1970s Champion TransVan

Nothing says “mid-1970s” like a compact motorhome built on a full size van chassis. I spotted this retro camper and unfortunately did not have my real camera with me. So I have just one photo of this groovy cruiser.

TransVan was a line of Class B motorhomes produced by Champion in the 1970s and 1980s. You could get a Dodge-based model with a 360 V8 or a Chevy-based model with a 350 V8. They came in 17, 19, 21, and 23 foot lengths with two different interior configurations each. This particular one rides on a Chevrolet G30 chassis with dually wheels in the rear.

The TransVan was pretty basic when it came to amenities. There were sleeping accommodations and a sink and 2 cu-ft refrigerator in the kitchenette. A toilet was optional and there was never a shower on board.

Still, the TransVan offered a compact size that was easier to live with than a giant motorhome rig.

I can only imagine how many 8-tracks were played and how many joints smoked in the back of this thing. It’s probably all fake woodgrain and shag carpeting inside. It’s probably got 200,000 miles on it and gets 12 miles per gallon. The swirling stripes and the round bubble window on the back are pure 1970s design.

This thing is so awful that I actually kind of like it. Its design and styling are such a great example of the era that it deserves some appreciation. I only wish I had taken more pictures of it!