(first posted 4/6/2015) Most Corvair owners tend to own multiple Corvairs; in fact, as often as not, said owners are “Corvair exclusive,” meaning that they collect as many different variants as their bank accounts and garages will allow. Therefore, the Rampside pickup is a popular aspiration. As much as I love the idea of owning a Rampside, the realities of ownership include accepting the fact that the occupants’ front legs will be among the first objects to reach the scene of the crash. It bears reflection.
Besides, I already own one Corvair and that one is enough for me, which assuredly ensures my outlier status in the Corvair community. Regardless, I can appreciate the Rampside from other vantage points than its driver’s seat. Volkswagen camper vans aren’t too uncommon, nor are pickup campers, but a Corvair Rampside camper van is. It seems like the perfect size for a camping couple, and it’s sure better than a tent.
Aside from a relative lack of power, Corvairs are relaxing highway vehicles as well, because the engine noise is low (sometimes too low when attempting to take off with a manual transmission and no tachometer) and there is no engine heat pouring into the cabin. Only the constant concern of hitting something can spoil the ride.
I’ve got a bit of a paranoid streak, so this Rampside is not on my list; however, if you are one for whom ignorance is bliss, it might be tough to beat this relaxed and easy going camper.