Vanlife: Dodge A-108 Custom Camper that lives by the sea…


Dodge A-108: the characterful custom camper saturated in the style of the late sixties.

Pauline and Terry Cronin’s 1968 Dodge 108 Custom camper is as charming as any labrador. “Some people take their dog for a walk,” says Pauline “We take our Dodge for a walk.” Pauline is a retired educationalist and has been the partner of Terry since they were teenagers. “The Dodge IS part of our family,” she tells me.

The Cronin family live in a beautifully sleepy part of North Devon. The area consequently gets slammed with holiday makers and surfers – especially in the summer months. The Dodge 108 always cuts a dash in the Lanes. “We’ve had so many vans over the years,” says Terry. “But when you’re in the Dodge it’s always like an event. You don’t have to try to make friends or talk to people. It just draws people to you.”

They’ve had this characterful slice of psychedelically tinged Americana since 1993 – and though it has nestled amongst an ever-evolving fleet of vans and campers of every imaginable shape, size and brand – the Dodge has assumed pride of place in the quiver of vehicles these last twenty years.