Camp in a vintage camper van that both turns heads and is very functional. It features a twin bed, a propane stovetop, icebox, sink, closet, cafe table, camp gear and a poptop that allows you to stand up and get fresh air in the camper! It is stocked with cooking gear, dining gear, linens, pillows, blankets, towels, cleaning supplies, a small freestanding canopy, and a portable propane camp stove. You provide your own personal effects, personal gear, and food.
It is an automatic, V8 318, 3-speed, 727 transmission and has drum brakes and manual steering. 3rd gear will take you to a maximum cruising speed of 60 mph on flat ground, so the van is not suited for highway driving. The front passenger compartment has room for two adults, and provides lap belts for safety and an AM radio for fun. There are no safety belts on the rear bench seats. The van can connect to standard campsite electrical hookups using a provided extension cord, powering interior lights and functional outlets. There is no water hookup, but a small reservoir can be filled to supply the camp sink.
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This van is best suited for destination camping and not long road trips as it moves more slowly and consumes more fuel than modern vehicles. The vintage technology requires caution, alertness and consideration while driving. We would suggest it be used in Northwest Indiana and Northeast Illinois only. We would recommend it for use in the area of the Indiana Dunes and we can deliver it there for your enjoyment, if you like. Or, we live just a short, colorful drive away from the dunes if you want to pilot it yourselves.
Enjoy the spaciousness and comfort that Detroit and Elkhart, Ind. cooperated to build. Very few of these campers survive and this is one of the best examples in the U.S. and Europe. The camper conversion was done by the Travel Equipment Corp. in Elkhart, Ind. The poptop canvas was made in Goshen, Ind. The van was manufactured by Dodge in Detroit.
The van sat unused for 35 years in a Wisconsin garage. We purchased it in the spring of 2016. After a year-and-a-half of restoration that included a new floor, new ceiling, new curtains, new cushions, insulation, upgraded mechanicals, new zippers in the canvas, new tires and much more TLC, this rare CampWagon is yours to experience for once-in-a-lifetime fun.