SEMA Seen: 1972 Chevrolet C30 custom camper

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A restored and updated 1972 Chevrolet C30 truck with Mitchell & Sons custom camper | Larry Edsall photos

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You had to walk around the rounded front section of the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, and even then it might have been easy to wander past this pale shade of green-and-white 1972 Chevrolet C30, unless you were drawn in by the long and shiny aluminum-trimmed matching camper mounted behind its cabin.

Such vintage campers are not the usual sort of thing you find at the annual SEMA Show, but they show up from time to time and usually they are spectacularly restored, and then some.

There’s plenty of room on the rear sofa that becomes a queen-size bed

This one, named ReRun, was done by Creative Mobile Interiors, a company based in Grove City, Ohio. Rerun was invited to SEMA as a featured vehicle by PPG, the automotive paint supplier.

A sign next to the truck included a “before” photo of how the camper and pickup looked when Creative undertook their restoration. According its website, CMI designs and builds custom, one-of-a-kind vehicle conversions of all types and sizes, ranging from campers to mobile marketing display trailers and from tailgating specials to mobile offices.

As far as the ’72 Chevy C30 was concerned, the restoration included installation of a 402cid “big block” v8 bored 30 over and equipped with Keith Black domed pistons, a March Performance serpentine kit, Sniper fuel injection, SM465 transmission, hydraulic clutch and Wilwood Hydro brakes. It also modernized the driver’s compartment.

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It’s an apartment on wheels

But it is the camper unit that makes this customization sensational. The camper originally was produced in 1972 by Mitchell & Sons, Inc., of Commerce City, Colorado. Creative rebuilt the aluminum body and shell and installed a complete custom camping interior with kitchenette, full bathroom, queen-size bed, SmarTV, WiFi, full kitchenette with bamboo countertops and an HVAC system with built-in 4 kilowatt generator.

Basically, this is an apartment on wheels, and a very livable apartment at that.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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  1. Thesis by far the best camper I have seen. More RV manufactures should take note of what was created. All of them are way to old fashion and outdate styles. You have created a masterpiece. Don’t stop and keep creating vehicles such as this.

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