9927840-A replaced D3TZ-9927840-A).

Includes cutout for storage compartment (Trailer Special), or spare tire (Super Camper Special).

There were F250 Trailer Specials on the 133" wheelbase, but there was no cutout in the QP for a storage compartment.

And...1978/79 Bronco Trailer Specials, 1976/79 E250 & E350 Trailer Specials.
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81-F150-Explorer: While the nameplate "Super Camper Special" was not used after 1976, the 1977/79 F350 S/CS's are still refered to as that in the parts catalog.

A "former" member and I had a big argument over that. He finally agreed after I gave him 20 different parts catalog refs that said: 1977/79 F350: Use with S/CS only.

He also has the parts catalog...when he saw the same refs I pointed out, he cried UNCLE!
 
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Originally Posted by FordTrucksKickGM View Post
A Trailer Special has a hitch and trailer wiring and a trailer brake controller. I guess everyone just wants their truck to be "Super" something.
Where did you get that information from? AFAIK a Trailer Special came with the wiring but never a hitch or brake controller. The upgrades that Ford did to qualify a truck or Bronco as a Trailer Special were done to the suspension, cooling system, charging system, etc.


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1973/79 F350 Trailer Specials were all on the 140" Wheelbase.
Where is this information from Bill?
 
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81-F150-Explorer: While the nameplate "Super Camper Special" was not used after 1976, the 1977/79 F350 S/CS's are still refered to as that in the parts catalog. A "former" member and I had a big argument over that. He finally agreed after I gave him 20 different parts catalog refs that said: 1977/79 F350: Use with S/CS only. He also has the parts catalog...when he saw the same refs I pointed out, he cried UNCLE!
LOL, well they are the same identical truck after all.
 
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Where is this information from Bill?
LOL...where do you think?

I haven't owned one a these trucks since 1988, so what else do I have to go by?

Parts catalogs, and I have five different versions. Having a photographic memory with a retention of over 90% helps.

I listed the 140" wheelbase Stupor C/S & Trailer Special right QP part number above and additional info related to this QP. Mebbe you missed it.

Ford didn't offer a factory trailer hitch as standard equipment for anything back then.

All were optional, and none were beefy enough to handle anything much larger than a small travel trailer.

If an owner wanted a REAL trailer hitch, he went to a place that sold campers and had one installed.

No Genuine Ford trailer brake controllers were available on these trucks.
 
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Old 11-02-2008, 06:12 PM
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Ive got a 79 F-150 with Trailer Special badges. Its a worn out parts truck so Im pretty sure its all original. Ive heard the trailer special wiring stuff came in a package in the glove box and the dealer or original owner had to put it all together.
 
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Originally Posted by NumberDummy View Post

I listed the 140" wheelbase Stupor C/S & Trailer Special right QP part number above and additional info related to this QP. Mebbe you missed it.
No, I didn't miss it and I seen the part #. If you read what I quoted you on you specifically stated that the TS was only available on the 1 ton 140"WB ONLY. According to your books they didn't make a 1 ton 133"WB TS nor did they make a 1 ton 155"WB TS. Would that be correct?
 
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NumberDummy, I know that saleen065 has a 75 F150 TS with the 133" wb. and as FordTrucksKickGM said he has a 79 F150 TS.
 
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Originally Posted by Dr. Dirt View Post
NumberDummy, I know that saleen065 has a 75 F150 TS with the 133" wb. and as FordTrucksKickGM said he has a 79 F150 TS.
I'm not talking about 1/2 or 3/4 tons. He specifically stated that they only produced a 1 ton TS in a 140"WB.



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1973/79 F350 Trailer Specials were all on the 140" Wheelbase.
 

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