During his later years, my friend Van was part of a camping club, a group of friends who would caravan around the country in motorhomes. Van was the fix-it guy in the club, always happy to help his camping club friends with mechanical or maintenance issues, or even cosmetic improvements to their motor homes. Even after they were too old to drive these cumbersome vehicles around the country, the camping club continued to meet once a month at a local restaurant for lunch. At some point, one of his beloved camping club friends gave Van this Hot Wheels Motor Home, hand-painted to match his own rig.
I have to admit, when Van first gave me his Hot Wheels Motor Home, I was a little disappointed that it had been painted over. But since Van has been gone a few years, I’m appreciating his customized version a lot more. Besides, based on the chrome plastic base, the blackwall tires, and the bits of original orange paint still peeking out under the wheel wells, I’m pretty sure Van’s Hot Wheels Motor Home was the same 1979 variation of which I also have a really nice example.