The Winnebago Family Truckster is an idea Keith Boreani came up with to make something fun, creative, and unique.
Having the love of the National Lampoon Vacation movie series he thought it would be fun to take a regular old 1971 Winnebago Brave motorhome and be creative!
Boreani got his start over 11 years ago by renovating an old school bus.
Raising the $5,000 to buy the bus was the easy part. Finding partners to help him do the job was a challenge. Nobody could quite grasp the vision he had for the old hulk, Boreani told Frank Gray with the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Journal Gazette.
You can’t keep a guy with crazy automotive ideas down, though, and Boreani, who’s in pharmaceutical sales, has a vision for a whole new fleet of vehicles that will never make a lot of money but will turn plenty of heads.
By the time he finished the Winnebago Family Truckster, Boreani had created quite a showpiece: shiny black with purple lights on the exterior and thick carpet inside, with custom-designed furniture, a sink, a cooler, and even a little bathroom in back.
Boreani figured he could rent it out as a party bus, but that plan didn’t pan out.
The first vehicle in the fleet has recently been completed.
Boreani bought a regular old 1971 Winnebago Brave motorhome, with a big W on the side and 75,000 miles on it.
“It wasn’t the worst, but it wasn’t pretty,” he said.
But he had an idea to make it really outrageous. Working with an Angola airbrusher, Harry Martin of Hairydidit, he converted the old motorhome into a combination of Clark Griswold’s hideous green station wagon and Eddie’s hideous motorhome from the “National Lampoon’s Vacation” movies.
The green station wagon is painted on the side, complete with a dead grandma wrapped in a tarp and strapped to the roof.
There are plenty of Walley World characters and tons of painted rust on the side, front, and rear.
Martin said he came up with preliminary drawings, Boreani would review them and suggest changes, and together they’d come up with a final design.
Boreani says he’ll never make his money back on the old RV.
“But you can’t go anywhere without someone wanting their picture taken with it,” he said.
“People enjoy it.”
Driving down the street, “98 percent of the people turn and look and take photos of it.”
Even car nuts like it.
Boreani took it to a car show in Huntington and won first place.
The idea is that companies will want to rent it as a curiosity for events.
When you think about it, it would just about make it worthwhile to go to a company picnic.
Boreani says he’s even willing to dress up as Cousin Eddie to accompany the motorhome.
Boreani isn’t done, either. He plans to come up with a “Caddyshack” themed motorhome, one with a “Ghostbusters” theme, and one based on “A Christmas Story.”
“I’ve got a creative end,” Boreani says.
One of Boreani’s partners even wants to take the current RV on a trip to Arizona, but he doesn’t think that’s a good idea.
Those old motorhomes get only 7 or 8 miles per gallon. It would be cheaper to fly first class.
Get your motor runnin’
Head out on the highway
Lookin’ for adventure
And whatever comes our way
Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space.
—Words and music by Mars Bonfire