When I retired last July, I also decided to stop shooting cars. Yeah; I was that burned out. But then only a few days later we were out at the coast with my nephew and his wife, and we stumbled into this. Without a moment’s hesitation, I reflexively whipped out my little new-used iPhone SE (recently upgraded from the no-longer supported 5S) and started shooting. This rig speaks to me on a whole lot of levels.
Obviously I have a real thing about campers and motorhomes and such. And then there’s my Dodge karma; well Plymouth in this case, but close enough, as is my Ram van. But most of all, I always have a lot of admiration for folks who build their own thing, regardless of what is and how it turns out. And although this looks a bit odd at first glance, it’s a pretty nifty little rig for a single person.
How do I know that? There’s only one seat, and the passenger side door is the entry way into the back of the camper.
The side window was partly open, which allowed a half-way decent look into the back. It’s a got a single transverse bed, made possible by the custom-built wider body. Looks pretty basic otherwise; just some food boxes and buckets and stuff.
It’s built out of plywood with a layer of fiberglass over it. There’s that tell-tale fiberglass yellowish-brown on that repair on the rear corner. I didn’t linger too long; I was retired, after all. It’s a pretty efficient design, with enough width for the transverse bed and enough height in the middle for stand-up room.
According to my license plate looker-upper, this swb Caravan is a ’91 and has the 3.0 Mitsu V6, which means it also has the Ultra-Reliable 3 speed Torqeflite transaxle instead of the one whose name shall not be mentioned. I like the hood restraint. Or does it serve some other function?
The mismatched driver’s door and the paint on this front end suggests the very good likelihood that this Voyager was probably wrecked, and as such particularly suitable for a new body
Which probably explains why it’s a swb version, as a Grand Voyager would have made a more obvious choice as a starting point. And that raises the question as to why I didn’t do this to our old ’92 Caravan in its last years. It could have made a pretty nifty little rig, although not as roomy as the old Dodge Chinook I did buy. But it would have gotten a lot better mileage.
This makes a nice companion to the Caravan pickup I shot in Eugene a few years back. Got any other nice Caravoyager conversion pictures to share?