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Suggestions on how to get the best possible fuel consumption from a recreational vehicle.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Apr 1974 (v.52#4) pg. 36

A guide to recreational vehicle maintenacnce and pre-trip inspections. Emphasis is on self-propelled vehicles (motor homes, van conversions and slide-on campers).
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1974 (v.52#6) pg. 24

How to buy a used camper. Article covers travel trailers, tent trailers, pickup campers and motor homes.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Aug 1974 (v.52#8) pg. 45

A first-time buyer's guide to vacation vehicles (camping trailers, truck conversions, and motor homes).
FAMILY HANDYMAN #278 Apr 1987 (v.37#4) pg. 97

Quick fix-ups for a recreational vehicle. Includes zero-clearance bunk hinge, easy leveling ramp, storm door, fabric organizer for kitchen utensils, guard to keep hanging clothes from falling and wheel-chock holder with mount.
HOME MECHANIX #683 Mar 1985 (v.81) pg. 112

Tips on renting a houseboat, motor home or pop-up trailer for a family vacation.
HOME MECHANIX #698 Jun 1986 (v.82) pg. 54

How to become a rockhound/snowbird. Part 18. Tips on what you should and should not take along in a recreational vehicle.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #520 Feb 1981 pg. 14

A luxury motorhome for only $2,000. Plans show how one family converted a used school bus with a 21-ft. coach into a motorhome.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #554 Jul 1974 (v.70) pg. 58

How to cash in on recreational vehicle values. Tips on buying used RVs, plus a table showing typical repair costs for a variety of problems.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #556 Sep 1974 (v.70) pg. 67

How to drive a motorhome. An interview with a Greyhound driving and safety expert.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #569 Oct 1975 (v.71) pg. 118

Tips on cutting RV vacation costs.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #575 Apr 1976 (v.72) pg. 70

Converting a van into a camper.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #577 Jun 1976 (v.72) pg. 84

A minihome you can build. Photos of the MI Minihome camper assembly designed to fit a VW Beetle chassis. Plans and booklet detailing instructions must be ordered for $15. Est. cost: $1,300.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #589 Jun 1977 (v.73) pg. 45

Convert a surplus mail jeep into a mini camper. Features an 8-ft. long cartop sleeping box, a removable galley unit, pantry unit, and storage chest. Est. cost: $2,000.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #600 May 1978 (v.74) pg. 88

Winter help for a motorhome. How to prepare your motorhome for continued use during the snowy, winter months.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #605 Oct 1978 (v.74) pg. 52

Make an improved cooling stack for your recreational vehicle gas-operated refrigerator cooling chimney.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #624 May 1980 (v.76) pg. 139

Recreational vehicle propane hazards and how to avoid them.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #670 Mar 1984 (v.80) pg. 90

Low-cost pop-up camper van sleeps four comfortably while offering exceptional fuel economy and versatility. The strong, lightweight fiberglass body is custom designed for the Volkswagen-van chassis. Est. cost: $2500 plus VW van. Plans must be ordered.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #670 Mar 1984 (v.80) pg. 108

Build a 19 ft. motor home that sleeps six for under $3,900.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1971 (v.135#1) pg. 136

Convert a van to a camper for only $340 by building a raised roof.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1971 (v.135#2) pg. 148

How to update your recreational vehicle.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1971 (v.135#5) pg. 156

How to winterize your recreational vehicle.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1971 (v.136#4) pg. 151

Convert your van to a pop-up camper by installing this roof platform, pop-up top, combination bunk bed/bench and food storage cabinet with built-in folding table.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1972 (v.137#5) pg. 154

Installing a quadraphonic tape player and speakers in a small motor home.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1972 (v.137#5) pg. 180

How to buy or rent a used recreational vehicle.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1973 (v.139#3) pg. 170

Boonie Bug, a gas-saving, go-anywhere camper built on a Volkswagen bus chassis. Sleeps two adults. Features a fiberglass body shell and two top-hinged, swing-up side doors. Est. cost: $700. Plans: $15.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1974 (v.141#3) pg. 94

Routine preventative maintenance tips for travel trailer or RV.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1974 (v.141#3) pg. 162

Adding an outside access storage compartment to a trailer or RV.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1974 (v.141#3) pg. 166

Cottage designed to utilize all or part of the built-in conveniences of a recreational vehicle (motorhome) while still allowing the RV to be driven away. Features a large garage into which the RV will fit and become a part of the cottage.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1974 (v.141#6) pg. 138

What it costs to insure your family recreational vehicle.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1976 (v.145#3) pg. 194

