Friday, April 17, 2015

5k: Not A Creeper Van: 1977 Dodge Tradesman Custom Van

Often when you see a custom van it makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, because you are certain a few people have been murdered inside (possibly while you are looking at it), but occasionally you see a custom van and reflexively do the nod of acknowledgement.  Yeah.  That's a nice van.  Find this 1977 Dodge Tradesman Custom Van here on eBay currently bidding for $6,150 with one day to go, located in New Boston, MI.

This isn't the van that you'd want to live in down by the river -- but you could use it for tailgating at a football game or a motel style road trip.  You could spend a few nights in it, but it won't be a good substitute for an RV since it has no toilet or shower.  The lack of shower is instantly forgiven when you see the tasteful panoramic scene airbrushed on the side -- no topless amazon women or wolves howling at the moon here.

It does have a small cooler and a sink, but the 4 captains chair setup and rear seat that folds down into a bed is probably a good mate for those campgrounds where you can park and pitch a tent next to the car.

 See a better van that won't freak out your suspicious neighbor?


  1. While I much prefer a Robocop riding a unicorn theme, this van is stunning. It looks straight out of a time machine (hot tub or no).

  2. This is one of those "Don't laugh, you might have been conceived in here" vehicles.

  3. This is one of those "Don't laugh, you might have been conceived in here" vehicles.

  4. Beautiful shape, but hideous colors.

    I do not understand the need for a toilet in a van camper. Are your bowels uncontrollable? Do you really want to drop a big stinky growler inside your vehicle? If you are traveling the US there is no shortage of bathrooms, every campground has toilets, and lots of them have showers. If you are in the wilderness, take a shovel with a roll of TP into the woods and bury your business. When I see vans with the toilet mounted practically in the kitchen, or at the head of the bed, and surrounded by shag carpet, it's just disgusting. Especially if you are buying secondhand!


    1. For real, Most people that do have toilets in the RV have a no #2 policy and I can pee almost anywhere.

  5. Way to carry the torch for the "creeper van" label in a way only a true douche bag fucker could. Custom vans are badass & draw 10x the crowd any tri-5 Chevy could at car shows & cruise ins. Seems to me only a true creeper goes to that stereotype right away, & there's no van required for that.


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