Sometimes I’m drawn to the kitschy and camp as well as the practical and refined. I’m generally not a fan of vehicles of any sort, but earlier this fall friends showed me the interior of their recent acquisition… a 1978 Delta Motorhome. I was impressed!

Today, I’m dusting off these photos from a few months ago as we’ve been treated to a “snow day” (and, since we’re not going anywhere, we’ll do what we want instead of working on other people’s stuff!). So, I’m blogging. Please humor me in this departure from more conventional design!

I immediately reveled in the camper’s contrived cheesiness; who wouldn’t be charmed by a fake beamed ceiling replete with numerous backlit faux stained glass panels? Sadly, the interior finishes had been painted by the previous owner. However, I was able to find images online of a 1979 Delta, and those images will follow so that we can see some of what was lost when the paint was applied.

Despite the paint, the camper is still capable of conveying something of the essence of the mid- to late-1970’s — a time which, while far from perfect, was a bit more innocent then the present day. Step inside and join me in praise of yesteryear’s questionable design choices!

The vehicle in all of its striped 70’s glory.

You know how I am about hardware… I love the sleekness of this flush door latch.

Just inside the tiny entry is this refrigerator with padded doors of black vinyl. The cabinet doors are outrageously “rustic”.

Opposite the refrigerator is this compact kitchen; the cabinet end is also padded.

Every home needs a great clock, preferably vinyl-padded. The door pulls are faux-hammered with an antique brass finish.

Behold the wondrous ceiling treatment! I would have liked to have seen the fake stained glass panels illuminated, but forgot to ask in my awe-stricken state. Beyond is a sleeping loft above the cab.

The windowed loft even has a skylight!

A view of the roomy cab.

The following three photos show a similar, but unaltered, interior:

I had imagined that the cabinet doors would be darker than this. The vinyl in this camper is brown rather than black, so perhaps the wood finishes varied as well. These appear to be the original window treatments… they seem perfect. Image source:

The kitchen has laminate with a butcher block pattern, complete with sink cover/chopping board. Image source:

This stove retains a handy cover which doubles as more counter space. Image source:

Happy trails!
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