Resort Adds ’71 Winnebago to Rental Fleet
Castle Rock, Wash.-based Toutle River RV Resort this week added a vintage 24-foot, 1971 model year, Class A Winnebago motorhome to the campground’s overnight sleeper lineup.
The classic Winnie – which is outfitted with two twin beds, a dinette bed and a fold-out overhead bunk above the driver’s area – will effortlessly transport you (and your bell-bottom trousers) back to an era of the Bee Gees, pop rocks and political chicanery at the Watergate Hotel, the examiner.com reported.
The Winnebago Chieftain (D-24C) – one of a line of units manufactured by Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. and named in honor of Native Americans – has only seen two owners over the last four decades and is in outstanding condition. Doubtless that classic ‘70s interior – thankfully minus the customary shag pile – will be a big hit with Winnebago enthusiasts.
Many of the RV’s retrofitting changes – which include LED lighting, refurbished upholstery, updated window treatments and new city water plumbing – have been aimed at sprucing up the vehicles appearance while preserving that authentic seventies feel.
When resort owner Charlie Curry took delivery of the unit, he even found a wall mounted “Code of Ethics for Recreational Vehicle Owners” supplied by Winnebago which included clauses like, “I will pull-off two-lane highways periodically if I see a string of cars behind me” and “I will dispose of sewage in recommended places only.” The latter was clearly not something that RV dwellers in the city of Venice, Calif., paid much heed to when they were dumping their black water directly onto city streets.
The classic Winnebago – which still sports many of the OEM fixtures like the two 110-volt 10,000 BTU rooftop AC units – incorporates a bathroom with tub-shower combo and includes a fully equipped kitchen. The latter, in a nod to the 21st century, features a new gas electric refrigerator, microwave and a host of appliances to make you feel right at home; a stove top coffee maker, waffle iron, pancake grill and even a blender to help you rustle up some margaritas. The Winnie also comes fully stocked with dishes, pots, pans and cutlery so the only thing you have to do is the washing up! Whilst visitors will have to bring their own bedding or sleeping bags, park management will take care of a camper’s least favorite task – dumping the holding tanks.
To ensure that you get to enjoy your time at the resort even when the weather is not cooperating the Winnie has been stocked with a variety of games and is also equipped with a flat screen TV with DVD player. On those hot summer days campers are encouraged to unfurl the rigs 18-foot awning and make use of the sites’ fire pit & BBQ.
For the petrolheads among you the Winnebago Chieftain was built on a Dodge M-375 chassis and equipped with a V8 413 cubic inch engine with a 3-speed automatic transmission. This particular Winnie has approximately 60,000 miles on the odometer and there’s even a special compartment at the rear of the rig to carry spare fan belts, radiator hoses & other miscellaneous parts that you might need on the road. To access the compartment you swing out the spare tire and then fold down the compartment door which then acts as a small work bench.
While it’s not unusual for RV campgrounds to offer cabin, Yurt or park model rentals onsite, RV rentals are less common, especially vintage rentals, though trailer rentals are a popular option at campgrounds on the NASCAR circuit – like the MIS trailer rental operation at the Michigan International Speedway – and at dedicated vintage travel trailer resorts like the Hicksville Trailer Palace artist colony in Joshua Tree, Calif.
The Winnebago Chieftain will take pride of place in Charlie’s growing fleet of on-site rental units which now include a 25-foot fifth-wheel ($60 per night), a 39-foot travel trailer ($125 per night), the Love Shack and Bunk House ($105 per night) and a beautiful Fleetwood Brittnay park model ($175 per night) that can sleep six. You can check out the Toutle River RV Resort onsite rental lineup on Flickr.
In line with his vintage theme, Curry is hoping to add a selection of 1960-1970’s era Class A Winnies to the resort and he’s interested in hearing from Winnebago owners in the Oregon and Washington area who might be willing to part with their rig.
Toutle River RV Resort was the founding member of Tents for Troops, a non-profit group that provides active U.S. military and their dependents complimentary camping via a network of over 200 public and private member campgrounds across America.
Additional Information: Toutle River RV Resort, 150 Happy Trails, Castle Rock WA. 98611 (360) 274-8373.