The Decoliner: Randy Grubb’s Amazing Retro Motorhome

Are you tired of taking your vacations in a boring beige box on wheels? Randy Grubb was, and he decided to do something about it. He built a motorhome which he christened “The Decoliner” and often describes it in the media as “Flash Gordon’s motorhome.”

Indeed, this 26-foot long chrome beauty would look right at home in a 1930s science fiction comic strip! From its gleaming exterior to the eye-catching teardrop shape, this is a recreational vehicle unlike any other.

Mr. Grubb is a fabricator and custom car builder who lives and works in Grants Pass, Oregon. He is most famous for his automotive creations such as the “Tank Car” now owned by Jay Leno. However, it is his custom motorhome that has captured my attention.

I caught up with The Decoliner at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction in January 2012. What a treat it was to see this vehicle up close and personal!

The Decoliner rides on the chassis of a 1973 GMC Motorhome, with the front cab of a 1953 White COE (cab-over-engine). Everything else was fabricated based on Mr. Grubb’s own designs. The inside has a warm and inviting retro-tastic decor with plenty of light from the hand-blown glass porthole windows.

The Decoliner can be driven from inside or outside in its “flying bridge” configuration. By attaching a removable shaft to the steering column, the vehicle can be driven from the roof, which seats five adults comfortably.

What really sets The Decoliner apart from other custom builds is the level of craftsmanship put into it. From the quality of materials (stainless steel, teak wood, and glass) to the design that is completely fresh and original, no detail was overlooked. Everything seems well thought-out and functional, and that is what makes it beautiful.

Be sure to stop by the Randy Grubb’s website and check out the build photos of the Decoliner!