The Tin Can Tourists is working with the son (Jim Overhulser) of the founder of Del Rey truck trailers to create a repository of information on the brand. His dad manufactured these behemoths back in the day and will be inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame next August.
You can follow the progress – http://tincantourists.com/wiki/doku.php?id=del_rey
Here is the start:
Del Rey (Not Del Ray) started in our garage in the late 50’s as “Lil’ Camper” and then later changed to “Le Safari”. Airstream already had the name registered (Le Safari) so dad chose the name Del Rey, Spanish for “Of the King”. Nicknamed the “King of Campers” and with the king’s crown cutout on the magazine rack, the models were copied but never duplicated.
Jim Overhulser – My dad manufactured these behemoths back in the day and will be inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame next August (2016). This is exciting for us as a family! I will be placing pdf’s of brochures and the like for anyone interested. Nothing to sell and most of the hard copy will go to the museum archive at his induction. The picture/caption below was in the Automotive Journal, April 7, 1969. Observe the long, crew cab overhang and the squat at the rear axle. Gas was 25 cents/gallon.
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Del Rey Facebook Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/571469863000376/