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Bellingham Studenut
11-08-2008, 01:27 AM
Inquiries asked if I'd show a few pic's of this odd orphan.

It's a 1965 Tote Motel on a 65 Daytona Wagonaire.

* This unit is fiberglass and weighs only 375 lbs (about same as 2 passengers).
* It has a double stove, sink and storage on 1 side in back and fridge, counter and coat closet on other side.
* The upper loft will hold a King Size matress with extra storage space and 10 gal water tank in front nose.
It has access to the back of Wagonaire under the vista room loft for additional sleeping in car.
* It has a full hydralic sytems that removes and sets it stable on the ground by 1 person in less than 6 minutes.
* It doesn't mount any holes through the car and doesn't enter the back of the car so the sliding roof stays closed and tailgate can close with camper off.
* Once set on the ground a Pow-Wow room (9'x9') snaps to the back for a large tent walled sleeping/dining room with windows & rubber floor. Also a Papoose room snaps under the overhang.
* You can tow a boat behind, set up your motel off the Wagonaire and use it separately when you get there. [8D]

http://i356.photobucket.com/albums/oo6/Studenut_photos/ToteMotel1.jpg

http://i356.photobucket.com/albums/oo6/Studenut_photos/ToteMotel2.jpg

Sherwood Egbert couldn't stand in it, but it's 6'2" standing room in back and you can see through the back door while driving easier than with the tail gate up.
It's amazingly quite functional!

http://i356.photobucket.com/albums/oo6/Studenut_photos/ToteMotel3.jpg

The 1965 Wagonaire has 283 V8 with 3.73 twin trac rear end (Flanged Axle), 3 speed overdrive trans, power disc brakes, transistor ignition, air conditioning, reclining seats, electric rear window and other goodies to make it work well on trips.
The owners manual shows it was delivered April 29, 1965.
It came with the original brochurs on the Tote Motel, including dealer letters.

It was brought to Oregon from Fargo ND, but also had stude club card from Conestoga Chapter (Denver CO.), so it may have belonged to someone there at one time.
You may have seen the previous owner in the parking lot of the Portland International Meet (hard to forget it), sporting a red cross 1st aide station sticker on the car while serving free burgers and beer!
I am trying to collect more information on it's history if you have any.

Thanks,

James

The Bell Collection
Bellingham, WA.

Steve T
11-08-2008, 01:43 AM
James--

That absolutely rocks...got to show it to my dad...but if he sees it he'll want it! Look forward to any more gen your post scares up. Thanks much for the info and for posting the pix.

S.

BobPalma
11-08-2008, 05:26 AM
:) Very cool! Is that the only one extant? Nice to see it has survived in such good condition. :DBP

Captain Billy
11-08-2008, 06:59 AM
Very nice indeed.

Bill Foy,Ontario SDC
1964 Wagonaire Slider
http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z252/caprisx/StAndrews07136.jpg

r1lark
11-08-2008, 07:36 AM
quote:Originally posted by Bellingham Studenut

Inquiries asked if I'd show a few pic's of this odd orphan.

It came with the original brochurs on the Tote Motel, including dealer letters.
Thanks,

James

The Bell Collection
Bellingham, WA.

James, can you post scans of the brochures you have on the Tote Motel?

Was the Tote Motel specifically designed to be use on a Wagonaire, or did it fit other vehicles?

Paul
Winston-Salem, NC
Visit The NEW Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

bams50
11-08-2008, 08:06 AM
And, how about some interior pics??

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

Roscomacaw
11-08-2008, 09:56 AM
Wow! That's pretty cool.;) Have you driven it in much of a crosswind at all?

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

silverhawk
11-08-2008, 11:55 AM
Awesome!

Dylan
'61 lark regal 4dr wagon
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr200/1961lark/DSC001581.jpg

StudeRich
11-08-2008, 02:35 PM
I called and James does not seem to be home today (Sat.) or is busy, maybe he'll get back to us later or tomorrow.

I can tell you from having seen this cool rig, and talking to him about it, that it was made to go on the back of most Sedans! Because unlike the camper Studebaker marketed, it does not enter the cargo area at all! It could go on the back of a notch back Sedan!

The manually operated Hydraulic jacking system is really neat and simple! [^]

James did just buy it and has not driven it yet on the Highway, but it being extremely LIGHT (375 LB) would be a big plus for drive-ability over the heaver slide in type. [^]
So that means that although it does have some wind resistance even with it's aerodynamic shape, it has a quite low center of gravity not being top heavy at all.

