Our earlier Uncommon Rides RV entry was the forgotten Mauck Particular Automobile, or MSV. With its customized fiberglass meeting and butterfly doorways (go take a look at it!), it actually appeared just like the jackpot of bizarre leisure autos. Nevertheless, the B&B rapidly knowledgeable me this was not the case, and that a good extra fascinating and weird RV existed within the type of the Vixen. The disgrace from this error in judgment was unparalleled.
Time to maneuver previous that folly, although, as we simply occur to have a Vixen RV proper right here.
The Vixen was an entrepreneurial enterprise by one Invoice Collins. Meant as a solution to the deceased GMC motorhome (1972-1978), the Vixen took an uncommon strategy for an RV — practicality was entrance and heart.
Smaller than the GMC that impressed it, the Vixen maintained tidy proportions of six toes by 21 toes. This meant it match inside a regular American storage bay. Useful packaging meant the Vixen was in a position to supply the conveniences offered by bigger RVs, like a generator, water heater, and an electrical inverter (uncommon for RVs of the time).
One other fiberglass-over-frame design, the Vixen was a lot smoother than competing RVs of the interval. With a totally clean roof and underside, the earliest Vixen achieved a drag coefficient of lower than .30.
Arriving at your vacation spot and organising camp started with the hinged roof seen above. Coated in folding home windows, it offered head clearance for individuals as much as 6’2″ in peak.
The heating system in the Vixen was uncommon. In contrast to the propane-fueled heaters generally present in RVs, the Vixen had a diesel-powered unit. Utilizing diesel meant you didn’t have to make separate refueling stops at propane suppliers (sorry, Hank Hill). Sadly, this method proved a lot much less dependable than customary propane heaters.
Talking of diesel, all RV variations of Vixen had been powered by an inline-six BMW turbodiesel engine. At 2.four liters in displacement, it offered simply 115 horsepower to encourage the 5,100-pound automobile. Within the driver’s cockpit, one finds a tall gear lever connected to a five-speed Renault unit. Fairly a Germanic-French… Alliance.
This specific instance has a typical RV setup inside. Some examples of a limousine model (known as XC) had been additionally produced. Missing a kitchen and tub, the XC variations supplied extra seating and Our Lord 3800 offering the propulsion. These examples additionally misplaced the guide transmission, with a GM-provided four-speed computerized doing the shifting.
The lengthy and low proportions and pleasing driving traits of the Vixen meant it earned the repute of a driver’s RV from press shops. However as we all know, press reward to the Driving Fanatic Gods don’t essentially translate into shopper gross sales. Mother and pop Smith from Fort Lauderdale largely stayed away.
After a brief run from 1986 by means of 1989, the Vixen Motor Firm shuttered. Manufacturing figures — together with the limousine model — totaled simply 587. Stays of the corporate had been rapidly bought by eager Vixen fanatics who hold the RVs operating to this present day. One such instance is on the market proper now, by way of the Vixen Homeowners Affiliation, for $29,000.
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[Images: Seller, via Vixen Owners Association]