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1969 Dodge Balboa Motorhome

Saturday, July 29, 2023

1969 Dodge Balboa Motorhome

For Sale, 1969 Dodge Balboa Motorhome

Price: $26,000
Used RV for Sale, Found this rare Balboa Motorhome offered for sale by the owner in Encinitas, California. This Balboa class B is based on a 1969 Dodge A100 Van and has 18 feet long fiberglass shell with a roomy and cozy interior. The Balboa has been fully renovated over the past year during current ownership.

The Balboa was posted on Craigslist about 12 days ago for $26,000. All look well in the photos, finished white and blue exterior over black, white, and brown accent inside. A lot of work done on it, but a few small think need work to be perfect. Overall is working well, and it runs and drives perfectly, fit for four family members. Coming closer is a better way to find its actual condition, and please read more below.

Motor Homes for Sale
Maker Balboa
Model Tailgate
Year 1969
Class B
Length 18 Ft
Engine Dodge
Fuel Type Gas
Drive RWD
Transmission Automatic
Mileage 26982 rolled over
Condition Used / Excellent
Insurance N/A
Exterior Color White
Interior Color Custom

Detail RV by owner
1969 Dodge A100 Balboa Motorhome - RARE

Rescued from a field in Kansas and shipped to me in San Diego, this rare fiberglass 18ft Motorhome was originally built by Jensen Marine in Costa Mesa CA. Originally called a Surveyor (after the moon vehicles of its time) later became know as Balboa Motorhome. It has both original tags - Surveyor and Balboa tags and the VIN# plate on the back is marked Model: 1. This may be the first Balboa Motorhome! Over the past year I renovated this cool camper van from bumper to bumper, literally everything. I will do my best to outline it below. This is a weekend cruiser type recreation vehicle that requires the attention and patients of a 55 yr old car and the patience to deal with everyone smiling at you and asking about it. You may even win some car shows or be asked to drive in a parade, and when you are camping everyone will want to talk about it. More info on @balboamotorhomes and @freedomvessel instagram

The Van:
Built on the Dodge A100 Sportsman chassis v8 318 engine 727 transmission 3 speed automatic
Odometer 26,982
Rebuilt cylinder heads by Odessa, new gaskets and remanufactured exhaust manifolds
New Exhaust welded by Scotts Auto in Leucadia
New Carburetor, full tune up, timing, spark plugs, cap, rotor, oil change, fluid flush
Transmission gaskets and fluid changed
Hydrovac brake system & Power Steering components rebuilt by ABS Power Brakes Inc.
New Tires with white walls and new OEM rims with Hubcaps (I have original rims and spare wheels also for new owner)
Auxiliary Radiator Fan installed
New Gas tank and sending unit
Additional auxiliary 40 gallon gas tank
New running lights, headlights and reverse lights, all gauges on dash work, wipers work, dash painted
Bluetooth stereo, horn works, heater blows air not sure how hot it gets
Floor painted with POR15 and original floor matt with a cool barefoot gas pedal
Full exterior paint job
New starter, fuel lines and voltage regulator

The Camper:
- 18ft fiberglass shell, never rusts, rattles or leaks, huge windows (removed and resealed)
- Maybe 1000 ever made, with only 50 Balboa’s on the road today, maybe 10 in the worlds on this 1969 A100 chassis
- Over the cockpit area can be a child bed or storage area
Dinette bench area become a bed, couch pulls out to be a bed also
New upholstery and cushions on front seats as will as camper (sunbrella fabric)
New interior built to original specs with new wood and fresh Behr Cabinet paint
Propane Stove/oven, propane fridge, propane cabin heater in rear
New butcher block countertop, sink and faucet with new water pump,
30 gallon fresh water tank (filled from outside near the passenger door) - no hot water
Toilet and shower room in rear (this is a ‘park model’ camper so there is no grey/black tank)
Original fan, new vent/skylight on roof ceiling painted with fiberglass boat paint
LED dimmable puck lights
Power is supplied by the 12v Battery which is charged when you drive, originally you could plug in the van to 110v, but the chord is cut/missing, so an electrician may be able to repair that, but I don’t see why you would need it. A separate battery bank with solar may be a nice upgrade eventually
New vinyl flooring, trim, and cabinet hardware, upper cabinets freshly carpeted, new hardware
Original interior fan and flares, under mounted propane tank

What does it need?
A person who will love it, care for it, understand what they have, enjoy it, make memories in it
This is not really a live in it and work remotely traveling the country rig, its a weekend cruiser
Steering wheel has a little bit of play but you get use to it.
Mechanic says before a long trip or in the near future he would recommend a new radiator.
Needs propane tank filled
Door cylinder locks need to be replaced, no key ($25 ebay) rear door lock works so you can lock the doors from inside and go out the back door and lock it


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