1999 Xplorer 230
XLWT Repairs and Modifications
This page will outline repairs and
modifications I've made to my motorhome, a 1999 Xplorer 230
XLWT, purchased in January, 2014.
On vacation in Arches National Park, March 2014.
The previous owner of my motorhome removed the third seat,
which sits behind the driver's seat, for a reason I still can't
understand. I took this photo around to every RV supplier
I could think of, and asked "What kind of seat is this, and
where can I get one?" I got blank stares.
Apparently, the Xplorer company designed and made these seats in
their own factory, and since Xplorer went out of business in
2003, there are no more available, anywhere, at any price.
So, I resigned to looking into Captain's Chairs. Nobody
makes green upholstery any more, so I figured I'd go with brown,
to match the trim and the floor. Since whoever would be
sitting in this seat would be sliding in and out beneath a
table, I thought that a flatter chair would be better than most
of the deep pocket-style buckets available. Steelcase
makes a chair for big people, and it's flat. I was staring
at a bill of over $1000 for a chair and a pedestal, and a long
wait to special order and ship the thing.
A VERY nice woman cashier at Camping World in San Marcos, CA,
suggested I try this used and surplus RV parts place in Rialto
All I gotta say about Walt's is WOW! They buy
closeouts from RV manufacturers, and used RV parts from
wrecking yards and individuals. I've never seen so
many RV windows in one place. If you have an old
RV, call or visit these people!
Anyway, I asked these folks the same thing about the
Xplorer seat, and got the same answer: Never seen
one. As I walked in, I noticed they had some used
RV seats and couches. After I talked to the guy, I
turned 180 degrees around and saw this:
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