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa221/studerich/My64Daytona.jpg
StudeRich at Studebakers Northwest -Ferndale,WA

bams50
11-08-2008, 04:25 PM
I would LOVE to have that! It's WAY cooler than this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1982-Diesel-camping-truck-45-MPG_W0QQitemZ300271057729QQihZ020QQcategoryZ6472QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZVie wItem

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

jnewkirk77
11-09-2008, 01:52 PM
That is just too cool! [:p] Ginger's grandmother and stepmother each have larger campers, and they have been begging us for years to join them on a Good Sams trip, but the pop-up we used to use regularly is long past its "use-by" date. :( If only I could find something like that, it'd be the talk of the whole campground!

Jacob Newkirk - Owensboro, KY

KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL! Drive a Studebaker!

mbstude
11-09-2008, 05:38 PM
Just imagine all the tailgating I could do... [8D]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/images/StudeDriveLogo_small.jpg

JBOYLE
11-10-2008, 10:58 AM
WOW, I want one!!!!
My wife would even let me get it.
63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

Lincoln77
11-10-2008, 03:39 PM
One of those sold in Portland, Oregon not too long ago.

1963 Cruiser, 2-1963 Wagonaire, 1952 Champion. Based Willamette
Valley Oregon.
1952 Ford F-1, 1977 Lincoln Continental (all works in progress)
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s273/Lincoln77/63LARK14.jpghttp://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s273/Lincoln77/IMG_2902-1.jpg

Bellingham Studenut
11-11-2008, 01:49 AM
The Tote Motel was recently brought to Bellingham WA. from Oregon.
Although the Wagonaire sat since early 90's, I was able to fire right up and drove it in the shop. It could use better fenders and I recently bought 2 needed nos rear quarter panels.
The car interior is very nice and the engine runs fine.

It came with the original Tote Motel Owners Manual and even the Ice Box Manual along with the promotional literature, advertising and dealer letters.

http://i356.photobucket.com/albums/oo6/Studenut_photos/ToteMotelInstructionManual.jpg

Left side propane stove has sink next to it.
10 gal gravity feed tank, or hose provides water:

http://i356.photobucket.com/albums/oo6/Studenut_photos/1965ToteMotelStove.jpg

King size sleeping area is full length of Wagonaire roof with a vista window above. Access privacy cover to inside Wagonaire snaps below:[:X]

http://i356.photobucket.com/albums/oo6/Studenut_photos/1965ToteMotelLoft.jpg

Right side counter with ice box and mirrored coat closet far right (shows gravel with back door open):

http://i356.photobucket.com/albums/oo6/Studenut_photos/1965ToteMotelrightCounterFridge.jpg

It should be a lot of fun!:)


The Bell Collection
Bellingham, WA.

bams50
11-11-2008, 05:48 AM
Had to be this one I mentioned- the buy of a lifetime, I thought![8D]

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22345

What a great piece! I would actually camp in that- and we're not much for camping![:X] Now I'm thinking... get me a Wagonaire, put in a 289/Powershift and A/C, dual rear wheel axle, pickup camper with a hatch opening right down into the driver's seat.............

Oops.... sometimes it's not easy being a redneck... your imagination can get away from you[:o)]

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

bams50
11-11-2008, 05:56 AM
quote:Originally posted by Bellingham Studenut


It should be a lot of fun!:)

I bet it will, James! Use it for a few years, then let me know- I'll buy it, wire you the money, fly out, and drive it back to NY[8D]

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

Bellingham Studenut
11-11-2008, 11:37 PM
You can see how the "Motel" can be set up after you "Tote" it:

http://i356.photobucket.com/albums/oo6/Studenut_photos/ToteMotelBrochure1.jpg

Room for the whole family, or guests.:)
Could have a Hospitality Room and Security sleeping quarters in the parking lot of the the Studebaker Concourse, while the Wagonaire is displayed [:0]

James

The Bell Collection
Bellingham, WA.

StudeRich
11-13-2008, 12:58 AM
Wow! that IS amazing what that little Camper CAN become... a four room Vacation Cabin! Cool! [^]

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa221/studerich/My64Daytona.jpg
StudeRich at Studebakers Northwest -Ferndale,WA

Bellingham Studenut
11-13-2008, 01:05 AM
When they say as many as 4 seperate sleeping room plus a galley, it must be refering to sleeping in back of the Wagonaire.

The Bell Collection
Bellingham, WA.

Bellingham Studenut
11-13-2008, 01:44 AM
Good for Hunting & Fishing Parties too!

http://i356.photobucket.com/albums/oo6/Studenut_photos/ToteMotelBrochure3.jpg

James

The Bell Collection
Bellingham, WA.

fargoguy
11-13-2008, 12:40 PM
Kinda Looks like this one..........

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b386/fargoguy66/TOMSTRUCK006.jpg

Evan Davis
Prairie Bulletin
Saskatchewan Chapter
Prince Albert, Sk
http://www.saskstudebaker.ca/Studebaker.html