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1973 Balboa Motorhome


Listed 2 years ago
Encinitas, California

Seller's Description

1973 Dodge Balboa Motorhome This very rare 18ft Fiberglass Motorhome was built onto a very common 1973 Dodge B-300 Sportsman Van chassis.  You get a classic unique camper without the trouble of hard to find parts.  You can drive it around town/park it easily and still have the motorhome conveniences. The van chassis and the engine are very common, it's the fiberglass camper unit that makes this special. Between 1968-74 a boat builder called Jensen Marine made about 800 of these Balboa Motorhomes in Costa Mesa, CA.  There is said to be about 50 left today. They were cousins to the Chinooks.  The 2 large windows and open floor plan make this the largest feeling mini motorhome ever built.  There is a lot to mention on this, so please read if you're serious.  I’m doing my best to explain.   It's a collector's edition if you ask me. It's a vintage motorhome, and in my opinion the best model ever made. This particular van came out of Arizona, I had it shipped here to refurbish it. I own and rebuild these particular campers. You can see some of them on @freedomvessel or @balboamotorhomes Instagram, FreedomVessel YouTube or I don’t know if there will be another opportunity to buy one. About the Van: Odometer 20,800 New tires New transmission cooler New spark plugs, cap, rotor wires, fuel filter/hoses tune up Oil changed, transmission fluid flush and change New brake master cylinder & rear brakes New rebuild carburetor New Bluetooth Handsfree stereo with 6x9 New exterior paint job New running lights New tail lights and reverse lights Tow hitch I have set of duelly rims, they can be put on if you prefer duelly wheels About the Camper: New vent fans Repainted interior New hardware on cabinets Removed and sealed large windows (butyl tape and lap sealant) New screens New kitchen countertop/faucet - butcher block Shower/ toilet / new shower head New 12v Truck Fridge with small freezer 100w solar panel (more can be added Renogy 12v AGM deep cycle 100Ah battery Renogy solar controller New cabin touch lights (dimmable) Vintage stove and oven very clean New upholstery and cushions New water pump New outlets and covers Refinished cabinets and wood trim New Vinyl floors and table Camper Plugs into 110v 40 gal fresh water tank Upper bunk area can be a bed, dinette becomes a bed, bench seat becomes a bed Very clean lots of new stuff I’m probably forgetting for a 50 yr old camper The miscellaneous mentions: -Windshield has a crack in it, a mobile windshield company will replace estimate $200 -No hot water heater connected,I do have one I can give you which can be installed -Under-mounted Propane tank was removed but the copper pipes are still there, they are capped off if you want to install a new one. Stove runs off small propane tank -Front seats are worn in middle but surrounding upholstery is in good shape -Dashboard factory AC doesn’t work but maybe it can be fixed? -Windshield has a crack $250 fix -there is no seatbelts in the back, but you can buy seatbelts and install them I bought it from a professional “picker” in Arizona and had it shipped to me to refurbish. I own a Chevy Balboa and love it. There is a small friendly community of Balboa owners and these motorhomes are great little recreation vehicles. Have Arizona title.


  • make: Dodge
  • model: Balboa Motorhome Sportsman
  • year: 1973
  • fuel: Gasoline
  • odometer: 20,800 miles
  • sleeps: 5
  • seats: 5
  • type: Camper Van
  • roof: Regular

Video Tour


  • ac_unit
    Air conditioner
  • health_and_safety
  • Solar panels
  • electrical_services
    Power inverter
  • Heater
  • Ceiling fan
  • Backup camera
  • shower
  • Extra storage
  • Toilet
  • accessible_forward
    Wheelchair accessible
  • AWD
  • 4WD
  • electric_rickshaw
  • Tow hitch
  • tv
  • Water tank
  • Leveling jacks
  • pedal_bike
    Bike rack


  • kitchen
  • Stove
  • Sink
  • dining
  • microwave
  • Oven

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