You’ve always wanted a vintage camper with all the modern amenities in it? So do Russ Moen from Vancouver, British Columbia.
Did you know that American business magnate, record-setting pilot and engineer Howard Hughes build a camper on the back of a Chevrolet cab-over truck? No? But Russ Moen knew that and he thought that it was a brilliant idea, which is why he transformed a 1954 Chevrolet cab-over truck into the Tourliner – all alone, at home. Is that incredible, or what?
So, it made sense to start with something built heavy to begin with, something like a 1985 Elite motorhome. As such, a big engine was needed, and Moen’s choice was a 12-valve Cummins, built by diesel drag racer and owner of Harbor City Diesel, Malcolm Cross. He O-ringed the block, upgraded the head studs, and fit a BD Power Super B turbo on an aftermarket manifold.
Randy Langille and Rick Granneman also laid the teak and maple floor and built the birch and cherry cabinets, which hide a Wallas diesel stove/heater, a Nova Kool refrigerator, and an electric hot-water heater. Nothing but the best, adding to the self-sufficiency of the 1954 Chevy Cab-Over. The cockpit features a Dakota Digital combo and solo gauges, an RV steering column and a Vintage Air Gen II Super Cooler, with a Painless Performance harness distributes power. The rod-looking cabin is complemented by futuristic technologies, such as Vision Tech cameras: two mounted in 1939 Chevrolet taillights at the front steps and a third at the back – no more mirrors for this vehicle. A four-channel Pioneer amplifier drives Pioneer 6-3/4-inch component sets and a 10-inch sub-woofer in a seat base in the camper, meaning there’s always room for a party. Finishing off this project are Ford Windstar cargo seats, square-weave carpets in the cab floor and a set of standard GM 19.5 x 6 wheels, with stainless trim rings and 1949 Mercury caps.
The 1954 Chevy Cab-Over is stunning, to say the least, enjoyable as well as practical. I doubt resting is possible since everywhere you’d go, people are going to stare at it and knock on the door to ask questions and see the interior. But, I guess that’s a small price to pay for driving the most awesome ‘RV’ on the planet. Check out the video below to hear Moen talk about his motorhome in his own words.