My old camper: Roamin Chariot

Camping outside of Okanogan, WA.

Camping outside of Okanogan, WA, in 2002.

My first truck camper was built custom by Roamin Chariot Industries in 1998 for my Ford Ranger.  These campers were sold as ‘basic shells’ and the owner selected options.  Mine had the following upgrades: front opening window, interior lighting, rear porch light, large passenger side window, a small interior cabinet and a rear awning.  The camper cost a total of $3500 including installation.  Roamin Chariot Ind. was based in Spokane, WA, and was in business for about 40 years … the Great Recession closed their doors in 2009.

The camper first traveled on a 1994 4×2 extended cab Ranger with a 3-liter engine with a standard shift (pictured above).  The truck was basically maxed out on weight and power .. that 3L engine didn’t have much pickup, especially when there was a headwind or hill (even when the camper wasn’t in the bed).

Camping in Elk Meadow, WA in 2006 (near Cle Elum, WA)

Camping in Elk Meadow, WA in 2006 (near Cle Elum, WA)

In 2005 I purchased a new 4×4 extended cab Ranger with a 4-liter engine with a standard shift (pictured above).  This truck handles the camper really well with plenty of power for highway speeds, hill climbing and towing.  In 2012 I had Roadmaster Active Suspension installed on the rear axle.  These ‘helper springs’ levels the truck (sits as if no camper is in place), greatly reduced rear sag when towing, and significantly reduce truck roll when cornering or when driving in crosswinds.

I sold the Roamin Chariot in May of 2016.  Great simple camper … she will be missed.

 

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  5. I have had a roman chariot for a couple years. It too has lights and a 3 prong flat plug, which I have no idea how to hook up to a battery. Never seen one like it. I could use some instruction on how to wire it to a deep cycle to run the lights. Thanks for any help.
    Jason jshappart at gee mail dot c o m

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  6. Jason:

    my camper uses the same plug. i have no idea which of the leads is for camper lights and which is for the running lights. a circuit tester could be used for this. Roamin’ Chariot installed the wire harness on the ’94 Ranger and when i got the ’05 ranger i went to a shop that did wiring for campers & trailers. The camper is installed into the truck’s wiring harness. i recommend you take camper to an RV shop and i’m sure they could install with no problem (and a bit of $$).

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    • I hope this helps. You might be interested in the electrical info that I cut/pasted below. I found this on page 3 of the Wander the West.com site link-also below. It explains a lot. My RC has an extra wire – and from the paperwork I received it was custom ordered that way. So, possible to find many set ups. But there could be at least a few things common to all the RC wiring.

      http://www.wanderthewest.com/forum/topic/7405-new-roamin-chariot-on-my-tundra/?hl=roamin

      “I am working on a battery and rewiring the electrical right now so I think I have a good handle on the wiring. In stock form the wiring I have supplies power for Running lights, back porch lights, one overhead fluorescent light and a light fixture on the back wall. Nothing is fused. I dont know what you have, but my wiring came out the front left corner from behind the Chariots data plate. They used a three pin ( not standard 4pin) trailer plug. From my plug the camper is wired like this

      YELLOW: + PWR all interior lights, back porch light

      GREEN: + PWR Running Lights

      BROWN: – Ground/Frame ( the bedrails are connected to the aluminum frame and provide a good ground)

      Dan

      Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 16:49:04 +0000 To: readydan@hotmail.com

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  7. hope this helps. You might be interested in the electrical info that I cut/pasted below. I found this on page 3 of the Wander the West.com site link-also below. It explains a lot. My RC has an extra wire – and from the paperwork I received it was custom ordered that way. So, possible to find many set ups. But there could be at least a few things common to all the RC wiring.

    http://www.wanderthewest.com/forum/topic/7405-new-roamin-chariot-on-my-tundra/?hl=roam

    “I am working on a battery and rewiring the electrical right now so I think I have a good handle on the wiring. In stock form the wiring I have supplies power for Running lights, back porch lights, one overhead fluorescent light and a light fixture on the back wall. Nothing is fused. I dont know what you have, but my wiring came out the front left corner from behind the Chariots data plate. They used a three pin ( not standard 4pin) trailer plug. From my plug the camper is wired like this

    YELLOW: + PWR all interior lights, back porch light
    GREEN: + PWR Running Lights
    BROWN: – Ground/Frame ( the bedrails are connected to the aluminum frame and provide a good ground)

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  9. Hi, Just bought a full sized one, have it on an f150, really handles it well, too bad they went out of business, I think they are the best idea in pop ups.

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