Hooniverse Van-Tastic Weekend – A 1977 Chevrolet Blazer Chalet

I know what you’re saying…. Jim, this is not a Van. You know, you’re right, but when doing research for this weekend’s Van-Tastinc features, this Blazer Chalet materialized in one of my searches, and I had to showcase it. My reasoning was the fact that Chevrolet commissioned an aftermarket company to convert the capable Blazer into someplace that you could spend the weekend away from home. It was kind of a “Van” conversion of the Blazer. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!

Anyway, back to the Blazer Chalet. This was a rare experiment by GM at the time in which they did everything in the way of becoming your choice in recreation vehicles. They produced the GM Motorhome of the early 70s, commissioned another company to convert the GMC Rally Van into a class “C” Motorhome during this time period, and introduced the Blazer Chalet in 1977.
According to the listing:

I am selling an extremely rare 1977 Chevy Blazer Chalet. There were only 1700 of these vehicles assembled and there are less than 100 that are documented. Most of these vehicles were used as rough terrain campers and were not maintained. I was lucky enough to find the most, well-maintained Chalet in existence. I am the second owner and the original owners had stored it indoors and only took it for annual camping excursions. My Chalet is 1382 of 1700 and it only has 53,000 original (documented) miles on the numbers matching engine. It has the original factory chalk mark in the engine compartment, original door sticker, original options sticker, records of oil change and original badge numbers.

The only thing that is not original from the factory is the paint, which was redone in 1999 due to sun fading, and it is not the original tires, but it still has the original jack mounted inside the engine compartment. The vehicle has no rust and is amazing to see in person. The Chalet has a working refrigerator, stove, gas heater, and sink. It also has a rare factory installed CB (phone) radio that is functional. When we picked it up in Minneapolis it was tuned into the emergency broadcast channel. It has the factory AM AC Delco radio and speakers. Two of the most surprising, fully-functional options is the built in clock (those were always a chronic break) works and the factory air conditioning still blows ice-cold. The only true downfalls to this vehicle is that it has a couple small chips in the fiberglass camper and it has a small tear on one of the table seats (which could be repaired at a vinyl shop). I have thought about adding child locks, but decided to keep the vehicle unmodified and un-molested. I truly believe that this is the most mint condition Chalet in existence and will be sad to let it go. It turns heads everywhere and either people adore it or hate it.

The exterior, interior, options are all immaculate. I am only selling it because if I keep it I will take it camping, hunting, and tailgating. It will slowly get nicks, scratches, and lose its value. Someone who wants to keep it in mint condition should actually own this vehicle. I guarantee that it will be very valuable/collectible because of the rare nature of the vehicle. I challenge anyone to find one of these vehicles in better shape or lower miles…it is not going to happen. If you have any other questions or if you would like to see the vehicle in person let me know. I keep it in a storage facility and only use dry wash to detail it.

This vehicle does not and will not see any rain or water of any sort. I just had it tuned up and spent all day detailing it. The engine is a 400 V-8 (4X4) automatic transmission and it runs perfectly, you could drive it across the U.S. to bring it home. I drove it 300 miles and it ran like a new vehicle. It will run about 70 on the interstate, but I drove it between 60-65 mph.

Asking price for this never to be seen again Blazer Chalet? $18,500! Would you consider this Blazer to be highly collectible? See the original listing here.

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  1. CptSevere Avatar

    Great little RV. I used to know a guy who had one of these, he and his family loved the thing. I looked a lot like this, but was definitely used for what it was designed for, and had a solar panel added to charge the batteries. I'd love to have one of these, if I didn't already have an RV that can go off pavement.

  2. Lotte Avatar

    It's the little details that makes it for me; the music note on the volume control, the front-mounted spare, little handle beside the rear door; everything that's supposed to be there as a truck and a camper is there and it all fits inside this neat little package. But then again, I would also want to use it as a camper, so unless I have $18,500 saying 'yes!', then it's not happening. I really like it, though.
    Oh! One thing it doesn't have: A loo. Though it's probably not fun to clean out a septic tank, I'd imagine. So, another positive?

