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& Enterprise - Aug. 15, 02 by Gerry Martel
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Ideal For The Those On The Go
Holiday Rambler and Airstream
are names synonymous with motor homes. Those special vehicles are ideal
for Americans on the move who like to sleep in their own beds every
night --even when they're on the open road.
For the more affluent nomads, there are
"land yachts" (actually, full-sized buses) configured to accommodate
amenities including a walnut-paneled living room, large kitchen and
sleeping room for six to ten adults.
John Madden, former NFL great, coach and
now network sports announcer, has an overwhelming fear of flying.
Therefore, his preferred mode of transportation is a luxury bus,
outfitted with every conceivable electronic device befitting his
profession. Country and western stars like Willie Nelson and Dolly
Parton and the like also travel in these giant, Greyhound bus-sized
vehicles. Why not? Money is no object for these people, and, perhaps
more importantly to them, they have all the conveniences of home
coupled with a traveling billboard, as their names are emblazoned on
these buses in over sized letters, announcing that a superstar has
arrived in town.
In physics, it holds true that for every
action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In the world of
motorized transportation, this holds true, too. The usual motor home is
built on a truck-type chassis, so why not turn a car into a home on
This brings us to the subject of today's
Auto Showcase. Yes, this unique vehicle was born a 1965 Buick Wildcat.
From this, an innovative company in Denver evolved the Dale House Car.
The name almost tells it all.
The information I'm giving you is all
supposition, as the company is no longer in business and appears to
have disappeared from the face of the earth. However, I've just had the
opportunity to be a part of the Great Dale House Car life for a day, so
here goes my interpretation.
Obviously, Dale started out with a Buick
Wildcat chassis with a V-8 motor, automatic transmission, power brakes,
power steering and other typical Buick motoring amenities. This
guaranteed that this vehicle would be a strong driver, ideal for
The Buick cosmetics, including the Buick
nose, complete with grill and bumper, were another plus. While other
motor homes have the appearance of trucks or buses, with a few small
windows fitted on the sides, the House Car has the look of a passenger
car on steroids. To make the front end even more outlandish, an
oversized V-style windshield with a rectangular picture window mounted
overhead was installed.
The chassis has been stretched another 10
feet and the "house" mounted behind the the passenger compartment, so
the driver can control the mechanics and then, with a turn of the head,
can check out what's going on in the house. Included are a sink, stove,
refrigerator, kitchen table, multiple cabinets and a pull-out bed, as
well as a stereo, TV and VCR -- all the usual trappings of a mobile
Yes, dear readers, there's nothing quite
like a Great Dale House Car. The side entrance on the passenger's side
is a regular house door. The body is covered with white, horizontal,
metal siding. The height of the body is ample enough that even a
basketball player could stand up inside. This motorized home on wheels
has the look of a pregnant elephant ready to deliver.
The ride characteristics: Well, this ain't
no Rolls Royce, but in all honesty, the ride is surprisingly good.
Heavy-duty springs and a balanced motor-to-body weight ratio give the
feeling that this is a fun home on wheels. To those who appreciate
style slightly over substance, this is a winner.
The Great Dale House Car may not have all
the modern conveniences of today's motor homes, but for sheer pleasure
(including the pleasure of not being one of the mob), the Great Dale
House Car makes a statement that you're an individualist. So what if
it's more than 35 years old? It still does the job it was intended to
For the record, this is the first Great
Dale House Car I've ever seen. I wonder how many were ever built?
Find Out - Read
Story About The Great Dale House Car
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