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Old 07-30-2017, 05:38 PM   #1
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Default New Project - 2000 Xplorer 230 XLW

Well I said I was going in a different direction and here it is! I bought a 2000 Xplorer 230 XLW. It is the most cherry one I've ever seen and has 60k miles on the clock. Interior and exterior are in excellent shape.

Why not a new van? Well, I have 68,000 reasons!

What drew me to this one was condition and some of it's features. Excellent exterior storage including a slide-out tray. No generator, so a second large exterior compartment.

Factory installed inverter. Water heater on AC or engine heat - so no exterior access panel. 12v/110v fridge, so no exterior fridge vents. Small solar panel with trickle charger. The layout has the rear folding sofa, so that is a queen. That leaves room for two large hanging wardrobe and a pull-out pantry cupboard.
From what I see under the hood, it looks like there is an isolator to charge the house batteries.

So what to do with this one? Some ideas I have: install 4 drop-in lithiums (I have these already in my shop, so no extra $), plus a new charger/converter to go with them. Remove carpets and install hard flooring.

Should I upgrade the alternator? See if there is a 2nd alternator kit for these old Ram vans? Should I remove the stripes/graphics? Paint it? Rhino liner it? Leave it as is?

Not sure solar is really worth the trouble. I'm a weekender, so not really sitting in one place very long. Engine idling may be enough power generation. I do have a portable generator (Yamaha) I can carry if I get in a jamb.

Suggestions welcome.
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Old 07-30-2017, 05:40 PM   #2
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more pics for your viewing pleasure.
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Old 07-30-2017, 05:59 PM   #3
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Good call!
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Hardest thing to do is nothing.

Maybe use it for a bit and see how it works out for you. Then sell it when you're finished using it. One or two AGM's would be fine for weekend use - that's what it was made to do.

Looks great & the bathroom in very nice.
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Nice layout! I especially like that bathroom! Well done!
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Hardest thing to do is nothing.

Maybe use it for a bit and see how it works out for you. Then sell it when you're finished using it. One or two AGM's would be fine for weekend use - that's what it was made to do.

Looks great & the bathroom in very nice.
I hear you. I struggle with deciding to have fun with it or try to protect it's value. It's probably not going to depreciate further - so is the value in originality, or useability?
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That's a tough one. I've seen posts were people were actively looking specifically for an Xplorer but I think even they would appreciate usability upgrades.

The following specs aren't from the same year as yours but I'm sure it would be very similar.

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I also have the original window sticker - I'll post the file tomorrow, as it's at the office.

Not sure which water tank it has the 26 or 22. They all have only a 16 gallon gray and 8 gallon black.

From the looks of it, go almost all the options - helwig steer system, air suspension, LCD tv (5" ha, ha), day/nite window shades, some kind of barometer, and temp gauges, seat vibrators, the list goes on.
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I also have the original window sticker - I'll post the file tomorrow, as it's at the office.

Not sure which water tank it has the 26 or 22. They all have only a 16 gallon gray and 8 gallon black.

From the looks of it, go almost all the options - helwig steer system, air suspension, LCD tv (5" ha, ha), day/nite window shades, some kind of barometer, and temp gauges, seat vibrators, the list goes on.
That's 60% more black tank capacity than the Hymer.


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Here is the build/option sheet they sent me.
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File Type: pdf xplorer option sheet - no vin.pdf (265.9 KB, 41 views)
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