Vintage Wheels #2: Invasion of the 1970's Recreational Vehicles

If I were to pick one item to demonstrate 70's interior decor, I think it'd be a motorhome brochure.  They looked similar to home decoration, but the enclosed space makes it all the more shocking. It's almost too much to take in at once. It's an all out assault on the eyes; it's everything bad about 1970's decor condensed.

Here we have a vast sea of browns accented by more browns. The only primary colors to be found are a bowl of fruit and this boy's Troube game. Not sure why everyone is laughing at him or why he is having to play this alone. Kind of disturbing, really.

This was pure heaven back in 1973 - an eight-track player, a cup holder for your Schlitz, shag carpet, and plaid seats.

Speaking of shag carpet - they didn't make 'em much thicker than this, folks. It's like a field of wheat.

Grandma, your purple clothes are clashing big time with the avocado green, brown and harvest yellow. Move it!

What an awful way to present this RVs interior decoration. They were going for "elegant", they got "yard sale" instead.

You know it's bad when there's a perfectly good bed, and your woman chooses to sleep in a compartment in the roof. Is she drinking coffee?

Apparently, it was a big selling point to show the customer there's still room for the wife to primp.

Plenty of room to chow down on some whole fruit and whole wheat bread. But where's the Pop Tarts and Sunny D?

To hell with roughing it! This couple gets dressed up to the nine and breaks out their silver plated tea sets.

The bathroom is roomy, I'll give 'em that. But the decor is awful! Even the topless woman can't recue this eyesore.

And speaking of topless women in motorhome brochures....

Winnebagos and candelabras go well together, don't you think?

What game are they playing? Looks something like Othello.

Well, I've had about all the avocado green and harvest gold I can handle. Time to call it a wrap. Happy trails.


  1. OMG! This is great. I remember hanging out in my dad's old VW camper, not as cool and elaborate as these. There was a barbie doll camper that was so rad from the 1970s. All of my friends had one, wish I did. They were so cool.

    Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing

  2. Yowza! This may be the single best post you've ever put up -- I love it!

    Caption for Photo #4:
    "Worst. Swinger. Party. EVER."

  3. Awesome. Yet again, I am in awe of the pics you find to post. Kudos, dude. Just awesome.

  4. My parents belonged to a "Good Sam" camping club fro the late 60s till around 1975 or so. We had a huge Winnabago, and, yes, as my folks tore down highways at top speeds, I was left to roam around the interior of the motor home, unrestrained, even sitting in the "above the cab" bunk and looking out at the road, when not reading Marvel comics up there!

    Motor homes and campers were SO cool to us kids then...Camping SO adventurous..A new camp and new kids every other weekend!

    Al Bigley

  5. Dack ThrombosisMarch 26, 2010

    I love how the food in the first picture is the same color as the seat cushions. Groovy!

  6. Ooooh I love this - want to make my camper a virtual time machine with lush green interior! Thanks for posting these great photos!

  7. Gilligan, for shame! The boy was playing "Trouble" (the pop-o-matic game), However you were right in announcing, that he was playing Sorry. Sorry - that he didn't have anyone to play with. And as for the shower head with "3-way", that's a contradiction in marketing to expect independence with a 3-way.

    Great post!
    Like Mr Ed used to say, "Wilbur if you need me, I'll be in my trailer"

  8. Greg, my wife has been telling me to change that all weekend. I told her no one would notice the error. I was right until you came along. :-) Anyway, I've changed it.

  9. This is one of your best posts yet! I remember at my junior high how the headmaster had a huge van that we all pitched in and painted. It was so ugly inside, much like these. I guess you could say it was a "hippie" typed school or free school was the term. You should do a whole post on van culture sometime too Gilligan.

  10. Wow that's truly stunning... the 1970's dream! We own and operate a 1974 Morrison D6 Milk Float so anyone who wants to see these 70's masters of creation head over to www.theoldmilkfloat.co.uk

  11. Still, an RV is a great thing to have if you're on the road a lot during a Zombie Apocalypse (see: The Walking Dead).

  12. Great way to start my day. Just had some flashbacks!! Good times!

  13. Vintage! The thing I love about these old recreational vehicles is their class. It’s undoubtedly incredible, and although there are so many modernized RV styles that are becoming highly popular right now, I think, the old, vintage ones still stand out. ;)

    Rosalinda Rudloff

  14. We just bought a 1972 econoline van camper conversion...need to re-upholster, but the yellow vinyl walls, yellow curtains and brown cabinets are still minty! Thinking I might go with avocado green fabric or plaid (thx for the tips!)

  15. Love this. I'll be adding to my blog soon, when I get my hands on the camper my mom bought for us, a 1970-something Dodge Midas with green shag carpet, still in good condition from what I can tell from the pictures.

  16. I love this! We just bought a 1979 camp trailer in fabulous condition so I decided to totally deck it out in hideous 1970s everything!

  17. These 1970's pictures of recreational vehicles are really awesome. I loved seeing the style back then of home decor and fashion. I wish I could of lived during this time. I love the music, style, and all around atmosphere of the 70's.

    Jessie | http://www.leisurelandrv.ca/financing/index.htm

  18. AnonymousMay 23, 2015

    Wow man, great site and pics. Some of them look familiar while so many others I've never seen. I'm a Vintage motorhome freak. Not fanatic (although I guess i'm that too) but more of a freak with 17 coaches from the 70s and 80s under my belt including current 1984 33fter, I am also an avid collector of anything Vintage motorhome periodicals (motorhome life magazines which changed it's name by mid to early 80s to just Motorhome and brochures from 60s, 70s and 80s only along with Trailer Life which has continued since the 60s to present day) which is where I've seen and gotten a lot of my personal RV collector vintage pics from. Yours however, along with your absolutely hilarious comments are totally awesome! Love it man. Keep it up. Foretravel Motorhome / Denver