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Old 02-07-2011, 11:35 PM   #1
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Upgraded tires and wheels

I am looking at the SMB below:
In the photo (have not figured out how to post photos yet) I see that it doesn't have the upgraded wheels and tires.
1. I would love any insight into how important the upgrade package is. I understand they look cool. But other than full on mudding activities, I feel that the 4wd will still take me where I want to go.

2. Wont fuel mileage be better with the 'stock' wheels/tires? We plan to fully utilize the 4wd capabilities but also plan to cross the country over the next 12-24 months.

Listed SMB below. Thanks!!

2008 Ford RB E350 Diesel 4x4
VIN: DA41313
Location: Morro Bay, CA
Miles: 39,600

Electric PH w/Bed, "50", Upgraded Audio/Video, AM/FM, Sirius Satellite, DVD, Navigation, Monitor, Bluetooth, Back up Camera, Alarm, Stove, Microwave, Sink, Refrigerator, Furnace, 12v A/C, Inverter, Porta Potti, Under Floor Storage, Exterior Light, Solar Panel, Rear Ladder, Tire Carrier, Hoop Steps, 46 Gal. Fuel Tank, Sleeps 4, Seats 5.
$72000
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:27 AM   #2
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Re: Upgraded tires and wheels

Its an '08 4x4. I assume it is a SMB conversion because of the 46g fuel tank. That being the case, it has the F450 brake package which also means it has 17 " wheels vs the stock 16". If you look at the photo of the maroon '06 from BC, I think those are the stock wheel design Ford was using. Call SMB to be sure.
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:33 AM   #3
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Re: Upgraded tires and wheels

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I am looking at the SMB below:
In the photo (have not figured out how to post photos yet) I see that it doesn't have the upgraded wheels and tires.
1. I would love any insight into how important the upgrade package is. I understand they look cool. But other than full on mudding activities, I feel that the 4wd will still take me where I want to go.

2. Wont fuel mileage be better with the 'stock' wheels/tires? We plan to fully utilize the 4wd capabilities but also plan to cross the country over the next 12-24 months.

Listed SMB below. Thanks!!

2008 Ford RB E350 Diesel 4x4
VIN: DA41313
Location: Morro Bay, CA
Miles: 39,600

Electric PH w/Bed, "50", Upgraded Audio/Video, AM/FM, Sirius Satellite, DVD, Navigation, Monitor, Bluetooth, Back up Camera, Alarm, Stove, Microwave, Sink, Refrigerator, Furnace, 12v A/C, Inverter, Porta Potti, Under Floor Storage, Exterior Light, Solar Panel, Rear Ladder, Tire Carrier, Hoop Steps, 46 Gal. Fuel Tank, Sleeps 4, Seats 5.
$72000
Not sure what 'upgraded wheels and tires' means.

But if you search around here, one thing becomes clear. Given the weight of a typical SMB, tires can be a weak link and a safety concern if they are not rated to handle a 10k pound vehicle.

There is a wide range of personal preferences in terms of type and style or tire/wheel setups, but almost all are E rated to handle loads of up to 3,750lbs per tire.

Good luck with the purchase.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:04 AM   #4
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Upgraded tires and wheels

That makes sense. I will be sure to verify that the setup can handle the weight.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:13 AM   #5
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:20 PM   #6
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Thanks Jage for the photo info.
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:36 PM   #7
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Re: Upgraded tires and wheels

Steve,
If you need any help, I live across the bay, 5 min. Maybe we could meet up if you pick it up.
I am not familiar with this van.

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Old 02-08-2011, 09:02 PM   #8
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All.
I spoke with Lynn at sportsmobile today. She said an elderly woman owns this and she bought it for a possible earthquake. Apparently the wheels and tires are stock.
Does this mean that the rating are too low for the weight of this van?

Also, Lynn said this is a quigley and not a sportsmobile. Seems weird since it thought I read that SMB stopped doing quigley conversions before 2008 and the side paint says "sportsmobile"
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Old 02-09-2011, 11:45 AM   #9
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Re: Upgraded tires and wheels

You can still buy a Quigley 4x4 van and have Sportsmobile do the camper conversion. The two are not mutually exclusive.

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Old 02-10-2011, 11:43 AM   #10
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Re: Upgraded tires and wheels

Here is what I have from the owner on the current tires. I know they're not the large tires that most of you have on your vans. My primary concern is whether these are rated well enough to be on a heavy SMB van.
I have read posts that require E rating. I don't see E. Maybe the M 118 is the rating

Thanks for you input.

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1st Number: DOTB7P8DP111810

2nd Number: LT245/70R17119/118M+8

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