Submitted by Chuck Hanson - Mesquite, NV
1969 UltraVan 22' Class A, The Whale, VIN # 460.
375 of these were hand made in the '60's in an old airplane factory in Hutchinson, KS, and were equipped with Chevy Corvair air cooled 6 cylinder engines and trans-axle, mounted in the rear just as in the Corvair. There are still approximately 100 examples currently licensed and bringing smiles to peoples faces across the continent.
Amenities include 15000 BTU low profile heat pump/AC, tankless water heater, Onan Microlite generator, a bathroom with shower, full galley, and a king size bed. All this is in a package weighing less than 4,000 pounds!
I have had The Whale 460 since 2007, and have been restoring and improving it ever since. It retains most of the original design, but I have added programmable air suspension, rack and pinion steering with Wilwood disc brakes stopping the 245-45-17 Michelin tires mounted on 17x8" aluminum wheels. Power comes from a computer controlled, 3.0 liter, port fuel injected Corvair engine with 3.55:1 differential, high-stall torque converter and Powerglide automatic transmission to make those long road trips safer and even more fun.
I take The Whale anywhere and everywhere with confidence, and I never tire of all the questions I get while on the road, or the endless smiles the Whale brings to people, whether at a classic car show, a campground, or just at the local grocery store.
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