Love Bugs were manufactured in Tripoli, Iowa by Trifab in the 70s. They are a derivative of the Candian Boler and used the same molds. Many components are interchangeable. Weighing in at around 1,000 lbs, it can be towed by most vehicles including a 4 cylinder.
This is not a new camper -- it is 49 years old. That said, it had a frame-off renovation in 2018 to assure that this antique will be road worthy for another 50 years. If you have been looking for a vintage fiberglass camper to restore, much of the hard work on this one has been completed. New axle and new marine ply subfloors. New tires. Refreshed interior ready to finish to your liking. I spared no expense in the components used on this project.
It is far from perfect but it is ready to dry camp -- with lights and a 12v electric system. Fridge, stove and a/c are not hooked up. I will answer questions via email if you seem like you are interested and capable of caring for this vintage gem. I am looking for someone who knows what this is and will give it the love it deserves.
1973 Love Bug Fiberglass Camper Renovation Summary - Spring 2018
Frame-off restoration - frame removed out from under the shell
Frame sandblasted and painted
New Dexter #9 Torsion axle installed at 22.5* down with a high-lift bracket - 2,200 lb capacity & installed by Capitol Hitch in Tallahassee.
New 5/8” marine ply installed as sub-floor and fiberglassed to shell in rear
Custom upholstered front gaucho couch cushions; charcoal marine vinyl and grey Sunbrella outdoor fabric with chartreuse piping
Custom CNC-cut birch cabinet doors with recessed marine-style latches and custom 3D printed hardware
Re-wired DC electrical system with Power Dynamics PD4135kv inverter and a deep cycle marine battery - system includes LED lights through cabin, ample 12v and USB receptacles as well as a Waeco DC fridge/freezer. All wires are heat shrink wrapped and installed in conduit.
Replaced all running lights with LEDs - new wiring all around
New LifeProof Sterling Oak Waterproof Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring with lifetime warranty & custom 3D printed floor trim
iPad mount installed