Greetings fellow Nomads!
I've been searching for the right camper van for a couple years now (if you know of any better ways to search for camper vans other than craigslist let me know!)
I've determined that the Dodge Xplorer is probably my best option considering my neighborhood has height restrictions of 7' and I'd like to still be able to stand up inside.(I would have considered a pop top camper van but I only have a budget of about 8,000). I also need something that is somewhat stealthy because when I do go on my year long voyage I would like to park for free in neighborhoods.
So that being said, I am not too mechanically savvy and really need some advice as to which Xplorer would be best.
There are two Xplorers I currently have my eye on that I would really like for you guys to compare in terms of reliability. I know that there are probably unknown factors involved, and I ultimately will have to take them both to a mechanic to compare them but I'd like to know what you guys think given this information.
The first one is older but has fewer miles and also looks like it was taken much better care of. It also has a lot more amenities in it than the second one like sink, toilet, and water tank etc. The second one however is half as expensive and I would actually be able to afford to fix it up a little and buy some of those things.
Mostly though I care about the vehicle actually running smoothly and with fewer mpg. But there's so much to consider and both of these vehicles are a few hours away so I have to make sure my moves are very premeditated. This is a toughy.
This is what the information in the first post look like:
A 1985 Dodge Xplorer camper van. Model 228, 92,xxx miles.
Dodge 360 engine
727 Torqueflight trans.
Two Burner Range
Swivel Captains Chairs
Hot Water Tank
*NEW Coach Battery
*NEW Roof Vent
Domestic brand Bag Awning
This is a one of a kind adventure-mobile and you wont find one nicer. Its a classic vehicle with a classy look. *NO RUST* I have many receipts showing work done along with original equipment manuals.
Here is the second one I'm looking at:
For Sale: 1993 Dodge B350 Maxivan (Xplorer Motor Home Conversion) 5.9 Magnum, rebuilt 4 speed auto transmission, good tires and brakes, runs well. Has rear AC, PW, PM, PDL, PB, cruise, tilt, stereo, TV, sink, fouton, fridge, hot plate, microwave. Also has working Onan 2.8kv generator built in under rear end with remote start. 112,xxx miles. Serious inquiries only. No tire kickers.