12/17/12

Vintage Wheels #18: Invasion of the 70s Motor Homes (Part 3)


Ready for another round of 1970s motor homes?  That was a rhetorical question, because how could you not be?  This is the essence of the 70s on wheels; from the wood paneling to the drapes.  For 70s enthusiasts, it simply doesn't get much better than this.

As I mentioned in the previous posts, these come from various brochures.  I've removed the boring stuff, and left you with the purified 70s gold.  There is simply no way you can repay me for this gift I give to you.  Consider this my service to society.  Enjoy.



1974 Winnebago Brave
From the brochure:

We've brought the bold, youthful and bright look to our Brave interiors. Choose from Lemon or Lime color schemes in all three models. This is all set off by rich maple vinylface paneling with accent furnishings in brass and soft shades of gold for the baths. All drapes are on positive track slides. We make our own interiors at Winnebago, including seats, cushions. mattresses and curtains,so we control the quality of fabrics and workmanship.Choose your favorite colors confidently knowing that Winnebago quality goes into each and every stitch. Note: carpeting shown is optional

1974 Winnebago Indian
From the brochure:

You have three beautiful color schemes to array this model to your particular taste. Choose from nugget, moss or adobe complementary woven fabrics. All enhanced by rich maple vinylface paneling and brass accent furnishings.

1974 Winnebago Indian
1974 Winnebago Indian
This picture just isn't selling it for me: a couple in separate beds, with prominent toilet bowl in-between.  Color scheme: Psychedelic Heat Meiser.

1974 Minnie Winnie
Suddenly not so interested in that cheese wheel are you, my friend? Yes, the RV is a king's shaggin' wagon - a custom van of the gods.  

1974 Minnie Winnie
What's that he's holding?  Obviously, it's some kind of lens.  Anyone out there recall what this viewing device was for? (And what's up with the giant clock? Seems rather out of place in an RV)

1974 Winnebago 

From the brochure:

Yes. more cupboard space, counter-top space and-a big double stainless steel sink. You'll note in
the floor plan that the wardrobe closet is a little bigger, too. You 're saying to yourself, "Great. but we'd like another sleeping area." Answer: You've got it, with a choice of our optional overhead bunks at the front or rear.


You've come a long way from the Dust Bowl, gramps.  Now you're splitting Oreos in a tricked out Winnebago.  Livin' the dream.


This is from a 1975 Winnebago Brave brochure.... but all my brain registers is "CRUSH, CRUSH, CRUSH".  Just throw the pop tops out the window - it'll be fine.


Is it just me, or are you get a distinct pancakes vibe here?  She's a-reachin' and he's a-likin'.  Don't come a-knockin' if the Winnebago is a-rockin'.

1975 Winnebago Chieftain


How odd.  This equestrian themed page really threw me for a loop.  Are we to assume the silver steins are horse riding trophies? The mattress sans bed linens also is an odd touch.


And the silver stein theme continues.  Note the fondue pot.  I ask you: does it get any more seventies than this?


His thoughts, if we could read them: "Hell's bells, I think I'm losing my mind.  Trapped in this nightmare wagon with my in-laws - Quarantined on this four wheeled abomination with no escape.  My best hope is I choke on this lemon wedge and die....."


And the "back of the guy's head" theme continues.



I would looooove it if somebody could make out the label on that can by the sink.  I have zoomed in and squinted and still come up empty.  One minute it looks like "metal turpentine" the next "mold asparagus".  Here's the link to the full sized image.

22 comments:

  1. Wild Topiary
    Moist Epaulets
    Meat Impulse
    Weed Emphasis

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    1. Nice try, but it's clearly Morbid Lipsauce.

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    2. Not what's on the can, but damn good band names. Meat Impulse rocks!

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  2. The lens device is a stereoscopic image viewer. Think Viewmaster for grownups. It looks like our gentleman has a vintage model. http://www.gilai.com/product_391/Stereoviewer-made--by-Underwood-and-Underwood-of-New-York

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    1. Popular in the 1880s. Long supplanted by view-master and even its older relatives. I have no idea why he would have one of theses, let alone have it int he limited space of a motor home.

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    2. Those things are cool, my grandmother has one. The pics look 3-D (hence the name stereoscope)

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    3. The clock and spinning wheel suggest that couple use their RV for antiquing (I hope they found something their next of kin can bring to the ROADSHOW that's worth big bucks).

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    4. Thank you for clearing that up. (Although, it doesn't make that photo any less odd.)

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  3. Some of those RVs look much nicer and more comfortable than some apartments I lived in during the 90's. By a wide margin, too!

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  4. Can't stop laughing!

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  5. The can says Mixed Vegetables.

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    1. So simple yet, I would have never guessed that.

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    2. Damn. Morbid Lipsauce would've been much more interesting.

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  6. Giant clock? What about that spinning wheel? I think they've gone antique shopping and the RV is doing double duty as a pickup. This is fun!

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  7. I think they are imparting that these two are out travelling the country collecting antiques.

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  8. Where in the Sam Hill did that locomotive in the window come from?

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  9. Are the two 1974 Minnie Winnie pictures supposed to be the same couple, but the second one is ten years later?

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  10. I was in my early twenties during the seventies. I knew things were going badly when my parents were wearing the hipster clothing. It did not compute, especially when our moms still had their hair in buns and wore elephant bells.It was an ugly decade full of polyester shirts, and suede leisure jackets.

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  11. Ah, the memories. My grandparents were long time RV'ers, and they did it in grand style. It was just as these photos show - shag carpeting, gold plaid banquette cushions, a tiny little place for everything. Every summer (mid to late 70s), I would have to travel with them all over the country to various campsites with their Holiday Rambler RV club. It would always involve potlucks, talent shows, etc. I hated it at the time, but now I remember it fondly. Thanks for the excellent photos!

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  12. I love that the '74 Minnie Winnie (bikini photo) came with an aluminum fake wrought iron vertical railing/divider that probably served no purpose other than completing the '70s look.

    Pancakes photo. Better than possible pancakes is the bag of Hiland potato chips! "The Chippiest Chips Around!" I haven't seen Hiland for years.

    Fondue photo: I'm digging how beardy man's plaid pants totally clash with the upholstery.

    Hell's bells photo: I remember microwaves with those incredibly bitchen handles. Does the brochure mention the brand? I wanna say Tappan.

    Mystery can photo: Folgers instant coffee crystals. It's mountain grown, ya know.

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  13. "THOSE WERE THE DAYS!" :) And how I (personally missed them), wish they (those days)could come back -- so I can experience them as an adult. Never really know ( as they say), how good something is until it's gone! :-{

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