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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 11:23 am    Post subject: Riviera campers Reply with quote

Another thread got me thinking about these often underrated "OTWs" so if you have one, post some pics! Of particular interest is the differences for the early years. Here's a few of my '65:

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interior shot, with homemade tent (rail and tent were long gone when I got it:

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Interior shots when I first got it:

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It also has a Stewart-Warner heater than I am working on currently.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well here's a thread that was inevitable for me to chime in on! LOL Arthur, you're lucky to have such an original interior...the trim piece and lamp above the driver's side windows is intact and those (along with the Riviera version of the spice rack) are really hard to come by!

Here's mine...
On a recent backroads drive, you can see the traditional picture window.
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Camping in Big Sur with the tent up.
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The interior (while hauling an old bike).
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing I figured you would! Didn't realize your cargo door windows were different. Cool. Are they sliders?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup, they slide over. I like em a bit better than anything that cranks out. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi guys. Though I guess I am relatively unknown in this community I know who has a Riviera on here and both Arthur..and NorCal.have sweet Rivieras. Pics will come shortly of mine for you guys, I own a '67 (built Feb '67) factory Light Grey walk thru. The interior is all original and complete minus the lamp and spice rack. Have all other pieces, wood trim, tent, poles, and pole bag. It has the same picture window/slider configuration like on NorCal's. I absolutely love these conversions and strongly agree they are totally underrated. Nobody ever talks about them until someone sees mine, then it's all "Sweet Camper!" blah blah. Anyway, I think these are fantastic buses with as much character as any Westy of comparable year.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Walk thru? Cool! I didn't know they did walk thru conversions.

Yeah, I get the same reaction when people see my camper. Very Happy

I know this will upset many, but the fact that Rivieras are so scarce now and so few were built compared to dime a dozen Westys of the same era makes them more desireable in my opinion.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a 67 Riviera with a pop top and its also a walk thru. I will see if I can figure out this picture thing and post a few.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Riviera 1967:
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

amg3 wrote:
Hi guys. Though I guess I am relatively unknown in this community I know who has a Riviera on here and both Arthur..and NorCal.have sweet Rivieras. Pics will come shortly of mine for you guys, I own a '67 (built Feb '67) factory Light Grey walk thru. The interior is all original and complete minus the lamp and spice rack. Have all other pieces, wood trim, tent, poles, and pole bag. It has the same picture window/slider configuration like on NorCal's. I absolutely love these conversions and strongly agree they are totally underrated. Nobody ever talks about them until someone sees mine, then it's all "Sweet Camper!" blah blah. Anyway, I think these are fantastic buses with as much character as any Westy of comparable year.


Hey Aaron, here' s a pic of your bus from Mogllion.

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and in this pic you'll see Aaron's Rivi, Louass' '66 Ez Camper, My '65 So-42 westy, Stitch's '66 So-42 westy, and Das Dragons '61 so-23 sub-hatch westy.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's my camper, I think it's a riviera, but I'm not totally sure...
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I've since replaced the mirrors and mirror arms with small round type.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a pic of my '67 walkthrough shortly before I put it on the road. There are several more detailed ones of it in my gallery.

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In the yard before it's maiden camping trip
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and one shot of the interior. I do have the cooler cabinet just not installed.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Arthur, my 65 is also a walk thru.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, great pics everyone! Keep them coming! Here's a few cdennisg emailed me. This is the first one I have seen that has the same curtains as mine!

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Does anyone know why the years varied so much with windows, upholstery, wood material, etc.? Was it really jsut whatever was available?

Also, the rear cabinet on mine is a slider. Anyone else have one like that? Mine looks to be the mirror opposite construction as Mattoreg's. Sure makes it easier to get something when you are just laying there, eh? Smile
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1972 Bug 'vert
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1961 Ghia 'vert
1957 DKW 3=6: 3 cylinder 2 stroke!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mattoreg, that's not a Riviera...I think it's an EZ.

AMG...when in Feb? Mine was built on Jan 30, 1967

Part of the problem with Rivieras is that they often used whatever was on hand that week...that's why many have picture windows, but not all. Most, I believe, were walk thrus...but clearly there are some full bench campers.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my old 67 Riviera was not a walkthrough, and it had a picture window on the side. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are 2 Riviera's I had. '66 had the turquoise interior.

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The '67 had white tables with red cushions, and original tent.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The '67 had white tables with red cushions, and original tent.

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nice tent!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dang, long-roofs, I wish the turquoise interior on mine was in as good a shape as yours!!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dont forget the ugliest Riviera ever! Very Happy

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Man, you guys have really inspired me to complete and restore my interior. Im Drooling over Long roof turq. interior, arthur's red interior and Empi collectors' BRM in the spare tire well!

Its a 66 walkthrough but its missing all the camping interior Crying or Very sad All it came with was the headliner, pop top, valance over the picture window, a swatch od turquoise vinyle behind the spare and miles of Blue Shag!!

Id really like to replace or rebuild the interior. Ive since aquired an EZ camper bed mechanism and cushions. Can I use these?

Ill get interior pictures posted as soon as i clear all of my boxes of parts out of the inside.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The '67 had white tables with red cushions, and original tent.

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nice tent!


Brrr! Laughing That's hardcore right there! Very nice tent.
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