For some, a classic Bedford Dormobile is just not enough. If that’s you, read on, this 1979 Dodge Ram Xplorer could be just the thing.
Classed in the US as a ‘small RV’, it still boasts a 5.9-litre V8 engine and more floor space than the average UK holiday cottage. The facilities provided include: bathroom with porcelain toilet, shower and basin; kitchenette with four-ring gas hob, oven, microwave and fridge (untried); three sofas that convert to one double and two single beds and wall-to-wall carpet. There's no need to rough it!
The Xplorer is based on Dodge’s tried and trusted Ram pickup/van range, so you can expect it to be rugged and it is, with a strengthened chassis, heavy duty rear axle and twin rear wheels. This all sits on sturdy coil springs at the front and leaf springs at the rear.
The Chrysler V8 resides under a cover between the front seats (how’s that for ease of access?) which makes servicing a very civilised prospect. The truck offered here has an LPG conversion although, it must be pointed out, this is not currently connected and needs some fettling. Automatic gearbox, power-assisted steering and power brakes come as standard and make the camper easy to handle for something so commodious.
HWW 76T (first registered here in 1989) has been little used in the last 10 years (around 6,000 miles according to the MOTs on file) and the vendor believes that the total mileage covered does not exceed the 55,000 miles recorded on the most recent MOT, which runs until November 2017.
It has had fresh paint to the cab in the not-too-distant past and comes with a handy reversing camera mounted at the rear, linked to a screen on the dashboard.
This is a classic camper that could be used for trans-Continental travelling for extended periods or make an ideal motorhome/tow truck for classic motorsport, shows etc. The rugged simplicity of the Xplorer means that it is still a viable proposition despite its age and, being offered at no reserve, is an appealing economic prospect too.
Bidders are advised that the internal services, ie fridge, cooker, heating, hot-water etc are not currently certified and will require a service before use.