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-====== Del Rey ====== 
-===== Manufacturer Information ===== 
  
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-Del Rey (Not Del Ray) started in Bill Overhulser'​s 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. 
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-Bill manufactured these behemoths back in the day and will be inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame August, 2016. This is exciting for us as a family! ​ 
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-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. ​ The "​Chassis Mount" was the largest of the fleet and built on a variety of chassis. 
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-===== Years built ===== 
-1957 - Lil' Camper was started by Bill Overhulser and later morphed into Del Rey.  Lil' Camper seemed to limiting for the design of where he want to go with the line. 
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-1958 - The company was renamed "​Le'​ Safari"​. ​ It was when about 10-12 campers were produced that Airstream contact Bill with a cease and desist order. ​ They had already trade marked that name. 
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-1959 - The company was renamed "Del Rey" which is Spanish for "Of the King"​. ​ Bill was committed to the foreign, Christian mission movement and was well connected to missionaries in Mexico and Central America. ​ 
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-1960 - Moved into the first building at 4008 Cassopolis Street in Elkhart Indiana. They manufactured towables, truck campers and custom built "​Chassis Mount" units on the customers frames. 
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-1963 - Moved into the 3910 Cassopolis St building. ​ The primary line was truck campers. ​ Towable ceased (except for a few custom units.) Chassis mount units were on a separate line using dealer provided chassis. ​ All of the major truck manufacturers supplied pickups in order to get them included int he advertising. 
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-1966 - Bill saw that the market was being saturated with the Del Rey truck campers and thought he would create a lower-priced,​ lighter unit.  "​Derby"​ was opened in Wakarusa Indiana and a second plant in Kansas. ​ These did not succeed like the Del Rey units; Derby was closed in approximately two years. ​ In that same period, Dell Rey was the largest producer of RV's in the nation. ​ Del Rey produced the first Class C motor homes on the Ford Van chassis, and they did not sell.  ​ 
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-1969 - Bill sold the business to Gladding Industries who kept him on as a manager and consultant. ​ The next year was not a smooth one with the transition of management style as well as the increase of gas prices from .28 to .60/gallon. In 1971 Bill retired and went into full-time missionary work.  Coachman, Middlebury IN, rose to take that #1 producer designation. 
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-1972 - The manufacturing operations were moved away from Elkhart. 
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-1975 - It appears this was the last year for Gladding Del Rey.  ​ 
-===== Models ===== 
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-  * Sonora 
-  * Sky Lounge 
-  * Imperial 
-  * Sportsman 
-  * Tri Level 
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-===== Brochures ===== 
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-===== Interiors ===== 
-===== Standard Features ===== 
-===== Unique features/​Options ===== 
-===== Prices ===== 
-===== Pictures ===== 
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-1962 
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-Sky Lounge 
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-===== Some owners ===== 
-Brian McCool 
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-Ron Baumgarten 1964 Tri Level  
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-===== Clubs/Links ===== 
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-Del Rey Facebook Group - [[https://​www.facebook.com/​groups/​571469863000376/​]] 
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