Crazy Rare Chevrolet Blazer chalet is a vintage motorhome lens – MotorBiscuit
The Chevrolet Blazer isn’t really a favorite among vintage 4 × 4 nuts. Obviously, the Ford Bronco is having a pretty big race. The Land Rover Defender is also seen as intense love from the fans. Jeeps, Scouts, Toyota 4x4s, and most other vintage 4x4s have become gangbusters, but for some reason no one seems to really care about the Chevrolet Blazer. Maybe if the Blazer could pass the #vanlife crowd? Well, the Chevrolet Blazer Chalet is just that, and those are the big goals of vintage campers.
Make your vintage motorhome dreams come true with the Chevrolet Blazer chalet
The Chevy Blazer Chalet and its corporate cousin, the GMC Jimmy Casa Grande, are indeed a couple of rare birds. GM only made these extremely cool vintage motorhomes from ’76 to ’77. According to Silodrome, it is believed that only 1,800 were made, and there are even fewer.
The idea was solid; a motorhome to drive anywhere, allowing for much more rugged and remote camping while having a vehicle and shelter. However, it seemed that GM was a few decades ahead of this market.
Was it just a normal Chevrolet Blazer with an RV shell?
The Chevrolet Blazer chalet was not a purely GM effort. In fact, it was a collaboration between Chevrolet and the other extremely cool vintage 4 × 4 motorhome of the day, Chinook. The same manufacturer brought us the Toyota Chinook, one of the coolest 4 × 4 motorhomes ever made.
Chalets Balzer started life on the normal Balzer production line. Somewhere along the line they were pulled to be camped at the facilities of Chinook Mobilodge Inc. which completed the construction process. Finishing touches included cutting out the rear of the original passenger cabin before installing the rear of the steel-framed fiberglass motorhome shell.
Unlike some motorhomes, the hull of the Chalet motorhome was intended to be permanently attached to the Balzer. This limited the versatility of these trucks. Ultimately, this lack of versatility is probably the reason they weren’t more popular in their day.
Options were plentiful in this vintage motorhome
As with any good motorhome, the Chevrolet Blazer Chalet had a serious option list. You can choose to have two additional folding beds (allowing the vehicle to sleep four), an electric refrigerator with an extra battery, cruise control, air conditioning and power steering. Unfortunately, none of the options on the list included a bathroom. It was the 1970s, after all.
Standard options included everything you really needed like two beds, seating for four, a small table, a sink with a five-gallon water capacity, a two-burner gas range, and a cooler (if you had not opted for the refrigerator).
What is the value of a Chevrolet Blazer chalet?
The one pictured here is a nice example with literally all the options from 1977. This one was recently sold on Bring a Trailer from the same family that bought it new. It is in amazing condition and still wears its original factory paint. This rare and funky dream vintage motorhome ended at $ 45,000. Considering you can easily spend 10x as much on a modern 4 × 4 RV rig today, I would say that sounds pretty reasonable. Not to mention, where do you go to get all that brown and orange of a modern RV rig?
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