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Old 09-02-2017, 05:08 AM   #1
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Default New 1987 Dodge Xplorer Xtra Van 222

I have had a 1970 VW tin top camper bus for 16 years. It is pretty tight for two of us, and my wife doesn't drive a stick. So when this well cared for 1987 Dodge Xplorer turned up, I couldn't resist. I can't quite get myself to sell the VW Bus, so I will have two camper vans to play with.
Greetings all, and thanks for this forum. I hope to pay back some of the benefit that I have already received for you all.
The Dodge is on a B250 chassis with the 5.2 liter 318, 2 barrel carb. It has 4 captain's chairs and a dinette in the rear that makes into a full size bed. No shower. It has 68k miles and has been garaged its entire life when not on the road. All the documentation came with it, so I am working through a bit of a learning curve. So far, so good. All systems are working that I have tackled. I have yet to fire up the 3-way fridge. My driveway is far from level, and I understand level is appreciated by these Dometic units. I filled up the propane tank and will give the fridge a try on propane soon. I haven't had a 30 amp shore service available, and I think that the fridge and roof top AC unit require that if going the AC route. On its maiden voyage this week over to the Olympic Peninsula I logged about 400 miles and got 13.5 mpg. The motor and 3-speed with overdrive tranny both worked as designed. I am located in Seattle, Wa.
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Old 09-02-2017, 01:29 PM   #2
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Welcome.

A 1970 VW tin top camper bus is a collector's item.
Please post some pix and share the love.
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Old 09-02-2017, 02:27 PM   #3
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Default Pictures of 1987 Dodge Xplorer and 1970 VW Bus

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Old 09-02-2017, 03:07 PM   #4
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Wow that's a nice VW

I don't blame you for not wanting to sell it.
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Old 09-02-2017, 04:09 PM   #5
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Wow, I had a '70 like yours, your bringing back fond memories; it is a jewel. Your new rig is super nice...garage kept and everything works with documents - priceless. You mentioned the 30amp service, might I suggest picking up Bone that will take it to 15amp and that way you can try them out right there at the house. One thing for sure, the one you have was well built and not in heavy competition like todays B's are. Ron
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Both nice !!!!!!!!!!!
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Nice. Welcome too. You will find lots of helpful folks on this forum. So.... do you consider the Dodge a big change (step-up?) from the VW?
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Does anyone know how to replace plumbing water lines on xplorer ..they burst
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I have seen blogs where pex plumbing is used to make the replacements. What part of Washington? We just picked up a 1988 Xplorer 228. Everything works fine except the valve seal on the recirculating toilet....
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Welcome to the Forum! You are lucky to have all your documentations and manuals. Ours had no documentation or manuals. We have been restoring our 1990 Xplorer since it was purchased in December 2016. Getting real close but there are still plenty of little things to take care of.
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