Curbside Outtake: Generic Late-70’s Dodge Class C Motorhome – Tin Boxes

This old Dodge motorhome caught my eye, for several reasons. One, I just have a soft spot for the genre, and have shot many over the years. And then there’s the fact that this is on the swb Dodge van chassis; now that’s a bit unusual. It must have been pretty much the cheapest motorhome in its time; that time being the great ’76-’79 RV boom, when countless small firms bought Dodge cutaways and built up a cheap wood-framed box and sided it in the ubiquitous aluminum sheets.

And of course the third and best reason is because of what it’s sitting in front of: an even bigger metal-sided box.


Here’s the frontal view. I have a vivid memory of seeing an ad for a similar rig back in that time, for $9,999. That was pretty cheap then, and comes to about $42,000 in today’s dollars, if that was in 1977 (it might have been a couple years earlier). No wonder they were so common at the time. And even a greater wonder is that some of them are still at it, over forty years later. I hate to say it, but I have a hard time seeing my Promaster still on the road in forty years.