Install a catalytic heater in the door of a van camper for more warmth.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1977 (v.147#3) pg. 111

25 checks to make before buying a used recreational vehicle.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1978 (v.149#4) pg. 124

Phoenix, an expandable camper van you can build. Features gull-wing doors, aerodynamic styling, and the ability to convert into a tent-camper. Build on a VW chassis. Camper sleeps two and includes kitchen area and dining table. Plans must be ordered for $15. Est. cost: $2,000 plus cost of chassis.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1979 (v.151#3) pg. 48

Tips on converting a Ford Ranger 4-wheel-drive minipickup into a versatile off-road camping vehicle.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1984 (v.161#3) pg. 98

How to customize the new minivans. Some ideas.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1984 (v.161#7) pg. 88

Volkswagen bus camper includes a portable darkroom.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY Jul 1968 (v.63#1) pg. 76

Fit out a Chevy Corvan as a camper.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1963 (v.182#5) pg. 122

Fit out a Ford Econoline as a camper.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1963 (v.182#5) pg. 125

Fit out a Volkswagen Microbus as a camper.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1963 (v.182#5) pg. 128

Convert a GMC Suburban station wagon into a camping vehicle by cutting a hole in the roof and placing a boat upside down over the holes to raise the roof. The boat is removable to use as a boat.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1969 (v.194#6) pg. 120

Winterize camping trailers and recreational vehicles to prevent winter damage.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1969 (v.195#4) pg. 170

How to travel safely in the wilds. How to get ready and what to take with you when you go far off the road in a recreational vehicle or camper.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1970 (v.197#1) pg. 82

Conventional looking Dodge van has a roof which pops up to provide headroom and the rear doors swing out and down to provide private sleeping for two adults. Accessories like heater, stove, refrigerator, sink, shower stall and toilet complete unit. Estimated cost to do basic conversion: $700 plus accessories.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1972 (v.201#2) pg. 87
Added Info POPULAR SCIENCE May 1973 (v.202#5) pg. 122

Tips on winterizing your RV for use during the winter.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1972 (v.201#4) pg. 160

Some quick fixes to try when your camper or motor home won't start or won't go. Eight common RV mechanical problems are explored.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1973 (v.202#5) pg. 120

Convert your RV stove for indoor or outdoor use. Make it removable so you can take it outside the vehicle for use on nice summer days.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1973 (v.202#6) pg. 120

How to install an extra battery and battery mount in a truck or recreational vehicle to insure starting. Auxiliary battery is controlled by a switch on the dashboard.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1974 (v.204#2) pg. 156

All-metal galley for a van camper. Includes a sink, refrigerator, 3-burner stove, oven and storage drawers.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1974 (v.205#1) pg. 104

Clothes line attaches to the side of your RV and is held out several inches by shelf brackets that remove when traveling.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1974 (v.205#3) pg. 50

Tips on the latest equipment for do-it-yourself van conversions.
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1976 (v.208#3) pg. 96

Motor home or travel trailer is an integral part of this vacation cottage to avoid costly duplication of facilities. The trailer is pulled inside a garage and may still be hauled behind your car when you have the urge to travel. Blueprints cost: $35.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1976 (v.209#4) pg. 132

For better quality at less cost, do your own van conversion. Photos and text describe a typical conversion to include kitchen, toilet, bed and storage.
POPULAR SCIENCE Mar 1977 (v.210#3) pg. 110

How to build a combination bench and bed for a van. As a bed, it measures 60"x76". As a bench, it provides seating along one side of the van for 4 adults. Doors in the base of the bench provide access to a storage compartment. Constructed from 2 sheets of plywood and equipped with foam rubber cushions.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1977 (v.211#1) pg. 110

Attach a bubble level to your RV which can be seen from the driver's seat. Helps in manuvering the RV into a level position.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1981 (v.219#2) pg. 114

How to convert a van into a camping vehicle. Outfitting includes stove, icebox, sink and water supply, table and benches that convert to a double bed.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1973 (v.29#2) pg. 56
Correction WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1973 (v.29#4) pg. 53

Tip: How to convert a motor home closet to include drawers.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1983 (v.39#4) pg. 90

Build (or modify) an RV (recreational vehicle) table so that it is pedestal mounted for both inside use and outside use. The table is an extension table which can expand from 27"x29" to 50"x29".
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1985 (v.41#3) pg. 41

Van conversion instructions for a short-wheel-base van. Results in a fully carpeted and upholstered interior with seating, storage, and sleeping space. Est. cost: $1000.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1987 (v.43#2) pg. 50
Added Info WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1987 (v.43#4) pg. 8, 11