There are still those rare and unknown car gems floating around that confuse even the most expert muscle car enthusiasts. This is the case with this RVan extremely rare one 1966 Dodge Charger motorhome pictured here. Built in Denver, Colorado, by Great Dale House Car Co., this was a genuine product of theirs. Have you ever seen one?
Did Great Dale only make Dodge Charger RVs?
According to the website dedicated to these freaks, Great Dale founder Dale Wasinger even invented a unique method of cutting cars in half. Real estate, selling used cars, auto body repair and starting gambling casinos, about which he wrote a book, were just a few of his various pursuits.
The Great Dale company would match any car to its generic RV, but it had preferences for low-mileage used cars. That is why there were so many different car brands opposite the campers. He then hunted down used low-mileage trucks involved in head-on collisions to utilize their frame backs.
What chassis did the Great Dale motorhomes use?
Since the motorhome’s bodies weighed little more than the rear half of the car, no frame adjustments were necessary. There were also no changes to the engines, cooling systems, transmissions, front suspension or brakes.
His first attempt was a 1961 Cadillac. With his vision proven, he continued to build these monstrosities for four years. He preferred Oldsmobiles for their great power-to-weight ratios.
How much space was there in the camper?
The images from the Instagram post “ghettovs” show that his 1966 Charger RV has more room than you might think. There is a double bed, wardrobes and cupboards galore, a built-in stove and a dining table. Add some more chairs and you have a kitchenette.
While no mention is made of which engine the Charger RV has, we suspect it is either the 361 ci or the 383 ci V8. That’s because they were the most common of Dodge’s big block offerings in 1966. Dodge 440 ci engines weren’t too common, and Hemi engines were even rarer, with fewer than 500 made.
How many of these motorhomes were made?
In addition to the Charger, a 1965 Dodge Coronet was also converted. It has a special website. There is also a website for the Great Dale House Caro Company. Of course, with are multifunctional applications and unique front-ends of vintage cars from the 60s, there was bound to be a lot of interest.
In total, Great Dale has made between 52 and 60 RV conversions. With age, some of the front suspensions have sagged, meaning the bottom goes in and out of driveways. Some owners have replaced the Mopar torsion bars or coil springs with heavy-duty replacements. In the case of the Coronet, racing torsion bars have raised the front end by an inch and it no longer extends.
Usually, however, these require the same recovery steps as a classic car, plus refurbishing the interior. Supposedly Great Dale Made Two Dodge Chargers motorhomes. So if you must have one, it could be one of those rare gems floating around somewhere.