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westlanddave78 11-18-2006 12:19 AM

Xplorer Fans?

I'm wondering if anyone else here is into of the original Class B's. I've got a 1988 Xplorer 228 myself.

I'm especially interested in the history of the company.

Some of you might recall that Xplorer was founded by Ray Frank, who built the world's first commercial motorhome in 1958. Frank's wife is credited with coining the term "motor home" because she didn't like the then-popular "house car" name. Apparently, "motorhome" caught on and stuck! (The space between "motor" and "home" got dropped sometime in the '70s I think.)



thefredx 11-21-2006 11:06 PM

Hey Dave,
I just picked up a '77 Dodge Xplorer 224. It's my first RV.


markopolo 11-22-2006 12:32 AM

Welcome to the Class B Forum Fred. First RV - that's exciting. Ask as many questions as you want. Our member list is growing so someone should be able to answer them.

I stumbled on this link that had some interesting photos of Xplorer vans and brochures:

jdeitch 02-26-2007 10:12 PM

1976 Xplorer 224
I just purchased a 1976 Xplorer 224 and will be doing a complete restoration. I hope to post many highlights.

Joe 08-23-2008 09:49 AM

Dodge Xplorer
We have owned a Dodge Xplorer 230 for a little over a year and love it! It only had 17,000 miles on it. My wife and I own a camp ground membership in Frnot Royal Va. We always got a rental until we bought the camper. Will be retiring in 17 months and will be checking out the country then as I am still getting out som bugs. It had sat for 3 years or so and I had to put some money into it. Tires, brakes, batteries, ball joints and such.

stxal 11-09-2008 07:01 PM

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Howdy fellow Xplorer fans. In a moment of weakness, and unsupervised weakness at that, I bought an '88 Xplorer 221 on eBay. I have just returned to my Virgin Islands home after having moved the beast from Wisconsin to central Ohio where it's going to live for the winter. I hope to drive it to Canada next summer.
I've only put 500 miles on it so far, but I like the way it drives. I got about 11 mpg on the trip. I'd love to hear any Xplorer stories, lore or insider info. This is my first RV although I rented a Pleasureway a few years back and even put together a web site about that experience. If you're interested, the URL is
Let me see if I can attach a pic of my ride to this posting. BTW, I live in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.... a great place to visit in the dead of winter... perennially 85 degrees.. come on down and spend some money!
Regards to all,

aalgeo 01-11-2009 02:09 AM

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Looking for any help with any information about all electric units put in xplorer 230 models, I have located a 2003 unit that is for sale but it does not have any propane> All extra's operate by electric via a converter. Is there anyone out there who has this type of arrangement ? Is it better or worse then propane? The unit does have high mileage on it, 107k, price range is about 20k. What does any one who knows about the 230 models think? Thanks

Joe 01-11-2009 05:23 AM

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My 1998 230 has a converter. The Ref. is Propane, electric or 12 volt. The stove, furnace and hot water heater are also propane. The roof top air conditioner also has an electric heater. It is equiped with a small solar panel for topping off the battery I believe but it does not seem to work that well.

markopolo 01-11-2009 05:56 PM

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An "all electric" model must have been a custom order.

2003 xplorer 230 listed specifications:

Exterior length 20'11-3/8"
Wheelbase 127.6"
Exterior width 7'4"
Exterior height 8' 9-3/8" (top of vent)
Interior height 6'1"
GVWR 9200 lb
Ground Clearance: Rear Axle 7-1/2"
W/Adjustable Rear Air Springs

CHASSIS-3500 Dodge
Dodge 5.9L (360) V-8 Engine
Transmission - 4 speed automatic w/O.D.
Fuel capacity - 35 gallons
Chrome bumpers w/black cap
Chrome grill with halogen headlights
Custom wheel covers
Radial tires
Dual wheels w/s.s. liners/valve exts.
Spare tire carrier under unit
Limited slip rear axle
4.10 Rear axle ratio

