Alaskan Brochures and company information

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Sep 6, 2010
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In early 1960 Don Hall named his hard top camper the "ALCAN" because it served him well on his 3-1/2 month trip up the Alcan Highway in 1957. But later in 1960 he changed the name to "ALASKAN" because of perceived problems with the former name "ALCAN". Here is a very rare ALCAN name plate that was used only during 1960. Click on the scrunched up thumbnail below to see it in a reasonable size.

One of the earliest Alaskan sales folders is this yellow one (Form 100) printed in 1960. Beyond the camper data, it has some interesting features. First, the name "ALASKAN" is always printed on a rectangular silver background that, in my opinion, is designed to obliterate the former name "ALCAN" wherever it appeared in this early sales folder that used the ALCAN name in earlier editions. In fact, at the upper left hand corner of the front cover, the former brochure name "The ALCAN camper" can lightly be seen underneath the overprinted new name "The ALASKAN camper" on the silver rectangular block. That's a fine example of scanner sonar!

Second, the drawings and photos of the camper itself have five black dots over the exterior name plates which, I am convinced, are ALCAN name plates that were purposely obliterated.

Enjoy this early 1960 Alaskan sales folder. :)




1961 Yellow Sales Folder

In 1961 the yellow sales folder was revised. The 2012 eBay auction these 2 images were taken from described the brochure as having 18 pages, but I doubt it have more than the 6 pages shown for the 1960 yellow brochure. In any event, here are the only two pages from that brochure which the seller posted on eBay.

The front cover now shows the ALASKAN name at the top left against a yellow background, indicating the brochure has been revised and is no longer an overprinting of the former ALCAN brochure. Moreover, the name plates on the exterior of the camper drawings now state ALASKAN so are no longer obscured by black dots. The second page shows a new accessory available in 1961, a 1.7 cubic foot gas refrigerator that can be operated on either propane or liquid petroleum gas.



1964 Aqua Sales Folder (Form 209)

By 1964 the Alaskan camper sales folder had increased in size from a 2 page bi-fold brochure to a 3 page tri-fold brochure. Its color was aqua and it was numbered Form 209, suggesting it was perhaps the 9th revision to the updated general sales folder Form 100 in 1960. Does anyone have a sales folder with a Form number between 100 and 209? If so, we'd all love to see it.

Two campers were offered in 1964, the 8 foot and 10 foot standard (non-cabover) Alaskans. Irene still introduced the camper on the cover and in the inside photos. The kitchen galley was the same for both models, with only the sitting/sleeping area being longer in the 10 footer. The 8 footer weighed 1,050 pounds and the 10 footer 1,250 pounds. Optional accessories included a top door interior screen, roof boat rack, folding step, bumper step, long exterior storage drawers, gas refrigerator, a Westbend top-of-stove ovenette, a portable 3,000 BTU catalytic heater, and a canvas bunk. Alaskan campers were now being built at six factories. Enjoy!








1966 Price List, Order Blank, and mailing envelope

This two-sided 1966 Price List and Order Blank documents further offerings from R. D. Hall Mfg. Inc., including the new 12' 3" long standard Alaskan and an 8' Utility model, which likely was an unfurnished shell. Refrigerator options now include a 12/110 volt model, a gas/electric model, and a propane model. A stove/oven combination could be had with either a plain metal or glass door for the oven.

Current prices were $1,295.00 for the 8' standard and $1,495.00 for the 10' standard installed at the factory in your truck. A typical installation took 5 to 7 hours, so buyers were advised to show up at the factory early on installation day. The Sun Valley, California factory hours were 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday. Camper prices were set to increase effective September 15, 1966 as listed on the stapled notice.

I've also included the beautiful mailing envelope to Randolph Pool that shows R.D. Hall's pride in his products. Now that was advertising!



1969 Orange Sales Folder

The end of the 1960s still found R.D. Hall Mfg. Inc. offering only standard (non-cabover) Alaskan campers in 8', 10', and 12' 3" lengths. The new additions to the line were the 8', 10' and 12' Halldon utility bodies for camper trucks. A 3/4-ton truck was required for the 8' body and a 1-ton truck was required for the 10' and 12' bodies.

The 8' Halldon body weighed about 640 pounds and added approximately 35 cubic feet more useable space than a pickup body. The 10' body weighed about 880 pounds and added about 40 cubic feet more useable space than a pickup body. No separate weight is given for the 12' Halldon body, but it was usually sold as a package with the 12' 3" Alaskan standard camper which weighed 1,450 pounds. That combination was the long, long truck camper of the era for those who wanted to put a lot of pride in their stride.

The Alaskan campers pictured in this 1969 tri-fold sales brochure still had the Hehr standard window sets on each side along with teardrop marker lights. Enjoy!





1971 Alaskan sales booklet

This sales booklet is undated but I estimated its publication date based on the features of the GMC pickup truck pictured in it, which was manufactured from 1970 to 1972. So I took the middle production year of the GMC, 1971, as a possible printing date for this Alaskan sales booklet. Not exact science, of course, but good enough for internet work.

The 8', 10' and 12' 3" standard (non-cabover) campers remain available. A 10' Special model uses the shorter 4' seat cushions from the 8' model and adds another 2' of cabinet space in the rear. Cab-over Alaskan campers are now available in 8' and 10' lengths, along with a 10' Special cab-over model used the shorter 8' seat cushions. The interiors continue to use superior plywood, as they have since 1964.

Two new "FG" model fiberglass Alaskan campers are now available in 8' and 10' lengths. They have durable molded fiberglass interiors, and each weighs about 10% less than their respective wood cousins.

The Alaskan campers now have newer square corner Hehr window sets on each side that have a fixed picture window in the center and two smaller sliding windows at the ends. The marker lights are now rectangular and two marker lights have been added at each front corner (and likely at each rear corner too, but those are not shown in this sales booklet). Long outside storage drawers are available to hold long equipment such as fishing rods and skis. They are pinned shut from the inside for security. Aviation fluid with a pour point to -80 degrees F is used in the hydraulic system.

Optional accessories have increased. An interior wall mounted 4,000 BTU catalytic heater is now available, replacing the portable model shown in the 1964 sales folder. A portable chemical toilet can replace the wardrobe at the right rear corner in the 10' model. Overhead cabinets can be installed above the seat cushions and kitchen galley. Other options include an intercom system, awning rails, and unloading jacks.

The horizontal format sales booklet shown below has different width pages, short in front increasing to full width at the rear, which is why the pages appear in different sizes. Although a novelty, it was not designed for easy scanning. Nevertheless, enjoy perusing it!











1998 sales booklet

Leaping ahead in to the future, here is Alaskan Camper's 1998 sales booklet. The basic models have remained the same, standard and cab-overs in 8' and 10' lengths. The cab-overs are now available with either front or side dinettes. The fiberglass standard campers are long gone, but new mini cab-over Alaskans are now available in 7' 6" and 8' 6" lengths. Floor plans have stayed remarkably the same over the decades because its difficult to improve upon a great original idea.

A Retail Price List showing both Standard Features and Optional Equipment appears at the end of this post, so I will not review them in detail. But a few noteworthy improvements are a 16,000 BTU Hydroflame Forced Air furnace, extra large Hehr radius corner windows, WilsonArt glazed oak interiors, Wedgwood stoves with ovens, a deep cycle battery, sliding cab-over windows, a Shurflow electric water pump, and an electric hydraulic pump for raising the top. Enjoy all the true facts at your fingertips this 1998 sales booklet provides!


















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