Wednesday, May 1, 2013

1977 Dodge Chinook Concourse

I am now the proud owner of a 1977 Dodge Chinook Concourse. It's what I consider, or would today be considered, a Class B+ motorhome with a Dodge van front. Not only am I the proud owner but I actually have it. It's out in the yard right now. Now I just wish I had another day off so I could look at it more, but alas, I work the next 4 days. A little incentive to wake up earlier than normal maybe.

As I'm sure I mentioned before it was 175 miles north of here. I had serious questions about whether or not I would make it home on the first try. But I did, and it did. It actually cruises pretty good around 60-65. Another good thing is I live just a few miles from the expressway, and so does the guy I bought it from. It's not an expressway anymore up by him but it's still a straight shot most of the way.

I need to work on the brakes pretty immediately. The pedal goes all the way to the floor and there's not a whole lot of braking power there. Luckily since it was a straight shot with limited stoplights this did not play a huge role in the drive home. Another fun part about stopping is the van started to surge a little when I came to a stop and threatened to stall but never did.  So there's something else to look into.

Right now I'm just relieved it made it home with no problems.

I'm also feeling the pressure to get rid of some more of my stuff now. A big motorhome sitting in the yard isn't going to go over well for too long without me ditching a few things. Like my old car. Could be a great car with minimal work, but it does need work and I don't need more projects. Feeling like I'm probably going to be sending it to the junkyard early next week when I have two more days off. Also considering selling my travel trailers. It would be sad to sell the one I used to live in, but do I really need it anymore? When I get rid of the Crown Vic I won't have a vehicle with a decent hitch on it anymore.

Changes changes changes. Like always, stay tuned.


  1. I have the same vehicle. Is your exterior color scheme original? Upper stripe, should it be gray? tks.

    1. As far as I know and as far as I can tell the exterior is original. Now that you mention it though I haven't seen another one with the gray/silver up top.

  2. I know this is 3 years ago but, I have the same one too. I just bought it March 11th. It has the gray stripe too. I watched your walk around video on YT and everything is the same. Even the window shades. I have ripped everything out of mine except the Closet, Bathroom, and refrigerator. It's down to the plywood floor. I'm about to start the floor up restoration. Like you, I'm very excited to own this rig! I work on it everyday. I sub'd to your channel.

  3. Sorry I did unknown poster. I subbed you from my gaming channel "FPSIdiot" gaming. This is Bret. 1978 Dodge Chinook Concourse!

    Thanks. :- )