$1,800 Rare Rig: 1984 Ford Ranger Roll-A-Long

While there was only one photo on the Craigslist post for this 1984 Ford Ranger Roll-A-Long camper, it was too unique to pass up. The seller is asking $1,800 for this cool camper and it’s located in Twin Falls, Idaho, a town that I just drove through a week ago. It’s probably a good thing that I didn’t see this earlier. Here’s a YouTube video of another one that I ran across so you can see what the inside should look like.

Disclaimer: the photo above is not from the vehicle for sale here, it’s from another one and is just used as an example since there are no other photos in the seller’s listing. They say that the one for sale in Idaho is gutted inside so it won’t have the refrigerator, stove, sink, flush toilet, or the side couch/bed that it would have had when new. Roll-A-Long from El Monte, California made quite a few unique conversions like this Ford Courier from the early-1970s as well as regular slide-in pickup campers and also trailers. The seller says that the “Biggest problem is axle needs replacing.” I wish that there were more photos, I don’t get the one photo thing at all in 2018, it’s a punch in the gut. This Ranger would have had a 2.8L V6 and a 5-speed manual transmission and also cruise control and AC. Is there enough info with just one lone photo to jump on this rare Ranger Roll-A-Long for $1,800?

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  1. RoughDiamond

    That makes no sense whatsoever. So Seller, please post pictures of the vehicle you are actually selling. My eyes work better than my imagination these days.

  2. LAB3

    Seeing that it’s been gutted and needs an axle I’d pass for $1800, not even very useful as a hauler at this point. Perhaps with a usable bed, fridge and cook top I’d bite.

  3. CanuckCarGuy

    How sad. Yet another gutted RV for sale…to many people are watching these ‘Tiny House’ type programs, and destroying the first RV they find. This one’s only a rear axle, fouton and throw pillow away from being ready for a glamporous lifestyle!

  4. poseur Member

    wow. never seen one of these.
    the mini-Toyota dually thingies, sure.
    quite a few of the Blazer-based Chateau’s.
    got a faded memory of a Bronco II RV in red & tan that used to be in town.
    but never one of these.
    i’d jump on it for $1500 ish if it runs.

  5. stillrunners

    Wow….like he said ^^^ never seen one but must of been shaggadelious when it was new. Looks pretty good from here……

  6. Lroy

    What a nice concept, probably gets reasonable mileage. Great candidate for an off grid camper. Plenty of room for solar panels batterys and such. Must have more pictures, if you can post one 10 should be no problem.

  7. canadainmarkseh Member

    If your camping with a small rig like this it still makes more sense to just have the truck with maybe a topper on back top keep your gear dry. with a light weight holiday trailer or more modern tent trailer. There is way more room in them and many come with full amenities in them. The tent parts are made of much better materials now that last longer and are water tight. Not doing anymore camping these days so this would not be a vehicle that I’d want.

  8. jw454

    That rear over hang looks too long to me. I think you’d be dragging at a lot driveway aprons and such. Also, even with the dual rear axle I think it would have a lot of sway in a strong crosswind. I’ll have to pass.

  9. Dan Parker

    In 2005 I believe, there was one just like this on a used car lot in Las Vegas, Nv. . Wife said no, afraid of what all the Shag carpet held… Believe the price was about the same if I recall. It had a sort of closer for a portable toilet. Stove, sink and fridge. I was thinking a 302 engine swap as there are kits for that for the Ford Ranger.

    • Richie

      I actually bought one out in Henderson a couple months back

  10. Ben T. Spanner

    This is an alternative to a Toyota version. Mechanical parts should be easy and cheap to find. Upgrading the engine to something more powerful would be relatively easy and make it much more highway usable.
    But then I also like hearse converted into RVs.

  11. Wayne

    Swap in an 8.8 with the “C” clip eliminator “REAL” wheel bearings instead of the 7.5 rear axle where the axle shaft is the inner race of the bearings. Swap in a SFI 5.0 with a 5 speed. And then set up the interior the way you want. For $5,000 to $6,000 you can have a nice little weekend camper to haul the little fishing boat with.
    The overhang looks bad. But is not terribly heavy back there. It is designed to be the place that you can actually stand up to cook or wash dishes. (Stove one one side and sink on the other.) All the “heavy” stuff goes in the middle and forward of the rear axle. I would be tempted, but just bought a new travel trailer. My wife already thinks I’m crazy. She would gave me locked up for sure with this stunt.

  12. EmmyJ

    This was one of my favorite Hot Wheels cars as a kid! https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/hotwheels/images/1/17/Mini_trek_brn_sleepercivic.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100114061552

    (Okay, so the toy was probably a Toyota. But still.)

  13. Mountainwoodie

    Apparently they dont have the band width in Lagos Nigeria to post more than one photo.

  14. Beatlepat

    Twin Falls was where Evel Knieval and his entourage stayed for his Snake River jump attempt. They all left and stiffed everyone that they owed money to.

  15. Wrong Way

    Nice little truck! I wished I had it and this guy had a feather up his badonkadonk I would be very happy and he would be tickled!

  16. Frank McLaughlin

    I bought a 1984 Ranger from Valley Motors in Kalispell Montana for $1.150.00 .,It is a base model with a V-6 and automatic . They are still cheap to buy, but hard to find rust free . This truck got a transport ride to Maine in the winter for mechanical work and is now at the body shop . I have not seen it yet .These are great trucks and I hope someone will bring this camper back . 83 and 84 are like brother and sister 85 and on are like cousins . You do not have to spend a ton of money to have something you can enjoy .

  17. Jay E.

    Gutless, cramped cab and 15mpg on a good day.

  18. Richie

    Bought this a couple months back

  19. Wayne

    Frank M., many Rangers here out west with no rust.
    Richie, nice buy! How about some interior shots?

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