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Old 02-14-2012, 08:23 PM   #1
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I'm looking for information on a company that was called "Star Wide" at one point and later called either "WideOne" or "Wide One". They were in Anaheim, CA, and they took Dodge cargo vans, cut them longitudinally just inside of the passenger's side frame box, added 14" of metal, wider axles, wider windshields, and other necessary components, and then finished them as either oversized Class-Bs or as minibuses.


I've been looking over the years at various Class-B vans, but so far I haven't found anything in my price range that has the features I'm looking for. I'm innately familiar with Mopar drivetrains, so I'm trying to stick with a Dodge chassis as I won't have any problems maintaining it (and could show it possibly at a car show along with the car that it'll be towing) I suppose that the last-generation Roadtrek 190 is the closest, but those seem to have had the 318/5.2 engine instead of the 360/5.9, which reduces their towing, and the shower arrangement in the center of the van looks a little awkward to use.

I suppose ideally I'd find a Dodge-based Roadtrek that ran into a telephone pole in the front and a WideOne, and transfer all of the RV stuff from one to the other...

Any insights would be much appreciated.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:47 PM   #2
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...................and the shower arrangement in the center of the van looks a little awkward to use.............
It being Valentines Day and all...............
There's something special about a Roadtrek Aisle shower



Funny, the lighting in my Roadtrek never produced the same effect Must have been those LED bulbs...........
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Re: your inquiries - there should be a few members that can help.
The rear axle ratio also greatly affects towing capacity.
I will start searching "Wide Ones".
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:53 PM   #3
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*chuckle* I hadn't considered such a possibility. Of course, I also didn't realize any RV company combined a shower and a tanning booth into a single unit...
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:50 AM   #4
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http://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/cto/2787064253.html

This is the kind of van that I'm talking about, in bus configuration.

Anyone know of a Dodge-based Roadtrek that crashed into a telephone pole head on that I can buy for less than $1000 for parts? *grin*
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Have you contacted the author of the craigslist ad to see if they have any info? Perhaps some clues
buried in the documentation with the van (assuming any exists)?
Could you contact Anaheim CA area Chrysler dealers that have been around since the era when
these units were bought and converted, and see if they sold any units to the original converters?
Maybe they have some info on what happened to them.
Or, if they had a corporate relationship with Chrysler back then, perhaps Chrysler has records they
would share with you to track down the "Star Wide" or "Wide Ones" company contacts?
You could also ask the folks at the NADA RV guide people. Sometimes they have info on obscure RVs.
I've sent them emails before and got answers.
http://www.nadaguides.com/RVs
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Nice video here:

[youtube:539q623n]MLBby8bRqds[/youtube:539q623n]

It is very wide.
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It would be great to find a Wide One that was originally made into a camper van.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:34 PM   #8
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Curiously, how difficult is it to do a conversion, assuming starting with a donor RV of some kind with functional fixtures?

If I built one from scratch I'd want seatbelts for at least four with some kind of functional view out of the vehicle, small sink, two-burner cooktop, an oven the size of a moderate to large toaster-oven, a toilet, a small shower, and a bed for two. It wouldn't need a TV or other entertainment center, and even a table would be somewhat optional as depending on a bed configuration that might adapt, and clothing storage would be determined at layout, either storing clothes folded under the bed/table or something to the effect.

I assume that having hot water essentially requires having a generator, as would operating the rear air...

I suppose a small travel trailer might make a good donor, as once it's cannibalized the trailer frame and title could be sold to someone wanting to build a trailer project who needs something pre-licensed...
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I don't see anything wrong with this center isle shower arrangement; do you?

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...................and the shower arrangement in the center of the van looks a little awkward to use.............
It being Valentines Day and all...............
There's something special about a Roadtrek Aisle shower



Funny, the lighting in my Roadtrek never produced the same effect Must have been those LED bulbs...........
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The rear axle ratio also greatly affects towing capacity.
I will start searching "Wide Ones".
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Is this one of the vans you speak of? http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/rvd/2851579418.html
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