Saturday, October 20, 2012

5k: 1969 Dodge A-108 Xplorer 21 Camper Van


The Dodge A-100 Van/Pickup was a popular Mopar competitor to the VW Van and Ford Econoline.  The A-108 was a long wheelbase version available from 1967-70 used primarily for camper conversions.  This 1969 Dodge A-108 Xplorer 21 Camper Van is for sale in Lincoln, Nebraska for $4300 via craigslist.  (Thanks to tip from DT reader Andy L)





This A-108 looks in remarkable shape given the low asking price and proudly wears a dual tone lime-green/white paint scheme.  The engine (a 318 cubic inch 5.2 liter Dodge LA series V8 putting out 210 horsepower into a 3 speed automatic) is located low and under the driver for a cab-over style setup, so expect funky handling to match the hill climbing ability of a horseless carriage.  You will get in other peoples way on mountain roads.



Inside this camper is equipped with a bathroom, sink, fridge, AC, heater and sleeping accommodations for four hippies.  It still looks nice on the inside and not like the typical crime scene that most cheap used RVs tend to be.  We've wandered into a few RVs in junk yards and auction houses and immediately regretted it - but this one looks free of pestilence.


This still looks like a good deal but we'd be sure to thouroughly inspect any Nebraskan campers for signs of the tin worm.  A late 60s Dodge won't rust like an Italian but it certainly should be thoroughly checked at this price.  But even with some rust it is still a smokin deal for a vintage camper like this.

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7 comments:

  1. ~ the seller, Glenn, wrote me to flesh-out he details. i asked if he knew the Dodge was featured on Daily Turismo. he took the time to tell me;
    . 'no, didn't know, thanks for the info. we bought the van in 2010 from an elderly woman whose husband had used it to camp in when he went to pitch horse shoes. It appears he purchased from the original owner. It is clean and in excellent condition. We had basic mechanical service and repairs made and we used it to camp at area lakes. We took it to a local car show where it won a trophy. It has 50,000 original miles. Clean both on the exterior and interior. Billed as the motorhome you can park in your garage, it is 21 ft.. It has an after market roof air, also in working condition. The factory radio, heater, furnace, air and gas stove all work. It has the table with bench seats to fold into a bed. The table can also slide ontothe outside rail for outdoor eating. It is as pictured on the Dodge Xplorer 21 web site, right down to the original hub caps.'
    here is the web-site Glenn refers to;
    http://www.xplorer21.com/
    pretty cool, huh?

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    1. ~ unfortunately, the home page is the only result i can get, no other available pages from their menu.

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    2. "Billed as the motorhome you can park in your garage, it is 21 ft."

      At that length, and with the A/C unit on the roof, it's certainly not the motorhome I can fit in my garage.

      Maybe if I buy this for $4K, I'll have an excuse to build a car barn for $50K. Surely, the wife will go for that, right?

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  2. yo scot

    I wrote the owner too. thinking thinking

    Mountainwoodie

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  3. I am thinking this thing is probably way more water-tight than any other purpose-built camper of the same vintage.

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  4. I'm visitor #5107 to 'xplore' xplorer21.com in the last 6 years:) This thing is seriously cool. How many other great condition cars from 1969 can you buy now for $2000 less than the original asking price???

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  5. Craiglist has expired can anyone tell me if it has sold? kevinpl@hotmail.com many thanks.

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