1978 Chinook in Grinnell, IA

Last Updated: 8/18/19 | Ad Source: Craigslist

Asking Price: $12,000

1978 grinnell ia

Motorhome Facts

  • Year: 1978
  • Maker/Trim/Model: Chinook
  • Length: 16FT
  • Odometer: Not Listed
  • Drivetrain: 4cyl Manual

Seller Info

  • State/Region: Iowa
  • City/Area: Grinnell
  • Name: Not Provided
  • Phone: See Link Below
  • Email: See Link Below


More Details & Pictures

Vintage 1978 Toyota Chinook motor home. You’ll have a hard time finding a cooler camper than this!

The pop-top roof means great standing room when parked, great gas mileage (20-25mpg) when traveling due to its lower profile, and it fits in almost any garage (which is probably why it’s in such great shape for its age.) The Toyota 4 cylinder 20R engine (manual transmission) has a surprising amount of get up and go. Only 52,652 miles!

We have three children age 5 and under, which makes it hard for us to use this awesome camper, although we’ve done it successfully! Otherwise we would keep it because they’re hard to come by, especially in this condition.

The camper includes:
-Sofa area that can be used as a dining area or folded down to make a nice size bed (bed can be used with the pop-top roof either up or down)
-Small over-cab bunk area for kids
-Hand pump sink (brand new) with fresh water tank or use with a water hose connection and you don’t have to pump
-Two burner propane stove in excellent condition
-Updated 12v/24v refrigerator with small freezer designed for yachts
-Has a towing hitch; we’ve never towed anything but it could probably handle a small boat
-Driver and passenger seats in like-new condition
-Newer CD Player/Radio
-Two seat belts in the rear, for a total of four seatbelts
-A surprising amount of storage in closet and under sofa benches
-An open closet that can be used for porta-potty (a newer Dometic-brand potty is pictured and included) or for even more storage if you don’t care about the potty.

I purchased the camper last year with the idea it would fit all five of us. It actually does, but the challenge is where to put all three car seats when it’s time to sleep. Our two best friends from Spain just borrowed it to drive from Iowa to The Badlands, Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore, and Devil’s Tower, and back to Iowa. The engine doesn’t skip a beat and they had the vacation of a lifetime. It turns heads everywhere you go.

As with any 40 year old vehicle, especially a camper, it’s not perfect:
-The engine drips just a bit of oil, typical of the older Toyota engines. It’s so little I’ve personally never been concerned about it.
-Torrential rains and the pop-top roof don’t get along well. Our solution is to avoid heavy rains, however you could rather easily put a new seal around the roof for when you have it closed and that would fix it. In either case, the camper is made of a steel frame with a fiberglass shell, so there’s very little wood to be concerned about even if some water does get in.
-The hood at some point must have seen hail, but it’s covered with the cool decal so it’s not very noticeable unless you’re looking for it.
-The furnace works but the pilot needs manually lit with a lighter. For such a small space I would much prefer and recommend a small, portable propane heater that uses the little Coleman fuel cans. Or just heat up a teapot of water on the stove and it warms up the camper at the same time.
-There are cosmetic things here and there that could be worked on if you wanted to do so, or it’s usable exactly as it is currently.

We have the clean title in hand. You can make an offer, but please do so only after you’ve looked at it in person.
Please know we’re not desperate to sell, so a super low offer won’t work. Cash or cashier’s check only. We won’t hold it; first come, first served. I have a Minnesota cell phone number but we, and the camper, are located in Grinnell, Iowa.

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1 Comment

  1. Hi!
    My name is Amanda & I recently saw your 1978 Toyota Chinook on ToyotaRVForSale.com.
    I am very interested in this vehicle, is it still available? It was posted several months back so I am just double checking.


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