Most of were probably not around to experience the vanning craze of the 70′s and 80′s. We could all guess how it started or we can read this brief history of vanning. There were also social and economic issues which added to the popularity of custom vans. Vanning has become so popular that soon a whole after-market world of accessories developed. Eventually full conversion companies were converting cargo vans into the most comfortable family vehicles that ever existed.
I know because we had a blue ’91 Dodge RAM B-250Hightop Explorer – 318 C.I.D. with throttle-body fuel injection. It had four captain’s chairs, a power folding sofa, a TV, and a VCP (no R, P). By that time the era of vanning was pretty much over however; the vehicles may have been there but the passion was gone.
Now there is a movie celebrating the 60s-80s life style. The movie is based on reemergence of vanning, probably by the very same people who lived it back then, now retired. Check out the trailer after the jump and the movie’s website vanninmovie.com. I would love to see the craze pick up again, just as I would love to have our ’91 Dodge back for my family over any current new so-called minivan.