    1. facelvega Avatar

      Don't think we've forgotten your posts from a couple of days ago! Selective quotation from this new post: "the…rear door… makes it… not fun." Hatchback hater! Case closed.
      Just teasing.

      1. Lotte Avatar

        Dammit! What must I sacrifice to the HooniHatchback deity(ies?)!

  3. Jim-Bob Avatar

    I love it but I too would want to use it for what it was intended and not for show. I see it as the ultimate get out of dodge, end of the world vehicle and as that is one of my current obsessions, that is what I would want it for.

      1. Jim-Bob Avatar

        I would definitely NOT want to get out of that Dodge! Those old Ramchargers (and their Plymouth Trailduster stablemates) are sweet! There's just something about an SUV with a removable roof and a 440 under the hood.

  4. $kaycog Avatar

    For those who didn't watch all of the video, this camper goes up and down. That's pretty neat so you wouldn't have to walk around on your knees.
    <img src="http://bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/1976_Chevy_Blazer_Chalet_Brochure_1.jpg"width="500"/&gt;

  5. longrooffan Avatar

    This is a nice truck but I'm afraid at that price and its rarity, it is going to end up in a museum or sit unused in a private collection. So sad as these are out of this world cool.

  6. Sam Avatar

    Is there a jimmy version?

  7. jeepjunkie Avatar

    The ONLY vehicle I would sacrifice my Willys' to get……..or my wife….any takers here…good lookin blond…a little bossy, but aren't they all…good cook…keeps a clean house….doesn't drink beer…just means more for me (I mean you)…not much on patience with old cars or jeeps…but….
    very nice K-5….one of Detroit's and Chinook Mobilodge's best offspring….and forget the Westfalia…..

  8. P161911 Avatar

    Actually saw one of these on the road once, had to do a triple take.
    I camped rather successfully several times in my regular K-5 Blazer. The church group I was with would go tent camping at a campground. I would usually pack my Blazer full of camping gear (tent, firewood, food, blowtorch, camp stove, halogen work lights, etc.) When I got to the campsite, the tent would go up, and all the stuff would go in the tent. I would take the back seat out of the Blazer (it was the official campfire couch), and inflate the air mattress in the back of the Blazer. A few foam blocks to bring the back foot wells even with the bed, a sunscreen for the front and side window, and some cardboard targets over the rear windows. It usually rained when we camped, most folks got soaked. I stayed high and dry. If it was cold I brought an electric heater (the campground usually had electricity) that sat in the front floorboard, so I was nice and toasty too.

  9. west_coaster Avatar

    Or if you really want to be cramped while camping and bounced around while driving:

  10. Russell C Avatar
    Russell C

    The GMC version was the Casa Grande. We designate these by their serial number, so as noted in the ad above, this one is #1382, probably one of the two best ones I've seen. I used to own serial number 1747.
    More info is at http://www.blazerchalet.com/ which is a web site I took over last summer but haven't done anything with it just yet….
    The April 2009 issue of Hemmings Motor News had a 1-page article about Blazer Chalets / GMC Jimmy Casa Grandes on pg 48. See this link for a complete printable version of it, click anywhere on that page to make it bigger: http://www.hemmingsdigital.com/hemmings/200904/?p… My former Chalet is at the top of the page.
    And, for any enthusiasts or owners who want to join our Yahoo internet forum, go to http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/ChevyK5Blazer… It's a free sign-up, members get to use the forum to trade info & restoration tips, plus we have an ever-growing set of photo galleries. I maintain two 'for sale' lists at our forum for the new guys who join to find one of these. There's lately been around 50+ of these on the "Currently for sale list", scattered around the country, either as complete units or orphaned 'shells-only', where the original truck rusted out from under the fiberglass camper units. I had to create a 'city-only location' Google map of all the vehicles on those two lists, in order keep track of them: http://www.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&a

  11. jjd241 Avatar

    Even though this seems like a high price, compare it to other RVs out there and it doesn't sound so bad. When you throw in the 4×4 capabilities it really adds to the value. If you had this type of RV budget (comparable to a super clean Synchro Westy) I would not be afraid to use it as intended.

  12. LTDScott Avatar

    I saw one of those on the road just yesterday, although in much worse shape.