1969 Chevrolet Longhorn Truck with Silver Streak Camper
Wikipedia defines a truck camper as any recreational vehicle or RV that may be carried in the bed of a pickup truck. A popular style of truck camper in North America the slide-in or cab-over. The popularity of the truck camper began in the 1960’s with truck camper being the largest segment of the RV market. Truck campers are well loved because it versatility is amazing. The nice feature is the ability to dismount the camper so that the traveler can have a conventional pickup truck.
Here is a classic truck camper set up. Mounted to a 1969 Chevrolet Longhorn is a 1968 Silver Streak camper. The Silver Streak camper has an aluminum skin giving it a “silver” exterior. This camper is 10′ 6″ feet long and contains an over-cab 54″ wide bed. It features a full kitchen with a stove and refrigerator. Also include with this camper is combination toilet and shower. The camper is designed for an 8 foot bed. However the Longhorn bed is 6 inches longer than the standard truck bed. The provides a six inch gap that could be used to store extra camping gear.
Here is a bit of history on the Silver Streak company. The business started in 1949. Their primary product was travel trailers. What made these RV’s unique is the design is based on aircraft manufacturer. The company focused on mobile comfort and lightweight trailers. Over time the company expanded it line by including truck campers and motorhomes. The company stopped production in 1996.
The founders of Silver Streak were Frank Pollito and Kenny Neptune. These two men worked for McDonald Douglas Corp before creating the Silver Streak Trailer Company. The manufacturing facility was located in South El Monte California. In 1986 the company was then taken over by Rolf Zushlag who previously worked for Airstream. He moved the factory to Chino California.
The Silver Streak closest competitor was Airstream. Airstream also featured silver aluminum skinned recreational vehicles. Some people feel that the Silver Streak was superior to the Silver Streak because it had a substantially stronger frame. And unlike the Airstream the aluminum skin was attached directly to the trailer frame.
Only 600 Silver Streak truck campers were built by the company.
1969 Chevy C20 Longhorn – Camper Special
- Make: Chevrolet
- Model: C-10
- SubModel: C-20 Long Horn
- Type: Extra Long Bed: 8′ 6″ Fleetside
- Trim: Custom 20
- Year: 1969
Engine size: 350 V8
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drive type: RWD
- GVW: 7,500 pounds