Color - White with three tone graphics
Unibody construction, steel reinforcement
Floor-steel & plywood, and carpet
Insulation-sidewalls-R-19 and roof foam
Rustproofing-all metal conversion
Aerodynamic fiberglass roof (low profile)
Sandwich construction w/urethane foam
Awning type windows, safety glass tinted
with screens
Large power mirrors
Wide fiberglass running boards with wide
wheel flares & tailpiece
Extended entrance door opening
Trailer hitch W/12V connector-7 pin-
4000 lb. rating

Drapery - windshield on track
Engine cover tray
Deluxe highback seats, w/arm rest, lumbar
Swivel recliner seats (driver & passenger)
Inside day/night mirror
Tinted glass, windshield & front doors
Power windows, cab only/power mirrors,
power door locks - all doors
Air conditioner-automotive, dash
Tilt steering wheel
Steering & brakes - power assist
Cruise control
AM/FM radio, cassette/CD w/4 speakers
and clock
Radio, C.B. 40-channel*
Heater - automotive, fresh air

Colors-3: blue, sage green, tan
Walls (vinyl, paneling, and fabric)
Ceiling, textured fiberglass
Fantastic Vent, thermostat/rain sensor
Fabric blinds - all side windows
Draperies, windshield, side & rear doors
Plush carpeting
Florescent lights
Deluxe drawers - hardwood
Overhead storage cabinets-"hold open" door w/painted mirrors
Padded door panels
Closets, full length and shirt closets
6'-1" standing room
Oak vinyl clad doors
White laminated cabinets w/raised panel
doors and drawers*
Wide aisle
Linoleum floor*

Sharp microwave/convection oven*
Stove, LP gas, 2 burner - white
Refrigerator, 3cu. ft, 3-way, 12/110v/LPG
or 2-way electric AC/DC
Sink, white with s.s. backsplash
Hot and cold water faucet - white
Sink, filler/cutting board
Countertop, color laminated mica
Hardwood cabinets
Spice rack

Twin beds-75"x30" or king bed 75"x80"
Queen size bed-queen model 55"x80"
Electric rear sofa w/twin beds or queen bed

Private facilities-full fiberglass liner
Full shower, wand-single control, water
saver, push button type w/flexible hose
Wash basin - stainless steel
Toilet, marine flush
Privacy doors
Power vent fan
12V lights
Wood bathroom doors
Shower curtain
Medicine Cabinet
Window-obscure glass
Waterproof tissue storage area

Furnace, LP gas, 16,000 BTU, forced air
thermostatically controlled
LP gas tank, 35 lbs. 80% safety stopfillvalve
Air conditioning, 12,000BTU* w/built-in
heat pump w/9,000 BTU heat*
Air conditioning, 10,000 BTU*

12V and 110V
Power plant - Onan 2.8 or 4KW generator*
-electric, air cooled with special sound
proof compartment - remote start
Lighting, interior, 12V, dome, driving
compartment, front & side door courtesy
Outlets, 3, interior, 110V
Outlet, 1, exterior, 110V
Exterior inlet, 30 amp, 110V, weatherproof
30 foot shoreline cord
Converter, 45 amp
Battery charger meter
Battery, auxiliary, 80 amp with isolator
TV, color, 9", 13"
TV/VCR, color, 9", 13"
Video cassette player*
TV amplifier w/dual built-in antennas
Solar battery charger - 10 amp.
Cable TV-phone hook-ups
Battery disconnect, house

Automatic pressure type, inside motor home
Fresh water tank, 22 (twin) 26 (queen) gal.
polyethylene plastic-inside vehicle
Hot water heater, LP gas, 6 gal. capacity
with motor-aid heat exchanger-with by-pass
-inside vehicle (Note Std. hot water htr.
w/rear power sofa is 110V elec. 6 gal.
capacity) LP is N/C option
Water pump, demand type, 12V automatic
-inside vehicle
Holding tank, grey water, 16 gal. w/remote
termination drain valve
Holding tank-black water-8 gal. w/remote
termination drain valve-inside vehicle
City water hook-up, outside
Termination hose carrier
Exterior shower
Electric Waste Valve*
All Features Standard-
*Denotes Available Options
Partial listing of standard & optional

equipment subject to change without
Made in the U.S.A. 5/15/03

markopolo 01-11-2009 06:01 PM

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2002 xplorer 230 XLW / XLWT spec look pretty much the same.

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