1978 Dodge Xplorer: Adventure Seekers


There’s a lost art form on the automotive landscape, which concerns the lack of domestic vans that are converted into easy-to-navigate camper vehicles. This ’78 Dodge B300 Xplorer here on eBay looks like a great way to get into camping out at motorsports events for only $4,300. Of course, with a full range of amenities making it possible to cook and sleep while on the move, you could easily use this for a hunting vehicle (as a previous owner did) or simply travel the countryside without the stress of trying to find a hotel (as the seller did). It’s even got a hot water heater and roof-mounted A/C! I love the ’70s colors, which could pass for being an official vehicle of the Boston Celtics basketball team. How would you use a camper conversion like this survivor-grade Dodge Xplorer?


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  1. krash

    Would love to have taken it on an adventure when it was new….

    …now, not so much..

    it would take some serious cleaning before I’d consider taking even a 3 minute nap in this baby…I’d lean toward ripping out the interior and starting from scratch…

  2. Scott Allison

    If the Van’s – A – Rockin’, Don’t come a knockin’!

    Gut it, and make it into a real party/camping van.

  3. EmmyJ

    I think Roadtrek would disagree with you about camper-vans being a “lost art.” :)

  4. don

    not that bad over all, needs a serious cleaning! bid up to $3200

  5. Bobsmyuncle

    Wow seems to be in great shape! And well designed (a cooktop exhaust fan!)

    I love that he has the literature still!

  6. 1969Deuce

    Since much of my mis-spent later youth and too-far into adulthood was spent on the road as a musician, I can attest that one finds oneself stuck in plenty of motels that make this look positively snazzy. Bomb it, scrub it, and love the good times. I like it.

  7. Alan (Michigan)

    Huge advantage here for any possible buyer is that this was built on the B30 one ton chassis. That alone gives me a good feeling about the potential of the van as a camper and/or tow vehicle. I wish it had the bigger engine, but in reality that is easier to swap out than the more substantial frame, suspension and other running gear. Too many class B motor homes were built on half ton vans, and I think that the 3/4 ton chassis and running gear is a minimum.
    Someone crazy might even opt for a diesel Cummins conversion….. :-D

    Certainly this could use some updating in the interior and systems, but it also appears to have excellent bones, and is therefor a great place to start for an economical travel/camp abode. I’m not the big MoPar fan, but still…

  8. George

    Fargo and Desoto on vin plate. Was this one originally a Canadian vehicle?

  9. Alan (Michigan)

    $3251, and the reserve and BIN are gone. 2 days left.

    Someone will own this, I hope it gets good use, somewhere near it’s intended original purpose. (Not gutted and used as a work van)

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