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1972 Chevy G30 Balboa Motorhome



1972 Chevy G30 Balboa Motorhome


Engine 5.7L 350 carburetor with 3 speed automatic transmission 

Odometer 84,401

Runs great and is ready for fun memories, here are the details:


Refurbished by Freedom Vessel a camper van builder in Encinitas.  Balboa Motorhomes are rare fiberglass campers that were manufactured from 1968-1974 in Costa Mesa CA at Jensen Marine.  They say there was only about 1000 ever made and less than 100 on the road today.  This one is labeled #876.  This one has lots of original paperwork, manuals and was well cared for over the years.  For more see @freedomvessel Instagram or FreedomVessel YouTube or


The van details:

Runs great, starts right up and is ready for the new owner

The van was owned for 25 yrs in Lompoc, CA than the next owner was in Santa Cruz

There is some surface rust on the interior of the doors, but that adds to the vibe!

New brake lines

New alternator and voltage regulator

Transmission shifts really smooth and van drives great, up hills and on highway

All new exterior running lights and blinkers and high beams/backup lights

Rear Ladder and roof rack

New windshield

Seats are in great shape with armrest, but they are green, so I have seat covers on them now
Back-up camera and cup holders

New front chassis area carpet kit

Tow package/hitch receiver 

Full exterior paint job with silver/grey epoxy marine paint and POR15 rust preventative 

Heater blows good, there is no Air Conditioning or cruise control or air bags 

Original stereo not connected
New 16 inch aftermarket 245/75/16 tires and rims- Vision Brand


The camper details:

All new interior build out by Freedom Vessel

Windows removed and re-sealed w Dicor Lap sealant and butyl tape, new screens

New wood wall panels, new white epoxy ceiling paint, drawer and cabinet new built out

Upper cabinets interior is carpeted and clean

Upper bunk area has a foam cushion which could be a bed area 

New vent fan and bathroom vent and vent covers

100w Renogy Solar setup runs all camper power /usb port

300w power inverter works the 110v outlet 

3-way Dometic refrigerator with exhaust fan on switch to help cooling

On demand propane digital hot water heater on sink, shower and outside shower

New water pump - all plumbing was redone with PEX and Sharkbite fittings

Bathroom Shower new faucets/shower head - clean Toilet room in the rear

New fittings on grey/black water holding tank

30 gallon on board fresh water tank

Outside shower attachment with hot water 

New sink faucet, cabinet, and hinge hardware and all new built out benches

New butcher block countertop

New Oak vinyl plank flooring and oak trim

New upholstery and foam on bench seats - table pedestal - bench becomes bed

Exterior propane tank mounted to bottom 

Trying to mention everything but its all dialed in



What does it need:

I am honest and happy to share what I think it would need, but it’s all up to the needs of the new owner and their intentions.  If you need or want upgrades I can tell you how or point you in the right direction

It could use new shocks, but that’s an upgrade not necessity

There is some rust on the inside for the doors, but nothing catastrophic…its 50yrs old.

There is a factory original radio on the dash, I didn’t know where to install a stereo so I use a Bluetooth speaker, better for camping too.  USB port on solar can charge the speaker

No seatbelts in the rear area but can be installed by new owner

The van gets about 12 mpg and has a 22 gallon gas tank

Will it make it across the country?  …It runs good, but if that’s your intention, go for it, but there is no way I can answer that question with complete honesty.  I am selling it ‘as is’ and I am happy to help answer any questions or guide you.  

The rear bumper is a little bent, need a metal guy to bend it back

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