Houston, Texas 77002, United States
I have a 1971 Dodge Balboa, named Topanga, about 90% restored to its original condition. I bought Topanga in 2020 during the Pandemic to explore some of the U.S. I found her in Venice, California where she was essentially stationary since her previous owner bought it a year or two prior. This rendition of the Balboa sits on the back of a 1971 Dodge Sportsman Van with a 1971 Chrysler 360 small block - LA engine - V8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysler_LA_engine
Topanga is a 3 speed automatic, that can do about 55 mph tops and requires a slower pace of exploration, but worth every min in her. She's an adventurer and has already seen a good portion of the national parks in Utah, CO, and New Mexico.
Topanga is a beauty. If you know anything about the Balboas, they were only made for 3-4 years in the early 70s by Jenson Marine, a southern California marine company that outfitted all the American car brand vans with an RV fiberglass structure. She has these beautiful long windows and each side that allow for incredible views as you drive along, with lots of light pouring into the house. She's equipped with a full kitchen with working water, including hot water, a gas heater, a shower/toilet combo bathroom. The RV itself can sleep 3 people comfortably now (one above van, 2 on the full bed that folds out in the back), but I've seen these customized to fit another bed where the table is. The tires are relatively new (I have put maybe 2,500 miles on them and the prior owner purchased all new tires, including a spare).
The prior owner had made some small minor fixes to the chassis and did a lot of work on the interior to make it very nice and homey with a beachy California vibe. Wood floors for the home portion, new custom-made cushions for the house. A couple of minor issues the prior owner mentioned to me involved: i) generator not starting (original generator), ii) auxiliary gas tank rusted out, the need for a couple of bits and bobs here and there including some light fixtures on the outside that needed to be replaced, some slight rust on certain areas, some cracks in the long, beautiful side windows, but nothing monumental, at least I thought.
Since I took ownership, I have made many major fixes to the vehicle to get it truly road-ready as it was not when I purchased it. Here are some key things to note:
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I drove Topanga from Los Angeles to Houston, TX where she sits today. She's at my uncle's shop where I've completely overhauled a lot of the fixes listed above. I'm asking only for slightly more than I've put into it as I got her about 90% restored. Whoever picks this up must know how special the Balboas are.
I'm happy to answer more questions. The buyer must meet in Houston, Texas with cash, and I am looking to meet with her new owner so looking for serious inquiries only. I had attempted to get all of her work done in California but decided that I needed to take her to my uncle in Texas to get it done better and not cost an arm and a leg.