FOR SALE: 1978 Dodge Chinook RV

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1978 Chinook Concourse - $13,900 OBO

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COLLECTORS ITEM! Perfect for someone who wants a unique and charming vintage Chinook RV. Selling this rare gem. I haven’t seen another one of this condition and configuration, so those who know what they’re looking for should be pleased. The wife and I are refocusing our longterm goals. With a growing family, we are now working on our next step, purchasing a long-term home for our family. I would love to keep this a part of the family but our financial goals require us to liquidate as much as we can and spend the next couple years in savings mode.

We lived out of this for a summer full-time and it was a great #vanlife rig. With a few small modifications, this would be a perfect setup as an off-grid, full-time RV living setup. Originally, we were looking for the more common Toyota Chinook, built on the old Toyota pickups. However, my wife stumbled across this rig one day and I was ecstatic! I didn't know that these existed, and the extra room and size over the Toyota, as well as the stronger chassis and tow-friendly setup made this a no-brainer. Plus it just looks so damn cool.

This is a fully-loaded showroom floor model, and as such, has all the upgraded features that were available on these Chinooks. I've got a binder of all the original documents, receipts, manuals, marketing materials, etc from the dealer when this was bought! Only a few were made, and among those, only a few have remained in decent condition, and among those, only a couple had these features. My point being that this is an incredibly rare find that you aren't likely to find again in this condition. This is very close to OEM configuration, and we wanted to keep it that way because I felt it represented the best parts of the era. It's a class B+, bigger than a class B, but not quite a "motorhome" and is considered an 18-footer. I believe the overall length is around 26 feet.

Now keep in mind, it is a 40 year old truly vintage RV/vehicle, and has small issues here and there and can't be expected to drive like a modern car. One thing I learned quickly is how to take care of an old RV. I learned a lot! Upside is the Dodge B300 and 360 V8 are very easy to work on even for a novice, and parts are plentiful and cheap. You can find everything you'd ever need for the mechanicals of this Dodge over the counter at an auto parts store, which I found to bring great peace of mind when traveling.

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